AG Maura Healey’s ruling could slow Mass. marijuana industry

Healey says municipal officials can unilaterally prohibit weed companies for another year — without polling residents.

Vanessa Okumu, a 26-year-old asylum seeker, fled her home in Uganda because “I couldn’t take the constant harassment.”

In Worcester, a safe haven for gay immigrants

Drawn by word of mouth and desperate Internet searches, more than 150 gay and transgender men and women — mostly from Africa and the Caribbean — have made the Hadwen Park Congregational Church the foundation for a better life.

Hanley Ramirez has not been linked to any drug ring, according to people with knowledge of the case involving a friend of the former Red Sox player.

Hanley Ramirez not under federal investigation; friend dropped his name hoping to avoid arrest

A friend of former Red Sox player Hanley Ramirez dropped his name to police, then immediately admitted the player had no connection to the drugs.

Ann Whaley-Tobin, 68, headed out for a bike ride. She also does yoga and seeks mental stimulation.

As drug development flounders, people fearing Alzheimer’s embrace lifestyle changes

Many healthy people haunted by the specter of Alzheimer’s are turning to research that suggests lifestyle changes might help stave off the disease.

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Former State Police payroll head pleads guilty to stealing $23,000 from agency

Denise Ezekiel, 49, of Holbrook, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years of probation and ordered to pay back the money she stole and perform 100 hours of community service.

MBTA commuter rail train hits tractor trailer in Littleton

There were no injuries reported aftr the accident on Foster Street, police said.

Car slams into Methuen home

A woman lost control of her car Monday morning, causing her vehicle to slide off the road and crash into the front porch of the Methuen home.

Dr. Atul Gawande has long searched for a cure for the health care system

Atul Gawande, the CEO of a new company formed in the hope of transforming health care, has studied processes and systems that can make a difference between life and death.

Suspect charged with robbing man in South End while threatening him with hypodermic needle

A Winthrop man was arrested Sunday night after allegedly robbing a man while threatening him with a hypodermic needle

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Groton teen charged with killing baby goat

Dominick Tidd, 18, is due to be arraigned in Winchendon District Court on charges of cruelty to animals, larceny under $250, and destruction of property, according to police.

Governor Charlie Baker.

US Attorney will do ‘fair’ and ‘independent’ review of allegations against son, Baker says

Governor Charlie Baker declined to say what his son told him about the alleged incident, calling it a “personal matter.”

Live video: Governor Baker addresses allegation against his son

An adult female passenger reportedly told authorities that Andrew Baker, known as A.J., groped her breast on a JetBlue flight from Washington, D.C., to Boston Wednesday night.

Two men on fishing trip rescued after boat sinks in Dartmouth harbor

Two men were enjoying their fishing trip out on a Dartmouth harbor Sunday afternoon when suddenly their 1960s open boat began to sink.

The border fence near Santa Teresa, N.M., the town where Lidia Souza and her son Diogo presented herself to immigration authorities, seeking asylum from imminent, personal violence in their native Brazil.

Lawyer for Brazilian woman separated from child heading to Chicago in attempt to retrieve boy

The 9-year-old son of Lidia Souza is being held at Heartland Alliance, an organization that operates shelters for unaccompanied minors in the Chicago area.

Investigators try to identify what made workers sick at Salem factory; 30 were treated

First responders on Sunday rushed to Thermal Circuits Inc. facility Sunday to investigate a report of a chlorine leak.

Small earthquake hits Norfolk

A small 1.3-magnitude earthquake hit Norfolk early Monday morning, but officials believe few residents even felt it.

Ayanna Pressley.

Ayanna Pressley endorses defunding ICE

Pressley, who is running for the Seventh Congressional District seat, said US Immigration and Customs Enforcement poses an “existential threat” to immigrant communities.

It’s a damp and cool Monday

It will be mostly cloudy in the Boston area, and temperatures will be in the mid-60s.

Overnight storm causes flash flooding, power outages

The ferocious weather system also was blamed for a house fire in Nahant and flash flooding in Chelsea.

Overturned tractor-trailer shuts Route 128 north offramp to Massachusetts Turnpike

State Police are urging drivers to seek an alternative route.

Norwood police searching for suspects who allegedly stole $2,000 worth of razors, teeth whitening strips

Two individuals allegedly shoplifted approximately $2,000 worth of teeth whitening strips and razors from a Norwood Stop & Shop supermarket earlier this month.

Man arrested for killing baby goat in Ashburnham

Police said the goat, a young Nigerian Dwarf named Marshmallow, was found missing from her pen on Friday morning.

