Fewer held for ouster from US

The number of immigrants jailed for deportation in New England plunged last year, despite the expansion of a controversial program.

For majority of workers, vacation days go unused

Nearly 70 percent of North American workers don’t take all of their annual allotted days off, according to a recent survey.

Match Charter Public High School on Commonwealth Avenue.

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Some chafe at charter school’s low pay for tutors

A dispute over the minimal pay at Match Charter School in Boston offers a rare glimpse into labor unrest at a charter school.

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Brandeis University’s board of trustees is considering revamping its compensation policies as early as next month after an uproar over pay to its former president.

Danny Amendola (right) celebrated LeGarrette Blount’s touchdown in the second quarter.

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on football

Patriots’ toughness on display in finale win

No team in the NFL was tougher this season than the Patriots, who endured more than their fair share of adversity on the personal front and with injuries.

A marker tells the story near Boston College’s Conte Forum, where Martin J. Walsh will be sworn in as Boston mayor.

Walsh pushes inauguration ceremony to city’s edge

Boston College’s Conte Forum, where Mayor-elect Martin Walsh will be inaugurated, so narrowly skirts the city limits that its address is listed as Chestnut Hill.

Geneticists disagree about the uses of genome sequencing, but Harvard’s George Church says the worries are misplaced.

Gene tests raise murky medical issues

Ten years after completion of the Human Genome Project made it possible to paint a full genetic portrait of anyone, sequencing remains far outside the mainstream.


opinion | Cathy Young

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Of course obese people should not be bullied; but neither should they be encouraged in the delusion that they are just fine.


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Patriots 34, Bills 20

LeGarrette Blount looked back at Jim Leonhard after scoring on a 36-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

LeGarrette Blount, Patriots secure first-round bye

The Patriots sewed up the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round postseason bye with a 34-20 win over the Bills at rain-soaked Gillette Stadium.

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Sunday’s blast was near metal detectors, suggesting an attack deeper inside the rail station may have been averted.

Russian city hit by 2 bombings in 2 days

A suicide attack at a railroad station followed by a blast in a trolley bus the next day raised the specter of a new wave of terrorism just six weeks before the Winter Olympics.


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“The valuation doesn’t actually matter at this point,’’ says Max Ganik, who trades in Twitter stock options.

To some, Twitter stock is a #bubble

A mixture of hope and cynicism pushed up Twitter’s stock by 76 percent from Dec. 1 through Thursday, then sent the shares plunging 13 percent Friday.


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photography Review

Photographs of Frances Clalin Clayton disguised as a Union officer and posing in a dress.

When photographs are mirrors as well as windows

The slipperiness of seeing, belief, and interpretation as pertains to race and identity is what inspires “The Mirror of Race: Seeing Ourselves through History.”

Health and wellness

Daily Dose

To beat performance anxiety, get excited

The Harvard Business School found that getting excited -- rather than relaxed -- about singing or speaking in public was a far more effective way to reduce performance anxiety.