Crime & Justice

Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction

Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.

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A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India

Abhina Aher is a member of the country's storied, yet marginalized, transgender community. Last week, the India's highest court legally recognized the group as a new gender — neither male nor female.

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In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand

Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.

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Somalis In Kenya Are Used To Raids, But They Say This Was Different

A police sweep after Friday prayers is the latest in a weeks-long crackdown against terrorism. The operations have pulled in thousands of refugees, immigrants and Kenyan citizens of Somali descent.

Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims

Rescuers say they've recovered 39 bodies from the massive March 22 mudslide and are still searching for four others.

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Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities

Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

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One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.

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Disaster On Everest Marks Deadliest Day In Mountain's History

More than 13 Nepalese climbers died while preparing a route on Mount Everest for Western climbers. Grayson Schaffer of Outside Magazine explains that local porters and guides bear the brunt of the danger on these extreme climbs.

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Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended

It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.

Body Found In Sterling ‘Consistent With Height And Weight’ Of Missing Child

April 18, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. — A child’s body has been found off a highway in Sterling and it matches the height and weight of 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver.

Marlborough Firm Accused Of Running Ponzi Scheme

April 18, 2014

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — Federal and state authorities have sued a Marlborough company they say reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme that targeted minority communities.

Lawsuit Against Bridgewater State Hospital Settled

April 18, 2014

DEDHAM, Mass. — A Brookline mother who sued the state prisons department over what she called the illegal restraint of her son at a psychiatric facility has agreed to settle her lawsuit after the hospital said it would change how it treats her son.

Gov. Patrick Nominates Gants To Chief Justice Of State’s Supreme Judicial Court

April 18, 2014

BOSTON — Six years after nominating Ralph Gants to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court, Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated him to the position of chief justice.

2nd Arrest Made In Slaying Of Waltham Teen

April 18, 2014

WALTHAM, Mass. — A second suspect in the slaying of a 17-year-old Waltham High School senior has turned himself in.

A Year Later, MIT Officer And Cambridge Coach Recall Marathon Tragedy’s Impact On Their City

April 18, 2014
The shooting scene at MIT late Thursday night (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A year ago Friday, the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombing on Boylston Street three days earlier crossed the Charles River into the city of Cambridge.

Grossman Debates Head Of Mass. Gun Lobby

April 17, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman has faced off against the head of the state’s gun rights lobby in a debate meant to highlight what Grossman says is Attorney General Martha Coakley’s failure to embrace tougher gun control.

Gov. Patrick Nominates Gants State’s Chief Justice

April 17, 2014
Associate Justice Ralph Gants addresses the media Thursday, after Gov. Deval Patrick nominated him to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. (State House News Service)

BOSTON — Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph Gants will succeed as chief justice Roderick Ireland, who announced last month that he would be retiring in July.

Providence Documents Related To Gordon Fox Subpoenaed

April 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A spokesman for Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says city documents pertaining to former House Speaker Gordon Fox have been subpoenaed by federal officials.

Security Expert Says Emergency Response Shouldn’t Sideline Public

April 17, 2014
A shot of the now-infamous boat in the backyard of 67 Franklin Street, Watertown, where surviving Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found hiding on April 19, 2013. Tsarnaev was only found after the homeowner and other Watertown residents were allowed to venture outside. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

In an emergency situation, when should a city shut down, and at what price?

Report Finds Flawed Investigation Of Top Football Player

April 17, 2014
In 2012, a female Florida State freshman alleged star quarterback Jameis Winston had raped her. The local prosecutor decided there was insufficient evidence, but a New York Times report has uncovered possible flaws in the investigation (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

FSU star quarterback Jameis Winston was accused but not charged with rape after the local prosecutor deemed the evidence insufficient.

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