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Number of migrant children in detention centers soars to record high, up 500% in one year

The Trump administration is holding a record number of migrant children in federal detention centers — a more than fivefold increase from last year. The number of migrant children in federal custody has soared from 2,400 in May 2017 to 12,800 this month, according to data provided to...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 4:59pm

Could Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court be in jeopardy?

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the United States Supreme Court on September 20, but a new revelation from California Senator Dianne Feinstein might derail that path. Feinstein — and other Democrats – have been highly vocal...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 3:18pm

Barre, the workout every man should try at least once

In the pantheon of a “man’s workout,” barre would probably rank slightly below yoga but just above Zumba. And until you actually try a barre class, the stereotypical misconception of pirouetting to “Nutcracker”-like music will more than likely remain. But if you have...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 2:51pm

Twitter responds to Insatiable being renewed for season 2

Even before Netflix released Insatiable on August 10, people were calling for its cancellation. Now, despite controversy and a slew of negative reviews, Insatiable season 2 is officially hitting screens 2019, the streaming site announced yesterday. Critics have penalized the show for fat-shaming...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 2:40pm

In this election, vision vs experience will determine voting choice

Feel like voting is a little like playing blackjack, blindfolded, after a night of too many drinks, your head cloudy, completely confused by sensational headlines, relentless punditry and media spin? You’re not alone. In the past month, a surprising number of friends, neighbors and colleagues...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 2:14pm

iPhone XS, XS Max and XR shipping dates announced. Here's how to pre-order

Apple unveiled the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR on Wednesday during a product announcement event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. All three new phones boast all-screen displays, faster, A12 Bionic processors and an improved camera system....

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:02pm

What is monkeypox and should you be worried about it?

As if flesh-eating STDs weren’t enough, several cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United Kingdom. The two most recent cases were in people who both traveled from Nigeria to England, but otherwise had no connection to each other. The two cases come just one week after another...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:48am

6 Things to know about Dr. Leana Wen, the new president of Planned Parenthood

On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood announced Dr. Leana Wen as their new president, the first physician to lead the non-profit in nearly five decades. Dr. Wen, 35, will take the place of Cecile Richards, who served as head of the organization for 12 years and announced her resignation in January. On...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:32am

Many Russians backing 'NASA astronaut sabotaged the ISS' conspiracy theory

Will it turn into a case for the Space Force? Russians are spreading a conspiracy theory that a leak discovered aboard the International Space Station was purposely created by American astronauts. Ars Technica reports that the story has "spread like wildfire" in Russia this week. In...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 7:37pm

Could Hurricane Florence cause a real-life Sharknado?

Hurricane Florence, the most intense hurricane the Carolinas have seen in over six decades, is likely to strike the southern coast of North Carolina by Friday, reports the National Hurricane Center. And, news of a suspected sharknado attached to the storm is making rounds on social media. This...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 5:28pm

Trump moved $10M from FEMA to ICE at the start of hurricane season

At the beginning of hurricane season, the Trump administration shifted nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is responsible for disaster relief, to fund detention centers necessitated by President Trump's immigration policy. The revelation came from documents...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 5:15pm

Joy to the World: Amazon is selling live, full-size Christmas trees this winter

Amazon is opening a Christmas tree shop of its own this winter. Starting in November, you’ll be able to order full-size trees up to 7 feet tall from the commerce site. Wreaths and garlands will also go on sale that month. According to the Associated Press, this new service will include...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 5:14pm

Suspicious Russian bank transfers made after Trump Tower meeting; FBI investigating

The FBI is investigating suspicious bank transfers made after Trump campaign officials met in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. The transfers involved money from Russia and Switzerland being moved to places like the British Virgin Islands, Bangkok and New...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 5:10pm

Readers react to story about animal abuse

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, Metro Boston published a cover story "Justice for Chico" about a Massachusetts man who is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly burying his dog, an 18-year-old Shih Tzu, alive in the woods behind his Whitinsville home. The dog's owner, 24-year-old Richard...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 4:20pm

Are Chocolate Covered Katie's calorie counts on her desserts way off?

Everyone with a wicked sweet tooth trying to stick to a low-calorie diet has probably heard of Chocolate Covered Katie. Her desserts seem downright magical. Some chocolate-dipped creations on “The Healthy Dessert Blog” boast calorie counts, calculated by Katie herself, that sound like...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 3:33pm

Here's how Hurricane Florence could affect Massachusetts

Hurricane season is upon us, and since New England is no stranger to tempests of epic proportions, many Bay Staters want to know: Will Hurricane Florence hit Massachusetts? The life-threatening storm is prompting millions on the East Coast to prepare for its landfall this week, with mandatory...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 3:30pm

Who is Julia Salazar? NY candidate claims sexual assault by Netanyahu staffer

Democratic New York State Senate candidate Julia Salazar recently claimed that she was sexually assaulted by David Keyes, a top spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Salazar apparently made the claim to get ahead of a conservative publication's news story that was allegedly...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 2:42pm

Celebrate the next 10 birthdays with free Baked by Melissa cupcakes

Baked by Melissa is pulling a Willy Wonka. In honor of the bite-sized bakery’s 10th anniversary, 10 lucky golden ticket winners across the country will receive 100 cupcakes on their birthday for the next decade. Yep, that’s 10 years of one hundred free cupcakes to kick off your b-day...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 2:24pm

Did Levi Strauss and Michael Bloomberg team up to attack Second Amendment?

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and conservative news sites both released reports claiming that the iconic clothing company Levi Strauss & Co. is joining forces with former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to attack gun rights. According to the NRA and the conservative news sites...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 5:36pm

Subway is terminating the $5 Footlong

The era of $5 footlong deals has officially come to a close, Subway CEO Trevor Haynes tells USA Today. In 2008, Subway introduced its famous $5 footlong promotion — a 12-inch sandwich for just five dollars — as a way to compete against deals offered by competitors (McDonald’s...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 5:33pm