Massachusetts

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Court Deals Blow to Murderer Seeking Sex Change

Overturns 2012 ruling in hotly debated case of Michelle Kosilek

(Newser) - A sharply divided federal appeals court has overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder. Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, is serving a life sentence for killing wife Cheryl Kosilek in 1990. Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for surgery she... More »

Dog Finds Human Leg on Mass. Beach

Police investigate remains on Plum Island Beach

(Newser) - A man watched in horror yesterday as his Labrador discovered a human leg on a Massachusetts beach, the Boston Globe reports. Bill Barrett says he and his puppy were out for a walk, searching for seashells on Plum Island Beach, when the leg turned up. "We walked over there,... More »

Woman Pays $20K in Others' Layaway Costs at Toys 'R' Us

Guy paid $1.2K in fellow customers' bills last week

(Newser) - A little heartwarming holiday news: Shoppers who couldn't pay for items on the spot at a Massachusetts Toys 'R' Us no longer have to worry about the costs. That's thanks to an anonymous older woman who paid off every single account at the store—all 150 of... More »

Time Capsule Placed by Paul Revere Found

1795 capsule was in Mass. State House cornerstone

(Newser) - A time capsule placed by Paul Revere and Sam Adams, among others, when the US was just 19 years old was carefully removed from a cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House yesterday. The 1795 time capsule—rediscovered during building maintenance—is thought to contain objects such as coins from as... More »

Church's 3K-Pound Gargoyles Go Missing

No one in Worcester, Mass., has a clue where the giant historic statues could be

(Newser) - A 119-year-old Massachusetts church that had been slated for demolition almost 10 years ago was saved by a local preservation society—but now no one can find the 1.5-ton gargoyles that used to grace its exterior. Officials for Preservation Worcester, the city's Historical Commission, and Liberty Church are... More »

Instructor, Student Killed in Skydiving Accident

Pair apparently hit building near Cape Cod Airfield

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration and local authorities are probing the deaths of two skydivers yesterday evening. The instructor and student, both adult males, were found next to a garage across the street from the Cape Cod Airfield, reports NECN . "We responded to the scene and we observed two people—... More »

Here's the State Whose Drivers Are the Rudest

Idaho's the worst; Washington, DC, is No. 2: survey

(Newser) - Nervous motorists may want to avoid Idaho—it is, according to a new survey, the state that's home to the country's rudest drivers, MSN Autos reports. Why? Two reasons, Insure.com reports: Drivers who drive too slowly and those who tear past them "and flip them off.... More »

3 Afghan Soldiers Go Missing in Massachusetts

They came to US for training exercise

(Newser) - Three Afghan soldiers have gone missing during a two-week training exercise in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports. Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar, who were last seen Saturday at a mall on Cape Cod, are senior officers in Afghanistan's military. Their stay in... More »

3 Dead Infants Found in Squalid Mass. Home

4 children had been removed from Blackstone home 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - The bodies of three infants were found in a now-condemned, vermin-infested Massachusetts home yesterday, two weeks after the state removed four children from the place, the Boston Globe reports. "We do not have the genders of the infants yet, we don't have the manner and cause of death,... More »

Iraq Vet Beats Incumbent in Democratic House Primary

Seth Moulton unseats John Tierney in Massachusetts

(Newser) - For the fourth time this primary season, a House incumbent has been defeated—and there were no Tea Partiers in sight this time. John Tierney, a nine-term Democrat in Massachusetts, was defeated by 35-year-old Iraq veteran Seth Moulton, reports the Wall Street Journal . The former Marine captain had the support... More »

Great White Attacks 2 Kayakers Off Mass. Coast

'It was petrifying,' says one woman after shark flipped their boats

(Newser) - Two women are alive after a very close encounter with a great white shark last night. Ida Parker and Kristin Orr had taken their kayaks out off the coast of Plymouth, Mass., to look for seals when a shark approached, flipped them, and took one of the kayaks in its... More »

Fighter Jet Crashes in Virginia Mountains

Pilot's fate still unknown

(Newser) - A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 fighter jet crashed this morning in the mountains of central Virginia, reports NBC29 . There is no sign of the pilot, who may have ejected before his plane crashed near the rural community of Deerfield; a state police helicopter has begun a search. The F-15... More »

Flying Highway Hatchet Lodges in Car's Dashboard

It fell off a truck, and nobody was hurt

(Newser) - Car passengers on I-95 in Massachusetts survived one of the weirder road hazards you'll ever see: An ax fell off a landscaping truck directly in front of the car, smashed into the windshield, and lodged itself in the dashboard, reports CBS Boston . “Thankfully, the ax only went halfway... More »

Couple's New Middle Names: 'Seamonster'

Don't ask them why—they're not saying

(Newser) - Today's the big day for Neal James Coughlin and wife Melanie Ann Convery: They find out in a Massachusetts court whether they can change their middle names to "Seamonster," reports the AP . They've published their intentions in a local newspaper, as per Massachusetts law, and as... More »

46 Treated for Booze at Keith Urban Show

Boston performance was 'nutso,' singer says

(Newser) - A Keith Urban concert near Boston last night resulted in a lot more reckless behavior than police expected. Some 46 people received medical treatment and 22 were hospitalized, mostly for alcohol-related illnesses, Reuters reports. "Last evening's Keith Urban concert was not anticipated to present with the volume of... More »

After US Woman's Son Dies, the Vatican Calls

Stephany Nicolo got quite the unexpected voicemail

(Newser) - Pope Francis has offered an American woman a "big hug and a blessing" after the death of her son, according to a Vatican official. Stephany Nicolo, a devout Catholic from Wakefield, Mass., says she called the Vatican after her 25-year-old son, Eric, died from an epileptic seizure in May.... More »

Archaeologists' Puzzle: Where Was Plymouth Colony?

Researchers conducting major dig to find site of original settlement

(Newser) - It's one of the most important sites in the history of the United States—but we still don't know where, exactly, it was. That's why University of Massachusetts archaeologists are digging for signs of the original Plymouth colony, the Boston Globe reports. The borders of today's... More »

Mogul Among 7 Killed in Fiery Private Jet Crash

'Inquirer' co-owner aboard plane bound for Atlantic City

(Newser) - A Gulfstream IV bound for Atlantic City crashed in a small airfield near Boston as it was taking off late yesterday, killing all seven people aboard. "There were no survivors," a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority tells the AP . "Our thoughts and prayers are with the... More »

Happiest State Is Also Deadliest, for Workers

That would be North Dakota, with 17.7 deaths per 100K

(Newser) - With the nation's fastest-growing economy and lowest unemployment rate, it's no wonder North Dakota is the happiest state in the country—but it's also the deadliest for workers. According to a new report from the AFL-CIO, oil and gas workers are six times more likely to die... More »

Barney Frank Film Pairs Him With 'Gay Slur' Actor

Alec Baldwin produced new documentary on ex-lawmaker

(Newser) - Barney Frank may be retired, but a new documentary has him back in the spotlight—and pairs him with an actor some would call an unlikely ally, the Daily Beast reports. The gay, retired Massachusetts lawmaker will be interviewed at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Compared to What by... More »

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