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LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — More than 28,000 Afghans have applied for temporary admission into the U.S. for humanitarian reasons since shortly before the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan and sparked a chaotic U.S. withdrawal, but only about 100 of them have been approved, according to federal officials.

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BOSTON (AP) — International students are returning to U.S. colleges in stronger numbers this year, but the rebound has yet to make up for last year's historic declines as COVID-19 continues to disrupt academic exchange, according to a new survey.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Before Thomas Randele sold luxury cars and taught golf in suburban Boston, before he got married and had a family, federal marshals say he was Theodore John Conrad, who pulled off one of the biggest bank robberies in Cleveland's history. The suspect's disappearance was…

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BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- G Bae, a design professor at Harvard University who recently joined Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), announced today the launch of her NFT art collection: Glitchy B*tches. After 9 months of painting and Solidity development, G Bae and her team are proud to release this dynamic NFT collection of 10,101 stunningly painted female portraits. In a first for NFTs, these portraits can visually change upon request - occasionally in unpredictable ways. The collection is now available at glitchybitches.com.

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CANTON, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Point32Health today announced the appointment of Phil Barr as president of government and commercial markets and Peter Church as chief people officer.  Phil and Peter will report to Cain Hayes, president and chief executive officer of Point32Health.

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BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Goulston & Storrs, an Am Law 200 firm, is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys at the firm – Ned Abelson, Gerret Baur, Peter Bilowz, Jean Bowe, Adam Curry, Martin Fantozzi, Christian Habersaat, Gregory Kaden, Matthew Kiefer, Elizabeth Levine, Carla Reeves, Steven Schwartz, and Rebecca Tunney – have been named to Boston Magazine's inaugural Top Lawyers list. The attorneys on the Top Lawyers list were selected by their peers as being among the best and most widely recognized lawyers in the Greater Boston area for their excellence in legal work.

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WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Findings from the newly published 2021-2022 Compensation Technology Buyer's Guide, an independently researched guide to the best of HR compensation technology, highlight Salary.com as a market leader in system capabilities and innovation, making it a powerful resource and tool that businesses use to help drive top performance. Drawing insights from in-depth interviews and a survey of 856 firms conducted by Lighthouse Research & Advisory, the Guide provides unbiased, neutral views of the technology landscape to support compensation and HR leaders. This year's report highlights the considerations, concerns and action steps companies are taking to ensure they can address a dynamic labor market and pressing concerns around pay equity and transparency.

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BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Eaton Vance closed-end funds listed below released today the estimated sources of their November distributions (each a "Fund").  This press release is issued as required by the Funds' managed distribution plan (Plan) and an exemptive order received from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Board of Trustees has approved the implementation of the Plan to make monthly, as noted below, cash distributions to common shareholders, stated in terms of a fixed amount per common share. This information is sent to you for informational purposes only and is an estimate of the sources of the November distribution.  It is not determinative of the tax character of a Fund's distributions for the 2021 calendar year. Shareholders should note that each Fund's total regular distribution amount is subject to change as a result of market conditions or other factors.

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BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report released today by Zipcar, the world's leading car sharing network, shows the impact of car sharing on city living, finding that Zipcar helps remove more than half a million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. In addition to cleaner air, Zipcar brings social and economic benefits to cities across the U.S. by reducing congestion, opening up street space, and providing an affordable means of transit that serves a diverse member base.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In its continuing efforts to support gender equity in the workplace, Sanofi is offering all employees worldwide 14 weeks of paid parental leave starting January 1, 2022. This enhanced paid leave will cover all permanent employees who are welcoming a new child or whose partner is welcoming a new child, through childbirth, adoption, surrogacy, or due to custody. Employees will continue to receive their base salary for the 14-week leave period. This benefit is designed to support families by giving parents dedicated time to prepare for and welcome their new child.

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UTICA, N.Y., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Seventy-five percent of Massachusetts residents see the use of facial recognition technologies by law enforcement as appropriate and beneficial, according to new research from Zogby Analytics. The statewide interactive survey of 607 Massachusetts residents was conducted from Oct. 28-31 and has a margin of error of +/- 4%.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Codex Alimentarius Commission has approved the addition of Basic Methacrylate Copolymer (BMC, INS 1205) to the General Standards for Food Additives (GSFA). Many countries rely on the standards set by Codex, so this approval should enable BMC's use as a food additive for fortification in many African countries. Codex-Senegal played a key role in this decision, sponsoring BMC through the Codex process and advocating for its humanitarian potential to address important nutrient deficiencies prevalent in low- and middle- income countries worldwide.

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MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- APITech™ (API Technologies Corp." or "APITech"), a leading provider of high-performance RF and microwave signal conditioning and electromagnetic spectrum management solutions, announced today that industry veteran Rich Sorelle has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective immediately. Terrence Hahn has stepped down from his role as CEO and will continue to serve as a member of AEA Investors' Senior Advisory Council. AEA Investors, a leading global investment firm with $15 billion assets under management, is the primary owner of APITech.