About 30 people hospitalized after Salem hazmat incident

Workers at Thermal Circuits Inc. had trouble breathing and remaining conscious, and also felt nauseous.

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Today is Monday, June 25, the 176th day of 2018. There are 189 days left in the year.


June 25, 2018

Two men rescued from sinking boat off Dartmouth coast

Once the boat started sinking, people from the New Bedford Yacht Club, who were participating in a small regatta, took notice and rescued the men.

Weather updates and alerts

A look at weather activity and forecasts in Massachusetts and around the region.

‘Untimely death’ of female juvenile in Goffstown, N.H. was accidental, officials say

Local and state officials are investigating the “untimely death” of a juvenile that happened on Saturday in Goffstown, N.H.


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Rufus Gifford is running for Congress.

Rufus Gifford’s bid for Congress boosted by father’s connections

Associates of former Boston banker “Chad” Gifford have donated $87,000 to Rufus Gifford’s campaign.

Mourners gathered at a sidewalk memorial, on Lawton Avenue in Lynn, for 25-year-old Romel Danis, who shot early Saturday.

‘I can still see him as he took his last breath, and could see the life sucked out of him’

Officials on Sunday continued their investigation into the deadly Lynn shooting of Romel Danis, 25, which also left two other men injured.

Rally participants listened to speeches and sang along to songs such as “This Little Light of Mine” during the Jamaica Plain rally.

In Jamaica Plain, dozens protest migrant family separation

About 150 demonstrators gathered at the former Blessed Sacrament Church building on Centre Street Sunday afternoon for the rally.

Low temperatures across the region Monday morning will be in the low- to mid-60s.

Heavy rain on tap for Sunday evening

The heavier part of the rain, with the possibility of thunderstorms, was expected to start around 6:30 p.m. and not let up until 9 to 10 p.m.

Three taken to hospital after five-car crash on I-93 in Boston

The pileup happened at 2:48 p.m. Sunday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 93, just before exit 24.

Teenager helps blind and deaf passenger on flight from Logan

The man was both deaf and blind, so Clara Daly, who had been studying American Sign Language for a year, would have to sign into his hand.

Springfield Police investigated the home of Stewart R. Weldon earlier this month.

Police collected nearly 200 pieces of evidence from Springfield home where investigators found 3 bodies

What they seized is unknown because authorities redacted nearly everything from the 13-page inventory.

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Hyannis woman arrested for stealing items at fund-raiser honoring fallen Yarmouth officer Sean Gannon

The woman stole a box of auction items from the charity event hosted in honor of Gannon, who was killed on duty in April.

Two men extradited to Massachusetts to face charges in murder of 19-year-old woman

Kentavious Coleman, 20, and Kenyonte Galmore, 22, are scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Norfolk Superior Court.

Canadian woman dead after bike hits tree in Vermont

Carolyne Delage of Quebec was riding down Lincoln Gap Road when she lost control of her bicycle and struck a tree at about 4 p.m., according to a statement from Vermont State Police.

Seekonk police say they took these items from a suspect during a drug bust on Friday.

Seekonk drug bust yields 400 pills, 10 grams of heroin

Police said they also recovered a large amount of cash and a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

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Secrets of a Lost Girl

Alexandra Valoras showed every outward sign of success and promise, a star at school, beloved at home. She revealed nothing of her inner anguish, except in her diary — a chronicle of scathing self-criticism and growing desperation that her parents chose to share so that other families might learn from their loss.

Motorcyclist killed in Pepperell crash

Jack Wilbur, 21, of Pepperell lost control of the motorcycle he was driving Friday night, officials said.

Three people seriously injured in Newbury crash

Three people were taken to an area hospital with serious injuries after what officials believe was a head-on collision in Newbury Saturday afternoon, according to officials.

N.H. investigating ‘untimely death’ in Goffstown

An autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday on the body of a woman found in her home, officials said.


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Lilian Calderon is one of the people suing the Trump administration and the Department of Homeland Security over the arrests of immigrants who showed up for hearings at government offices.

Mass. ICE agents to reinstate in-office arrests

The practice of arresting undocumented immigrants in government offices was halted by the region’s former acting director.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang announced Friday he would step down after three years.

Tommy Chang’s relationship with community never clicked, observers say

For Superintendent Tommy Chang, a failure at community-building stymied efforts to improve Boston’s public schools, education experts and city officials said.

Increased checkpoints away from borders alarm advocates

For 11 hours on Wednesday, drivers who wanted to travel through a remote stretch of northern Maine were asked a simple question: Where were you born?