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2 Cops Shot, 1 Suspect Dead in Boston

Both officers in 'extremely critical' condition

(Newser) - Two Boston police officers are fighting for their lives after a suspect opened fire at the scene of a domestic disturbance late Wednesday. Police Commissioner William B. Evans says the officers entered a home in Orient Heights at 10:51pm, after an apparent fight between roommates, and were met by... More »

5 Most Active Cities in the US

Put on your walking shoes and hit the Freedom Trail in Boston

(Newser) - Whether it's their public parks, bike paths, or just because they're easy to amble around, more and more America cities are staking claims to promoting physically fit lifestyles. But some communities are more on the go than others, and as ABC News reports, a Gallup and Healthways list... More »

Melee in Boston's Theater District Leaves 7 Injured

Victims stabbed by knives, bottles

(Newser) - Authorities say seven people have been injured in an apparent fight in Boston's Theater District, the AP reports. The Boston Globe reports that Bernard O'Rourke, police superintendent of the bureau of field services, said officers responded to a report of a fight about 2:15am Sunday in the... More »

The 6 Best Affordable Big American Cities

Can't stomach NYC or LA? Look to Boston, Portland

(Newser) - Living in a big city doesn't have to blow the budget. Money has identified the best affordable city in each of six US regions. Those chosen have a population of at least 300,000, and factors like affordable housing, job growth, low crime, green space, and good schools were... More »

Urban Rats Have a Deadly New Enemy

3 major US cities are using dry ice to combat their rodent problems

(Newser) - Rats have a deadly new enemy, and and isn't cats with tiny knives strapped to their paws. USA Today reports three major US cities are combating their rodent problem with dry ice. It works like this: Pieces of dry ice are dropped into rat burrows in city parks, then... More »

Dozens of Birds Fall From Sky in Boston Neighborhood

And no one knows why

(Newser) - Dozens of birds fell from the sky—and at least one house cat died—Thursday afternoon on a street in Boston, and no one knows why. The Boston Globe reports a resident called animal services when she noticed her cat was seriously ill and there were birds littering the ground.... More »

10 Best US Cities for Runners

San Francisco comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - If you're a runner, you won't find a city better than San Francisco. Runner's World ranks it as the best in the country for runners, based on running routes, the running community, safety, food, and weather—because it's just not fun to run in a snowstorm.... More »

JetBlue Switcheroo Sends 5-Year-Olds to Wrong Cities

Mom Maribel Martinez is now suing the airline

(Newser) - A 5-year-old bound for Boston ended up in New York, and another bound for New York ended up in Boston last month when JetBlue mixed them up. Maribel Martinez says she was supposed to meet her son, Andy, at New York's JFK Airport after his flight from the Dominican... More »

Gore Daughter Rejects Plea Deal in Trespass Case

She says she won't stay away from Boston pipeline protest

(Newser) - Karenna Gore isn't backing down from Boston's fracking pipeline protests. Al Gore's daughter, who was arrested after blocking pipeline construction during a protest last month, has rejected a plea deal on trespassing charges that would have required her to stay away from the natural gas pipeline site... More »

Bostonians Seek Landmark Status for Beloved Citgo Sign

'Beacon for the region' has been there since 1965

(Newser) - Outsiders may not realize it at first, but the Citgo sign that has stood over Boston's Kenmore Square since 1965 is a beloved part of the city's heritage—and Bostonians won't let it go without a fight. After a proposed building sale put the 3,600-square-foot LED... More »

Cabbie Returns $187K, Gets Meager Reward

Fare left inheritance in Boston taxi

(Newser) - A man who left about $187,000 cash in a Boston taxi has been reunited with his money thanks to an honest cabbie, police say. Raymond "Buzzy" MacCausland, a driver for the Independent Taxi Operators Association, picked up a fare with a cast on one leg on Saturday. "... More »

Al Gore's Daughter Arrested in Boston Protest

Karenna Gore is facing charges of resisting arrest, trespassing, disturbing the peace

(Newser) - Karenna Gore, the oldest daughter of Al Gore, was arrested along with 22 other activists during a protest Wednesday in Boston, Grist reports. The group was protesting a pipeline being built by Spectra Energy that will move fracked gas through a Boston neighborhood. According to WCVB , Gore, a mother of... More »

Mein Kampf Proceeds Will Go to Holocaust Survivors

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt says all funds will go to Boston-based group that helps survivors

(Newser) - Boston-based publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has decided to donate proceeds from Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler's infamous manifesto, to a local organization that works with aging Holocaust survivors, the AP reports. The move comes after HMH was criticized by Jewish advocates for its plans to donate proceeds and royalties from... More »

1800s Shipwreck Was Buried in Boston's Seaport District

It was uncovered during construction

(Newser) - A buried shipwreck from the 1800s has been uncovered during construction in Boston's Seaport District, the AP reports. City archaeologist Joe Bagley tells WBZ-TV it's the first time a shipwreck has been found in that section of the city, a trendy waterfront area with office buildings, expensive condos,... More »

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 »

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