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Woman Dead After Apparent Road-Rage Incident

Prosecutors allege Ryan Sweatt made a U-turn and drove into the 26-year-old in Massachusetts

(Newser) - A 26-year-old woman is dead after a Massachusetts road rage incident allegedly escalated. The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office says an initial investigation indicates Ryan Sweatt, 36, was behind the wheel of a Honda Civic on Thursday night when he allegedly got into a road rage incident with another...

To Dodge Charges, He Fled US, Joined Russian Military

Wilmer Puello-Mota left the US days before trial in January

(Newser) - A former city councilor and member of the Massachusetts National Guard who fled the country in January, days before he was to be tried for child pornography in Rhode Island, has apparently defected to Russia and joined the military. Wilmer Puello-Mota, a former city councilor in Holyoke, Mass., was first...

$500K, 14K-Ton Sand Dune Held Out 3 Days
Beach Residents Spent $500K
on Barrier. It Lasted 3 Days

Beach Residents Spent $500K on Barrier. It Lasted 3 Days

Perhaps not the best investment that residents of Salisbury, Massachusetts, have ever made

(Newser) - If you're the owner of a pricey beachfront home that keeps being threatened by violent storms and high tides, you might want to protect your investment. So went the thinking of residents of Salisbury, Massachusetts, who WCVB reports were hit by two big storms and a lot of erosion...

6 Teens Charged Over 'Vile' Group Chat

It allegedly included a mock slave auction of other middle-schoolers

(Newser) - Six teenagers in Massachusetts are facing charges after allegedly participating in "a hateful, racist online chat" that included a mock slave auction of two other students. In the early hours of Feb. 9, the eighth-graders in the Springfield suburb of Southwick joined a group on Snapchat, where they allegedly...

Snowmobiler Hit Parked Black Hawk, Sues US for $9.5M
Snowmobiler Hit
Parked Black Hawk,
Sues US for $9.5M
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Snowmobiler Hit Parked Black Hawk, Sues US for $9.5M

Jeff Smith says crew should have alerted snowmobilers to helicopter's presence

(Newser) - Jeff Smith was whizzing along on a snowmobile one evening in March 2019 when something dark appeared in front of him. He hit his brakes but couldn't avoid the rear tail of a Black Hawk helicopter parked on the trail in Worthington, Massachusetts. The crash almost cost Smith his...

Ladies, These States May Be Worth Looking Into

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list of best states for women; Oklahoma comes in last

(Newser) - What better way to mark Women's History Month than to tag the places in the US where women have the best chances at career opportunities and a better standard of living? WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using more than two dozen metrics in two main categories to create...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, West Virginia brings up the rear

(Newser) - If your mantra is "surround yourself with people smarter than you are," some US states may be a better bet than others, per WalletHub , which looked at the data to see which states offer more in the way of education. The site examined 18 metrics in two main...

Ex-Olympian Hears His Fate on Abusing Child Athletes

Conrad Mainwaring gets 10-plus years in prison for abusing 9 boys—a fraction of his alleged victims

(Newser) - A former Olympian hurdler turned track coach has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for sexually abusing nine boys, though the district attorney said the sentence was only "partial justice because we know the defendant had victims far beyond those named in today's case."...

Man Falls Ill After Scammer Tells Wife to Get Rid of Him

Roxanne Doucette, 64, investigated for attempted murder in Massachusetts

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman is suspected of serving her husband poisoned soup based on text messages she sent to a scammer, whom she thought to be a soap opera star. Roxanne Doucette, 64, is being investigated on suspicion of attempted murder, according to a Townsend Police incident report. Her 73-year-old husband...

Cop Enters Classroom to Search for LGBTQ+ Book

Massachusetts police, school have both since apologized

(Newser) - Earlier this month, a Massachusetts police officer entered a middle school classroom to search for a book about LGBTQ+ issues—an incident for which both the department and the school are now apologizing. A parent called the Great Barrington Police Department to report that they were concerned about an illustration...

