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The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

Time Running Out for Huge Reward in Famous Art Heist

Help return lost works to Boston's Gardner Museum and get $10M, but only through 2017

(Newser) - Anyone who knows someone who knows someone who might know something about the notorious Gardner Museum art heist in Boston in 1990 might want to speak up quickly. A $10 million reward leading to the recovery of 13 works of art expires at midnight on Dec. 31. Actually, a reward... More »

Pot Fans Roll 100-Foot Joint in Massachusetts

The monster joint was unveiled at a pot convention in Worcester

(Newser) - Massachusetts marijuana aficionados have rolled a 100-foot-long joint, the AP reports. The effort was led by Boston-based cannabis club and advocacy group Beantown Greentown during an exhibition of pro-marijuana vendors and supporters at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday. They perfected a secret rolling technique using 1,000 grams... More »

Prosecutors: Ex-Senator's Corruption Runs on Dunkin'

Brian Joyce accused of accepting hundreds of pounds of coffee as part of bribes, kickbacks

(Newser) - A former Massachusetts state senator was arrested Friday on charges he accepted about $1 million in bribes and kickbacks, laundered through his law firm, between 2010 and 2016, the Boston Globe reports. Part of those bribes and kickbacks? Hundreds of pounds of free Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Brian Joyce has been... More »

Quarter-Mile Tribute to Whales Looking for New Home

It's North America's longest painting, completed in 1848, and it's newly restored

(Newser) - A museum has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling with the public. The New Bedford Whaling Museum enlisted the help of a textile conservator to fix the "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World." Now it'... More »

Cops: Men Ran Prostitution Ring at Senior Facility

2 men in Massachusetts are facing charges of human trafficking

(Newser) - Two men have been charged with human trafficking after police arrested them for running a prostitution ring out of a senior living facility in Pittsfield, Mass. Police say Joseph Van Wert, 65, and Randy Lambach, 45, will face a hearing later this month, the New York Daily News reports. Lambach... More »

Anthony Weiner's Prison Time Begins

Former congressman reports for 21-month stint

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner's 21-month prison sentence has begun. The former congressman reported to Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass., Monday morning, ABC 7 reports. Weiner asked at his sentencing to be allowed to continue treatment for sex addiction, and Devens is one of nine federal prisons offering the treatment, the... More »

Police Find 19 Dead Animals in Woman's House

They also found 17 live animals

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman faces charges after police say they found 19 dead animals at her home, the AP reports. New Bedford police say officers found dead lizards in cages in the bedroom of Amanda Vicente's 13-year-old son last week. Finches, cockatiels, and hamsters were also found at the home.... More »

Girl Golfer Defeats Boys, Is Denied Trophy

'There are rules in place,' says a 'disappointed' Emily Nash

(Newser) - A 16-year-old won a boys' high school golf tournament in central Massachusetts with a commanding four-stroke lead, but the teen didn't advance to the state championships or, in fact, take home the first-place trophy. That's because while Lunenburg High School junior Emily Nash was allowed to play in... More »

Woman Missing Since 1975 Found, With No Clues on Life

Flora Stevens disappeared 42 years ago after being dropped off at a doctor's appointment

(Newser) - A woman who disappeared from upstate New York 42 years ago has been found suffering from dementia and living in a Massachusetts assisted-living facility, authorities say. The sheriff's office in Sullivan County, NY, says Flora Stevens, 78, was using the last name Harris when detectives tracked her down this... More »

Winter Is Coming, and 2 States Are Dreaming of a New Time Zone

Massachusetts, Maine thinking about joining Puerto Rico in Atlantic time zone

(Newser) - In his first winter in Massachusetts after moving from Washington, DC, Tom Emswiler's heart sank along with the sun at the unconscionably early hour of 4:11pm. "You can imagine my horror," the public health advocate tells NBC News . Now Emswiler is part of a commission studying... More »

5 States With Highest, Lowest Divorce Rates

No guarantees, but Massachusetts is the state with lowest divorce rate

(Newser) - Keeping one's vows till death do you part is a challenge for even the most happily married couples—but the odds might be greater depending on where you live. To find out which states have the highest and lowest rates of divorce, 24/7 Wall St. examined a Census Bureau... More »

Unclear if Skinny-Dippers or Wedding Guests More Shocked

Beachfront wedding gets crashed by nude couple

(Newser) - You know the old saying: "Something borrowed, something nude." WHDH reports a beachfront wedding was interrupted by a pair of skinny-dippers Saturday afternoon in Massachusetts. Wedding guests at a venue on Salisbury Beach were shocked, we're sure, to see a couple swimming nude in the middle of... More »

2 States Sue Over Trump Decision on Birth Control

Massachusetts, California take action

(Newser) - Two attorneys general filed lawsuits Friday over the Trump administration's decision to allow businesses to refuse to cover employees' birth control in their insurance plans. The move rolled back a mandate of the Affordable Care Act and allows companies to claim moral or religious objections to providing birth control... More »

Babies Born on Same Day at Same Hospital Grow Up to Wed

It was love at first sight for Mr. and Mrs. Bairos

(Newser) - A couple born on the same day at the same Massachusetts hospital have exchanged vows more than two decades later, per the AP . The Taunton Gazette reports that Jessica Gomes and Aaron Bairos got married Sept. 9. Each was born on April 28, 1990, at the same hospital in Taunton,... More »

Church Wants Developer to Pay $19M Over Shadows

Boston landmark says it would use most of the money for low-income housing

(Newser) - A historic Boston church is asking a developer to pay $19 million to compensate for shadows cast by a proposed tower, per the AP . Old South Church claims the proposed Back Bay Station project will cast shadows on the 142-year-old church that will cause moisture damage and darken stained-glass windows,... More »

Prosecutors: Husband Bought Cocaine After Killing Teacher

Habit 'wrecked his marriage to Vanessa MacCormack'

(Newser) - Andrew MacCormack had an expensive cocaine habit that was ruining his marriage, prosecutors said as the alleged murderer appeared in court Wednesday. Prosecutors said Vanessa MacCormack, a second-grade teacher in Revere, Mass., had recently threatened to divorce MacCormack and sell their house, the Boston Globe reports. They said MacCormack had... More »

Schoolteacher's Murder Points to 'One Person Only'

Husband Andrew MacCormack charged Tuesday

(Newser) - Days after a second-grade teacher was found murdered in her home in Revere, Mass., a state police chief says an investigation has "led to one person and one person only, and he is now under arrest." Andrew MacCormack was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the death... More »

Fans to Pats After Overcharge for Tap Water: 'Shame on You'

It was so hot in Foxborough, Mass., that the bottled water disappeared

(Newser) - You might get asked "bottled or tap?" about your water preferences at a restaurant, but at Gillette Stadium on Sunday only the latter was offered—at prices usually paid for the former. NBC Sports reports that fans who came to see the New England Patriots beat the Houston Texans... More »

Manning Talks Dystopias, Privacy, Being Called a 'Traitor'

Transgender activist spoke in Massachusetts, noting: 'I did the best I could'

(Newser) - Harvard withdrew its fellowship offer to Chelsea Manning last week after CIA Director Mike Pompeo refused to speak there (he called Manning an "American traitor"), but the military whistleblower and transgender activist pushed back on that assessment during a weekend appearance in Massachusetts. The Guardian reports that Manning... More »

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