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These researchers are creating snake-like robots to help search-and-rescue efforts

After a natural disaster, like the recent hurricanes that ravaged the Caribbean or the back-to-back earthquakes that devastated Mexico, search-and-rescue teams need to navigate dangerous conditions to try to survey the damage and find survivors. But what if robots could go in their place,...

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:03am

Mass. should not go at time zone change alone, panel says

Massachusetts residents will fall back this weekend after all and will likely continue to adjust their clocks twice a year for the foreseeable future. A legislative commission studying whether the Bay State should shift permanently to Atlantic Standard Time — essentially the time zone that...

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:36am

Missing New York woman found safe 42 years later in Massachusetts

A New York state woman who went missing more than four decades ago has been found alive and well in Massachusetts. On Aug. 3, 1975, Flora (Florence) Stevens, then 36 years old, went to a doctor’s appointment in Monticello, NY. Her husband dropped her off at a hospital in the Catskills for...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:45pm

Restoring power across Mass. may take 'several days' Baker says

More than 200,000 Bay State residents are expected to be without power into Tuesday and full restoration of electricity could take days, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, who said lingering winds made it difficult Monday to recover from the powerful storm that ripped through the state overnight....

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:27am

More than 300,000 in Massachusetts lose power after storm batters Northeast

Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents are without power Monday morning after a storm battered the state with strong winds and yesterday and into the early morning.  As of 6:45 a.m. Monday, there were about 304,000 power outages across the state, according to the Massachusetts...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:04am

Boston Free Speech rally organizer files $50M lawsuit against Walsh for slander

One of the organizers involved with August’s controversial Free Speech rally on Boston Common is suing Mayor Marty Walsh for slander, claiming that the mayor’s description of the event falsely characterized him as part of a hate group. The suit was filed Monday in Berkshire Superior...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:36am

Lyft and Massachusetts Brewers Guild partner up to make craft breweries more accessible

Massachusetts is practically overflowing with breweries, and to help you try out the many pours they have to offer, the Massachusetts Brewers Guild is partnering with Lyft to offer rides, promo codes and other perks to more than 90 craft breweries across the commonwealth. Lyft is now the official...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:15am

Man wanted for stabbing dog with machete captured: Police

A man who officials say randomly attacked a woman and stabbed her dog with a machete in Taunton last month has been arrested. Thomas Vargus, 45, one of the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted fugitives, was arrested Sunday in Pennsylvania, police said on Monday. Vargus allegedly attacked a...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:49am

Boston LGBTQ advocacy group reminds of importance of allies on National Coming Out Day

Coming out as LGBTQ can be intimidating, but it can also be an extremely powerful act, the Human Rights Campaign says. That’s why the HRC started National Coming Out Day 29 years ago. Today, LGBTQ youth are coming out to their family and friends at younger and younger ages, said Valerie...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 5:05am

Dr. Seuss museum to remove mural after complaints it depicted 'racialstereotype'

Springfield’s Dr. Seuss museum says it will remove a mural that depicts a Chinese character after three authors threatened to boycott a museum event over the “jarring racial stereotype.” The three authors, Mike Curato, Mo Willems and Lisa Yee, were invited to attend and read at...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 3:13pm

Massachusetts to send 69 police officers to Puerto Rico

A team of local and state police officers are heading from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico to help with security duties as the U.S. territory is still reeling from two devastating hurricanes, Gov. Charlie Baker announced. Sixty-nine officers from across the state will be split into three separate two...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:09am

More former Milton Academy students come forward about experiencing sexual misconduct

After an investigation into Milton Academy in February found that four employees engaged in “sexual misconduct” with students decades ago, more former students have come forward saying that they were victims of sexual abuse. Six more former students contacted Milton to say that they...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:46am

Insurers, advocates compromise on Mass. birth control coverage bill

The morning-after emergency contraception pill would be as accessible as a flu shot in Massachusetts and birth control pills could be purchased in 12-month supplies, under compromise legislation agreed to by the insurance industry and reproductive rights advocates. The compromise does not include...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 3:47pm

MIT physicist wins Nobel Prize for discovery of gravitational waves

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves — but he assumed they would never be detectable. Now, Rainer Weiss, professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017 for his work in...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 2:43pm

GoFundMe created for Tewksbury woman killed in Las Vegas shooting

A GoFundMe page is raising money for the family of a Tewksbury woman who was killed in the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday night. Rhonda LeRocque, 42, was at the Route 91 Harvest Festival with her husband, Jason, and their six-year-old daughter, according to the fundraiser page, created by LeRocque...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:34am

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey call for action after Las Vegas shooting

Massachusetts officials are offering their condolences, prayers and comments on gun violence after a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night in which at least 58 people were killed and more than 515 injured. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said that “Boston’s thoughts and prayers” are...

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:58am

50 arrested in Massachusetts as part of ICE operation that targeted sanctuarycities

Fifty immigrants were arrested in Massachusetts as part of a nationwide operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that specifically honed in on “sanctuary” cities and states. Though Gov. Charlie Baker has been opposed to declaring Massachusetts a sanctuary state,...

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 2:00pm

Gas found on Vanessa Marcotte's body, suspect bought gas that day, cops say

Traces of gasoline and bug spray were found on items on Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte’s body, according to new court documents. A hair tie and socks found on Marcotte’s body tested positive for gasoline and DEET, and officials believe that the suspected killer bought gas on the day...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:35am

Comedian Jimmy Tingle to run for Mass lieutenant governor

Comedian Jimmy Tingle has a new American dream, and it’s no joke: He’s running for Massachusetts lieutenant governor. The comedian and actor, who has appeared in “Jimmy Tingle’s American Dream,” “Boondock Saints” and more, recently wrote on his Facebook...

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:29pm

JFK granddaughter Tatiana Schlossberg got married in Martha's Vineyard this weekend

President John F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Tatiana Schlossberg, tied the knot with her fiancé at the family’s Martha’s Vineyard home in Massachusetts over the weekend. The 27-year-old daughter of Caroline Kennedy married 28-year-old George Moran on Saturday in a ceremony...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 3:22pm