Iranians, engines of US university research, wait in limbo

BOSTON (AP) -- Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into U.S. graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new students.

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.

Convenience store magnate, governor candidate Mihos dies

BOSTON (AP) -- A convenience store magnate who twice ran for governor of Massachusetts has died. Christy Mihos (MY-hohs) was 67. His sister tells the Cape Cod Times he died Saturday in hospice care in Stuart, Florida, after a battle with cancer. His death was confirmed by the Haisley Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Mihos was born in Brockton, Massachusetts.

Former Pentagon chief Ash Carter returns to teach at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter is returning to teach at Harvard after leaving the Pentagon. The Ivy League school said Tuesday that Carter is being hired as a professor of technology and global affairs and as director of Harvard's Belfer Center think tank. Carter is returning to academia after serving as defense secretary under President Barack Obama from 2015 until this year. He previously taught at Harvard from 1996 to 2009.

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.

Police cite Massachusetts sixth-grader for trespassing

WEST HARWICH, Mass. (AP) -- Police in Massachusetts served a sixth-grader with no-trespass orders after neighbors grew wary of the girl cutting through their properties to get to and from her school bus stop. The mother of 11-year-old Autumn Blanchard told the Cape Cod Times ( ) her daughter received three pink no-trespass notices from the Harwich Police Department on March 2.

'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 ( 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.

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Pat Kelsey backs out as UMass coach, cites personal reasons

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- Former Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey has backed out of an agreement to take over at UMass, citing personal reasons. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said Thursday that Kelsey asked to be let out of his contract that was signed Tuesday, making clear that it was for "very personal" reasons. Kelsey said in a statement released by the university that he is sorry and felt welcome while on campus.

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.

Update on the latest sports

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.

The Latest: Law professor: Gorsuch won't be 'robotic vote'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on nomination hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A law professor says Judge Neil Gorsuch may be conservative, but he's predicting that President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court won't be "a robotic vote for the right of the court.

Suspect in Massachusetts liquor store robbery found sleeping

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Police in Massachusetts didn't have to look far for a suspect in the knifepoint robbery of a Pittsfield liquor store. Authorities say Melissa Holden was found asleep in the hallway of a nearby building a short time later -- with a knife and bottles of vodka and Gatorade -- the very items reported stolen. She was also wearing clothing similar to the suspect seen in store surveillance video.

Trucker gets probation in fatal pedestrian accident

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A North Carolina trucker behind the wheel of a rig that pinned and killed a woman in Massachusetts two years ago has pleaded guilty to negligent driving and avoided jail. The Telegram & Gazette ( ) reports that under a plea deal, a vehicular homicide charge was dismissed and 63-year-old Gary Shray was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.

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.

Update on the latest sports

NCAA TOURNAMENT Sweet 16 starts today UNDATED (AP) -- March Madness resumes tonight with regional NCAA semifinals. In West Regional action, top-seeded Gonzaga takes on No. 4 West Virginia, while second-seeded Arizona faces No. 11 Xavier. In the Midwest Regional, Kansas faces Purdue and Oregon takes on Michigan.

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.

For juveniles sentenced to Shakespeare, the world's a stage

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- For some juvenile offenders, their choice is straight out of Hamlet: to act or not to act. Shakespeare & Company, a theater company in Lenox, Massachusetts, works with the courts to get youngsters who run afoul of the law sentenced to perform works of Shakespeare onstage as an alternative to community service or juvenile detention.