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Dig at Pilgrim and Native American memorial sparks intrigue

Archaeologists combing a hill near Plymouth Rock where a park will be built in tribute to the Pilgrims and their Native American predecessors have made a poignant discovery: It's not the first time the site has been used as a memorial. David Landon...

 

Free offices with a view: 4 lighthouses, courtesy of feds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Dreading your eventual return to the office? The federal government is making available — for free — some waterfront workspaces with killer views that are sure to entice. But there's a catch. The General Services...

 

Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House

BOSTON (AP) — It was a tempest in a teapot — or, more accurately, a whiskey tumbler. Presidential transitions are always at least a little tricky. Case in point: Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum have found a...

 

'Calamari comeback': Tiniest state's DNC video gets big buzz

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — There goes Rhode Island again — always finding a way to get its tiny tentacles onto the national stage. In a made-for-memes moment sandwiched between other states' calls to fight poverty and end racial injustice, a lawmaker...

 

If you don't laugh, you cry: Coping with virus through humor

BOSTON (AP) — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of "Sweet Caroline" with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, "Hands ... washing hands." A news anchor asks when social distancing will end because "my husband keeps trying to get into the...

 

Boston Marathon postponed until Sept. 14 amid virus concerns

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon, the world's most celebrated footrace, was postponed until Sept. 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the decision Friday. The Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the...

 

Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police said Thursday they have opened an investigation into the possibility that the U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance by an unknown party before she was recalled from her post in May. The announcement...

 

Naked fireman, binky-binging bulldog: New England's odd 2019

BOSTON (AP) — New Englanders fired up the weirdness machine again in 2019, and it cranked out oddities pretty much nonstop. There was a giant spinning ice disk in Maine, a naked firefighter in Rhode Island, and twin mysteries in Massachusetts and...

 

'Don't run,' docs said; marathoner with dwarfism defied them

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Most marathoners take 35,000 steps to reach the finish line. John Young needs 80,000. The high school math teacher from Canada is part of a rare and spirited breed of athlete: those who've overcome the daunting challenges of...

 

This old outhouse: Privy tied to Paul Revere is excavated

BOSTON (AP) — No. 1 if by land, No. 2 if by sea? Archaeologists are excavating what they believe was the site of an outhouse next door to Paul Revere's home — and the privy, as the colonists politely called their potties, could be flush with...

 

Q&A: Afraid of sharks? Flu, asteroids pose far greater risk

BOSTON (AP) — You might want a bigger boat, but you probably don't need better odds. The confirmed return of great white sharks to Cape Cod has rattled some boaters and beachgoers. Yet the chances of an encounter involving a human are...

 

A half-century later, questions cloud Boston Strangler case

BOSTON (AP) — Fifty years ago Wednesday, a factory worker who claimed he was the Boston Strangler was sentenced to prison. But questions still remain about Albert DeSalvo's confession. Many doubt his assertions that he stalked and killed nearly a...

 

Pizza ID, Rattlesnake Island: New England's 2016 weirdness

BOSTON (AP) — It was the year of Rhode Iceland and Rattlesnake Island. Of 40-year-old Twinkies, clown wars and pizza offered as ID. And let's not forget this udder nonsense: texting cows. File 2016 in New England under "W'' for wacky. Your guide...

 

Scholars team up to dispel 400-year-old 'fake news' about US

BOSTON (AP) — Fake news, quadricentennial edition: America's early settlers were all pious. The native people were savages. Freedom and liberty were available to all from Day One. As the U.S. gears up to mark the 400th anniversary of its roots as...

 

Slow as molasses? Sweet but deadly 1919 disaster explained

BOSTON (AP) — The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 — one of Boston's most peculiar disasters — killed 21 people, injured 150 others and flattened buildings when a giant storage tank ruptured. Now Harvard University researchers think they know why...

 

Q&A: Can America relearn civility from its founding fathers?

BOSTON (AP) — Think back to America's founding fathers, and you'd be forgiven for imagining plenty of prudence and self-restraint. You'd be wrong: A lot of riotous rhetoric sprang from those stiff upper lips. Political bombast is nothing new ...

 

You can leave your hat on: Scholar says Puritans were sexy

BOSTON (AP) — "Fifty Shades of Grey," Puritan edition? The famously strait-laced 17th-century sectarians who helped settle America weren't nearly as priggish as you might think, a leading Puritan scholar says. Letters penned by Puritan forefathers...

 

Al Capone letter written in prison shows mobster's soft side

BOSTON (AP, posted Sept. 23, 2016) — Did notorious gangster Al Capone have a soft spot? An intimate letter he penned from prison suggests the ruthless racketeer could handle tenderness almost as skillfully as his Tommy Gun. The three-page letter ...

 

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