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NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people sick, but it’s too early to tell how bad this season will be. The main flu bug this season tends...
BOSTON (AP) — The ride-hailing company Lyft is now sending self-driving cars to pick up passengers in a Boston neighborhood. The cars will have backup human drivers at the wheel and will be limited to short routes within the city’s Seaport District, a burgeoning tech startup hub. Lyft and its...
BOSTON (AP) — A national home health care agency with six locations in Massachusetts has agreed to pay $14 million to settle allegations that it improperly billed the state’s Medicaid program. Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement Tuesday that Centrus Premier Home Care Inc., which...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Han Solo is dead. Luke Skywalker is back, but changed. And Leia Organa’s story will soon be coming to an end. The Star Wars that inspired four decades of passionate fandom appears to be slowly but surely fading as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” prepares to descend on Dec. 15,...
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Pittsfield man who had a pair of unsecured shotguns that he was not licensed to possess in his bedroom has been sentenced to 18 months in jail. The Berkshire Eagle reports that 40-year-old Jeremy Paul pleaded guilty Thursday to illegal ownership of a firearm, improper...
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An Illinois man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to sexually exploit minors using the video game system Xbox Live. Federal prosecutors in Boston say 32-year-old Zack Sawyer, of Georgetown, Illinois, was also sentenced this week to 15 years of...
BOSTON (AP) — New England is preparing for the first significant region-wide snowfall of the season that could bring 6 or more inches of snow. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of southern New England that takes effect Saturday morning and lasts until...
BOSTON (AP) — Officials say work is finally going to begin on a $500 million construction project near Boston’s Fenway Park. WCVB-TV reports MK Parcel Development, LLC signed a $21 million lease Wednesday with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to start the Fenway Center project....
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia protested outside the U.S. embassies Friday against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In Kuala Lumpur, more than 1,000 protesters led by Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin marched from a...
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — An obese squirrel was caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people. Michele Boudreaux, of Maplewood, New Jersey, said on her blog she provides candy, snacks, tissues, hand warmers and other...

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