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Trump Pardons Michael Flynn, Who Pleaded Guilty To Lying About Russia Contact

Updated at 5:49 p.m. ET President Trump has pardoned his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who spent years enmeshed in an often bizarre legal war with the government that sprang from the Russia investigation. Trump announced the news Wednesday on Twitter as Americans prepared to observe the Thanksgiving holiday this week. Trump's action on Wednesday may open the door to possible clemency for other former advisers who were indicted as part of the Russia investigation, including...

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Regional News

The Eastfield Mall on Boston Road in Springfield, Massachusetts, urges people to wash their hands frequently on its electronic billboard.
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Retailers In New England Brace For Holiday Season Like No Other

Black Friday traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping season, a crucial time for retailers. But a group representing them in Massachusetts said it's impossible to predict how it will go this year.

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The Bridge of Names, in Lake Pleasant, Massachusetts, after storm damage.
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A Bridge, Dating To 1800s, Goes Down In A Storm. It Takes A Village To Restore It

A walking bridge in western Massachusetts was badly damaged in an autumn storm, but the town doesn’t own the land under it. So residents have banded together to take on the project — for its practical and historical value.

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Montague reacts to President-elect Biden’s victory

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says President-elect Joe Biden’s administration should include more money for pedestrian and bicycle lanes in its federal transportation proposals.

Native American history would be a mandatory part of public schools in Connecticut, if a bill introduced by State Senator Cathy Osten passes.

COVID-19 Precaution Campaign, Called #GetBackMass, Built On 'Things We Love'

Nov 24, 2020
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito watched as a sample advertisement from the administration's new #GetBackMass campaign played on screens in the Gardner Auditorium during a press conference on Monday, November 23, 2020.
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Giving hugs, going out dancing, sitting in the stands at Fenway Park, traveling and seeing concerts are among the missed experiences highlighted in a new Massachusetts public awareness campaign that makes the case for keeping up COVID-19 precautions as the best way to return to such activities.

Supporters of the proposed update to the "Right to Repair" ballot law, including Right to Repair Coalition director Tommy Hickey (bottom right), waited for the start of a crowded Consumer Protection Committee hearing on Jan. 13, 2020.
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A group backed by many top auto makers says Massachusetts ballot Question 1 — the so-called "Right to Repair" issue — is unconstitutional, and is suing to have the measure's implementation stopped.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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Having passed bills in both the Massachusetts House and Senate, state lawmakers are working to deliver a budget deal this week before the turkey coma sets in.

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Government

John Kerry Tapped For Newly Created Role As Presidential Climate Envoy

After decades advocating for action on climate change as a U.S. senator and then secretary of state, John Kerry has been tapped for a newly created post — special presidential envoy for climate, based on the National Security Council. "America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is," Kerry said on Twitter shortly after the announcement by President-elect Joe Biden's transition team. "The climate crisis demands nothing less than...

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Alana Chernila, marketing and events manager at Guidos Fresh Marketplace, stands in front of a sign saying masks are required.
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Retailers Face Challenges Enforcing Mass. Mask Rule — And Its Exemptions

In Massachusetts, mask-wearing is required in places where the public is allowed to gather, like retail stores — unless wearing a mask presents a medical risk to a customer.

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