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Mass. house pulls back bill aimed at countering Trump

Massachusetts House leaders indefinitely postponed a planned vote Wednesday on legislation recommended by Democrats as a response to President Donald Trump's illegal immigration crackdown. The bill would prevent state resources from being used to execute agreements with federal Immigration and...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 3:16pm

Chocolate may lower risk for common heart condition: Harvard study

Chocolate may not have to be such a guilty pleasure anymore. It turns out, indulging in moderate amounts of the treat is associated with a lower risk of a common type of irregular heartbeat that can lead to dangerous conditions, according to a new study. The study was led by researchers...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 1:25pm

Gardner Museum doubles reward for stolen paintings, but only for limited time

Nearing 30 years after the infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, the search is still on for the missing masterpieces — and now the reward has been doubled. The museum's board of trustees announced Tuesday that it is doubling from $5 million to $10 million the reward for...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 12:12pm

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan visit Quincy High School

Mark Zuckerberg is in town this week to give the commencement speech at Harvard, but before the CEO and co-founder of Facebook visited his alma mater, he and his wife Priscilla Chan stopped by her old high school, Quincy High, on Tuesday. Chan was born in Braintree and raised in Quincy, where...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 10:14am

Boston police amp up concert security after explosion at Ariana Grande showin UK

Boston police are increasing security patrols at concerts and sporting events in the wake of an apparent terror attack during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday night. An explosion detonated at the Manchester Arena in an attack that officials are treating as a terror incident...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:09pm

West Virginia man charged with fraud after allegedly listing stolen Gardnerpaintings for sale on Craigslist

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum paintings stolen 27 years ago miraculously popped up for sale in a recent Craigslist poster ad. That is, until the poster was charged with fraud. A West Virginia man was arrested Monday on fraud charges related to a scheme in which he attempted to solicit buyers...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 4:51pm

Man found dead in Chelsea home after shooting at officers, starting fire: Police

Authorities are trying to piece together how a Chelsea man died after he reportedly assaulted his family, barricaded himself inside his home, shot at police and started a fire Monday night. The Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley has promised a “full, fair and thorough”...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 4:36pm

Can you be fired for being pregnant or nursing?

You might not think “The Handmaid’s Tale” is the realistic future of the United States, but undeniable pressure has been placed on women who fear the loss of reproductive rights. The Trump administration has seemingly waged a war on the womb from acting to defund Planned...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 1:06pm

Harvard is updating a home from the 1920s to be 'ultra' energy efficient

Imagine a comfortable, livable home where you don’t have to turn on any electric lights during the day, where no heating or air conditioning system is required — yes, even in New England — and that it can do all that without producing any carbon emissions. This house will soon be...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:06am

The worst trades in sports history

While the Brooklyn Nets continue to deal with what might be regarded as one of the worst trades in NBA history, we decided to take a look at some of the most head-scratching, jaw-dropping trades made in all of sports. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here is what we came up with...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 4:47pm

Cyber official 'amazed' that feds not affected by WannaCry

President Donald Trump's "cyber czar" said Monday he was surprised that the recent WannaCry global ransomware attack had not compromised federal government computer systems, and he said he worries about future attacks on power grids and hospitals. Rob Joyce, who worked for 27 years...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 3:40pm

Body of missing college student found: Police

Franklin police have found the body of missing 20-year-old college student Michael Doherty. The Norfolk District Attorney's Office confirmed that a body found Saturday afternoon was Doherty, who had been missing since May 14. After search teams spent six days combing through woods, marsh and...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 3:13pm

Cambridge hedge fund manager used millions of investors money in Ponzi-like scheme to pay for extravagant lifestyle

 A Massachusetts hedge fund manager has been arrested and accused of misappropriating millions of dollars from investors and engaging in a Ponzi-like scheme, authorities said. Yasuna Murakami, who managed Cambridge-based MC2 Capital Management LLC, was arrested in Vermont on Saturday and...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 12:31pm

Malden charter school suspends hair extension ban criticized for targeting black students

A Malden charter school dropped its ban on hair extensions days after Attorney General Maura Healey accused them of targeting black students with the practice. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School’s board of trustees met for a closed meeting Sunday night to review the...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 12:03pm

Boston startup Sea Machines gets funding for self-driving boats

You may have seen self-driving cars roaming the streets of Boston recently, but the autonomous technology isn’t just for use on land. Sea Machines, a startup based in East Boston, is now developing a self-piloting system for boats. The company recently raised $1.5 million in funding from...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 5:03am

State police find body in Charles River

State police have recovered a body in the Charles River, the department said online Friday afternoon. The body was found in the area of the Massachusetts Ave. bridge.  The department announced via Twitter that the body was recovered at 4:30 p.m. A call to search for a possible body in the...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 4:48pm

Hair extension ban trashed by AG's office for punishing only black students

Attorney General Maura Healey’s office has ordered a Malden charter school to end its ban on hair extensions following news that two black students there were punished for violating the dress code. Reports surfaced last week that black students at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School had...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 3:11pm

Prison reform advocates to sit in at Gov. Baker's office

A group of prison reform advocates that includes formerly incarcerated citizens, family members of those incarcerated and clergy are planning a sit-in outside Gov. Charlie Baker’s office Friday afternoon to spur an investigation into the Department of Corrections. The advocates, a collective...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 11:04am

Logan Airport looks to add 5,000 parking spaces

The agency that manages Logan Airport agreed Thursday to invest in reducing emissions from cars and planes as part of its plan to create 5,000 new parking spaces at the East Boston air hub. If the parking plan is permitted, Logan would install ample electric vehicle charging stations throughout...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:56am

Safe streets advocates plan protest following Walsh's 'victim blaming' comments

Boston bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates will take to the steps of City Hall on Friday after Mayor Marty Walsh said pedestrians and cyclists share in the blame for traffic crashes. During a live interview on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio Tuesday, Walsh said bikers and pedestrians “...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:01pm