TIME health

The 10 Healthiest Places to Live in America

From Honolulu to Plano, Texas, here's where to move for fitness, nutrition and aging well

In a new TIME book, Healthiest Places to Live, we name the best cities for your well-being. The book is now available on newsstands everywhere.

TIME Music

Dozens Hospitalized at Avicii Boston Concert

The incidents occurred during a crowded electronic dance concert

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Known for high-energy shows that pack thousands into concert venues, superstar DJ Avicii’s concert in Boston on Wednesday night ended with several people in the hospital.

Emergency crews took dozens of concert goers, mostly minors, to local hospitals suffering mainly from drug and alcohol problems, authorities said. Local media put the number of patients between 30 and 80.

Roisin Saratonion, 18, told the Boston Globe that she left the concert earlier than planned because “it was just too crazy in there.”

“You get really hot in there and you just pass out. You couldn’t breathe,” Saratonionsaid. “It was claustrophobic. People get dehydrated.”

Avicii, the Swedish artist behind the hit song Wake Me Up, performed at the TD Garden venue as part of his True Tour.

 

MONEY freebies

Where to Watch the USA-Germany World Cup Match for Free

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Cities around the U.S. are getting in the World Cup spirit by hosting free public viewing parties of the big USA-Germany match on Thursday. Here a dozen places where you can catch the action.

If you’re a soccer fan, you may want to take an extra long lunch break (or breakfast for those in the West) and watch the match on a big screen—typically a really, really big screen in a city park or popular gathering place—with thousands of fellow fans who are doing the same thing. Here are a dozen U.S. cities where the public is being welcomed to watch the match as a group. Admission is free at all venues, and drinks and food are generally available on site.

Ann Arbor, Mich.: At the office of the Ann Arbor News, 111 N. Ashley St.

Boston, Mass.: City Hall Plaza

Buffalo, N.Y.: Canalside

Chicago, Ill.: Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park

Dallas, Tex.: AT&T Plaza outside American Airlines Arena

Detroit, Mich.: Cadillac Square

Kansas City, Mo.: KC Live! Block

Los Angeles, Calif.: Hermosa Beach Pier

New York City: Bryant Park in Manhattan and under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn

Orlando, Fla.: Wall Street Plaza (21+ only)

Salt Lake City, Utah: Energy Solutions Arena

Seattle, Wash.: Phinney Center

TIME Transportation

Amtrak Train Derails in Massachusetts

No injuries reported among passengers or crew

An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C., to Boston partially derailed early Monday morning after it hit a truck that was obstructing the tracks, officials said, temporarily halting service to and from Boston.

None of the 222 passengers or crew on the busy Northeast Regional line train were injured, Amtrak said. Police confirmed to WCVB that the truck was occupied, but wouldn’t say what happened to the people inside, only that the area is now a “large crime scene.”

Passengers, who were stranded for about four hours after the crash took place at about 4:30 a.m., were taken to Boston on a regional train line. Amtrak said at about 7 a.m. that service between Boston and Providence had been restored.

MONEY Housing Market

The Future’s Most Walkable Cities: Prepare to Be Surprised

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Urbanization of next-door neighbor Cambridge is one of the chief reasons Boston's walkability is on the rise. Boston Harbor Association—Boston Harbor Association

Walkable urban places are the cities of the future, a new study says. And where will those be? New York, Boston? Try Miami and Phoenix. No, we're not kidding.

If you live in Washington D.C., New York City or Boston and your legs are your main mode of transport, this won’t be news to you: These three cities rank among the country’s most walkable large cities, and they are destined to remain so.

After those top three, watch out: Cities known more for suburban sprawl and traffic jams have new development planned that will shoot them up into the top scores as “walkable urban place,” or, WalkUPs, as researchers at George Washington University and advocacy group Smart Growth America call them.

Miami, Detroit, Denver, and Tampa will vault into the new Top 10 large WalkUPs, according to a new study released today. Atlanta, Los Angeles and Phoenix will also take a big leap forward. Future rankings are based on things like planned investment in public transportation and commercial clusters.

