News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST
(AP) - Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets. They are reverends, rabbis, imams, priests and pastors. Though their faiths differ, they invariably approach people with addictions as equals. No Bible-thumping, no blaming.
(AP) - Athenahealth shares soared Monday after the struggling medical billing software maker received a $5.7 billion cash buyout offer. Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital will give athenahealth shareholders $135 per share in a deal that takes the company private.
EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) - Volunteers have rescued a massive leatherback turtle off a Massachusetts beach. The Cape Cod Times reports the turtle was spotted on First Encounter Beach in Eastham around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. A wildlife sanctuary official said the turtle looked to be in great shape. It has been transported to the New England Aquarium for examination.
BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man police say stole a truck from a construction site and then used it to injured two Boston police officers while trying to escape is heading to court. Police say 49-year-old Robert Bjorkman, Middleborough, stole the truck at about noon Saturday in Boston then struck one officer in a cruiser and another who had exited his cruiser before he was apprehended.
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