AP Top Massachusetts Headlines at 4:40 p.m. EDT

Court OKs trial for girl who texted boyfriend urging suicide
BOSTON (AP) -- A teenager who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages encouraging him to take his own life and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with carbon monoxide fumes must stand trial for involuntary manslaughter, the state's highest court ruled Friday....

Tornado watch declared for parts of Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) -- Forecasters say severe weather is expected in parts of Massachusetts, and a tornado watch has been declared for Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties....

Are we overusing the tribute of flying flag at half-staff?
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect, an Associated Press analysis found....

Al Gore's daughter in court after arrest at pipeline protest
BOSTON (AP) -- Former Vice President Al Gore's daughter and other activists arrested at a protest of a natural gas pipeline in Boston have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges....

New app lets users track sharks and report sightings
CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts nonprofit is launching a new smartphone application so beachgoers along the East Coast can report their own shark sightings....

7,000 baby turkeys die in fire; Thanksgiving orders affected
LANCASTER, Mass. (AP) -- A barn fire at one of New England's largest turkey-breeding operations killed 7,000 baby turkeys, and the farm's owners said that means they won't be able to meet all of their Thanksgiving orders....

Bunker Hill: Misnamed battle sparks a social media skirmish
BOSTON (AP) -- The Battle of Bunker Hill - one of the greatest misnomers in U.S. history - has sparked a social media skirmish....

Court says question to end Common Core can't be on ballot
BOSTON (AP) -- The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that a referendum seeking to end the use of Common Core educational standards in the state cannot be included on the November ballot....

 

 

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