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BOSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a group of friends from Texas who flew to Boston last spring for an NBA playoff game committed a series of vehicle thefts and burglaries while in Massachusetts. One suspect, 29-year-old Fredrick Williams, of Dallas, was held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to 27 charges. Prosecutors say the group over two days broke into six businesses in Boston, Everett, Brockton and Cambridge to steal or try to steal safes or ATMs.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts couple and their adult daughter have pleaded guilty to running a drug operation out of their apartment. old Antonio Perez, of Springfield, agreed Thursday to accept a state prison sentence of up to six years so his wife and daughter could serve 2 ½ years in jail instead of prison. A fourth suspect was also sentenced. They were arrested during a raid on their apartment in March.

BOSTON (AP) - The state's all-Democratic congressional delegation is pressing federal officials on efforts to address mental health challenges in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In a letter Friday, the 11-member delegation, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, notes Puerto Rico's single suicide prevention hotline has seen a surge of calls, forcing employees to work extra hours.

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts police department has received a handwritten apology for a series of prank 911 calls from a young boy who promised not to call again except in an "emerginsy." The Boston Globe reports that a Somerville police officer was sent to East Somerville Community School last week after several 911 calls were made from a phone in the cafeteria. A few days later, a student, about age 10, hand-delivered an apology note saying he was sorry and that it was "a really bad idea."

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