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BOSTON (AP) - MBTA riders may soon bid farewell to their CharlieCards. The control board that oversees the Boston-area transit agency is expected Monday to approve a 13-year, $723 million contract for a modernized fare collection system. The new system will be designed to allow passengers to board trolleys, trains and buses with a single tap of a credit card or smartphone.

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say one man has died in a late-night house fire in Braintree. Firefighters responding to the home at about 11 p.m. Sunday found heavy smoke coming from the one-floor house. Two people escaped the burning home, but after the flames were quickly put out firefighters found the victim still inside.

BOSTON (AP) - Police have arrested a man for attempting to assault a woman while dressed as a security guard in Boston. Authorities say 26-year-old Isaiah Brown approached the victim in the city's North End around 2:30 a.m. Friday and told her he had an important matter to discuss before attempting to assault her. His arraignment is scheduled for Monday.

AMESBURY, Mass. (AP) - Police are warning a Massachusetts neighborhood to be vigilant after a pit bull attacked an officer and escaped its home. Sgt. Michael Purvis tells The Boston Globe the dog attempted to bite another officer around 5:30 a.m. Sunday as she responded to a medical call in Amesbury. The dog ran away from its home after another officer shot it with a stun gun.

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