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D.C. ranks No. 1. Its suburbs are as walkable as the central city. Destination DC—Destination DC

“The WalkUPs are witnessing the end of sprawl,” said Christopher Leinberger, a professor of urban real estate at George Washington University School of Business. “This is a change in how we built the country in the 20th century.” Suburban sprawl, he argues, has constrained the country’s economic growth.

Walkable urban places, sometimes referred to as urban burbs, have high concentrations of college-educated adults and demonstrate a strong correlation between urban development, education and economic growth. Office rents in urbanized areas, for example, command a 74% premium over suburban. (Researchers focused on the 30 largest metropolitan areas because they comprise 46% of the U.S. population and 58% of the country’s GDP.)

And homeowners, take note: Walkability and proximity to shopping, restaurants and work are becoming increasingly important to buyers, especially young buyers. Research has shown that increases in measures of walkability such as WalkScore translate into increased property values.

Today’s Top 15 Walkable Cities

1. Washington, D.C.
2. New York City
3. Boston
4. San Francisco
5. Chicago
6. Seattle
7. Portland, Ore.
8. Atlanta
9. Pittsburgh
10. Cleveland
11. Baltimore
12. Miami
13. Philadelphia
14. Denver
15. Houston
Least Walkable: Tampa, Phoenix, Orlando

The Future’s Most Walkable Cities

1. Boston
2. Washington, D.C.
3. New York City
4. Miami
5. Atlanta
6. Seattle
7. San Francisco
8. Detroit
9. Denver
10. Tampa
11. Los Angeles
12. Phoenix
13. Houston
14. Portland
15. Chicago
Least Walkable: San Diego, Kansas City, San Antonio

TIME Food & Drink

The 24 Best Lobster Rolls in America

The Clam Shack J. Steven Kingston

In honor of National Lobster Day

Never mind the tired regional debate—whether they’re best Maine style (chilled, with mayonnaise) or Connecticut (warm, with drawn butter). Lobster rolls are delicious, and in addition to honoring the classic styles, seafood-obsessed chefs have embraced new possibilities. From a modern Asian spin with a charcoal-lacquered bun to a torpedo bun laden with a whole pound of meat, here are our favorites.

The Clam Shack

Kennebunkport, ME

Overlooking the scenic Kennebunk River, at the peak of the summer season, the cooks at the Clam Shack shell roughly 1,000 pounds of local lobster a day. For their assembled-to-order rolls, they pile a little of each part (claw, knuckle, tail) onto an oversize, locally baked burger bun. Customers choose between a swipe of mayo, a drizzle of warm butter or a little of both. The Clam Shack even sells lobster roll kits, shipped fresh overnight.

Neptune Oyster

Boston

This North End restaurant’s famous hot lobster roll features succulent pieces of lobster tail, claw and knuckle meat drizzled with clarified butter, served on a grilled and buttered brioche hot dog bun. A mayo-based cold roll is also available for purists.

MORE: 15 Epic Lobster Recipes

Bob’s Clam Hut

Kittery, ME

Bob’s Clam Hut hasn’t changed its lobster roll recipe in 50 years, for good reason: There’s no better way to serve their juicy chunks of Maine lobster than to toss them with a little mayonnaise and pack them into a grilled, buttered hot dog bun.

The Ordinary

Charleston, SC

Chef Mike Lata’s new seafood hall celebrates the “merroir” (ocean terroir) of the entire East Coast with a wide range of sustainably caught fish. His spin on the New England lobster roll includes a whopping half-pound of lobster meat bought straight off a Maine day boat. The mayo dressing is zingy with Tabasco, lemon, celery, garlic, mustard, chives, shallot and a light dusting of Old Bay.

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Brooklyn, NY

This food truck and storefront operation serves its Maine claw and knuckle meat rolls two ways: Maine style, with the lobster dressed in a lemony house-made mayo, or Connecticut style, the meat drizzled with melted butter. To keep things strictly New England, both versions come in a Country Kitchen-brand split-top bun from Maine.

READ THE FULL LIST HERE.

MORE: America’s Best Hot Dogs

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MORE: Best Burgers in the U.S.

MORE: Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S.

MONEY Housing Market

U.S. Foreclosures Lowest Since December ’06, But Some Cities See Increases

Foreclosures are down nationwide, but some cities are just starting to hurt.

