Baker introduces new health care bill, proposing sweeping changes

The legislation attempts to tackle several pain points in the health care system, including reining in medical billing and penalizing drug companies for price increases.

Doctors sparred in a downtown Boston courtroom Friday over whether nicotine electronic cigarettes are to blame in the vaping-related lung illness outbreak that has sickened more than 1,479 people and killed 33 nationwide.

Doctors, testifying in vape ban lawsuit, differ on possible causes of lung illness

Companies are seeking to exempt nicotine vaping products from Governor Charlie Baker’s ban, the strictest in the country.

People wait for rides from ride-app companies at Logan’s Terminal A.

Uber, Lyft service to relocate at Logan Airport on Oct. 28

Getting to and from Logan Airport by Uber and Lyft will change Oct. 28, when the Massachusetts Port Authority rolls out the first phase of a plan to shift all pickups and most dropoffs to the Central Parking garage.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mass.,at the Capitol in 2017. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Astrid Riecken.


When billionaires attack: Warren’s tax plan spurs a Fortune 500 freakout

This Halloween, the scariest costume for trick-or-treating on the Upper East Side is a jewel-tone cardigan over a black scoop-neck.

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Man displays ‘tremendous amount of fortitude’ after falling 10 feet down N.H. mountain

Clifford Daly was descending from the summit of Mt. Chocorua in Albany with his wife and three other hikers when he fell about 10 feet down a steep section of rock.

Roxbury crash sends two people to the hospital

A three-car crash in Roxbury Friday night sent at least two people to the hospital, authorities said.

Trader Joe’s to soon open store in Seaport

Local Trader Joe’s fans will soon have access to more of the chain’s signature “Joe Joe’s” and other goods, with a third Boston location opening in the Seaport district later this month.

Former Boston airline agent pleads guilty to exchanging over 500 flight tickets at no extra cost

A Chelsea woman pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston on Friday to using her position as an airline gate agent to convert primarily low-cost domestic flights to more expensive international flights at no additional charge for family, friends and acquaintances.

Two men rescued after shed collapse in Brockton

Two men were rescued from beneath a large shed after it collapsed in Brockton on Friday afternoon, according to Darren Duarte, a Brockton police spokesman.

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The house at 212 Forest St.

He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

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Worcester woman arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend

A 32-year-old Worcester woman was charged Friday in connection with the fatal stabbing of her 40-year-old boyfriend, in a case that police are investigating as an incident of domestic violence.

Everett, MA, 06/23/2019 -- People fill the casino floor at Encore Boston Harbor during the grand opening. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 24encore Reporter:

Encore Boston Harbor poker room evacuated Friday following water leak

The Encore Boston Harbor casino in Everett evacuated its poker room Friday afternoon after water leaked from the ceiling less than five months after the resort’s opening.

Harvard Square’s Out of Town News.

Harvard Square’s Out of Town News kiosk will host pop-up space before revamp

The kiosk that houses Cambridge landmark Out of Town News will soon have a new tenant.

A group of people watched as pigeons took flight on Okaloosa Island near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Friday. With Tropical Storm Nestor brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, curious onlookers in this Florida panhandle community came out to see the effects of the storm as it approached.


What do you do when the next big storm shares your unusual first name?

If you’re called Karen or Bob, then sharing a name with a storm is no big deal. When your name is Nestor? Not great, Bob.

1 injured after landscape truck rolls over, spills debris on I-495 in Hopkinton

A 45-year-old man was injured when a truck towing a landscaping trailer rolled over on Interstate 495 in Hopkinton Friday morning, State Police said.

Massage therapist accused of raping client in North Reading has prior criminal record

Daniel Vincent Feener will remain locked up for at least the next few months after a judge ordered him held Friday, court records show.

Debris from Wednesday night's storm was visible Thursday in Auburn, Maine. Thousands of Central Maine Power customers were still without power Friday.

Website glitch tells Maine customers without power that it won’t be restored until 2068

When customers of the Central Maine Power Company looked online to see when their power would be restored after strong winds caused power outages across New England Wednesday night, some got a shocking answer.

Jennifer Nassour (left) and Kenzie Bok are running for City Council in District 8.