Job Hunting? Here's the Best Place in America for It

Washington state ranks No. 1 in WalletHub's ranking of the best states for employment

(Newser) - It can be grueling pounding the pavement in search of a new job, what with all of the resume prep, job board scouring, and interview processes. WalletHub wanted to see which parts of America were more job-hunter friendly, so it looked at nearly three dozen metrics in all 50 states,...

Battery Test Could Inform Our 'Electrification Road Map'

Pilot program will see batteries, heat pumps installed in 2K Massachusetts homes

(Newser) - Our electricity needs are set to boom in the near-term, thanks in large part to the expected shift to electric vehicles in need of regular charging. The Biden administration also has aggressive clean-energy goals, ones that the Department of Energy in October said would require America's network of transmission...

Metal Detectorists Deliver a Surprise Decades in the Making

Skyla Carmona has back wedding ring she lost in woods 48 years ago thanks to Massachusetts team

(Newser) - Metal detectorists are often ribbed as being nerds, but a group of those nerds helped deliver a wonderful surprise to a Nashville woman who lost her wedding ring almost a half-century ago. Skyla and Phil Carmona, a Special Forces medic, were married in 1973, a little more than six months...

This Is the Safest State in America
This Is the Safest
State in America

This Is the Safest State in America

Vermont tops WalletHub's list, while Louisiana comes in last

(Newser) - After the upheaval of the pandemic, it's soothing to get back to "normal." But that normality has brought us back to Earth on many other issues we're still contending with, including general safety, a term that can encompass many different forms. To see which states keep...

Cops Charge 2 in Killing of Pregnant Woman's Baby

Police are still searching for a third man involved in violence in Holyoke, Massachusetts

(Newser) - Police are searching for a third suspect while two others face charges of murder following a shooting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. Shooting erupted as three men brawled outside a corner store around 12:30pm. A bullet stuck a woman on a passing bus who was 8 months pregnant. Her...

Feds Won't Evict 95-Year-Old Painter From Seaside Shack

They agree to deal with Salvatore Del Deo giving him 5 more years in longtime Cape Cod home

(Newser) - A 95-year-old painter and his family threatened with eviction from the Provincetown, Massachusetts, dune shack they've helped care for and occupy for nearly eight decades have won a reprieve. A legal team representing the painter worked out an agreement with federal officials that allows Salvatore Del Deo and his...

Bail Revoked for Driver in Deadly Apple Store Crash

Bradley Rein accused of failing to charge GPS monitoring device

(Newser) - A judge revoked bail Tuesday for a man who was confined at home while awaiting trial for driving his SUV into a Massachusetts Apple store last year, killing a man and injuring nearly two dozen others, officials said. Bradley Rein, 54, was ordered to jail for 60 days after police...

Young Professionals, Check Out the Work Climate Here

New England dominates Scholaroo's best states for workers trying to establish their careers

(Newser) - If you've just graduated or are graduating soon and are looking for a place to jump-start your career, some states offer more in the way of job markets and affordable living. Scholaroo attempts to flesh out which US states are the best for today's young professionals, using nearly...

Maker of Chip in Online Dare Pulls Product After Boy's Death

Harris Wolobah complained of stomach pain after eating the chip

(Newser) - The company that makes the tortilla chip involved in a social media challenge said Thursday it has asked retailers to pull the product after the death of a 14-year-old boy. Paqui, a subsidiary of the Hershey Co., posted a statement on its website saying the company is "deeply saddened...

She Sought Police Help to Flee Yacht. Then Came the Raid

Retired physician Scott Anthony Burke allegedly found with drugs, guns, prostitutes

(Newser) - A 911 call about a woman in distress on a yacht anchored in Nantucket Harbor has led to drug trafficking and weapons charges against the vessel's owner, a retired physician. Nantucket police say they received a call shortly before 8am Tuesday with a "report of a female party,...

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