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Russia hacked 39 states during election cycle: Report

Russian hacking into the U.S. election system during the 2016 presidential campaign affected 39 states — almost twice as many as originally reported, according to a Bloomberg News report. In the summer and fall of 2016, the hackers accessed state voting systems and tried to delete or...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 12:30pm

Rep. Steve Scalise is the No. 3 House Republican

Steve Scalise, the Republican congressman from Louisiana who serves as House majority whip, was shot during an early-morning baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday. The 51-year-old legislator was first elected to Congress in 2008 after serving as a member of the Louisiana state legislator for...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 12:22pm

The soul of Philadelphia DJs

Philadelphia DJs are entertainers that find ways to unite people through their scratches of the latest hip-hop jams and their blends of soulful classics. From legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff to soulful mixmaster Rich Medina, Philadelphia DJs have left an indelible mark on popular music and earned a...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 12:08pm

Bill overhauling legal pot law would more than double tax rate on sale of marijuana

A key House committee that for months has been vetting the marijuana legalization ballot law will propose to more than double the tax rate on the sale of pot in Massachusetts from what was approved by voters in 2016, according to copy of the bill. The Marijuana Policy Committee will meet at noon...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:04am

Read the suicide note left for Michelle Carter, woman on trial for involuntary manslaughter

In his suicide note, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III told Michelle Carter, the now 20-year-old on trial for involuntary manslaughter, that he loved her and appreciated her “effort and kindness” toward him. Prosecutors say that Carter, then 17, persuaded her boyfriend Roy to commit...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:51am

Gunman fires on congressional baseball practice in Virginia, wounding several

A gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington early on Wednesday, wounding several people including House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise before being taken into custody, police and witnesses said. In a dramatic blow-by-blow...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:11am

Poop transplants are now a thing at Boston Children’s Hospital

Someone’s poop could be another person’s medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, as part of an experimental new treatment that has prospective patients lining up and friends offering to donate their own poop. Yes, you read that right. It might sound like a naughty child'...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:02am

6 dead, 70 injured after fire engulfs London apartment block

Fire engulfed a 24-floor housing block in central London in the early hours on Wednesday, killing at least six people and injuring 70 others in an inferno that trapped residents as they slept. Flames raced through the high-rise Grenfell Tower block of apartments in the north Kensington...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 8:25am

Who won the Brown-Noser Award at Trump's Cabinet meeting? Mike Pence? Steve Mnuchin?

During President Trump's Cabinet meeting on Monday, the Cabinet officials and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus went around the room praising Trump in turn. The roundelay of ass-kissing alternately inspired mockery and dismayed reactions, comparing it to what you'd see in the authoritarian...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:27pm

What is PotCoin?

For some reason, Dennis Rodman was back in North Korea Tuesday, but even more puzzling is who paid for him to get there: PotCoin. PotCoin is a cryptocurrency, a digital form of currency used for (you guessed it) the pot industry — it’s essentially Bitcoin for pot. Much like Bitcoin,...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:25pm

Delta helps you trick more people to swiping right on your Tinder profile

As any seasoned adventurer knows, there are many benefits to traveling the globe -- but it could also have a positive impact on your dating life. Or at least your Tinder stats. In fact, singles who show a love for travel are more likely to be swiped right on the popular dating app. Well, now, even...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:21pm

This genius new tool wants to keep kids safe on hot summer days

In case you’ve been living in a state-of-the-art air-conditioned cube of joy, you’ve probably noticed it’s been getting really freaking hot lately. And among other concerns like heat stroke and dehydration, excessive summer sun brings serious parental concerns over children...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:45pm

Could President Trump fire special counsel Robert Mueller?

On Monday night, Chris Ruddy, a friend of President Trump's, told "PBS NewsHour" host Judy Woodruff that the president was "considering perhaps terminating the special counsel" appointed to oversee the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller. This followed a weekend...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:35pm

Boston researchers develop safe way to tan that protects skin

As the weather warms up, people flock to the beach to enjoy the sand, surf and, of course, sun. A tan can be the marker of a weekend well spent, but it can also lead to health problems as UV rays increase the risk of skin cancer. But your tan of the future may actually protect you from skin...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 5:03pm

Why Ray-Bans are called Ray-Bans will absolutely blow your mind

What’s in a (brand) name? Sure, there’s Skype, the abridged version of “Sky Peer to Peer.” Then there’s TiVo, the clever pairing of TV with “i” and “o” for input and output, respectively. And how about Hotmail, a slick way to merge HTML with,...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 4:55pm

Big Brother is listening, but you probably invited him in

They’re always listening. Always-on speakers are quickly becoming fixtures in modern homes, but the technology that allows speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home to tell you the weather and give you news headlines on command means these speakers are always listening in on what you’...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 4:52pm

30-somethings are now having more babies than women in their 20s: New report

There’s a running joke in New York City that nobody has kids in their 20s (or even early- or mid-30s) here because, well, everybody is too busy. Now, it looks like the rest of the country is starting to catch up with this Big Apple platitude. For the first time in recorded history, women in...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:43pm

Trump's first Cabinet meeting was a North Korea-style lovefest

Yesterday, President Trump held the first meeting of his full Cabinet. That would be newsworthy in itself as the White House struggles to staff nearly every area of government. But the meeting went next-level when the 23 cabinet secretaries spoke in turn around the table, praising Trump one by one...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:31pm

Citi Bike fatality is New York’s first, second nationwide for bike-sharing

An investment banker riding a Citi Bike was killed Monday after he toppled over while riding beside a bus and was crushed to death under its wheels. The death of Dan Hanegby, 36, of Brooklyn, is the first case of a Citi Bike rider dying in New York City after an estimated 43 million rides. It...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:25pm

50 Shades of orange: Trump’s complexion is getting less citrus-y

Is the Trump orange age coming to an end? We’ll address the large orange elephant in the room: President Tump is looking less, erm, rosy by the month. (Not that we’re discouraging the move away from the tangerine tan.) He’s gone for the sunnier side of complexions since the mid-...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 3:12pm