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Tech firms make push toward TV


NEW YORK — Apple has more than $1 billion budgeted for original programming, Facebook wants its own version of “Scandal,” and Google is ready to spend up to $3 million per episode on a drama. The three digital giants have signaled to…

Monday, Aug 21


Ironwood wins OK for an easier-to-administer gout treatment

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It's the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in adults, often first appears as a painfully swollen big toe, and used to be called the “rich man's disease,” because sufferers frequently consumed lots of meat, seafood, and alcohol:…


Did President Trump just stare directly at the solar eclipse without glasses?

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Did President Trump throw caution to the wind and look at the solar eclipse without special protective glasses? Shortly after Monday's eclipse, photos of the president appearing to stare up at the sun from a White House balcony circulated…

Higher mortgage rates that many expected in Trump era haven’t materialized

Following Donald Trump’s election in November, mortgage rates jumped above 4 percent, after months of lingering around 3.5 percent. By the end of the year, a 30-year fixed-rate loan was going for about 4.3 percent. Some economists said it…

Saturday, Aug 19


Infosys chief quits after battle with founders

NEW DELHI — India Inc. suffered a new blow Friday when the chief executive of one of the country's leading technology outsourcing companies suddenly resigned, a surprise move he attributed to “a continuous drumbeat of distractions and…

Friday, Aug 18

Lawsuit claims Poland Spring Water is committing 'colossal fraud'

A lawsuit claims that Poland Spring Water is deceiving consumers with evergreen labels that say their bottle contains ''100 percent natural spring water'' that hails from Maine. The class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in…

Thursday, Aug 17


Warrants issued for NH white supremacist

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A white supremacist from Keene, N.H., who was prominently featured in a recent Vice News documentary about the violence in Charlottesville, is wanted for arrest on charges in Virginia, according to authorities. Christopher Cantwell, who is…


Shutting up the alt-right

By Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff August 16, 2017 Sometimes even a free speech fanatic like me is forced to admit that the correct answer is “shut up.” That’s why I’m happy that Internet companies GoDaddy and Google have broken their ties to…


'Wow': Stunned TV hosts reacted in real time to Trump's Charlottesville remarks

“What I just saw,” a visibly stunned Chuck Todd said on MSNBC, “gave me the wrong kind of chills. Honestly, I'm a bit shaken by what I just heard.” “I'm still in the phase where I'm wondering if it was actually real life,” said the Fox…

Wednesday, Aug 16


Vice's in-depth Charlottesville video is a horrifying look at hatred

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If you've got room in your brain and your heart for a return to Charlottesville, I highly recommend the “Vice News Tonight” feature on the weekend's events. The 22-minute piece (available at news.vice.com or on YouTube), “Charlottesville:…


Former presidents George HW and George W. Bush speak out after Trump comments


Former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush issued a rare public statement condemning racism on Wednesday morning in the wake of President Trump's reversal on the violence in Charlottesville. “America must always reject racial…

Tuesday, Aug 15

Obama's tweet becomes second-most liked

Why didn't I think of that? That's what President Trump may be wondering after his predecessor's post-Charlottesville tweet became the second-most “liked” tweet in the history of Twitter. Advertisement. To refresh, while Trump remained…


Holocaust Memorial in Boston damaged for second time this summer


For the second time this summer, the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston was vandalized Monday, when a 17-year-old allegedly threw a rock through one of the glass panels, shattering it. The male teenager was quickly tackled by two…

Monday, Aug 14


Trump again publicly tells CNN's Acosta: 'You're fake news'

The antagonism between President Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta continues. After Trump signed a memorandum calling for a trade investigation of China on Monday, Acosta asked Trump, “Mr. President, can you explain why you did not condemn…

Jeff Immelt to stay on Trump panel amid Charlottesville turmoil

While the chief executive of pharmaceutical giant Merck became the latest business leader to leave President Trump’s manufacturing advisory panel, Jeff Immelt of General Electric isn’t going anywhere. Immelt, now GE’s chairman, is staying…


Is Donald Trump stubborn, stupid, or simply racist?

In America, there are a mere handful of groups that politicians can criticize with relative impunity — members of the Islamic State, Communists, and of course Nazis. Yesterday, however, after neo-Nazi groups marched in Charlottesville, Va.…

Sunday, Aug 13


Clear skies on Sunday night could offer a chance to see Perseid meteor shower

For those who missed Saturday night's meteor showers, which disappeared behind clouds, there is good news. “Even though the peak of the meteor shower was yesterday, still could see some shooting stars tonight,” Boston's National Weather…


White House scrambles to explain Trump’s response

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BEDMINSTER, N.J. — The White House scrambled Sunday to elaborate on President Donald Trump’s response to deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, as he came under bipartisan scolding for not clearly condemning white…


Man accused of ramming Charlottesville protesters pictured with racist group

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The man accused of plowing a car into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally was photographed carrying the emblem of one of the hate groups that joined in the event and was described by a former…


Robert Mueller needs bulletproof protection


Congress is considering new legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, but what it needs to do sooner or later is set a red line for President Trump: If the president fires Mueller or sabotages his investigation, he’ll be…

Saturday, Aug 12


President Trump condemns Charlottesville violence

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President Donald Trump on Saturday condemned the violence resulting from a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., tweeting that “there is no place for this kind of violence.” We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands…


3 deaths linked to white nationalist rally in Virginia

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The city of Charlottesville was engulfed by violence Saturday as white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed in one of the bloodiest fights to date over the removal of Confederate monuments across the South.…


How to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend


As we head deeper into August, we're in store for warm evenings and overnight temperatures often well into the 60s. This sets up ideal conditions for viewing one of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year: the Perseid. The peak has…

Friday, Aug 11


Senator says life in Guam is status quo in the face of North Korea threats

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Threats of nuclear war have gripped headlines and conversations across the country this past week, as North Korean leaders threatened to harm Guam, a small American territory in the Pacific. But for the people of Guam, the threats are just…


Scientists create the first mutant ants

WASHINGTON — Despite what you might've seen in 1950s monster movies, it's difficult to raise mutant ants. For years, biologists have altered the genetics of organisms as varied as mice and rice. Mutant fruit flies are a laboratory staple.…

Thursday, Aug 10


How the Internet got the 'Google memo' wrong

Suddenly last weekend, everyone on the Internet knew what the “Google memo” said — even people who hadn't read it. Social media exploded after the tech website Gizmodo published a document that had been widely circulating among Google…


Walmart takes heat for back-to-school banner over gun display

Walmart is apologizing after a photo of a back-to-school store sign placed over a glass firearms display started rocketing across social media. The sign at an unidentified store read ''own the school year like a hero.'' Advertisement. One…


Police search for 3-year-old girl from Worcester

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An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday night for a missing 3-year-old girl from Worcester. Authorities say Ella Abbott is believed to be with her mother, Lee-Ann Abbott Rickheit, who took the girl from a Worcester home at about 7:45 p.m. on…


War with N. Korea not imminent, officials say, but US would still win

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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Senior American officials sent mixed signals on North Korea on Wednesday as President Trump’s “fire and fury” warning rattled allies and adversaries alike, a sign of his administration’s deep divisions as the outcast…


How many doctors have received payments from opioid makers? Look here


One in 12 physicians — and nearly one in five family medicine doctors — have accepted payments from drug makers that sell prescription opioid painkillers, according to a national review conducted by Boston researchers. Although the…