Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid leader, dies at 95

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.


Mandela, one of the heroic figures of the 20th century whose struggle against apartheid led to his imprisonment for 27 years, and who later received the Nobel Peace Prize, has died.

Casey Affleck (left) and Christian Bale play brothers in “Out of the Furnace.”

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Bare-knuckle melodrama in ‘Out of the Furnace’

Scott Cooper’s film offers a bleak vision of America’s rural economic woes before flattening out into a routine thriller about good men doing bad things.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone  sees economic potential in the area around the new MBTA station in Union Square.

Somerville poised to grow along Green Line

By 2030, the city projects that 17,300 new jobs and 3,600 residential units will be created around Union Square and at the upcoming Washington Street station nearby.

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In reversal, Obama says he lived with uncle

The president’s acknowledgement reversed a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston.

Pope forms panel on sex abuse, O’Malley says

Pope Francis is assembling a commission to advise him about protecting children from sexually abusive priests, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Thursday.

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.

Alfonzo Dennard’s jail sentence is extended to 60 days

The Patriots cornerback will serve the sentence for assaulting a police officer and violating probation after the football season ends.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston

No charges against Heisman Trophy candidate Winston

A prosecutor said Thursday he would not bring charges against Florida State QB Jameis Winston after investigating an alleged sexual assault.


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// Deval Patrick’s casino confusion

The governor wants to block a casino on Martha’s Vineyard by the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, although he supports a casino by the Mashpee Wampanoag in Taunton.