Massachusetts

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Flying Into Boston, a 'Remarkable Delivery'

Robert Kraft sent New England Patriots plane to China to pick up 1.2M N95 masks

(Newser) - Massachusetts just saw its largest one-day spike in coronavirus cases yet: more than 1,000 reports on Wednesday, bringing the state's total to over 7,700, with more than 120 dead, per Politico . With an expected surge of cases expected in the state in mid-April, Gov. Charlie Baker has... More »

10 States Waging an Aggressive War Against Coronavirus

And 10 that may need to step it up

(Newser) - As "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" become part of our coronavirus vernacular, certain states are taking extra-aggressive measures to ensure its residents stay healthy. WalletHub wanted to see which states have done the most in terms of limiting exposure to the virus, looking at nearly 36 metrics... More »

Harvard's Message to Students: Don't Return From Spring Break

Ivy League school, Amherst College to transition to online learning

(Newser) - Harvard is moving all graduate and undergraduate classes online amid concerns about COVID-19. In a Tuesday statement , President Lawrence "Larry" Bacow said classes would ideally move online by March 23, when they were due to resume on campus following a spring recess. In an effort to "limit exposure... More »

First Marijuana Shop in Major East Coast City Opens

Boston's Pure Oasis expects big crowds

(Newser) - The first recreational marijuana shop in a major East Coast city opens Monday in Boston, where owners are bracing for large crowds. Pure Oasis owners Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart say they're preparing for up to 1,000 customers a day to visit the store—which is also the... More »

Elizabeth Warren Loses Home State of Massachusetts

Senator was behind both Biden and Sanders

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren has suffered a tough blow on Super Tuesday: She just lost her home state of Massachusetts. In fact, the senator likely won't even finish in second place. The AP called the race for Joe Biden about three hours after polls closed. Bernie Sanders was on track to... More »

10 Best, Worst US States for the Ladies

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Louisiana is dead last

(Newser) - Women make up just over half of the population in America, so one would think that health care, job opportunities, and goodwill toward working parents as they relate to women would be a top priority. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states, plus the District at Columbia, analyzing two... More »

A New Poll Has Troubling News for Elizabeth Warren

She's trailing in her home state of Massachusetts

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren didn't see the results she wanted in Iowa , New Hampshire , and Nevada , and it remains to be seen how she'll fare in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, though it doesn't look promising there , either. With Super Tuesday coming up in a few days, Warren'... More »

Grandma, Mom, 2 Kids on Disney Vacation Killed in Crash

4 other family members survive crash near Orlando, Fla.

(Newser) - A family vacation to Disney World came to an unimaginable ending Tuesday night when four members of the Massachusetts family were killed in a crash on a Florida highway. Grandma Josephine Fay, 76, mom Julie Smith, 41, and daughter Scarlett Smith, 5, died at the scene; son Jackson Smith, 11,... More »

Their First Date Ended With a 5-Year Prison Sentence

Christopher Castillo ends up behind bars; his date was let off

(Newser) - It should be a happy Valentine's Day if you can avoid a date like this: A Rhode Island man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in connection with a 2016 bank robbery he committed while on a first date with a woman who unwittingly acted as his... More »

Woman in Texting Suicide Case Is Out

Michelle Carter released early for good behavior

(Newser) - The woman convicted in Massachusetts' "suicide by text" case was released from jail Thursday. Michelle Carter, now 23, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for, when she was 17, encouraging her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to go through with his planned suicide. She called and texted him as he... More »

The 10 Most, Least Educated US States

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Mississippi is last

(Newser) - Looking to surround yourself with brainiacs? Some states have more of an emphasis on education than others, and WalletHub looked at the data to see which ones graduate at the top of the class. The site analyzed all 50 states in terms of educational attainment (meaning such factors as the... More »

Fast-Thinking Couple Helps Save Abducted Girl

Husband and wife's pursuit of suspicious car helps cops find an abducted 11-year-old girl

(Newser) - A couple said Friday that their fight-or-flight instinct kicked in when they spotted a car wanted in the abduction of a girl after she got off a school bus in Springfield, Massachusetts, per the AP . Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America, spouses Benny Correa and Amanda Disley described recognizing... More »

This Is the Best State to Bring Up Your Brood

Minnesota tops the list

(Newser) - Myriad factors come into play when considering where to raise a family, and WalletHub has just tried to make the task a bit easier. The site took a close look at all 50 states, examining more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: family fun (which includes such things... More »

Enraged Prof Puts Colleague in Hospital With Broken Bones: Police

Rie Hachiyanagi has been charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - An art professor has been arrested for allegedly attacking a colleague with a poker, garden shears, and a rock—over unrequited love, no less. Rie Hachiyanagi, 49, who teaches art at Mount Holyoke College, was charged with attempted murder Friday after the gruesome Christmas Eve incident, Fox News reports. The... More »

Cops: 'Psychic' Charged Big Fee to Rid Girl of Her 'Demon'

Tracy Milanovich allegedly scammed a desperate mom out of more than $70K

(Newser) - A woman claiming to be a psychic stole more than $70,000 from a client by telling the woman her 10-year-old daughter was possessed by a demon and she needed the money to banish the spirit, police in Massachusetts said. Tracy (or Tracey) Milanovich, 37, of Somerset, is charged with... More »

Couple Weds Where Their Young Love Went Awry

Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy return to Dunkin' Donuts to say 'I do'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts couple reunited for extra-sweet wedding vows at the same Dunkin' Donuts where their young love splintered nearly 30 years ago, the AP reports. Valerie Sneade and Jason Roy were married Friday afternoon, joined by family, friends, and customers buying coffee and pastries at the Dunkin' Donuts on Grafton... More »

Before Doctors Were Killed in Penthouse, a Text: 'Serious'

Bampumim Teixeira pleaded not guilty in deaths of Dr. Richard Field, Dr. Lina Bolanos in Boston

(Newser) - Two doctors who were planning to spend the rest of their lives together ended up dead in May 2017. Last Thursday, the man accused of murdering them went on trial. Dr. Richard Field and fiancee Dr. Lina Bolanos were found slain in their South Boston penthouse with their throats slit... More »

Thursday Is Annual 'Day of Mourning' for Native Americans

For 50th year, they will gather near Plymouth Rock

(Newser) - Native Americans are gathering for a 50th year in the seaside town where the Pilgrims settled—not to give thanks but to grieve, reports the AP . United American Indians of New England held its first National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass., in 1970. Since then, tribes have assembled at... More »

Woman Charged in Beau's Suicide Shares 'Stop' Texts

Prosecutors say she also told him to take his life 'hundreds of times'

(Newser) - Text messages released in the case of a 21-year-old woman accused of pushing her college boyfriend to suicide show she apparently asked him to "stop." Prosecutors say Inyoung You was not only present when 22-year-old Alexander Urtula jumped from a parking garage on the morning of his Boston... More »

Chemical Accident Kills 1, Injures 10 at Buffalo Wild Wings

Police blame fumes from cleaning agent

(Newser) - Massachusetts authorities say a Buffalo Wild Wings employee has died and at least 10 people have been hospitalized following a chemical accident at the Burlington restaurant. Officials responding Thursday night to reports of a chemical reaction in the kitchen area found a male employee suffering from nausea, WHDH reports. Burlington... More »

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