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School Goes on Lockdown, Then the Surprising Arrest

Biology teacher in Massachusetts accused of planting ammo, then calling it in

(Newser) - An all-too familiar scene unfolded at Southbridge High School in Massachusetts Thursday morning when the school went on lockdown. This case would prove unusual, however: Hours after the discovery of live ammo, police said they'd found the surprise culprit—the very teacher who called in the scare. The details... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

He Took Care of a Man's Dogs. Then, Tragedy

Ryan Hazel was only 14

(Newser) - Ryan Hazel had been taking care of these dogs for roughly a year—but on Thursday they turned on him. The Massachusetts 14-year-old lost his life when four dogs he was tending apparently attacked him in an open yard, CBS Boston reports. "This was clearly a terrible tragedy for... More »

Student Accused of Decapitating Schoolmate

Mathew Borges' trial begins in Massachusetts

(Newser) - A murder trial began Monday for a Massachusetts teen accused of cutting off a schoolmate's head in a jealous rage, the Boston Herald reports. In his opening statement, a prosecutor said Mathew Borges, then 15, decapitated 16-year-old Manuel Viloria-Paulino in November 2016 after accusing him of sleeping with Borges'... More »

Power-Plant Towers Collapse in Seconds

Massachusetts plant had burned coal since 1963

(Newser) - In a matter of seconds, two 500-foot cooling towers from Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant have been reduced to rubble, the AP reports. The controlled demolition went off as scheduled at 8am Saturday at the former Brayton Point Station in Somerset. Live video showed the giant towers along Mount Hope... More »

CVS to Update 'Haunting' On-Hold Jingle After Man Complains

Dr. Steven Schlozman just couldn't take it anymore

(Newser) - A Massachusetts doctor who pleaded with CVS to change its on-hold jingle is getting his wish, per the AP . The Boston Globe reports a spokeswoman for the pharmacy chain said Friday the company is in the process of updating its voice-response phone system, including the on-hold music that Dr. Steven... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

Another White Woman Calls the Cops on a Black Man

Massachusetts woman takes exception to his humping dog

(Newser) - "Have you heard of BBQ Becky? Because this is the newest one." That's how a black man characterized a white woman in a Massachusetts dog park who asked him to leave and then called police because his dog repeatedly tried humping her dog, the New York Post... More »

Body of Missing Woman Found in Suspect's Trunk

Jassy Correia vanished while celebrating birthday

(Newser) - The search for a woman who vanished after leaving a Boston nightclub Saturday came to a tragic end Thursday when her body was found in the trunk of a suspect's car. Police say 32-year-old Louis Coleman, who was seen on surveillance video with Jassy Correia, has been arrested in... More »

Young Mom Vanishes on Birthday Outing

Jassy Correia, unknown male got into car early Sunday in Boston

(Newser) - Police in Boston are searching for a woman who's been missing since she went out Saturday night to celebrate her 23rd birthday. Jassy Correia was with friends at Venu nightclub and was later seen in the company of a man police are now trying to track down, reports WCVB... More »

Kidnap Victim Was Found With 'Horrified Look on Her Face'

Suspect ordered to undergo 20-day evaluation

(Newser) - Victor Pena, the Boston man accused of kidnapping Olivia Ambrose and holding her against her will for several days, was ordered to undergo a 20-day mental health evaluation at a state mental hospital after behaving strangely during a court appearance Wednesday. A court clinician who carried out a preliminary evaluation... More »

His Grandpa Was Driving. Then, 7 Minutes of Panic

12-year-old Benjamin Bubis managed to call 911, pull car over after grandfather's medical emergency

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Massachusetts man is recovering from a stroke he suffered while driving on a major highway, and a doctor says he has his 12-year-old grandson to thank. Benjamin Bubis, a seventh-grader from Canton, was on his way to soccer practice on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 495 when his grandfather,... More »

Kevin Spacey Arraigned in Sex Assault Case

Actor appears in court in Nantucket, Mass., but he says nothing

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey failed to avoid his perp walk: The actor showed up in court in Nantucket, Mass., on Monday to be arraigned in his felony sexual assault case . Spacey is accused of groping an 18-year-old busboy in a Nantucket restaurant in 2016, and the busboy reportedly has video proof . Spacey... More »

Boston Marathon Survivor 'Broken' After Another Setback

Adrianne Haslet is struck by a car, has surgery

(Newser) - She lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, only to return to run the race again , as well as to dance . Now Adrianne Haslet has suffered another blow. She was hit by a car Saturday evening in Boston and already has undergone surgery, reports TMZ . "Struck by a... More »

Pete Davidson in Stand-Up Set: Should I Get Louis CK Tattoo?

Not out of admiration, though, 'SNL' star jokes in 2 Mass. standup shows, which also covered Ariana

(Newser) - The last part of 2018 was a volatile one for Pete Davidson: He split with Ariana Grande , found himself at the center of controversy for mocking a former Navy SEAL , and deleted his Instagram account after a concerning post in which he hinted at suicide . The 25-year-old SNL star decided... More »

Boston Bomber Appeals: Nix Conviction, Death Sentence

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers say he should never have been tried in Boston

(Newser) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys don't deny their client was behind the "heinous" 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, along with his late brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But they're now appealing the 25-year-old's conviction and death sentence, arguing that publicity before the trial in Boston was so prevalent and "... More »

For Sale: $975K Home of Accused Salem 'Witch'

After release from jail in 1693, Sarah Clayes settled in this Framingham house

(Newser) - A once-run-down historic home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled after she was spared the noose is on the market after an extensive renovation. The home in Framingham, Mass., known as the Sarah and Peter Clayes House, hit the market Thursday... More »

Woman: 'Why Is There a Truck in My Living Room?'

Vehicle smashes into Massachusetts home

(Newser) - A pickup truck has smashed through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch. Police say the crash happened around 11:30am Thursday in Templeton, the AP reports. Tracy Samuels, who was sleeping on the couch, says she heard a loud bang, woke up... More »

190 Turtles Freeze to Death

Two chilling nights killed them off the coast of Cape Cod

(Newser) - Nearly 190 sea turtles died off Cape Cod in a way no one wants to go—slowly freezing to death. The Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary says the turtles were found "incapacitated" along the coast of Massachusetts early Friday, NBC News reports. "A lot of the turtles were found... More »

People Wait in Rain for Hours on East Coast's First Day of Pot Sales

It was a successful first day, by all accounts

(Newser) - Customers waited in long lines, sometimes for hours, on a cold and rainy New England day to be among the first people to legally buy recreational marijuana on the East Coast, the AP reports. More than two years after Massachusetts voters approved of legalizing marijuana for adults, the state's... More »

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