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Pride NYC starts with LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights and 'Bare It All' campaign

The de Blasio administration published New York City’s first LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights on Tuesday to kick off Pride Month. The Health Department also launched a new “Bare It All” sexual health awareness campaign. The bill of rights details health care protections on local...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 8:59pm

Baby gorilla is the newest — and most tummy-tickling — addition to Philadelphia Zoo

Sorry, April. Your baby giraffe is old news. After a difficult labor for mom and an emergency medical intervention, the Philadelphia Zoo welcomed a new — possibly the cutest — baby western lowland gorilla on Friday. The 5-pound baby gorilla boy and mom seem healthy, the zoo said, but a...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 8:31pm

N.J. voters to pick candidates for governor to succeed Christie

New Jersey voters went to the polls on Tuesday to choose their parties' nominees to succeed two-term Governor Chris Christie, a once-rising Republican star whose popularity has plummeted in recent years. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno leads a pack of five Republican candidates in Tuesday...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:36pm

MBTA police brutality lawsuit to bring more transparency, improvements

A lawsuit brought by a Roxbury woman who was brutally beaten at the hands of MBTA officers in 2014 after she tried to intervene in a situation where she saw police abusing another woman will result in policy changes and more transparency at the MBTA. In March 2014, Mary Holmes was at the Dudley...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:05pm

Alleged killer of Boston toddler called her 'demon,' mother testifies

The man accused of murdering a 2-1/2-year-old girl whose body was found on a Boston beach in 2015, sparking a months-long search for her identity, called the child a "demon" after punching her to death, the girl's mother said on Friday. "He said it was her time to die, she was a...

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 5:33pm

For the month of June, New York is the world's music capital

June is already unofficially music month in New York City, but now the mayor's office has declared it five boroughs under one groove, with tons of ways to hear local artists and get inspired to make your own tunes. Throughout June, the first-ever New York Music Month celebrates the...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 7:06pm

New York City police officer charged with murder in shooting of Deborah Danner

A New York City police sergeant was charged on Wednesday with murdering an emotionally disturbed black woman whom he shot inside her apartment last year, police and prosecutors said. Sergeant Hugh Barry, 31, was arrested on charges of murder in the first degree, manslaughter in the first and...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:24pm

Schools might start later in Massachusetts after experts say teens need more sleep

For high school students balancing academics, homework, athletics and a part-time job, it can be a challenge to clock the 8.5 hours of sleep teens need -- and make it to school in time for the 7:30 a.m. bell. Mary Hamaker, founder of the Massachusetts chapter of Start School Later, is on a mission...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:47am

McDonald’s finally launches McDelivery in NYC, New Jersey

First, there was all-day breakfast. Now, in McDonald’s latest move to free us from the conventional constraints of time and place, the fast food restaurant is expanding its McDelivery service to the tri-state area. Beginning May 31, you can order from about 300 of the approximately 600...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 7:10am

Pot tax money could subsidize jobs for young people under rep's plan

One percent of the excise taxes collected on retail marijuana purchases would be used as subsidies for businesses that hire and train youth employees under a bill pitched to the Labor and Workforce Development Committee on Tuesday. Rep. Michael Day touted his proposal (H 3138) to create a youth...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 5:27pm

Texas 'angel of death' nurse charged again in baby killing spree

A former Texas nurse known as the "angel of death" for allegedly having killed up to 60 babies was served a new murder warrant linking her to the death of an infant boy more than 30 years ago, a district attorney said on Friday. Genene Jones, 66, was sentenced to 99 years in prison after...

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 7:09pm

Republican wins Montana special election despite assault charge

Republican Greg Gianforte defeated a political novice to win Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, barely 24 hours after he was charged with assaulting a reporter who asked him about the Republican healthcare bill. A race that was expected to be a test of President...

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 2:09pm

Alabama murderer seeks to avoid execution for eighth time

A 75-year-old Alabama murderer set to die on Thursday is asking U.S. courts to block his execution for an eighth time, challenging a drug cocktail that left the last inmate put to death in the state coughing and wheezing for 13 minutes. Tommy Arthur's lethal injection is scheduled for 6 p.m....

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 2:42pm

Massachusetts inmates probably won't be building Trump's border wall after all

Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to foil a local sheriff’s plan to put inmates to work on Trump’s border wall between the United States and Mexico. On Wednesday, House Democrats voted to prevent the use of inmate labor outside state borders — a move the Republican minority...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 1:28pm

Feminist porn is big in Boston

Bostonians may watch slightly less porn than the average American, but when they do, it's all about the ladies, according to a new report. The number crunchers on Pornhub’s Insights team found Bostonians are 20 percent more likely to watch “female friendly” or feminist porn,...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 5:59pm

New York loves footjobs, according to Pornhub

Whether it’s a foot fetish or just a fantasy, footjob videos are searched for more in New York than any other U.S. city, according to data from Pornhub. The world’s largest porn site dove into their database to dish the most popular porn searches, categories and porn stars in New York...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 5:48pm

U.S. judge allows first transgender person to sue under disability law

A U.S. judge ruled on Thursday that a transgender woman could move forward with a sex discrimination lawsuit against her employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act, even though it explicitly excludes transgender people from protection. The plaintiff, Kate Lynn Blatt, becomes the first...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 3:14pm

Chelsea Manning shares first picture of herself since release

Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier responsible for a massive leak of classified material, shared a photo of herself for the first time since she was released from prison. The portrait, which Manning shared on her Twitter and Instagram accounts @xychelsea87, shows the 29-year old in...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:59am

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

Army veteran attacked in Bronx, service dog stolen

A former Army Ranger was attacked, beaten and his service dog was stolen outside his Bronx apartment on Monther’s Day. Robert Lebon had taken his 8-month old pup, Mala, on a walk Sunday through a park nearby his home, but when the pair returned home, the assailaints were waiting for them....

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 5:37pm