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CHICAGO and BURLINGTON, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Aclaimant, a leading software as a service (SaaS) company that digitizes risk management offices, today announced a product collaboration with ClickSafety, an industry-leading provider of online safety compliance training programs. Together, Aclaimant and ClickSafety will provide a comprehensive learning solution for companies of all sizes and across industries to take their risk management and EHS initiatives to the next level through ongoing employee training.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and AMSTERDAM, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Capitalizing on each other's areas of expertise to advance materials innovation, Kebotix, a U.S.-based technology platform company that transforms discovery of new chemicals and materials through AI and robotics, and SCM, a Netherlands-based computational chemistry software company specializing in accurate property prediction methods through atomistic modeling, have announced a strategic partnership.

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LOWELL, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NetNumber announced today that Matt Rosenberg, Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), has been selected by Industry Era Magazine as one of its "Top 10 Influential CROs for 2021". This award recognizes company individuals across industries for their leadership qualities and demonstrable ability to positively impact the growth of their customers' business. Mr. Rosenberg was chosen for his unwavering commitment to his internal teams and his dedication to putting his customers first.

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WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- KPM Analytics, a global leader in scientific instrumentation for the food, agriculture, industrial, and environmental sectors, announced the establishment of a new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As KPM Analytics continues to grow and expand its global footprint, the Kuala Lumpur office will provide local sales and support to the APAC region for all KPM Analytics product brands. Having access to experts in the region will help companies enhance quality and process control, optimize efficiencies, and obtain rapid analysis and automation solutions for their business.

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WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /CNW/ -- KPM Analytics, a global leader in scientific instrumentation for the food, agriculture, industrial, and environmental sectors, announced the establishment of a new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As KPM Analytics continues to grow and expand its global footprint, the Kuala Lumpur office will provide local sales and support to the APAC region for all KPM Analytics product brands. Having access to experts in the region will help companies enhance quality and process control, optimize efficiencies, and obtain rapid analysis and automation solutions for their business.

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WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- KPM Analytics, a global leader in scientific instrumentation for the food, agriculture, industrial, and environmental sectors, announced the establishment of a new office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As KPM Analytics continues to grow and expand its global footprint, the Kuala Lumpur office will provide local sales and support to the APAC region for all KPM Analytics product brands. Having access to experts in the region will help companies enhance quality and process control, optimize efficiencies, and obtain rapid analysis and automation solutions for their business.

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WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Buyers Edge Platform, the leading Software and Analytics company providing data-driven insights and technology to the foodservice industry, has launched a Supply Chain Support Center to help restaurants and other operators navigate the many challenges brought on by the supply chain crisis. In a time of disruption, the support center provides up-to-date commodity insights and supply chain expertise to various foodservice industry stakeholders.

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BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercury, a leading provider of white-label NFT platform solutions for brands and enterprises, announced today that it has partnered with Impossible Brief, the London-based multi-disciplinary design and production studio. This long-term partnership enables Mercury to offer its partners best-in-class innovation and design to meet the demands of the emerging and rapidly-expanding digital collectible space.

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HOLLISTON, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Biostage, Inc. (OTCQB: BSTG) ("Biostage" or the "Company"), a biotechnology company with successful "first-in-human" experience in esophageal cancer and FDA approval to commence a clinical trial of its Biostage Esophageal Implant for esophageal disease, today announced it has hired David Green as its Chief Executive Officer and appointed Mr. Green as Chairman of the Board of Directors (the "Board"). Mr. Green is the founder and CEO of Zero CarbonTM LLC, an energy-efficiency business. He is also the former CEO and Chairman of Biostage. Mr. Green resigned from his roles in Biostage in 2015 after he had been involved in a major road accident.

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BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- RSA Conference, the world's leading information security conferences and expositions, today announced its initial line-up of keynote speakers for its upcoming Conference, taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco Feb. 7-10, 2022. Speakers include highly decorated Paralympian swimmer Jessica Long, Executive Chairman, Team Rubicon and Chief Executive, Groundswell Jake Wood, Office of the National Cyber Director for the Executive Office of the President of the United States John Inglis, as well as dozens of prominent cybersecurity experts and innovators.

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BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Plannuh, transforming the way marketers plan and budget, today announced that it was selected for a third consecutive year by Axonius, the fast-growing leader in cybersecurity asset management, to help improve its budget management efficiency and accuracy. After implementing Plannuh, Axonius immediately saved 88% of the time they spent managing their budget and realized a 90% improvement in budget accuracy.

