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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 »

FBI: Suspects in Infamous 1990 Art Heist Are Dead

But investigators still want to get the stolen paintings back

(Newser) - Don't expect newly released surveillance video from a famous 1990 art heist in Boston to result in the capture of the bandits, and not just because of the statute of limitations: The FBI says they're dead. An agency official in Boston won't identify the two men suspected... More »

Boston Bid Ends for 2024 Olympics

Ties were "severed" after teleconference call, the AP says

(Newser) - Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over. A person familiar with the decision told the AP that the city and the US Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference today. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public.... More »

Boston's Snow Finally Melts

City's huge mound was strewn with debris

(Newser) - The last of Boston's winter nightmare has finally melted away. Mayor Martin Walsh announced today that Boston's once-massive pile of filthy snow has officially dwindled to nothing. The pile accumulated into a 75-foot tower of snow after a record-breaking winter that dumped more than 110 inches on the... More »

College to Offer Degree in Cracking Jokes

BFA in comedic arts will cover comedy theory, writing, performance

(Newser) - Emerson College will soon offer a degree "for those who want their studies to be a joke," cracks : a bachelor of fine arts in comedic arts. Thanks to the "marked rise of comedy's impact on American culture and its global influence," the Boston... More »

Slain Boston Terror Suspect Threatened to Behead Cops

Another suspect charged; cops believe dead man radicalized by ISIS

(Newser) - The terror suspect shot dead in Boston yesterday when officers confronted him in a CVS parking lot had reportedly been threatening to cut off the heads of law enforcement officials. An FBI agent says authorities didn't have a warrant but planned to "interview him and talk to him... More »

Man Under Terror Surveillance Killed in Boston

Also: Tsarnaev friend gets 6 years

(Newser) - Two prominent terror-related stories out of Boston today:
  • Suspect killed: A police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man who had been under surveillance as a terror suspect this morning, reports the Boston Globe . The man identified as Usaama Rahim pulled a "military-style" knife when confronted
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Boston Library Learns More Than Art Has Gone Missing

Investigation was launched into Rembrandt, Durer works last month

(Newser) - Apparently more than just valuable artwork is missing from the Boston Public Library's archives. A library spokeswoman says a retired employee who now volunteers told administrators last week that gold coins originally placed in the cornerstone of the main building have been missing for decades. The spokeswoman says the... More »

There Is Still Snow on the Ground in Boston

Gross snow, but snow nonetheless

(Newser) - It's nearly June, and there's still snow on the ground in Boston—and not the picturesque kind. Some sizable remnants of the winter's huge snow piles still remain, the Boston Globe reports. A former 75-foot-tall mound in the Seaport District, for example, is now three stories high... More »

Boston Marathon Hero-Cop Shot, 'Fighting for Life'

John Moynihan was shot 'point-blank' in face during a traffic stop

(Newser) - In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Officer John Moynihan helped save a life. Now he's fighting for his own after being shot "point-blank right in the face," says Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. Police say a traffic stop in Roxbury spiraled darkly on Friday night:... More »

Boston Winter Now Snowiest Ever

Snow-weary city 'celebrates' record

(Newser) - Yet more snow fell on Boston yesterday, pushing this winter's total to a record 108.6 inches and sparking some tongue-in-cheek "celebrations" of the milestone. "We are once again the indisputable champions. Of being snowed on," crows the Boston Globe . The 2.9 inches that fell... More »

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