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What Clinton Called a 'Con' in Commencement Speech

The new Trump budget, Hillary said at alma mater Wellesley

(Newser) - Nearly 50 years ago this month, a young Hillary Rodham delivered Wellesley College's student commencement speech . On Friday, Hillary Rodham (now with a "Clinton" tagged onto the end) addressed graduating students there for the third time—she also spoke at commencement in 1992, when she was first lady,... More »

10 States With the Biggest Drug Problems

DC leads pack, followed by Vermont, Colorado

(Newser) - The United States as a whole is battling an opioid epidemic, but certain states are harder hit by drugs than others. Colorado, for example, has the highest percentage of teenagers and adults who use illicit drugs, while West Virginia has the most overdose deaths per capita, reports WalletHub . The site... More »

Bloody Scene in Hernandez Cell: Police Report

Ex-NFLer wrote 'John 3:16' on his forehead in ink, on the cell wall in blood

(Newser) - Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez wrote a reference to a biblical passage in ink on his forehead and in blood on his prison cell wall before he hanged himself with a bedsheet, Massachusetts State Police say in an investigative report released Thursday. The report notes "John 3:16" was... More »

'Screeching of Tires,' Then Death at an Auto Show

One victim was in her first day on the job when SUV went out of control

(Newser) - An SUV being shown to prospective buyers at a crowded indoor auto auction suddenly accelerated with a screech of its tires and crashed through a wall on Wednesday, killing three people, including a woman working her first day there, and injuring nine. An auction employee in his 70s was behind... More »

This May Be Biggest Dismissal of US Criminal Convictions Ever

Massachusetts prosecutors move to toss 21K tainted drug cases

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Massachusetts moved to throw out more than 21,000 drug convictions on Tuesday, five years after a chemist at the state drug lab was caught tampering with evidence and falsifying tests, the AP reports. The state's highest court had ordered district attorneys in seven counties to produce... More »

Prison: Aaron Hernandez Hangs Himself in Cell

Ex-Patriot was serving a life term for murder

(Newser) - Startling news out of a Massachusetts prison: Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his cell overnight, say authorities at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. Hernandez, serving a life term for murder, used a bed sheet attached to the window in his cell, say the prison officials,... More »

Arrest Made in Jogger's Murder

Authorities 'very confident' Angel Colon-Ortiz killed Vanessa Marcotte

(Newser) - Twenty-seven-year-old Vanessa Marcotte was murdered in the middle of the day while jogging near her mother's house in Massachusetts last August. Late Friday, authorities arrested a suspect. "We got him," ABC News quotes Joseph Early Jr. as saying. The district attorney says they are "very confident"... More »

Employee's Yelp Review on Competitor Costs Him $34.5K

'Incensed' rival did his own detective work to find out who posted phony review

(Newser) - "No one should have to go through this, not children, adults, elderly," Stephen Blumberg tells CBS Boston , and a jury apparently agreed with him. The cause of Blumberg's emotional turmoil: a fake, "inflammatory" Yelp review of his Massachusetts jewelry store posted by the son of a... More »

'Stunning': 23K Convictions to Be Wiped Over Fraud

Chemist admitted tampering with evidence

(Newser) - It's been five years since former Massachusetts State Police chemist Annie Dookhan pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence while working on tens of thousands of criminal cases. But 24,000 people left with questionable convictions as a result of her fraud are still waiting to see if their... More »

New England Wants to Dump the Clock Change

Lawmakers contemplating ditching daylight saving switch, joining Atlantic Standard Time

(Newser) - New England really wants to get ahead—by one hour. The New York Times reports on the movement that's afoot in that region for some states to transition permanently to the Atlantic Standard Time zone, ignoring the changing of the clocks that takes place at the start and end... More »

Inside a Once-Bustling Home, a Horrifying Discovery

Tragedy befalls 'eccentric' elderly sisters, and a town wonders why no one noticed

(Newser) - In a story reminiscent of Grey Gardens , Patricia Wen tells the tale in the Boston Globe of two reclusive Massachusetts sisters—and the strange story of how one of them eventually disappeared from sight as life buzzed on around them. Sheryl Waldman and her older sister, Lynda, shared their 4,... More »

He Donated $40M. Now His Ex Wants Some of It Back

Janet Foisie says hubby hid funds from her in Switzerland during divorce

(Newser) - Robert Foisie has donated $63 million to Massachusetts' Worcester Polytechnic Institute over the years, making him the largest donor in its history, per the Worchester Business Journal . His ex-wife, however, says some of that money should instead be in her pockets. In a lawsuit, Janet Foisie explains she and Robert... More »

Turkeys Circle Dead Cat, Internet Goes Wild

A 'bizarre scene' in a Massachusetts suburb

(Newser) - A bizarre scene of a group of wild turkeys walking in a circle around a dead cat was caught on video by a Massachusetts man who perhaps best described it: an attempt to give the feline its 10th life. Jonathan Davis came across the fowl play in the Boston suburb... More »

It Wasn't Me, Officer; It Was the Deer

Man blames speeding ticket on hypothetical deer

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man fighting a speeding ticket in court had a unique explanation—the officer's radar gun may have picked up a deer, the AP reports. According to the Newburyport Daily News , Dennis Sayers was clocked going 40mph in 30mph zone in West Newbury in November. He got a... More »

They Call Him the 'Codfather.' It's Not Exactly a Compliment

Carlos Rafael has become rich using unsavory methods—but is there another way?

(Newser) - Almost as soon as the profanity-hurling fisherman sporting an electronic bracelet sauntered into the fish auction, Brendan Borrell knew he was seeing the Codfather. In his piece for Hakai Magazine , Borrell dives into the murky waters around Carlos Rafael, the 65-year-old he describes as "the most powerful man" in... More »

Woman Found Living With Sister's Decomposing Body

Authorities say she may have been doing so for up to 18 months

(Newser) - A 74-year-old Massachusetts woman may have been living with the decomposing body of her sister for up to 18 months, possibly without even realizing her sister was dead, the Brookline TAB reports. According to the Boston Globe , Lynda Waldman lived alone with her 67-year-old sister, Hope Wheaton, in the $1.... More »

Authorities Find $20M Hidden Under Mattress

While investigating an international pyramid scheme

(Newser) - You'd think that much cold, hard cash would make for an uncomfortable night's sleep. The AP reports a 28-year-old Brazilian man was arrested this week in Massachusetts after authorities found about $20 million hidden in a box spring. The arrest of Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha is connected to... More »

Meeting of Clinton, Trump Aides Turned Nasty Fast

'You guys are bitter'

(Newser) - The post-election forum at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government has traditionally been a respectful meeting of rival campaign strategists. This year, it's a miracle they didn't start throwing chairs. The forum turned into a shouting match as six Hillary Clinton aides and six Donald Trump aides... More »

Navy Will Scatter Vet's Ashes at Site of Worst US Sub Disaster

'He felt he should have gone down with the Thresher'

(Newser) - For a half-century after the deadliest submarine disaster in US history, Navy Capt. Paul "Bud" Rogers struggled with feelings that it should have been him—and not his last-minute replacement—on the doomed voyage of the USS Thresher in which 129 men died. This week, at his family's... More »

College Lowers Flag Over Trump, Then Removes It

One critic says move is 'baseless, cowardly, a disgrace'

(Newser) - After a week of controversy surrounding its US flag, Hampshire College opted to do away with it—only to invite more controversy. In a move that first generated anger, students at the Massachusetts liberal arts school lowered the school flag to half-mast a day after Donald Trump became president-elect, reports... More »

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