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The attorney general’s office and the Baker administration’s public safety arm have spelled out for licensing authorities and law enforcement agencies how the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down New York’s concealed-carry gun licensing law applies to Massachusetts law.

After some clearing on Saturday night, it will be cool, dry and very pleasant for the rest of the holiday weekend, with daytime highs below 80 along with low humidity. The weather is ideal for outdoor music, theater and dance, as well as July 4 celebrations.

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A Massachusetts man has agreed to plead guilty to fraudulently obtaining about $1.2 million in federal loans intended to help businesses struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal prosecutors say 59-year-old James Joseph Cohen, of Wenham, between April 2020 and September 2021 submitted six false applications in which he overstated the earnings, the number of employees, and the payroll for two companies he controlled. Prosecutors say he used the money to pay personal and business loans, including for a mortgage and car payments. A date at which he will plead guilty to bank fraud has not yet been scheduled.

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A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California who created fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents in the sprawling college admissions bribery scheme has avoided prison time after helping convict others in the case. Laura Janke was sentenced Tuesday in Boston federal court to time served and 50 hours of community service. Also on Tuesday, a California couple who admitted to paying $600,000 to get their daughters into USC and the University of California, Los Angeles, were sentenced to one year of probation. Bruce Isackson says he and his wife “profoundly regret” their part in the scheme and “look forward to making amends" by serving their community.

Berkshire Humane Society and Haddad Subaru have launched their 10th annual “Choose Your Subaru” car raffle. One lucky winner will have their choice of a 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Limited, Forester Premium or Outback Premium with a value up to $33,000.

The Williams College Museum of Art invites visitors to immerse themselves in new worlds of song, story and dance in a summer program series titled "Immersions." The series opens Thursday, July 7, with Brooklyn-based medieval music ensemble Alkemie.


There is no clear blueprint for corporate engagement on abortion. After numerous companies came forward to announce that they would cover travel expenses for their employees to get abortions, executives have had to move swiftly to both sort out the mechanics of those policies and explain the…

The three credit bureaus have promised to remove nearly 70 percent of medical debts from consumer credit reports within the next year. In addition, the Biden administration is reducing or eliminating medical debt as a factor in government lending decisions, which should make many home and business loans easier to get. Still, people with big unpaid medical debts will continue to suffer. You can take steps to ensure medical debt doesn't cripple your finances.

Independent booksellers are growing in number and becoming more diverse. Membership in the American Booksellers Association currently stands at just over 2,000. That's its highest total in years and more than 100 over the previous summer. Dozens of new stores are owned by people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds. At the same time, store owners face rising prices and supply chain issues. Not to mention the competitive challenges and financial insecurity that bookstores have long struggled with. But worries that the pandemic would devastate the industry have proved unfounded. One bookstore owner says people seem to be reading now more than ever.

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