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Boston's beloved Keytar Bear attacked, robbed near Faneuil Hall

Boston’s beloved Keytar Bear was attacked by three New Hampshire teens near Faneuil Hall on Saturday, Boston police confirmed. Police said the young men were charged with assault and battery, affray (public fighting) and disorderly conduct for allegedly beating up the well-known street...

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - 6:46pm

Jared Kushner slips through loophole to sell discounted visas to foreign investors: Report

Jared Kushner — and other developers — use gerrymandering to supply visa to foreigners at a big discount, according to a new report. “It stands before you like a beacon. This is Jersey City like you’ve never seen it before. This is Trump Bay Street,” the website reads...

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 3:23pm

If MTA can't handle it, the city will take over the subway: de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio is just like us. He rode the subway on Wednesday (his first ride in two months) and he is ready to fight for the common man: If the MTA can’t fix the subway system, the city will. Them's fightin’ words. “I’d say if the MTA can fix the problem, that...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:06pm

Overdose deaths spike by almost 50 percent in New York City

Fentanyl has hit New York City streets, and it’s leaving behind a death toll to prove it — overdose deaths jumped by almost 50 percent last year, and city officials said opioids are to blame. 2016 was the deadliest year on record for fatal drug overdoses, and illicit opioids like...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 9:16pm

21-year-old severely burned after falling into Yellowstone hot spring

Yellowstone’s majestic beauty makes it a popular tourist spot for nearly 3.5 million visitors every year. Yet, like all national parks, it’s not without its risks. Now there is another sad story to add to the list of national park injuries. On Tuesday evening, a 21-year-old visiting the...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8:45pm

Cuomo says Amtrak should pay for Penn Station disruption

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that Amtrak should pay for changes the state must make to accommodate repairs this summer at Pennsylvania Station, the country's busiest train hub. Amtrak's push to repair its Penn Station infrastructure from July 10 through Sept. 1 will take...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:52pm

If you earn more than $1 million in Massachusetts, you're taxes could be going up

For the second year in a row Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to extract an estimated $2 billion by raising taxes on the state's roughly 20,000 highest earners, setting up a 2018 ballot question campaign, a legal dispute in the state's highest court, or both. Rep....

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:21am

Simulated urban warfare drill shocks residents who awake to sound of guns, grenades

It’s 10 p.m. and outside your window you hear the blades from military helicopters scraping the tops of the trees outside your home as machine gun rounds echo in the distance. Then, there’s a loud boom. That’s the nightmare scenario some Rhode Islanders awoke to Friday night, but...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 7:06pm

The best way to beat Boston rush-hour traffic might surprise you

Boston’s congested rush-hour roadways are no match for commuters on two wheels. Bicyclists took the top two spots in Monday morning’s fifth annual Boston Rush Hour Challenge. The friendly competition pits people driving cars, riding bikes, taking the MBTA, bike-sharing with a Hubway...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:21pm

Shakespeare in the Park's 'Julius Caesar' takes aim at Donald Trump

A prestigious New York theater’s production of “Julius Caesar” has raised controversy for casting a Donald Trump lookalike as the assassinated dictator. In the Public Theater’s annual Shakespeare in the Park production of Shakespeare’s political tragedy about the...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:15pm

Salem boy, 11, struck and killed by MBTA commuter train

An 11-year-old boy was struck and killed by an MBTA commuter rail train near the Salem Station on Friday night, Essex County DA Jonathan Blodgett’s office confirmed. The boy was identified Saturday as Jayon Dancy, a fifth-grader at Carlton Innovation School. “He was loved and...

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 4:03pm

Protesters rally against Islamic law in dozens of US cities

Protesters held rallies across the United States on Saturday to denounce Sharia law, the Islamic legal and moral code that organizers say poses a threat to American freedoms, but critics believe anti-Muslim hatred is behind the condemnation. ACT for America, a self-described grassroots...

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 2:19pm

Conservation efforts bring back humpback whales

New Yorkers can expect more humpback whale sightings thanks to years of environmental clean-up efforts. “Because of the improvement of the water quality, algae and zooplankton have multiplied, giving good food for the menhaden [a small oily forager fish beloved by whales], which have...

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:45pm

Man arrested for 2 Manhattan rapes while at Long Island courthouse for child porn, lewdness cases: DA

A Long Island man was arrested for raping two women in Manhattan while he was at the Nassau County Supreme Court for public lewdness and child pornography possession cases on Thursday, officials said. Cameron McDermott, who was arrested in Hempstead in January for allegedly possessing child...

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 12:00pm

New York City 'family' doctor busted for writing 14,000 bogus painkiller prescriptions

A self-described “good old-fashioned family doctor” was busted this week for writing thousands of illegitimate opioid prescriptions out of his Central Park office. Dr. Martin Tesher, 81, wrote more than 14,000 prescriptions — amounting to more than 2.2 million pills — for...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 5:57pm

Modern-day slavery alive in Cambridge as couple refuses wages to domestic worker: AG

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office is cracking down on modern-day slavery, and a Cambridge couple is paying more than $35,000 following allegations they failed to pay a live-in domestic worker who cared for their children. The story seems to be ripped straight from the cover of a...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 5:24pm

Cosby apologized for being a 'sick man,' witness claims

Bill Cosby told the mother of the woman who has accused him of sexual assault that he was a "sick man" and apologized, the mother testified on Wednesday at the comedian's criminal trial. Gianna Constand, Andrea Constand's mother, told a Pennsylvania jury that she had a 2-1/2-hour...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 8:37am

'Covfefe' parties being thrown for Comey testimony

U.S. bars are offering $5 Russian vodka drinks, “impeachmint” cocktails and free drinks with every presidential tweet to draw crowds on Thursday to watch fired FBI Director James Comey's televised testimony to Congress. Television "watch parties," typically hosted for...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 8:36am

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