Israeli lawmakers reach out to US Jews on anti-Semitism

BOSTON (AP) -- A group of lawmakers representing a cross-section of Israel's political spectrum is reaching out to American Jews at a time when anxiety over anti-Semitic activity is running high in both countries, and amid uncertainty over the direction of U.S. policy toward the Jewish state under President Donald Trump.

Bears player calls Hernandez 'my guy' at double-murder trial

BOSTON (AP) -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Deonte Thompson has testified in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez. The former New England Patriots tight end played football with Thompson at the University of Florida. Thompson testified Monday about a Florida party he invited Hernandez to in February 2013. Hernandez smiled when Thompson referred to him as "my guy." Thompson's team, then the Baltimore Ravens, had just won the Super Bowl.

Thomas scores 30, Celtics beat Heat 112-108 for 4th straight

BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics have almost caught Cleveland for the top spot in Eastern Conference. Now they're focused on passing the Cavaliers. Thomas scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and Boston beat the Miami Heat 112-108 on Sunday night for its fourth straight victory. The win moved Boston within percentage points of Cleveland for the No. 1 seed in the East.

'SNL' star doesn't back away from Boston racism comment

BOSTON (AP) -- "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che (CHAY) is not backing away from comments he made about Boston, when he called it the "most racist city" he has ever visited. The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2n34WDF) reports that the co-anchor of "Weekend Update" told a Boston University crowd Thursday about how he received angry messages on social media after he made the comment on "SNL" the night before the Super Bowl.

Booker scores 70 in Boston, but Celtics outlast Suns 130-120

BOSTON (AP) -- Devin Booker is only 20 and already has a place alongside Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and just a few others in NBA history. Booker scored 70 points , becoming the sixth different player to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night. David Thompson, David Robinson and Elgin Baylor are the NBA's only other 70-point scorers.

Brady's Super Bowl jerseys returned to New England Patriots

BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys are back with the New England Patriots. The jerseys worn by Brady during this year's Super Bowl and the 2015 Super Bowl were returned to Gillette Stadium Thursday, the FBI announced. Brady's 2017 jersey went missing from the Patriots' locker room after the team's win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5, touching off an investigation stretching from Boston to the Mexican border.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT Musketeers stun Wildcats to join Ducks, Zags, Jayhawks in Elite 8 UNDATED (AP) -- Last night's NCAA regional semifinals consisted of three close games and a blowout. Xavier, Gonzaga and Oregon managed to win their NCAA Tournament games by a combined six points, while Kansas enjoyed a 32-point blowout over Purdue. Xavier pulled off the biggest stunner as the 11th-seeded Musketeers held on to beat No.

Serial numbers, game photos may help verify Brady jerseys

BOSTON (AP) -- Now that authorities believe they have recovered the jersey stolen from Tom Brady's locker following the Patriots' Super Bowl win last month, the next step will be determining whether it is in fact the MVP quarterback's missing grass-stained garment. So how exactly does that happen? Old-fashioned detective work.

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) -- The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country. Prosecutors said Barry Cadden, 50, ran the business in an "extraordinarily dangerous" way by disregarding unsanitary conditions to boost production and make more money.

Star witness in Aaron Hernandez trial is grilled by defense

BOSTON (AP) -- A lawyer for former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has aggressively questioned the prosecution's star witness against Hernandez in his double-murder trial. Attorney Jose Baez grilled Alexander Bradley on Tuesday about his claim that Hernandez killed two men after one of them accidentally spilled his drink at a Boston nightclub in 2012. Bradley said Hernandez opened fire while Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado waited at a stoplight.

US marathon legend Meb Keflezighi nears the end of the road

BOSTON (AP) -- Meb Keflezighi helped the running world reclaim the Boston Marathon with a sensational American victory the year after the deadly 2013 bombings. Now he's nearing the end of the road, and he couldn't be happier. Keflezighi says he'll hang up his racing shoes for good after running next month's Boston Marathon and the TCS New York City Marathon in November. By then, he'll have racked up 26 marathons and he'll be 42.

Back from injury, Thomas scores 25 as Celtics top Wizards

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Celtics got a bit of revenge against the Washington Wizards and also took control of the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Wizards in another testy matchup Monday night between two of the top teams in the East.

Boston Pops to showcase Gershwin on tour of US Midwest

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Pops is headed to the heartland. The renowned orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, kicks off a seven-city, seven-state tour around the Midwest this week. Organizers say the tour will showcase the music of George Gershwin. The tour gets underway Friday in Kansas City, Missouri, and moves to Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday and Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday.

Witness: Ex-NFL star shot men after drink spilled at club

BOSTON (AP) -- A former friend of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez told the jury at Hernandez's double-murder trial Monday that he opened fire on a car because he believed two men inside had taunted him at a nightclub. Alexander Bradley testified about the shootings on July 16, 2012. Bradley said Hernandez ordered him to pull up next to the victims' car at a stop light and then repeatedly fired a revolver into the car.

Police: Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico

BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room -- but the mystery isn't over. The NFL said the jersey was found in "possession of a credentialed member of the international media," and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.

Jury hears from tattoo artist in ex-NFL star's murder trial

BOSTON (AP) -- The jury in Aaron Hernandez's double-murder trial is hearing from a tattoo artist who inked an image of a gun and the phrase "God Forgives" on the former New England Patriots star. Prosecutors say the phrase and the image of a six-shot revolver are evidence Hernandez killed two men after one of them bumped into him at a Boston nightclub and spilled his drink in 2012. Hernandez's lawyers deny that claim.

Turning James Joyce's 'Ulysses' into a virtual reality game

BOSTON (AP) -- Students are developing a virtual reality game based on James Joyce's "Ulysses" as part of a class at Boston College. The goal of "Joycestick" is to expose new audiences to the works of one of Ireland's most celebrated authors, as well as to give a glimpse of how virtual reality can be used to enhance literature, said Joseph Nugent, the Boston College English professor who is coordinating the project.

Play about Boston Marathon bombing to make world premiere

BOSTON (AP) -- A documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing is about to make its world premiere in Boston. "Finish Line" is being presented by the Boch Center at the Shubert Theatre starting Wednesday. The Boston Theater Company production will run through March 26. The play is based on interviews with survivors, runners, first responders and others. Actors use verbatim transcripts to tell each person's story.

The Latest: Trains returning; cold threatens cherry blossoms

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on a strong winter storm hitting the Northeast (all times local): 5:15 p.m. New York's governor says aboveground subway service and some Metro-North commuter rail service shut down by the snowstorm hitting the East Coast will be restored soon. Democrat Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says Metro-North will resume limited hourly service at 6 p.m. Tuesday until 11 p.m. Full service will resume Wednesday.