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His Grandpa Was Driving. Then, 7 Minutes of Panic

12-year-old Benjamin Bubis managed to call 911, pull car over after grandfather's medical emergency

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Massachusetts man is recovering from a stroke he suffered while driving on a major highway, and a doctor says he has his 12-year-old grandson to thank. Benjamin Bubis, a seventh-grader from Canton, was on his way to soccer practice on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 495 when his grandfather,... More »

Kevin Spacey Arraigned in Sex Assault Case

Actor appears in court in Nantucket, Mass., but he says nothing

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey failed to avoid his perp walk: The actor showed up in court in Nantucket, Mass., on Monday to be arraigned in his felony sexual assault case . Spacey is accused of groping an 18-year-old busboy in a Nantucket restaurant in 2016, and the busboy reportedly has video proof . Spacey... More »

Boston Marathon Survivor 'Broken' After Another Setback

Adrianne Haslet is struck by a car, has surgery

(Newser) - She lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, only to return to run the race again , as well as to dance . Now Adrianne Haslet has suffered another blow. She was hit by a car Saturday evening in Boston and already has undergone surgery, reports TMZ . "Struck by a... More »

Pete Davidson in Stand-Up Set: Should I Get Louis CK Tattoo?

Not out of admiration, though, 'SNL' star jokes in 2 Mass. standup shows, which also covered Ariana

(Newser) - The last part of 2018 was a volatile one for Pete Davidson: He split with Ariana Grande , found himself at the center of controversy for mocking a former Navy SEAL , and deleted his Instagram account after a concerning post in which he hinted at suicide . The 25-year-old SNL star decided... More »

Boston Bomber Appeals: Nix Conviction, Death Sentence

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers say he should never have been tried in Boston

(Newser) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys don't deny their client was behind the "heinous" 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, along with his late brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But they're now appealing the 25-year-old's conviction and death sentence, arguing that publicity before the trial in Boston was so prevalent and "... More »

For Sale: $975K Home of Accused Salem 'Witch'

After release from jail in 1693, Sarah Clayes settled in this Framingham house

(Newser) - A once-run-down historic home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled after she was spared the noose is on the market after an extensive renovation. The home in Framingham, Mass., known as the Sarah and Peter Clayes House, hit the market Thursday... More »

Woman: 'Why Is There a Truck in My Living Room?'

Vehicle smashes into Massachusetts home

(Newser) - A pickup truck has smashed through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch. Police say the crash happened around 11:30am Thursday in Templeton, the AP reports. Tracy Samuels, who was sleeping on the couch, says she heard a loud bang, woke up... More »

190 Turtles Freeze to Death

Two chilling nights killed them off the coast of Cape Cod

(Newser) - Nearly 190 sea turtles died off Cape Cod in a way no one wants to go—slowly freezing to death. The Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary says the turtles were found "incapacitated" along the coast of Massachusetts early Friday, NBC News reports. "A lot of the turtles were found... More »

People Wait in Rain for Hours on East Coast's First Day of Pot Sales

It was a successful first day, by all accounts

(Newser) - Customers waited in long lines, sometimes for hours, on a cold and rainy New England day to be among the first people to legally buy recreational marijuana on the East Coast, the AP reports. More than two years after Massachusetts voters approved of legalizing marijuana for adults, the state's... More »

Young Mayor's Alleged Dark Past Is Haunting Him

But Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia denies all charges

(Newser) - Elected at age 23, arrested three years later: That's the latest on Jasiel Correia, the youngest-ever mayor of Fall River, Mass., and alleged defrauder of investors in a tech startup, the Boston Globe reports. Before turning mayor in 2015, Correia allegedly spent $231,000 in investors' money on everything... More »

Cases Tainted by Perpetually High Lab Worker Tossed Out

Sonja Farak abused crime lab drugs for 8 years

(Newser) - Thousands of additional drug cases tainted by a former chemist authorities say was high on an assortment of substances almost every day she worked at a state drug lab for eight years must be dismissed, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Thursday. The Supreme Judicial Court's decision is the latest twist... More »

Teacher Accused of Doing Strange Thing With His Child

Anthony Helinski allegedly stuck his toddler in a game machine

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teacher has been charged with putting his toddler into a game machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall and using her to steal prizes, the AP reports. Police in Salem say 34-year-old Anthony Helinski, of Lawrence, Mass., turned himself in Wednesday, five days after witnesses at the Mall... More »

Fatal Truck Accident Prompts Knife Attack

"You killed my mom," alleged attacker reportedly shouted

(Newser) - A vehicle vs. pedestrian accident in Watertown, Mass., left a woman dead on Wednesday. The violent aftermath of the crash left the driver of the flatbed tow truck that hit her in critical condition and another man in police custody. Authorities say that after the woman was struck, a man... More »

Reading Was Way Off Before Massachusetts Gas Explosions

Per a letter from Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey to Columbia Gas

(Newser) - The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been, according to a letter from the state's US senators to executives of the utility in charge of the pipelines. Sens. Elizabeth Warren... More »

Rare Shark Fatality Takes Life of Boogie Boarder

It's the first Mass. shark-attack death in 80 years

(Newser) - A man was bitten by a shark Saturday in the water off a Cape Cod beach and died later at a hospital, becoming the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years, the AP reports. The 26-year-old man from Revere succumbed to his injuries following the attack... More »

Investigators Hunt for Answers in Mass. Gas Explosions

The NTSB has joined the investigation

(Newser) - Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of fiery natural gas explosions that killed a teen driver in his car just hours after he got his license, injured at least 25 others, and left dozens of homes in smoldering ruins. Authorities said an estimated 8,000 people... More »

Gas Explosions, Fires Hit Dozens of Massachusetts Homes

'It looked like Armageddon, it really did'

(Newser) - A terrifying series of gas explosions hit three communities north of Boston on Thursday, damaging scores of homes and killing a teenager. The blasts ignited dozens of house fires in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, forcing thousands of families to flee, NBC reports. Authorities believe up to 80 houses were... More »

Jeweler's Billboard Strikes a Nerve

Garieri Jewelers in Massachusetts getting death threats over 'Take a Knee' joke

(Newser) - Garieri Jewelers hoped to catch people's attention with a billboard in Charlton, Massachusetts, and they certainly did. The owners didn't bank on the death threats, however. As CBS Boston reports, the billboard in question shows a man kneeling on a football field as he proposes. "If you'... More »

Powerful Incumbent Loses Mass. Democratic Primary

Ayanna Pressley slams Trump, party establishment

(Newser) - Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley scored an upset win in a Massachusetts primary Tuesday night and is set to become the state's first black congresswoman—especially since no Republican is running against her in the 7th Congressional District. Pressley defeated 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano, who had been endorsed by... More »

As Brothers Try to Spread Dad's Ashes, a Double Tragedy

1 dead, 1 paralyzed in Friday crash in Hanson, Mass.

(Newser) - An Army National Guard pilot is dead, and his brother paralyzed from the waist down, after the plane they were hoping to use to scatter their late father's ashes crashed into a Massachusetts pond. On leave from a tour of duty in Kosovo, pilot Scott Landis, 34, had taken... More »

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