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AMWSBURY — Eight years after he allegedly sped away from local police, a New Hampshire man charged with breaking into cars and stealing from several people, was arraigned Friday in Newburyport District Court and ordered held on $12,000 cash bail. 

BOSTON — Cities and towns along the MBTA’s corridors will be required to increase the amount of multifamily housing to comply with a new state law.

AMESBURY - A West Townsend man who was high on crystal methamphetamine when he broke into a woman's home on Rocky Hill Road in July pleaded guilty to two charges Thursday in Newburyport District Court and was sentenced to five months in jail. 

PELHAM — A Haverhill, Massachusetts, man is facing criminal charges after police say he drove drunk, hitting a utility pole with enough force to pull it out of the ground.

BOSTON — More than 100 Massachusetts cities and towns have filed a federal lawsuit against the marketing firm McKinsey & Company over its alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis.

BOSTON — Business confidence among Massachusetts companies has slumped to a 10-month low amid the latest surge of COVID-19 infections and persistent supply-chain issues, according to a new report.

Trash pickup in several communities is being delayed this week because a high number of workers are out sick with COVID-19.

NEWBURYPORT — Newburyport Public Schools welcomed its first Afghan family to the district Thursday with assistance from members of the community.

SALEM — A 41-year-old Lynn woman was struck by a car and killed while attempting to cross Highland Avenue in Salem Thursday evening, police said. 

SALEM — A Salem man pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud and identity theft charges involving COVID small business relief and fraudulent tax returns filed on behalf of unsuspecting former clients. 

NEWBURYPORT -- A Turkey Hilll Road man was barred from the Park Lunch while he awaits trial on assault and battery, vandalizing property and other charges following his arrest Wednesday night. 

In a week that saw COVID infections in Massachusetts top 1 million, the latest data from public health officials showed a sharp rise in infections in Newburyport and Amesbury, prompting officials in both cities to issue mask mandates on Thursday.

NEWBURYPORT — St. Paul's Episcopal Church will welcome a second Afghan family into its converted temporary living space on High Street next week.

BEVERLY — The city's Board of Health is expected to hold another meeting in the near future to discuss restoring a city-wide mask mandate on all indoor public areas.

WEST NEWBURY — After he was found lying facedown on the side of Main Street on Thanksgiving, a local man pleaded guilty to several drug charges on Tuesday and was sentenced to a year in jail. 

AMESBURY — A charge of indecent assault and battery of a person over 14 against a Lawrence man was dismissed Tuesday after a Newburyport District Court judge granted a motion by his attorney to end the case.

SWAMPSCOTT — One person was killed and another seriously injured in a crash on Paradise Road in Swampscott early Wednesday.

NEWBURYPORT — A New Hampshire man was ordered held without bail Tuesday morning in Newburyport District Court after he was arraigned on a child rape with force charge and four counts of indecent assault and battery of a child under 14. 

COVID-19 booster shots will become mandatory for roughly 93,000 students and staff across the University of Massachusetts campuses, officials announced Tuesday.

Thrift stores have celebrated a big resurgence amid the financial hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MIDDLETON — Amid an outpouring of support for the young son, fiancée and parents of a Middleton Jail correctional officer who died of complications from COVID-19 earlier this month, at least two funds have been established, including a GoFundMe page that as of Friday had raised just under $68,000 to help provide for his family.

DANVERS — School officials say they are implementing programs in an attempt to move the district past a culture of racism, antisemitism and homophobia. But less than 24 hours after they presented plans to the School Committee, the district was in crisis mode again.

ROCKPORT — The week-long North Shore 104.9 and state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr’s Holiday Toy Drive for those in need made its next to last stop in a decked-out Dock Square on Friday afternoon.

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BOSTON — The state’s acute care hospitals are being pushed to the brink by a winter surge in COVID-19 infections and chronic staffing shortages.

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The state’s steps to combat the overdose epidemic include funding for 38 syringe service programs, 33 overdose education and naloxone-distribution sites, and plans to create a temporary housing “cottage community” on the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital campus for people living in encampments at Bos…

The complaint filed by the Massachusetts State Police troopers union against Gov. Charlie Baker over his vaccine mandate for public employees has been dismissed by an investigator with the Department of Labor Relations who ruled that the administration did not violate its obligation to barga…

To help rebuild what NOAA scientists say is a Georges Bank cod stock that appears to be overfished, the New England Fishery Management Council on Wednesday unanimously set new rules that would drastically reduce the cod catch in the fishing year 2022 that begins May 1. The cuts could cost the Gloucester fleet $1 million in revenue.

Arguing that all people should have access to public beaches regardless of physical ability, advocates and public officials on Tuesday called for improvements and upgrades so people with disabilities can easily enjoy seaside offerings in Massachusetts.

BOSTON — The state’s largest utilities are soliciting feedback from customers about Massachusetts’ ambitious efforts to reduce reliance on natural gas to blunt the impact of climate change.

SALISBURY — A 25-year vacancy on Broadway could soon become the beach center’s best attraction when the Salisbury Beach Partnership’s historic carousel begins offering rides in its own pavilion late next year.

AMESBURY -- Nearly two years after being attacked by a man slashing him with a knife, State Trooper Steven Torosian was one of a dozen police officers given Trooper George L. Hanna Memorial Awards for Bravery Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker. 

NEWBURYPORT -- A Haverhill woman dubbed a "porch pirate" by local police when she was caught on video snatching a package from a residence last December pleaded guilty to a larceny charge Wednesday and was sentenced to a year's probation. 

NEWBURYPORT — Edward Carson hopes people leave this year's William Lloyd Garrison lecture feeling challenged, unsettled and ready to take a hard look at their own lives and how they can evolve into a true anti-racist. 

NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Art Association presents its latest exhibition NAA Members’ Winter Holiday Show, an exhibition and art sale featuring 130 North Shore artists, through Dec. 23 at the Water Street gallery.

SALISBURY — Deven Tanguay, the Tewksbury man accused of killing an Amesbury bicyclist with his pickup truck last month, was ordered held without bail Wednesday while awaiting trial following a dangerousness hearing in Newburyport District Court.

BOSTON — State environmental officials are considering restrictions on the use of a popular herbicide that has been linked to cancer and other serious ailments.

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