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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 »

After Baby Doe's Murder, a Heroin Binge: Prosecutor

Couple allegedly high, perhaps for days, after Bella's death

(Newser) - Locking Bella Bond in a closet as she screamed had, predictably, done little to calm the 2-year-old in the past. So when she refused to go to sleep one day in late May, Michael McCarthy told Rachelle Bond, his girlfriend and Bella's mom, that he'd quiet her, per... More »

How 'Baby Doe' May Have Died

Father says he came to Boston to meet her for first time

(Newser) - More disturbing details have surfaced in the Baby Doe case ahead of a court hearing today. A law enforcement source tells CNN that 2-year-old Bella Bond was punched by her mother's boyfriend, Michael McCarthy, because he believed the little girl was possessed. Investigation insiders tell the Boston Globe that... More »

Father Speaks Out in Death of 'Baby Doe'

He says he doesn't believe toddler's mother killed her

(Newser) - The father of "Baby Doe" doesn't believe the girl's mother, Rachelle Bond, killed her, telling WHDH-TV and the Boston Herald that Bond's boyfriend is to blame. "I know with all my heart that Rachelle Bond would never, ever do anything to hurt anybody," Joseph... More »

'Baby Doe' Is IDed; Man Questioned

Cops learned her name during search of Boston home

(Newser) - "Baby Doe," the young girl found stuffed in a trash bag on a Boston beach back in June, has been identified. Police say the 4-year-old, named Bella, was the daughter of Rachelle Bond, who lives in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood, reports the Daily Beast ; police had earlier linked... More »

Cops May Have Thwarted Pokemon Massacre

2 men arrested after making threats against championship

(Newser) - Two Iowa men who talked about "killing the competition" traveled to the Pokemon World Championships with mayhem on their minds and a carload of guns, police in Boston say. Kevin Norton, 18, and James Stumbo, 27, were arrested in their hotel on Saturday, and police say they found unlicensed... More »

Cops: Brothers Inspired by Trump Beat Homeless Man

Trump is now taking flak for his response

(Newser) - A savage beating in Boston is making headlines because of its connection to Donald Trump. In fact, a headline at the Atlantic calls it a "Trump-Inspired Hate Crime." Police say two brothers set upon a homeless Hispanic man sleeping outside a subway station, leaving him with a broken... More »

Pollen Test Gives 1st Big Break in 'Baby Doe' Case

But why won't anyone come forward?

(Newser) - Seems "Baby Doe" was a local girl. A pollen test has given investigators "their first big break" in the case of a young girl found in a trash bag on a Boston beach in June, NBC News reports. The test shows "Baby Doe"—who was around... More »

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