Boston’s most unusual council race is between a Democrat and a Republican

It pits two impressive candidates — Kenzie Bok and Jennifer Nassour — from opposing political parties in a nonpartisan Boston race. Each one promises to tackle local issues such as parking and traffic, the lack of a school in the district, and soaring housing costs.

Governor Charlie Baker presented the Trooper George L. Hanna Medal of Valor to State Troopers John Hazelrigg (foreground) and Russell Phippen (background).

Police officers honored for heroic acts at Hanna awards ceremony

On a cold night in January 2018, two state troopers used a helicopter to rescue a man from the frigid waters of the Merrimack River, and on Friday they received the George L. Hanna Medal of Valor.

Man killed Wednesday in Hyannis was shot three times, DA says

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe’s office identified the victim as Darrell Russ, 33, of Hyannis.

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir exited the International Space Station.

Caribou, Maine, residents watch with pride as astronaut Jessica Meir makes history in space

In the remote northern Maine city, residents watched with pride Friday as a hometown hero made history in an even more out-of-the-way place.

Brookline police investigating Tuesday night assault

The Brookline Police Department is investigating an assault that occurred Tuesday night near 1773 Beacon St., police said in a statement Thursday.

New York man indicted on Revere bank robbery charge

A New York man who allegedly stole more than $13,000 from a bank in Revere during an August robbery has been indicted in federal court, authorities said.

The purebred ragdoll cats are in good health and have semi-long hair and bright blue eyes.

45 ragdoll cats surrendered to MSPCA after breeding operation grows out of control

In the largest cat surrender from a single home to the MSPCA in at least five years, 45 purebred Ragdoll cats were rescued from a breeding operation in Central Mass.

Shots fired near Methuen homework center

Police said three children were outside when the shooting occurred on Tenney Street. They ran inside and were not injured.

Charlestown man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

A Charlestown man has been sentenced in federal court to three years in prison and five years of supervised release for selling fentanyl out of a Chelsea apartment, authorities said.

In local TV debate, a leading Methuen mayoral candidate acknowledges restraining order filed against him

After Neil Perry mentioned the order on Methuen Community Television, his opponent Jennifer Kannan’s campaign delved into the court records, which painted a darker picture of the episode.

A turkey with a bum leg has been hobbling around Reading for months, and residents have turned “Limpy” into a town celebrity.

‘Limpy the Town Turkey’ hobbles to stardom in Reading

The limping bird has spawned fan pages, logos, and T-shirts. By Friday evening, even Governor Charlie Baker’s office weighed in, saying the bird would be a good candidate for a gubernatorial pardon ahead of Thanksgiving.

Police investigating body found in water off of East Boston

Officers responded to 401 Border St. after a call reporting the body came in at 10:44 a.m. Friday, Officer Kim Tavares said.

Elizabeth and Manuel Henriquez left federal court in April.

Former hedge fund boss to plead guilty in college admissions scam

Manuel Henriquez, a former member of the now-defunct Northeastern University Corporation, allegedly got an unfair advantage for his own children — and sought to use his Northeastern connection to help another applicant in the scheme.

Transit Police want to speak to these four skateboarders in connection with an assault at an Orange Line station.

Man assaulted with his own cane at Orange Line MBTA station

MBTA Transit Police want to question a group of skateboarders in connection with an assault that took place at the Massachusetts Avenue MBTA station in Boston earlier this month.

The USS Constitution moved past the Boston skyline Friday.

USS Constitution celebrates birthday with Boston Harbor tour

The majestic USS Constitution — which doesn’t look a day over 200 — has sailed out into Boston Harbor to celebrate its 222nd birthday.

He allegedly killed a young mother in Weymouth in 2017. Today, he faces arraignment

After two years on the run, a man faces arraignment Friday for allegedly murdering a 33-year-old mother in her Weymouth apartment in 2017.

Authorities investigating stabbing at W Hotel in Theater District

Officials say the stabbing took place around 2 a.m.