Foreclosure filings around the country fell 26% in the last year to their lowest level since December 2006, according to RealtyTrac.

Four of the 20 largest metropolitan areas, however, saw foreclosures increase year-over-year. Filings in Boston’s metro area were up 44%, followed by regions centered around New York, NY (up 23%), Washington D.C. (up 8%), and Philadelphia (up 5%).

Metro Area YY Growth in Foreclosure Filings
Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, MA-NH 44%
New York, Northern New Jersey, Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 23%
Washington, Arlington, Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 8.2%
Philadelphia, Camden, Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5%
Chicago, Naperville, Joliet, IL-IN-WI -12.71%

 

RealtyTrac’s Daren Blomquist explained the foreclosure uptick in these areas as a the local market playing catch-up with the rest of the nation. In states like New York, creditors have to surmount relatively stringent procedural hurdles before being able to foreclose on a property. As a result, underwater homes in these regions are hitting the market long after other states have already dealt with much of their distressed property.

In the first quarter of 2014, the average foreclosure in New York took 1,103 days to reach completion; 706 days in Massachusetts; and 633 days in Pennsylvania. Average time for the entire United States: 572 days.

“It’s not surprising that some of the states with the longest foreclosure timelines are those with markets still dealing with increasing foreclosure activity even as the country as a whole continues to hit new lows,” said Blomquist. “On the other hand, the increase in bank repossessions in some states with shorter foreclosure timelines like California and Oregon demonstrates there is still some pent-up foreclosure activity in those states as well.”

State Foreclosure Timeline
New Jersey 1,103 days
New York 986 days
Florida 935 days
Hawaii 840 days
Illinois 830 days

 

For those worried about foreclosure, the lender can make as much difference as the state they live in. Rob O’Donnell, a Re/Max agent who handles distressed properties in Massachusetts, says some lenders are more aggressive than others when it comes to repossession.

Related: Why You Should Be House Hunting for Foreclosures Right Now

“Some mortgage companies and banks foreclose more quickly than others, and there are some banks that don’t foreclose,” says O’Donnell. In his experience, small lenders and private companies are quicker to pull the trigger. Larger mortgage firms are either simply slower or more reluctant to foreclose for fear they might run afoul of the law. Blomquist recounted one instance where a major Nevada lender reportedly went months without filing a foreclosure notice while the company familiarized itself with with new regulations.

In areas where foreclosures have increased, more properties are being gobbled up at auction by investors before they can hit the open market; something that could be bad news for regular buyers, who prefer multiple listings services over the courthouse steps to find their homes. Blomquist says auction purchases have gone up significantly since last year, driving up housing prices and fueling banks’ interest in more foreclosures.

“In some markets, there’s quite a bit of competition [for distressed real estate] because it’s selling for use as a rental,” says Blomquist. At auction, “banks can get more than they ever expected to recover on that loan.”

Major Metros With Highest Foreclosure Rate in May
Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, FL
Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, FL
Chicago, Naperville, Joliet, IL-IN-WI
Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario, CA
Baltimore, Towson, MD

 

Other foreclosure stats: The Tampa and Miami metros led the way in foreclosure rates, followed by Chicago, San Bernardino, and Baltimore. In May, one in every 1,199 housing units was the subject of a foreclosure filing, from initial notices of default to final bank repossessions.

MONEY home sales

12 Cities Where Homes Are Flying Off the Market

The average home sold in April spent 86 days on the market. But in these 12 cities, homes flew off the market a lot faster.

  • 1.

    Denver, CO

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    Homes in Denver sell, on average, in just 25 days. Scott Dressler-Martin—Visit Denver

    25 days: There’s just not enough homes on the market to meet demand in the Mile High City. Listings shrunk 13% in April over the same month last year. That, naturally, pushed prices up 20% to a median $340,000.

     

  • 2.

    Oakland, CA

    28 days: California buyers overall have to move quickly to buy, though competition is creeping up. In April there were 47% more homes on the market–probably why prices were up just 3% over last year to a median $499,950.

     

  • 3.

