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Nation Mar 20Happy hours go virtual amid novel coronavirus crisis
Video chat happy hours have popped up all over social media as communities have closed bars and restaurants to all but delivery and takeout and banned large gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
Health Mar 17St. Patrick’s Day subdued across the world amid virus crisis
St. Patrick's Day revelers across the world tried to salvage the holiday with makeshift celebrations after parades and parties were scrapped and residents were urged to hunker down at home to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Nation Feb 26Utility to pay $53 million for blasts that damaged homes, killed 1
Authorities said Wednesday that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has agreed to plead guilty to violating the Pipeline Safety Act and pay the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the law.
Education Feb 25Hot Pockets heir gets 5 months in prison for college scam
Janavs apologized for trying to create an unfair advantage for her children. Her lawyers portrayed her as a dedicated mother and philanthropist who fell for "manipulative sales tactics."…
Education Feb 18MIT to caption online videos after discrimination lawsuit
The settlement was announced Tuesday and comes months after a similar agreement was reached in a lawsuit brought against Harvard University by the National Association of the Deaf.
Politics Jan 28Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties
Prosecutors say a Harvard University professor has been charged with lying to officials about his involvement with a Chinese government-run recruitment program and his affiliation with a Chinese university.
Nation Jun 03Kevin Spacey makes surprise court appearance in groping case
Spacey appeared at a Massachusetts courthouse where his attorney asked for a swift trial in the groping case against the actor.
Nation May 24Chef Mario Batali pleads not guilty to assault charge
Celebrity chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid several sexual misconduct accusations, pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017.
Nation May 13Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in college admissions scandal
The actress is expected to plead guilty to paying $15,000 to rig her daughter's SAT score as part of a nationwide college admissions scheme.
Health May 02Jury says drug firm founder guilty of bribing doctors to push opioid
A pharmaceutical company founder accused of bribing doctors across the U.S. to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray was convicted Thursday in a case that exposed such marketing tactics as using a stripper-turned-sales-rep to give a physician a lap dance.