Contraception coverage can?t be forced, court rules

Michael Hichborn kneeled and prayed as he joined demonstrators while waiting for the Supreme Court?s decision on the Hobby Lobby case outside the Supreme Court on Monday.

The Supreme Court says employers can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement.


// Much excitement as Mookie Betts makes debut

Fair or unfair, if the Red Sox rookie doesn?t provide a spark for the team then it?s going to be disappointing.

// Warren takes populist message to GOP-dominant South

Elizabeth Warren?s latest travels represent a test of for her brand of liberal populism, which has captivated the national left.

Court says union can?t make some nonmembers pay fees

The Supreme Court ruling stopped short of overturning the practice of allowing public sector unions to pass representation costs to nonmembers.

Lawmakers nix later closing hours for Boston bars

A provision in the budget would have permitted Boston-area bars and restaurants to stay open until 4 a.m.

Timing knee and hip replacements

Choosing the right time to have a joint replaced may now be easier, thanks to extensive tracking of patients.

// MGH to screen all patients for substance abuse

The mandatory screening program is part of a broad plan to improve addiction treatment.

// Development encroaching on Mass. lands at fast pace

Construction has contributed to the loss of nearly 50,000 acres of forest ? at a pace of 13 acres a day ? between 2005 and 2013.


opinion | Nathaniel P. Morris

// Learning the difference between medicine and the medical industry

Can medical schools truly teach medicine when they present a censored version of today?s health care?


// The surprising appeal of ISIS

It?s murderous, intolerant, and dangerous. But the group offers Sunnis something rare in the Middle East: a chance to feel like a citizen.