    San Jose, CA

    30 days: The home market in the center of the tech universe held fairly steady in April, with home prices up a solid 5% from last year. Median: $709,500. For the month, the average home sold at 106% of the list price, indicating bidding wars are still going strong, according to the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors.

     

  • 4.

    San Francisco, CA

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    Scott Chernis Photography—San Francisco Travel Association

    33 days: Bidding frenzy slowed a bit, with homes taking 18% longer to sell than last year, even as the market got tighter. Prices jumped 7% to a median $879,000. In all of California, in fact, single-family home sales were down 7% over last year, according to the California Association of Realtors. Association president Kevin Brown attributed that to investors slowing their buying.

     

  • 5.

    Seattle, WA

    33 days: The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area saw listings jump 19% and prices stay flat at $380,000. Tyler McKenzie, president-elect of the Seattle-King County Association of Realtors, says 75% of his listings have seen multiple offers since January 2012. In the last five weeks, 90%.

     

  • 6.

    Anchorage, AK

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    Michael DeYoung/Design Pics—Getty Images/First Light

    39 days: Buying is heating up in the wintry north, pushing prices up 7% to $310,000 in the last year.

     

  • 7.

    Stockton, CA

    41 days: Prices are still bouncing back strong from the housing bust. In April, the median price jumped 42% to $269,250, partly because low-end foreclosures have virtually disappeared from the market.

     

  • 8.

    Sacramento, CA

    43 days: Another robust California market, this area saw prices rise 20% to $334,900. The majority of homes–69%–sold in under 30 days, according to the Sacramento Association of Realtors. Short sales are down from 23% of the market last year to 9% in April. The market needs more homes in the $250,000 to $500,000 range, says Paula Swayne, president of the Sacramento Association of Realtors. She cited a recent home in the Land Park neighborhood, listed for $525,000, that sold a week later for $561,000. “It’s a tough market for buyers right now,” Swayne says.

     

  • 9.

    Boulder, CO

    43 days: Like its larger counterpart to the south (No. 1-ranked Denver), this university town continues to have a shortage of homes for sale. Listings are down 5% from last year while prices rose 5% to $405,339.

     

  • 10.

    Boston, MA

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    The Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. Greater Boston CVB

    47 days: April prices in the Boston area, which includes Worcester and Lawrence, rose 4% in April to a median $359,900. Too few homes on the market contributed to a 12.4% decline in sales, says the Greater Boston Association of Realtors, while pent-up buyer demand continues to send prices higher. At the current pace, the batch of for-sale listings would sell in 3.6 months, nearly half the six months considered a balance between buyers and sellers.

     

  • 11.

    Austin, TX

    48 days: Another city that needs more sellers. Listings fell 8% over last year, while prices rose 18% to $295,000. It’s a sellers’ market, with only a 2.3-months supply of homes.

     

  • 12.

    Dallas, TX

    49 days: Price hikes are starting to slow in Dallas. In April, they were up 8% to $233,900. Sellers in Dallas County received 95% of their asking prices, according to the MetroTex Association of Realtors.

     

TIME justice

Massachusetts Man Charged With Obstructing Boston Bombing Investigation

Officials say there is no indication Khairullozhon Matanov had any advance knowledge of the bomb plot

A Quincy, Massachusetts, man has been charged with destroying evidence and lying to investigators who have been looking into the Boston Marathon bombing, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston alleges that Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, tried to impede investigators and hide his connection to Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the men suspected of perpetrating the bombing. Prosecutors allege that Matanov lied to investigators and deleted information from his computer, including his browser cache, which stored records including his Google searches and a list of websites he visited.

Officials have no indication that Matanov had advance knowledge of the plan to bomb the marathon.

Prosecutors accuse Matanov, a citizen of Kyrgyzstan who legally emigrated to the United States in 2010, of being friends with Tamerlan Tzarnaev and participating in “a variety of activities” with the accused, including “hiking up a New Hampshire mountain in order to train life, and praise, the ‘mujahideen.’” According to the indictment, hosted here by CBS News, Matanov was in close contact with the bombers shortly after the bombs exploded on the afternoon of April 15, 2013, and bought them both dinner that evening.

If convicted on all counts against him, Matanov faces decades in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. His initial court appearance is set for 2 p.m. Friday.

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