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BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- BV Investment Partners (BV), a middle-market private equity firm focused on the tech-enabled business services, software and IT services sectors, announced today that it has made a significant, growth-oriented investment in EMS Management & Consultants (EMS|MC), in partnership with the existing management team.  EMS|MC is the leading provider of revenue cycle management and technology solutions for the emergency medical services (EMS) industry.

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BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Wasabi Technologies, the hot cloud storage company, today announced that it has partnered with Nutanix, a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, to deliver a next-generation capacity management and analytics solution that meets the evolving needs for unstructured data storage. Through Nutanix Files supported integration of data tiering to Wasabi's cloud object store, joint customers will be able to scale unstructured datasets on demand, deploy automated rules and triggers for efficient data management, and gain high-impact analytics and complete visibility across their data at breakthrough pricing and performance.

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NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- MPINarada, a global leader in battery technology, has been manufacturing lithium batteries for telecommunications and other markets for over 10 years, exceeding 1.2 million units deployed globally. This addition to the NPFC lineup provides another option to users with a different form factor choice, but the same technical quality found in all the NPFC family of batteries. With a longer life cycle compared to standard valve-regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries, the NPFC HELiION lithium family of batteries boasts UL and UN certifications, demonstrating MPINarada's commitment to quality and safety.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) Watson Health is introducing a new AI orchestration offering to help imaging organizations experience the benefits of having AI applications work seamlessly together. IBM Watson Health will officially launch IBM Imaging AI Orchestrator at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2021 Annual Meeting in Chicago this week. In addition, IBM is announcing IBM Imaging Workflow Orchestrator with Watson, a new solution that modernizes the radiologist's reading experience while reducing the demands on IT and imaging system administrators.

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FREMONT, Calif. and WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ardelyx, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARDX), a specialty biopharmaceutical company founded with a mission to discover, develop and commercialize innovative first-in-class medicines that meet significant unmet medical needs, today announced plans to launch IBSRELA, the company's approved treatment for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in adults, in the second quarter of 2022.

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BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in consumer robots, is getting in the holiday spirit by unveiling new features powered by iRobot Genius™ Home Intelligence that further personalization and smart home experiences for the Roomba® j7 and j7+ robot vacuums and other connected robots. The company is also announcing product discounts on iRobot.com across the company's portfolio.

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BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As many as 40% of employees working in digital fields are actively job hunting, and nearly 75% are expecting to leave their current role in the near future. These were among the findings of a global survey of almost 10,000 employees in digital roles conducted by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network, a global alliance of recruitment websites. The report, titled Decoding the Digital Talent Challenge, is being released today.

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BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- FINTRX, a leading resource for Family Office & Registered Investment Advisor commercial intelligence, today announced it has raised $9 million for a minority stake in its Series A round of funding. The round was led by Founder & CEO of Definitive Healthcare (Nasdaq: DH), Jason Krantz, who successfully took his company public in September of this year. The round also received participation from Definitive Healthcare Chief Revenue Officer Joe Mirisola. Houlihan Lokey acted as financial advisor to FINTRX on the transaction.

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PLAINVILLE, Mass., Nov. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Hilco Vision (hilcovision.com) has acquired Belgium and Netherlands-based Simovision BV (simovision.com) effective November 17, 2021.

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BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Snyk, a leader in developer security, today announced that AWS has integrated Snyk Security Intelligence into a new, significantly enhanced Amazon Inspector, empowering both developer and security teams with trusted data and actionable insights to better help them build secure software.

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CONCORD, Mass., Nov. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied BioMath (www.appliedbiomath.com), the industry-leader in providing model-informed drug discovery and development (MID3) support to help accelerate and de-risk therapeutic research and development (R&D), today announced their participation at the Cytokine-Based Cancer Immunotherapies Summit occurring November 30th to December 2nd, 2021 in Boston, MA. 

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BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2021 /CNW/ -- Today at AWS re:Invent hosted by Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), Starburst, an analytics anywhere company, announced the industry's first cross-cloud analytics solution with the latest iteration of its SaaS product Starburst Galaxy. First released in February 2021, this most updated version of Starburst Galaxy now allows customers to query data across cloud platforms seamlessly without sacrificing speed or access.

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BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at AWS re:Invent hosted by Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), Starburst, an analytics anywhere company, announced the industry's first cross-cloud analytics solution with the latest iteration of its SaaS product Starburst Galaxy. First released in February 2021, this most updated version of Starburst Galaxy now allows customers to query data across cloud platforms seamlessly without sacrificing speed or access.

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QUINCY, Mass., Nov. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- FORM, the leading field execution platform for teams, today announced Bri Newhart as its new Vice President of Human Resources. With over 15 years of experience leading diverse teams across multiple industries, Newhart joins FORM as a people-centric leader who will build and unite the company's rapidly-growing global team with innovation centers in Boston, Denver, London, Kyiv, and Krakow.