News Minute: Here is the latest Massachusetts news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work. A network of rescue groups in the U.S. works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to respond to marine mammals such as whales and seals when the animals are in trouble, such as when they are stranded or entangled in fishing gear.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston police have charged a man with kidnapping in connection to the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman outside a bar. Authorities arrested the 38-year-old man after finding Olivia Ambrose inside his apartment Tuesday afternoon. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross says the man could face additional charges.
BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has filed a wide-ranging traffic safety proposal that includes a ban on the use of handheld cellphones by drivers and stepped-up enforcement of seatbelt requirements. The bill sent to lawmakers Tuesday also would toughen some penalties for drunken driving and proposes new safeguards for bicyclists and pedestrians. Previous bills to prohibit motorists from holding cellphones have passed the Senate but were stopped in the House.
BOSTON (AP) - Attorney General Maura Healey is listing some of her top priorities for the new legislative session on Beacon Hill. Among the measures the Democrat said she's backing Tuesday is a bill that would require "bodyworks" businesses be regulated by the state to help prevent human trafficking. Another bill Healey is co-sponsoring is aimed at protecting the declining number of honeybees, wild bees and other pollinators in Massachusetts.
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