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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 »

'Deadly' Painkiller's Maker Sues Over Prescription Ban

Massachusetts can't override FDA, drug firm says

(Newser) - Drug maker Zogenix is kicking back against attempts to ban a strong new painkiller that critics warn will kill people as soon as it is released . The firm has filed suit in Massachusetts in an attempt to block Gov. Deval Patrick's executive order banning doctors from prescribing Zohydro, reports... More »

Couple Says 'I Do,' Venue Bursts Into Flames

But everybody gets out safely

(Newser) - Authorities say a three-alarm fire broke out at a wedding outside Boston just after the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife. Flames broke through the roof of the historic Lakeview Pavilion in Foxborough last night, destroying it. The fire was knocked down hours after it started. Justice of... More »

St. Paddy's Party in Mass.: Riot Gear, Brawls, 73 Arrests

Note: The actual holiday is next Monday

(Newser) - This is why we can't have nice St. Paddy's Day parties: With more than a week to go before the holiday honoring all things green and boozy, er, the 5th-century Catholic bishop , cops in Massachusetts had to break up a party that sounds more war zone-themed than Irish.... More »

'Upskirt' Pics Now Illegal in Massachusetts

After court ruling, lawmakers worked up a quick bill, and the governor signed it

(Newser) - If you were outraged by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that deemed "upskirt" photos legal , you can turn that frown upside down. Just a day after the decision, state lawmakers voted yesterday to outlaw photos of "sexual or intimate parts" secretly snapped in public in an "... More »

Court: 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Massachusetts' highest court says current laws don't apply

(Newser) - Women who ride the Boston subway will not be pleased to hear that the state's highest court says it's legal for someone to take "upskirt" photos of their privates. The state Supreme Judicial Court thinks it should be illegal, but the justices say current laws don't... More »

US Gets a Taste of Monk-Brewed Beer

Massachusetts abbey becomes first Trappist brewery outside of Europe

(Newser) - American monks are done letting their European counterparts have all the brewing fun. For more than a century, Catholic Cistercian monks known as Trappists have been brewing and selling what many beer lovers consider some of the best in the world. Eight monasteries—six in Belgium and one each in... More »

2 Children Dead After Getting Locked in Hope Chest

The tragedy unfolded in Massachusetts around family dinner

(Newser) - A family gathered yesterday for dinner in Franklin, Mass., only to discover that two young siblings had locked themselves in a hope chest and were unresponsive, the Boston Globe reports. The children—Lexi Munroe, 8, and her brother Sean, 7—were rushed to hospital and later pronounced dead, leaving family... More »

2 States Stop Paying Builder of Bungled Health Care Sites

Vermont is asking for a refund, and Massachusetts is considering it

(Newser) - The federal health care exchange isn't the only one that CGI Federal screwed up. The much-maligned contractor also built seven exchanges for individual states, and now two of those states—Massachusetts and Vermont—have stopped payment, with Vermont even requesting a refund, thanks to the company's failure to... More »

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,... More »

Mall Santa Charged With Feeling Up Elf

Herbert Jones pleads not guilty to indecent assault, battery

(Newser) - It looks like Santa Claus may be on the naughty list this year: A man who played St. Nick at a Massachusetts mall has been barred from the shopping center after he was charged with groping an 18-year-old woman playing an elf. Herbert Jones was released on $1,000 bail... More »

Racist Slurs End Mass. School's Football Season

3 games dropped following multiple incidents

(Newser) - A Massachusetts high school has canceled the remainder of its football season after a racist message was sprayed on a 13-year-old team member's home. "Knights don't need (the n-word)," said the graffiti, just one of several recent incidents. The FBI is investigating amid reports that Lunenberg... More »

Student Punished for Driving Drunk Friend Home

School says Erin Cox violated zero-tolerance policy

(Newser) - Erin Cox was just trying to be a good friend when, two weeks ago, she drove to a party to pick up a girl who had called Cox asking for a ride because she had been drinking. But just after Cox got there, the police arrived. According to CBS Boston... More »

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