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Fake news influences what real news covers, study finds

Even if you try your best to avoid “fake news,” you’re probably still being affected by the pseudostories. That’s because fake news influences real news, according to a Boston University study. Two BU College of Communication professors, Michelle Amazeen and Lei Guo,...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 4:21pm

Fidget spinners top most dangerous toys list

Fidget spinners have been lauded for their “therapeutic” effects, but a consumer watchdog group is warning parents that the viral gadget is one of the most dangerous toys of the summer. World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), a Boston-based nonprofit, released its summer...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 3:51pm

Jury finds Minnesota cop not guilty in shooting of Philando Castile

A jury on Friday found the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot black motorist Philandro Castile during a traffic stop last year not guilty of second-degree manslaughter. St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged after he fatally shot Castile, 32, last July. The...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 5:11pm

Amazon to buy upmarket grocer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

Amazon.com Inc said on Friday it would buy U.S. organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion, including debt, marking the internet retailer's largest deal and biggest foray into the brick-and-mortar retail sector. The deal, which puts a 27 percent premium on Whole Foods...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 12:28pm

25 years after infamous Buttafuoco shooting, ‘Long Island Lolita’ Amy Fisher returns home

“Long Island Lolita” Amy Fisher has resurfaced, 25 years to the day after she became a media sensation for the gunshot heard ’round the world in which she severely injured the wife of her 18-years-older lover, Joey Buttafuoco, the New York Post reported. On May 19, 1992, the then...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 3:41pm

Baker to work with White House on opioid addiction

Update: Gov. Charlie Baker will be among the members of a new commission to combat drug addiction and the opioid crisis, The White House officially announced on May 10.  Baker will be accompanied by another Bay Stater,  Bertha K. Madras, an addiction researcher who previously...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 9:37am

Rate of fentanyl-related opioid deaths continues to rise: Report

Opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts due to fentanyl continue to climb, according to a new report released by the state’s Department of Public Health, but there are also signs of progress in the fight against the overall epidemic. The department on Wednesday released its first quarterly...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:46pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: In praise of unplugging

I didn’t turn on my computer this weekend. I mean, I checked my phone here and there, but I didn’t do it that much. I can hear the groans already. Yes, we know: Turn off your tech for a bit. You’ll feel better. The thing is, that’s pretty vague. “You’ll be able...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:13pm

No federal charges for Louisiana police in shooting of Alton Sterling

Two white officers will not face federal charges in the fatal shooting of a black man in Louisiana that sparked nationwide protests last year, officials said on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson told a news conference investigators had concluded after an exhaustive 10-month review that there...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 4:10pm

Dramatic video shows moment small plane bursts into flames and crashes along busy road

  A normal commute turned into a dramatic scene when a plane came hurtling out of the sky and crashed along a road in Washington state. Video footage captured by a dashboard camera shows the exact moment the single-engine plane ripped through power lines, rupturing its fuel tank and...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 2:47pm

US Army releases final photos made by combat photographer killed in explosion

The United States Army has released chilling final photos made by a combat photographer showing an accidental blast during a live-fire training exercise in Afghanistan, in 2013. The photo shows the exact moment a mortar tube accidently exploded, killing Spc. Hilda I. Clayton and four members of...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:51am

Giant rabbit dies on United Airlines flight to US

A 3-foot giant rabbit has died on a United Airlines flight from London, prompting a review at the Chicago-based airline, which faced a global backlash this month over its treatment of a passenger who was dragged from his seat. The 10-month old rabbit named Simon, who was tipped to become one of...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 12:50pm

American Airlines' employee suspended after row with passengers

American Airlines has suspended an employee after a video showed an altercation on one of its planes involving crew, several passengers and a crying woman carrying a young child. An American Airlines employee violently took a stroller from the woman, hitting her with it and just missing her child...

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00am

Samantha Bee wrecks Bill O’Reilly by editing his exit statement

Samantha Bee proved she’s the true queen bee of wreckage when she “fixed” Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News exit statement. “The O’Reilly Factor” host was ousted from the conservative news channel on Wednesday amid allegations that he sexually harassed...

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:26am

State audit identifies nearly $200M in 'improper' payments by MassHealth

MassHealth, the state’s program to provide health insurance coverage to low-income residents, made $193 million in improper payments for mental health-care coverage, the state auditor said.The report, issued Monday by state auditor Suzanne Bump,shows problems with how MassHealth pays for mental...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 1:51pm

Equal Pay Awareness Week in Boston looks to help women close gender pay gap

Women who live or work in Boston will have the opportunity to hone their salary negotiating skills with free classes this week as part of the city’s efforts to raise awareness of the gender pay gap.Mayor Marty Walsh announced the city is launching its second Equal Pay Awareness Week, with 14 free...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:04pm

Donald Trump's looks might have made him president, professors suggest

Despite all his fame and fortune, Donald Trump's secret to political success might actually be his looks — or at least that's a conclusion drawn by two university professors.Conservative voters in the U.S., Australia and Europe value good looks in political candidates more than their liberal...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:01pm

Young boy shot in Roxbury Sunday night

A young boy was shot in Roxbury Sunday night in a shooting that intended to target the boy's father, officials said.Police did not release the boy’s age but he is reported to be about 5 or 6 years old, according to the Boston Globe. The boy was shot around 9:30 p.m. Sunday while leaving his Roxbury...

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 9:56am

Massachusetts man sues Dunkin' Donuts after his buttered bagel didn't have butter

When a Massachusetts man ordered a buttered bagel from Dunkin Donuts, he was given a butter substitute instead — so he sued and won a settlement.Jan Polanik, a man from the Worcester area,filed a pair of lawsuits in Suffolk Superior Court this month accusing more than 20 Dunkin' Donuts locations of...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:47pm

In raffling off a new home, treatment facility for women hopes to get its message out

Megan Grover was 17 when her substance abuse started. The young woman from Dracut, Massachusetts, battled addiction for years, and as the opioid addiction spread across Massachusetts, it became difficult to find her a full-time treatment center, said her father, Tim Grover.Tim Grover decided to...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 5:00am