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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,...

DA: We Know Who Killed the 'Lady of the Dunes'

Authorities conclude Guy Rockwell Muldavin killed wife Ruth Marie Terry on Cape Cod in 1974

(Newser) - Authorities in Massachusetts on Monday concluded a woman whose mutilated body was discovered on Cape Cod nearly 50 years ago was killed by her husband. The announcement by the Cape and Islands District Attorney Robert Galibois brings to a close one of the state's most famous cold cases, per...

Cops: He Kept Putting Rocks in Road to Cause Crashes

Cameron Currier is arrested in Kingston, Massachusetts

(Newser) - Police in Kingston, Massachusetts, say they have arrested a man who seemed to get his kicks by putting big rocks in the middle of a road at night in order to cause crashes. Officers arrested 31-year-old Cameron Currier and charged him with the unusual crime, reports WCVB . Police say that...

Chunk of Ice From Sky Slams Into House Without Waking Kids

Massachusetts couple suspects it fell from a plane en route to Boston

(Newser) - A large ice chunk fell from the sky and hit a house in Massachusetts, damaging the roof of the home, the homeowner said. Jeff Ilg said he and his wife, Amelia Rainville, suspect the ice fell off an airplane traveling to Boston Logan International Airport. Neither the couple nor their...

State's Millionaire Tax to Pay for Free School Lunches

$172M of $1B revenue to be used to feed public school students in Massachusetts

(Newser) - Every public school student in Massachusetts will enjoy free school lunches owing to a new millionaire tax. Passed by voters in November and instituted at the start of this year, the 4% tax on earnings above $1 million will account for $1 billion of the state's $56 billion 2024...

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Live In

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list; New Mexico comes in last

(Newser) - Whether you're looking to relocate or just nosy about how your state ranks, WalletHub has a new analysis out on America's ideal places to live. The site looked at all 50 states across more than four dozen metrics, in five main categories: affordability; economy, including a state's...

Having a Baby Soon? One State Outranks the Others

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, while Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - If your future plans include starting a family and you're open to a move (or wondering whether your current location is ideal), WalletHub has some insights. The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, not only on the issue of costs tied to having a...

This Cop Is Going Viral for His Wild Slide Ride
Cop Hurt After
Bombing Down a Slide

Cop Hurt After Bombing Down a Slide

Video of Boston police officer has gone viral

(Newser) - No one knows how or why it happened, but we at least know the what, where, and a little bit of the who. A Boston cop was recorded tumbling down a children's slide in front of City Hall, and the video has now gone viral. In the footage , someone...

Hikers Hear Cries for Help, Find Missing Woman in Swamp

Emma Tetewsky rescued after at least 3 days trapped in muck in Massachusetts state park

(Newser) - The search for a Massachusetts woman missing for a week has a happy ending after she was discovered alive, trapped in a swamp for what officials say may have been at least three days. Per a release , Emma Tetewsky, 31, was found Monday evening after hikers in Borderland State Park...

Couple Celebrating 50th Anniversary Killed at Home

Police near Boston say a third person also was fatally stabbed in same attack

(Newser) - Police near Boston are investigating a brutal triple homicide: Three elderly people were stabbed to death in the same Newton home, including a married couple who were celebrating their 50th anniversary, reports . Police found signs of forced entry and say it appears they were the victims of a...

New Indictment Adds 6 Charges Against Leak Suspect, 21

Jack Teixeira was found viewing classified intelligence unrelated to his job over months

(Newser) - The Air National Guard member already jailed on suspicion of posting classified information on social media was hit with more charges Thursday. A new indictment adds six counts of illegal retention and transmission of national defense information to the charges facing Jack Teixeira, the Washington Post reports. Conviction on the...

'Great Deal of Effort' Went Into Plot to Burn Kids

Culprits used ventilation shaft to steal muriatic acid poured on Massachusetts playground

(Newser) - Massachusetts police are searching for suspects who stole muriatic acid from a park building, then poured it on playground slides. Two children suffered "burnlike injuries" after using slides at Longmeadow's Bliss Park on Sunday morning. The Longmeadow Fire Department, which responded around 9:40am, said the acid is...

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