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Couple Killed After Posting Sunset Picture to Instagram

Boston pair were strolling when 2 cars collided

(Newser) - How did Jack Lanzillotti and Jessica Campbell, a young Boston couple, spend their last hours? Together, and strolling through Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, reports the Boston Globe . And we know this because the 27-year-old Campbell posted this photo to Instagram about 5:30pm last Saturday of the sun setting... More »

Dozens Hospitalized During Avicii Concert

Heat + lots of drugs, alcohol = not great

(Newser) - By the time an Avicii concert at Boston's TD Garden ended around 11pm last night, a staging area had been set up nearby to deal with all the concertgoers requiring medical attention—a total of more than 80, about 50 of whom were treated by paramedics at the scene... More »

Baby Born 24 Days After His Twin Brother

Alexandre Antunes emerged first, at just 24 weeks

(Newser) - When a baby is born at 24 weeks, he or she has about a 50% chance of survival, Boston.com notes—but survive little Alexandre Antunes did. "We were praying to hear his cry, and we did," mom Lindalva DaSilva tells WCVB . What made his situation even more... More »

Key Charge Dropped in Boston Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson no longer faces 20 years in prison

(Newser) - That "performance artist" accused of a bomb hoax at this year's Boston Marathon is off the hook—at least for the heftiest charge he faced. The charge of making a false bomb threat, which could have landed 25-year-old Kevin Edson in prison for 20 years, has been dropped,... More »

Now Hernandez Charged in 2012 Double Murder

2 counts of first-degree murder in 2012 slayings

(Newser) - Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on murder charges in a 2012 double slaying in Boston. Boston police spokeswoman Neva Coakley confirmed the indictment today. Hernandez is already being held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the unrelated death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd last... More »

Official Message to Boston Drivers: 'Use Yah Blinkah'

State DOT draws some attention to its safety push

(Newser) - Massachusetts' DOT wanted to make Boston drivers familiar with the foreign idea of signalling before lane changes, but they probably didn't expect this many national headlines as a result. The reason, as CBS Boston explains, is that the DOT's electronic highway signs have the message "Use Yah... More »

Boston Runners: We Ran, Limped, Walked ... Together

Reflections on joining together to triumph over tragedy

(Newser) - Today's Boston marathon is in the books , but what makes the race so special will continue to reverberate beyond today, or even this year. Boston runners and their supporters share their thoughts:
  • "In no other sport do the underwear-wearing elites compete on the same asphalt, at generally the
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Headed to Boston: Comfort Dogs

Team was on hand after last year's attacks

(Newser) - A team of golden retrievers helped Newtown recover from the Sandy Hook tragedy; the next year, they went to Boston after the marathon bombing. With another race approaching, the comfort dogs are visiting Boston once again, Yahoo News reports. "They're a calming presence and allow victims to open... More »

Meet the 'Artist' Behind Boston's Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson, aka Kayvon Edson, posted strange meme jokes about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

(Newser) - Police have identified the man suspected of planting a fake bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last night, and he is … something else. His name is Kevin Edson, according to the AP . A barefoot Edson approached the finish line last night wearing a black veil over... More »

Man Charged With Hoax Over Boston Backpacks

He dropped bag with rice cooker near finish line

(Newser) - The one-year anniversary of the Boston bombings isn't passing without a police scare. Authorities say they have taken a man into custody over two backpacks found near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where two pressure-cooker bombs exploded a year ago. One backpack contained a rice cooker, and... More »

Biden in Boston: 'We Own the Finish Line'

City remembers, as White House observes moment of silence

(Newser) - Boston paused today to mark the one-year anniversary of the marathon bombings, and President Obama was observing a moment of silence at the White House at 2:49pm Eastern. Some quotes from the Boston ceremony, via CNN and AP :
  • Joe Biden: "You are Boston strong. But America is strong,
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Boston Marks a Somber Anniversary

Marathon audience expected to double this year

(Newser) - Today marks one year since two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people, injured hundreds, and horrified the nation, and the city is preparing for a week of commemorations—including this year's marathon, which will go ahead on Monday under tight security.
  • Joe Biden
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Whitey Bulger: An Innocent Man Is Behind Bars

Boston hit man urges 'real killer' to step forward

(Newser) - Notorious Boston hit man James "Whitey" Bulger has adopted an unlikely cause: exonerating a man in prison for murder, the Boston Globe reports. Fred Weichel, a South Boston man behind bars for 32 years, has long claimed he never committed murder in 1980. He even got a new trial... More »

Firefighters Hunt Ruins, Find Lost Ring for Widow

Boston crew fulfills a promise after last week's deadly blaze

(Newser) - The widow of one of the two Boston firefighters killed in last week's deadly fire had only one request of his fellow firefighters: Find his wedding ring. And as Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe reports, they somehow did just that in the ruins of the Back Bay blaze.... More »

2 Firefighters Dead in Boston

They died battling huge fire at four-story brownstone

(Newser) - Two Boston firefighters are dead and more than a dozen more people were hospitalized after a fire broke out at a four-story brownstone this afternoon, reports CBS Boston . City Councilor Josh Zakim, who represents Boston's densely populated Back Bay neighborhood, confirmed the two deaths. No details were available about... More »

Longtime Boston Mayor Fighting 'Advanced Cancer'

Docs stumped as to source of Menino's cancer

(Newser) - Boston's longtime former mayor, Thomas Menino, is battling what the Globe calls an "advanced cancer"—and one that has thus far stumped his doctors since his diagnosis last month. The cancer has metastasized to his liver and lymph nodes, but doctors are clueless as to where it... More »

Sam Adams Dumps Boston Parade Over Gay Rights

Company drops support after gay bar threatens boycott of beer

(Newser) - Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade has just lost a big-name sponsor over its refusal to let gay veterans march, reports the Boston Herald . Boston Beer Co.—maker of Sam Adams—announced today that it was dropping its support after talks between MassEquality and organizers of the nation'... More »

Boston Marathon Bans Bags, 'Bandits'

Military marchers also might be kicked out

(Newser) - The Boston Athletic Association is responding to last year's Marathon tragedy with an almost draconian set of new rules on competitors and spectators, the Boston Globe reports. According to a mass email sent out yesterday, the following are all forbidden this year: More »

Woman Crushed to Death in Freak Drawbridge Accident

She was on bridge when it was raised, was killed as it was lowered

(Newser) - A horrific accident in Boston, where a woman was crushed to death in a freak drawbridge accident yesterday. The woman was walking over the Meridian Street bridge when it was raised for a boat; the bridge operator heard her screaming and lowered the bridge—but the woman, clinging to one... More »

Boston Bombing Survivor Engaged to Nurse He Met at Hospital

He met her at rehab hospital weeks after attack

(Newser) - The Boston Marathon bombing left James "Bim" Costello with serious shrapnel injuries and burns so bad that he needed pig skin grafts on most of his right arm and right leg—but it also introduced him to the love of his life. Costello has become engaged to nurse Krista... More »

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