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Cop Accused of Bomb, Shootout Hoaxes Found Dead

Massachusetts officer believed to have died by suicide

(Newser) - A sad end to a strange story: Bryan Johnson, a former police officer accused of calling in a bomb threat and faking a shootout earlier this year, was found dead in his Millis, Mass., home Thanksgiving morning—and authorities believe he died by his own hand, USA Today reports. The... More »

Dozens of Animals Perish in Massachusetts Shelter Fire

All but 5 of rescue's dogs, cats are dead

(Newser) - Heartbreaking: A Massachusetts animal shelter building caught fire late Sunday and was totally engulfed by the time firefighters got there—leading to the deaths of dozens of animals. "We didn't think we'd be able to save any of the animals. That was our first goal—to do... More »

Woman Wins $1M Scratch-Offs —21 Years Apart

It's going to be a very merry Christmas for Constance Carpenito's family

(Newser) - Few people are lucky enough to win $1 million in the lottery. But one Massachusetts woman has now done it twice. Constance Carpenito, of Stoneham, recently won a $1 million prize on a scratch-off ticket in the $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire instant game. A spokesman for the Massachusetts Lottery... More »

Pastafarian Scores a Win Vs. Mass.

Yes, Lindsay Miller, you can wear a colander in your driver's license photo

(Newser) - Score another victory for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts—normally not one to allow head coverings in driver's license photos—has made an exception for one Lindsay Miller and the colander she likes to wear as a hat. As the AP notes, Miller... More »

Cop Awarded for Sending Flowers to Crying Speeder

Ashley Catatao went 'beyond the call of duty,' says chief

(Newser) - A Massachusetts police officer who sent flowers to a crying woman she pulled over for speeding has received a commendation. Somerville Officer Ashley Catatao received a Beyond the Call of Duty Award from Chief David Fallon on Tuesday for her empathy and professionalism during the Nov. 4 traffic stop. More »

You Probably Can't Carry Your Toy Gun in Boston

If it has a marking to distinguish it from a real gun, you're OK

(Newser) - You should probably leave your toy gun at home if you're planning to be out and about in Boston. The city has banned "realistic-looking" toy handguns or "replica" handguns, NBC News and the Boston Globe report. Anyone caught with such a "gun" in a public space... More »

Legally Blind Barber Gets $100K for Wrongful Termination

He says his condition didn't affect his work

(Newser) - A legally blind barber was awarded $100,000 by a Massachusetts commission against discrimination after it says he was wrongly fired. The Boston Herald reported Saturday that Joel Nixon had been working for Tony's Barber Shop in Norton for a year before his boss discovered his condition. The 29-year-old... More »

Woman Learns She's Pregnant, Gives Birth an Hour Later

Baby, gallstone. Tomato, tomahto

(Newser) - Pregnancy can be a wild nine months of mood swings, cravings, love, stress, bonding, and so much more. Unless you're Massachusetts resident Judy Brown, who got the whole thing out of the way in about an hour. ABC News reports the 47-year-old went to the hospital Wednesday night with... More »

10-Year-Old: Change Law So I Can Be POTUS

10-year-old says foreign adoption shouldn't dash her presidential ambitions

(Newser) - Massachusetts is known for churning out its fair share of patriots, and Alena Mulhern is no exception. But when the Kingston 10-year-old first told her mom she hoped to be the president of the United States someday, Barbara Mulhern Caparell said, "Honey, unfortunately that's the only thing you... More »

Towing Company Charges Man $48K to Remove Jeep From Mud

It probably would have been cheaper to just leave it there

(Newser) - “I thought they made a mistake," Massachusetts resident Joel Ramer tells WFXT-TV about the moments after he received a $48,000 towing bill. Ramer was off-roading with his girlfriend when his Jeep got stuck in a mud pit. Assured Collision responded to tow Ramer's vehicle, and spent... More »

Woman Doing Repairs Blows Up Her House

Laurie Beliveau was in her bedroom for the first blast

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman apparently botched some home repairs yesterday and blew her house to smithereens, WBT reports. Lucky for Laurie Beliveau, 52, she fled her property in Taunton, Mass., minutes before the explosion. "We, my son and I, got her a pair of sandals and a glass of water... More »

At Revolutionary War Site, 'Heroism Cries Out'

Archaeologists find exact spots soldiers stood during Parker's Revenge

(Newser) - Archaeologists using 21st-century technology are mapping out the exact spots British soldiers and Colonial militiamen were standing as they fired at each other during a pivotal skirmish on the first day of the American Revolution. Parker's Revenge, as the fight is known, occurred on April 19, 1775, after the... More »

Kid Finds $8K in Cash on Slide at Playground

And then turns it in

(Newser) - How many kids would turn in $5 they found in a park, let alone $8,000? Aiden Wright, 7, decided to do the right thing (with some prompting from his uncle) Saturday after he spotted a black checkbook while taking a "last run" down the slide at Memorial Park... More »

FBI on the Case of Woman Who Fell Off Cruise Ship

The 59-year-old reportedly went overboard while sailing to Bar Harbor, Maine

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says the FBI is investigating after the body of a woman who fell off a cruise ship was pulled from waters off the coast of Massachusetts. The Portland Press Herald reports the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office plans to perform an autopsy on the 59-year-old's... More »

Chemical Sleuthing Adds Another Clue to Baby Doe Puzzle

Isotopes in hair, teeth of girl found on Boston beach suggest she was transient

(Newser) - The "first big break" in Boston's Baby Doe case came earlier this month when tests discovered local pollen on the dead girl's clothing and blanket. Now another clue has emerged, thanks to the chemical detective work of a Utah lab: After analysis that compared oxygen isotopes in... More »

Small Mass. Town Forced to Deal With Cosby Drama

Residents in town where comedian has vacation home just want to stay out of it

(Newser) - Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby's compound has for decades provided refuge for the comedian and his family. The typically low-key Cosbys have been known to spend holidays and large parts of their summers there, a popular tourist stop situated more than 100 miles from... More »

'Mt. Everest of Wreck Diving' Claims Another Victim

Search called off for missing diver at Andrea Doria

(Newser) - A 64-year-old man is presumed dead after he disappeared during a dive at the famed SS Andrea Doria shipwreck off the coast of Massachusetts. Officials say a fellow diver was with the man, who has not been identified, at a 20-foot decompression stop on Tuesday near the spot where the... More »

Tragedy and Miracle as Plane Crashes Into Mass. Home

Just misses house of 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' author Jeff Kinney

(Newser) - A small Beechcraft BE36 aircraft crashed yesterday into a house in Plainfield, Mass., killing its pilot and two passengers but sparing the family of four inside the house, the Boston Globe reports. FAA officials say the plane had taken off from Pennsylvania's Lancaster Airport and was headed toward Massachusetts'... More »

Cops: House for Sale Was Wired to Explode

Previous Massachusetts tenants are suspects

(Newser) - There are bad tenants, there are nightmare tenants, and then there are the people who rented a Boston-area house and are suspected of leaving it wired to explode after they moved out. The chief of police in Milton, Mass., says an explosive device designed to cause "significant destruction" was... More »

Massachusetts Snow Gave Police Clue They Needed

'I guess we can thank the snow on this one'

(Newser) - Snow has been the scourge of Massachusetts this winter, but for Lakeville Police Detective Sgt. Sean Joyce, it proved to be a bit of a blessing. He was on the scene of a home break-in when he spotted a very weather-dependent clue: the readable impression of a license plate in... More »

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