BOSTON (AP) - A class action lawsuit has been filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company on behalf of residents impacted by natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the law firm Morgan & Morgan. It seeks compensation for residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who were forced to evacuate after the explosions Thursday but didn't suffer injuries or damage to their homes. Columbia Gas didn't immediately respond to an email Tuesday.

BOSTON (AP) - Two shark attacks on Cape Cod this summer are underscoring the need for better cellphone service at some of the region's beaches. Local officials say the issue is among their top priorities as they prepare to gather later this week in the aftermath of Massachusetts' first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years. They say everything from building more cell towers to installing emergency call boxes or even old school pay phones should be explored.

BOSTON (AP) - A federal lawsuit accuses casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company he founded of lying and covering up misconduct to unfairly win a license for a casino near Boston. The lawsuit filed Monday in Boston's federal court says Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC would have won the license over Wynn Resorts had there been an "honest competition." Sterling Suffolk Racecourse operates horse racing at Suffolk Downs. Wynn Resorts says the claims are frivolous.

BOSTON (AP) - The world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra nearly missed the last stop on its European tour after getting stuck in Paris. Orchestra brass had to scramble to get enough musicians to Amsterdam for the tour finale _ leaving scores stranded and forcing music director Andris Nelsons and others to hastily redo the program. Symphony president and CEO Mark Volpe says it all ended on a high note with a thunderous standing ovation in the Dutch capital.

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