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AI Mayflower Reaches Right Continent, Wrong Country

Boat docks in Nova Scotia instead of Plymouth after hardware problems

(Newser) - A crewless robotic boat that had tried to retrace the 1620 sea voyage of the Mayflower has finally reached the shores of North America—this time in Canada instead of the Massachusetts coast where its namesake landed more than 400 years ago. The sleek autonomous trimaran docked in Halifax, Nova...

UK Mass Shooting Suspect Wanted a Girlfriend

Witnesses say gunman kicked in house door; child is reportedly among the dead

(Newser) - Six people, including a child, died Thursday in Plymouth, in Britain's first mass shooting since 2010 . The suspected shooter, believed to have taken his own life, has been identified as 23-year-old Jake Davison, a scaffolder who has "posted videos expressing despair about the future and frustrations about failing...

AI to Steer Ship Following Mayflower's Lead

Anniversary commemorations to be high-tech and inclusive

(Newser) - With a splash of Plymouth gin, the US ambassador to Britain officially launched a ship named Mayflower on Wednesday, 400 years to the day after a wooden vessel with that name sailed from an English port and changed the history of two continents. Unlike the merchant ship that carried a...

Finding Your Mayflower Ancestors Just Got Easier
Check If You Were Related
to a Pilgrim, the Easy Way

Check If You Were Related to a Pilgrim, the Easy Way

500K names included in new online database

(Newser) - Discovering if you're descended from the Pilgrims is "easier than ever." A new database offers for the first time online records on more than 59,450 fifth-generation descendants of the small group who sailed to the New World aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Of the roughly 132...

Roommate Allegedly Helped Teen Practice His Suicide

Parker Hogan then waited nearby to hear fatal bullet, police say

(Newser) - "He loved helping his friends. He was always there for people if they needed him," Jennifer Phelps says of her son, Michael Buskey. It was help 19-year-old Buskey allegedly received, however, that has led to unusual charges in his death earlier this month, per the AP . According to...

For Some Americans, Today Is 'Day of Mourning'

"No thanks, no giving"

(Newser) - Members of Native American tribes from around New England are gathering in the town where the Pilgrims settled for a solemn National Day of Mourning observance. Thursday's noon gathering in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, will recall the disease, racism, and oppression that European settlers brought. It's the 48th year...

We May Finally Know Exactly Where the 1st Pilgrims Lived

And it only took 396 years

(Newser) - We likely now know the exact location of the first Pilgrim settlement in the New World—thanks, in part, to a cow named Constance. The Boston Globe reports it's long been known that the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620, but it was never clear exactly where they built...

Archaeologists' Puzzle: Where Was Plymouth Colony?

Researchers conducting major dig to find site of original settlement

(Newser) - It's one of the most important sites in the history of the United States—but we still don't know where, exactly, it was. That's why University of Massachusetts archaeologists are digging for signs of the original Plymouth colony, the Boston Globe reports. The borders of today's...

Wildfire Smoke Shrouds New England, Quebec

Blazes raging in Canadian forest send clouds hundreds of miles

(Newser) - Massive clouds of smoke from forest fires raging in Quebec have moved south and east across New England, screening the holiday-weekend sun throughout the region. "I just walked to the beach in Sandwich where you can usually see white cliffs in Plymouth, the Sagamore Bridge and sometimes the Provincetown...

Headache Gives British Woman a Chinese Accent

'Foreign Accent Syndrome' apparently a real thing

(Newser) - As if migraine sufferers didn't already have enough to worry about, a woman in Plymouth, England, recently had a headache so powerful that it replaced her British accent with a Chinese one. As ridiculous as it sounds, doctors say she actually has a rare condition known as Foreign Accent Syndrome,...

Provincetown: Pilgrims Landed Here First
 Provincetown: Pilgrims 
 Landed Here First 
Suck it, Plymouth

Provincetown: Pilgrims Landed Here First

Plymouth rivalry heats up as P-town seeks rightful place in history

(Newser) - Provincetown, Mass., wants you to know: The Pilgrims landed here first. Sure, the fresh water was lacking, the sand not so great for growing things, and the Native Americans were a bit scary, causing them to move a few weeks later to Plymouth—the same Plymouth that gets all the...

Detroit's Sourest Lemons
 Detroit's Sourest 

Detroit's Sourest Lemons

A look at these clunkers will leave little doubt why Motown's in such a mess

(Newser) - With Detroit automakers making headlines on Capitol Hill, the New York Daily News offers a retrospective on the Motor City’s biggest lemons:
  • Ford Edsel: A gas-guzzling marketing disaster that became a byword for failure.
  • Chevy Aveo: From 0 to 60 in 11.7 seconds.
  • Hummer H2: A militaristic

Philly Police Foil Teen's Plot to Attack School

Seize huge cache of weapons on display in his bedroom

(Newser) - Police near Philadelphia raided the home of a 14-year-old boy and seized an arsenal of weapons—including an assault rifle and homemade grenades, along with 30 air-powered guns—the boy apparently wanted to use in a Columbine-style attack.  The home-schooled teen said he felt bullied and tried to recruit...

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