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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 MassLive.com : 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 »

X-Men Artist Goes Missing in Caymans

Comic book inker Norman Lee disappears while swimming

(Newser) - A comic book artist who has worked on the likes of X-Men and the Avengers has gone missing in the Cayman Islands after swimming near Grand Cayman's east coast. While snorkeling about 250 yards from shore on Thursday morning, Norman Lee and his wife got separated, MyFoxBoston reports. Though... More »

Court: Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay in Boston

Though dissenting judge thinks it's 'absurd'

(Newser) - Bostonians will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an appeals court ruled yesterday. The three-judge panel rejected a defense request to change the venue on the grounds that the alleged marathon bomber couldn't get a fair trial there, reports the Boston Globe . “Every potential juror in the Eastern... More »

Massachusetts Man Figures Out How to Profit Off Snow

People are paying $89 for packages of 'historic' snow

(Newser) - In what must be one of the greatest sales feats on record, a Massachusetts man has managed to actually sell some of the absurd amount of snow that has fallen on the state this winter. Manchester-by-the-Sea resident Kyle Waring tells Boston.com that he got the idea for ShipSnowYo.com... More »

How a White Kid From Boston Became an Asian Gangster

'Rolling Stone' speaks to the 'White Devil'

(Newser) - In a roughly 6,000-word profile, "Bac Guai John" tells his story to Rolling Stone , "publicly," and "for the first time," writes David Kushner. It's a fascinating look at the "White Devil," a Boston kid named John Willis who grew up essentially... More »

Mayor to Bostonians: Stop Jumping Out of Windows

Daredevils have been leaping into huge snowbanks

(Newser) - Boston has more snow than it knows what to do with , but jumping out of windows into snowbanks is still a "foolish" idea, says Mayor Martin Walsh. "I'm asking people to stop their nonsense right now. These are adults jumping out windows," the mayor said after... More »

Here's Where Boston Could Put All That Snow

Right into Boston Harbor

(Newser) - A record 6 feet of snow has dumped down on Boston in the past few weeks, and today looks to show that there's more where that came from. It's gotten so bad that the city has reached out to the general public and scientists alike for fresh ideas... More »

2 Feet of Snow Hit New England

New England sets snowfall record set in 1978

(Newser) - More than 2 feet of fresh snow piled up in parts of New England today, breaking records set during the Blizzard of 1978 and testing the patience of officials and commuters as forecasters warned of more winter misery later in the week. The latest onslaught forced the cancellations of hundreds... More »

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