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FBI Digs for Stolen Art at Aging Mobster's Home

Robert Gentile linked to infamous 1990 heist in Boston

(Newser) - Authorities aren't giving up the search for $500 million in paintings stolen in one of the largest art thefts in US history. On Monday, the FBI searched the property of an 80-year-old mobster linked to the 1990 theft of 13 paintings—including three Rembrandts, a Vermeer, and a Manet—... More »

Woman Killed in Crash With Duck Tours Vehicle

She and a passenger were riding a scooter that ended up under the duck boat

(Newser) - A 29-year-old woman has died after the scooter she was driving was struck by an amphibious sightseeing vehicle in downtown Boston on Saturday, the AP reports. A spokesperson for Boston Duck Tours says the tour group is cooperating with police following the collision. The crash happened around 11:30am near... More »

Dig at Malcolm X House Reveals Surprise Find

Evidence suggests 18th-century home was built nearby

(Newser) - A " now-or-never dig " at the childhood home of Malcolm X has revealed a surprising find—just not related to the civil rights activist, writes the AP . "We've come onto a whole layer, roughly two feet down and across the whole site, that's absolutely filled with... More »

Pearl Jam Won't Be Jamming in NC

Neither will Boston, thanks to new LGBT law

(Newser) - First Bruce Springsteen and Cirque du Soleil , now Pearl Jam and Boston. The latter two bands have both announced they're pulling out of scheduled concerts in North Carolina in response to the state's recently passed law that curtails anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community, the AP reports. Pearl... More »

New Ride-Sharing Service for Women, Driven by Women

But there are risks of gender discrimination lawsuits

(Newser) - Starting April 19 in Boston, women will be able to hail a ride that may make them feel safer, the Next Web reports. In response to reported sexual assaults during Uber, Lyft, and taxi rides, Michael Pelletz launched Chariot for Women , providing ride-sharing just for women (as well as kids... More »

Archaeologists Dig at Malcolm X's Childhood Home

They're hoping to learn more about his early life

(Newser) - Archaeologists are digging at a boyhood home of Malcolm X in an effort to uncover more about the slain black rights activist's early life as well as the property's long history, which possibly includes Native American settlement. The two-week archaeological dig began Tuesday outside a two-and-a-half story home... More »

Fans Break Out Into Anti-Semitic Chant at HS Basketball Game

'You killed Jesus'

(Newser) - Students and administrators at a Boston-area Catholic school had to apologize after dozens of its fans chanted "You killed Jesus" during a basketball game against a school with a large number of Jewish students on Friday, the Washington Post reports. Some Jewish attendees at the division title game between... More »

Airborne Manhole Cover Hits SUV, Kills Driver

Authorities have no idea what made the 200-pound cover to fly into the air

(Newser) - A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing a woman as she drove during the Friday morning commute in Boston, the AP reports. Gov. Charlie Baker calls the incident "bizarre" and says highway crews... More »

Bald Eagles Make Big Comeback in Boston

And that's great news for the birds and the city

(Newser) - A symbol of America is once again flying high above one of the nation's most historic cities. “I had never seen one in my life before,” Tom Palmer tells the Boston Globe . “It’s exciting. These are American icons.” Late last month, the 60-year-old Massachusetts... More »

College Shuts Down Student Who Rented Out Dorm

Sophomore says he had 3 guests before he had to remove the Airbnb listing

(Newser) - A student at Emerson College in Boston says he's facing disciplinary action after renting out his dorm room on Airbnb, the AP reports. Jack Worth tells the Boston Globe he rented the room in early January to three guests on three separate nights. The 19-year-old sophomore says the listing... More »

Giant Snowstorm May Pummel Northeast

Weekend storm may affect more than 50M

(Newser) - Get your shovels ready: The first major snowstorm of 2016 could wreak havoc on the mid-Atlantic and Northeast by the end of the week. More than 50 million people may be affected as areas around Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Baltimore; New York City; and Boston could see a foot or more... More »

Marathon Bombing Tourniquet May Have Saved Boston Officer's Life

The veteran officer was shot during a traffic stop Friday

(Newser) - In the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, improvised tourniquets were credited with saving 17 lives, ABC News reports. After that, officers with the Boston Police Department were issued 1,500 tourniquets. On Friday, one of those tourniquets may have saved a veteran officer's life, according to... More »

Driver May Have Tied Back Throttle of Runaway Train

Department of Transportation secretary says that claim is being investigated

(Newser) - After a Boston Red Line train went through four stations without a driver Thursday , the governor of Massachusetts said it had been "tampered with." The news today doesn't sound quite so sinister: The investigation is focusing on operator error, the state's Department of Transportation secretary tells... More »

Gov: Runaway Boston Train Was 'Tampered With'

It took off with 50 passengers, no driver

(Newser) - About 50 Boston commuters got the creepiest ride of their lives Thursday morning when their train took off without a driver. MBTA authorities were eventually able to stop the train, but not before it went through four stations, reports the Boston Globe . None of the passengers were hurt. How it... More »

80 Boston Students Sick After Eating at Chipotle

But this time, it doesn't appear to be E. coli

(Newser) - Chipotle's health headaches are growing: About 80 students from Boston College who ate at a local restaurant over the weekend have gotten sick, reports the AP . That total, which includes members of the men's basketball team, more than doubled from Monday's estimate. However, unlike an E. coli... More »

Boston Choir a Safe Haven for Transgender Singers

Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus helps members transition their voices

(Newser) - In the world of vocal groups, where singers are separated along bold gender lines with little room for gray, the Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus stands out. Founded last year in Boston, it's one of the country's first choirs reserved for transgender singers. In recent months, the chorus has... More »

Library Recovers Stolen 400-Year-Old Map

'I'm proud it's been returned to its rightful home'

(Newser) - A centuries-old map compiled by French explorer Samuel de Champlain and believed to be among dozens stolen more than a decade ago from the Boston Public Library has been recovered, library officials said Friday. The map, compiled in 1612, was found at a New York City arts dealer, where it... 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 »

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 »

Cockatoo With Dinosaur-like Screech Vexes Neighbors

He's currently wrecking up a former federal judge's historic house

(Newser) - A cockatoo with the screech of a dinosaur is vexing residents of a tony Boston suburb. The white bird, named Dino because of his annoying call, flew away from his owner in July and into the trees of Brookline. He's been gnawing on the woodwork of retired federal judge... More »

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