This image taken from NASA TV shows, astronaut Christina Koch (C L) and Jessica Meir (C R) during their spacewalk at the International Space Station on October 18, 2019. - Koch and Meir became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk Friday, following a spacesuit flub earlier this year that caused the historic mission to be aborted. (Photo by Jose ROMERO / NASA TV / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

Live video: Maine astronaut Jessica Meir makes history in space

Jessica Meir, the first woman from Maine to go into space, has ventured outside the International Space Station as part of the first spacewalk ever conducted by two women.

Downed power lines  in Danvers on Thursday due to storm damage that struck the region.

Thousands still without power from storm as a chilly night looms

Tens of thousands of electric customers in Massachusetts were still without power Friday evening, facing a chilly night.

Sonja Farak (left) during her arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on Jan. 22, 2013.

SJC justice criticizes state’s handling of drug-lab case

The state failed in its duty to investigate the work of a drug-addled chemist at a Boston laboratory whose flawed tests at another state lab led to the dismissal of thousands of convictions, a single justice of the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.

Former teacher at Narragansett Regional High School sentenced to prison for child porn

Warren Anderson, 27, of Lowell and Harvard, was sentenced to 45 months in prison and five years of supervised release, the US Attorney’s office for Massachusetts announced Thursday.

New England news in brief


Lawmakers back children’s health bills

The Senate included 10 amendments to its bill before voting 40-0 to pass it.

Tweet of the day

“Congressman Elijah Cummings was grace & generosity personified. Every day, in ways often unseen, he worked to lift up every voice. His love for the people of Baltimore & the entire country will live on through his work and the community he helped to build.”

State helping towns bolster cyber defenses

The Baker administration announces a new effort to help each of Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns shore up their cybersecurity readiness.

Researchers say the Marine first from the right in the rear (mostly obscured) does not match the characteristics of Rene Gagnon.

Man in iconic Iwo Jima photograph was misidentified, Marine Corps acknowledges

For years, Rene Gagnon said he was one of the Marines shown raising the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The Marine Corps now says he’s not.

Governor Charlie Baker remains popular among state residents despite a series of administrative troubles.

Teflon Charlie: Baker sky-high popularity holds amid RMV scandal, T troubles

The Morning Consult poll of Massachusetts registered voters found 73 percent approved of the job Charlie Baker is doing as governor, while just 16 percent disapproved.

Wentworth president Mark Thompson.

Wentworth announces new $10 million scholarship matching program

The university is launching a $10 million scholarship matching challenge using money from its endowment for the first time, president Mark Thompson announced Thursday.

Peggy Filip and her son, Michael, 17, looked at fallen power lines outside their Danvers home.

Winds howled. Clocks froze. Trees toppled into bedrooms. The bomb cyclone trashed Danvers

The storm severed electricity to many of its neighborhoods. Its violent winds sent trees smashing into bedrooms, but luckily spared the residents of injuries.

Alleged assault near T’s Jackson Square Station leads police on foot pursuits

An alleged assault near the MBTA’s Jackson Square Station in Jamaica Plain on Wednesday night led police on several foot pursuits and ended with the detention of multiple juveniles. One minor was charged with assault, Boston police said.

A loaded TEC-9 gun that was reported stolen in 1997 was recovered by police Wednesday in Roslindale.

Police arrest 2, seize stolen loaded TEC-9 gun during traffic stop in Roslindale

Police recovered a loaded TEC-9 assault pistol that was reported stolen in the 1990s and arrested two men during a traffic stop in Roslindale on Wednesday morning, police said.

A UPS driver was stuck in his truck for an hour Thursday morning in Ashland after the wires that caused his trailer to flip over caught fire.

Driver in Ashland hits low-hanging wire, sparking fire; 2 roads closed

As of 2:39 p.m., Route 126 was closed because of the accident, and Route 135, the other main highway through the town, was also closed after a tree fell on a transformer and caused it to blow.

Former Bridgewater resident faces arraignment in two rapes from 1990s

Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn III’s office identified the defendant as 61-year-old Ivan Keith, who was recently apprehended in Maine.

A house is trapped under a tree due to storm damage along Crane Street in Danvers.

As the cleanup from the overnight storm continues, thousands still remain without power

More than 150,000 customers in Massachusetts were still without power as of mid-afternoon, officials said.