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$1 billion Mega Millions prize up for grabs

The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion ahead of Friday night’s drawing after more than four months without a winner thanks to bad luck, poor odds and reduced play partially blamed on the coronavirus pandemic. It’s only the third time a...

Mega Millions jackpot now $970M; Powerball up to $730M

DES MOINES, Iowa — Lottery players will have another shot at the third-largest jackpot in U.S. history after Tuesday night's drawing didn't turn up a winner.  The Mega Millions top prize climbed to an estimated $970 million, the biggest jackpot in more than two years....

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge. The...

5,074 COVID-19 cases, 75 additional deaths reported in Massachusetts

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported an additional 5,074 confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the statewide total to 438,371 since the start of the pandemic. State health officials also added 75 new confirmed COVID-19-related deaths to...

Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes sweeping climate change bill

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a sweeping climate change bill Thursday, just days after top Democratic lawmakers on Beacon Hill vowed to immediately refile and pass it again if the Republican refused to sign the legislation. The bill had been approved earlier this...

Massachusetts sending up to 500 National Guard members to Washington, DC

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is sending up to 500 members of the Massachusetts National Guard to Washington, D.C., to assist in providing security surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. They are expected to depart within days, the administration...

Massachusetts COVID-19 death toll surpasses 13,000 with 86 new deaths

Boston – The COVID-19 death toll in Massachusetts has surpassed 13,000, according to Wednesday's report from the state's Department of Public Health. The DPH reported an additional 86 confirmed COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the statewide total to 13,082 since the...

Mayor Walsh to present annual State of the City address

BOSTON — In his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will need to describe his plans for helping the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while handing off his responsibilities to an interim mayor. Walsh, 53, was nominated last week...

Person of interest sought in fatal Hyde Park shooting

BOSTON — Boston police are asking for help and releasing new video related to a homicide investigation Hyde Park.  Officials are looking to identify the person seen in the video that was recorded on Dec. 13. The person is not being called a suspect — just a...

Sheldon Adelson, casino mogul and GOP power broker, dies

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, Las Vegas Sands Corporation Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson sits onstage before President Donald Trump speaks at the Israeli American Council National Summit in Hollywood, Fla. Adelson and his wife have given $75 million to a...
$1 billion Mega Millions prize up for grabs

$1 billion Mega Millions prize up for grabs

The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion ahead of Friday night’s drawing after more than four months without a winner thanks to bad luck, poor odds and reduced play partially blamed on the coronavirus pandemic. It’s only the third time a...

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge. The...

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Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

Hank Aaron, baseball’s one-time home run king, dies at 86

Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves, Aaron's longtime team, said he died...

President Biden puts forth virus strategy, requires mask use to travel

President Biden puts forth virus strategy, requires mask use to travel

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. enters “what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the virus,” President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks —...

U.S. stocks roar higher, set fresh records on Inauguration Day

U.S. stocks roar higher, set fresh records on Inauguration Day

U.S. stocks were sharply higher Wednesday morning, with both the S&P500 and Nasdaq posting new intraday records, amid a parade of corporate earnings results and ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. president. How are stock benchmarks performing?...

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