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Watch the Boston Dynamics Atlas robot do a backflip

When you picture what the future will look like, you surely see a world full of robots. But did you ever imagine those robots doing backflips? There’s no need to even imagine it now, because it’s already a reality. Boston Dynamics, the Massachusetts company that says it is “...

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:43am

Boston cat cafe plans to open this weekend

UPDATE, Nov. 17 : Purr Cat Cafe, Boston's first such feline establishment, plans to finally open it's doors this weekend after a few controversies delayed the business's beginnings.  Diane Kelly, the owner of Purr, confirmed that she met with the city's Inspectional Services...

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:16am

New State Police head pledges investigation into altered arrest report

The just-appointed superintendent of the State Police plans to conduct an investigation into a revised arrest report that was at the center of a recent shakeup in the agency's senior ranks. "Colonel Gilpin has determined that her office will conduct an investigation into the revisions...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:07pm

Here's the best time to leave Boston for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is always one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, and next week will be no different. In fact, it may be more hectic than usual, with a record 28.5 million people expected to fly on U.S. airlines, between Nov. 17 and Nov. 28, according to Airlines for America — a 3...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:15pm

Baker offers new ways to tackle opioid epidemic

Less than two years after signing an opioid abuse prevention bill, Gov Charlie Baker returned Tuesday with a multi-pronged proposal to further ramp up the fight against opioid addiction, including legislation that revives the concept of holding addicts involuntarily for treatment for up to 72 hours...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:50am

Boston Common Frog Pond ice rink opens early for winter 2017-2018 skating

It has been cold; some would argue too cold for November. But, the recent freezing temperatures have a silver lining — ice skating. Thanks to the remarkably cold weather, the Boston Common Frog Pond ice rink was able to have its earliest opening of the season on Tuesday. To...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:51pm

Revere Husband pleads not guilty to killing Lynn school teacher

The Revere man accused of strangling and stabbing his beloved second-grade teacher wife was ordered held without bail after being arraigned on first-degree murder charges in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday. Andrew MacCormack, 29, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 3:51pm

Mass. House passes bill giving inmates early release options

The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would allow inmates in state jails and prisons to shorten their time behind bars by participating in rehabilitation programming, a major policy shift intended to reduce recidivism. The bill (H 4012), filed in February by Gov....

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:31am

Boston Theater Company launches athletic association to bridge gap between artists and athletes

Artists and athletes are often seen as occupying separate worlds, but to Joey Frangieh, there are a lot of similarities between the two. Frangieh is the artistic director of the Boston Theater Company. Though he was never really an athlete — he was always the last to finish running the mile...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 5:03am

Head of State Police retires after allegations of altered police report

Massachusetts State Police Superintendent Col. Richard McKeon is retiring amid accusations that he ordered a trooper to remove embarrassing details from an arrest report for a state judge’s daughter. McKeon, who was appointed to head the State Police by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2015, announced...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:16am

Politician's plan to serve as mayor and state rep 'incredibly insulting,' Baker says

A state representative's plan to keep his job in the Legislature while also serving as the mayor of Attleboro is "insulting" to voters and his colleagues, according to Gov. Charlie Baker. "I think it's incredibly insulting, to the voters and to the mayors and to the...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:14am

New app in Boston lets you book parking spots in advance

When Reepal Dalal was studying law at Boston University, she often faced a frustration most Bostonians are familiar with — the traffic that precedes a Red Sox game. It’s no secret that parking in Boston can be a headache, but when you have to battle with those heading to a baseball...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:37am

Fox 25 Boston receives bomb threat, halts newscast

Update: Fox 25 News staff have returned to the building. Original story: Fox 25 News in Boston said Friday evening they received a threat and had to stop their newscast. The Dedham Fire Department confirmed that a bomb threat was called into the Dedham building and all employees had been...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:06pm

K9 officer hot car deaths at a record high: PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) told Metro exclusively that at least 13 K9 officers died as a result of being left in a hot car so far this year, already surpassing 2016’s K9 officer fatality numbers. Of the 13 K9 officer deaths, two resulted in criminal charges, four...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:32pm

Aly Raisman says she was sexually abused by US gymnastics team doctor

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman has come forward with her own experience about sexual abuse, telling 60 Minutes that she was molested by one of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team doctors. Raisman, 23, from Needham, said that she first encountered Dr. Larry Nassar when she was 15 years old. Nassar...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:52am

Baker will seek funds to address influx of Puerto Rican students

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to request additional school funding from the Legislature to help cities pay for the education of hundreds of children who have arrived from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria battered the Caribbean island in September. The administration sent a memo on Tuesday to...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:47am

Eastie residents angry over Suffolk University dorm expansion

When Maureen White lived in Fenway, she found herself among a group of residents peeved with a new neighbor who wanted to move in — Northeastern University. White, a 37-year-old consultant, worked with neighborhood groups, urban designers and elected officials to propose alternative sites on...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5:00am

Free contraception bill on fast track in Mass. House

A bill that would guarantee copay-free coverage for birth control in Massachusetts earned initial approval in the House Wednesday morning and appears likely to be advanced to the Senate later in the day. The bill (H 4009) would guarantee free access to oral contraception for women in Massachusetts...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:59pm

News anchor Heather Unruh says Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted her son

Former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh said Wednesday that disgraced actor Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted her teenage son in 2016 at a Nantucket restaurant.  Unruh, who formerly worked at WCVB news station, made the claims at a downtown Boston hotel alongside attorney Mitchell Garabedian,...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:57pm

Portal allows Boston-area residents to 'FaceTime' with refugees around the world

On Harvard’s campus, there’s a portal to another world — literally. Inside an unassuming shipping container that sits on the grass at Harvard Divinity School, students, staff and other visitors can come face-to-face with refugees around the world. The portal is part of a project...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:25pm