US vows ?minimal? effect of migrants

In Mass. and across the country, residents have balked at the prospect of hundreds of immigrant children coming to their towns.

Mansfield?s superintendent, Brenda Hodges, resigned amid accusations she plagiarized a graduation speech.

Plagiarism incidents cheat students

Educators increasingly face a steady drumbeat of recent plagiarism incidents among adults, including two superintendents of Mass. school systems.

Human remains found in box on Duxbury street

The partially open box was found Sunday morning, officials said.

Palestinian men gathered things they found in the rubble of destroyed buildings Sunday in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City.

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Israel carries out 3 strikes on Gaza Strip

The Israeli military says the airstrikes targeted Hamas rocket launchers and infrastructure in the strip.

 Susan Trachik said her son?s heroin habit led him to steal, lie, manipulate, and do his best to keep his drug use secret.

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In Scituate, heroin a scourge in the seaside life

Five deaths have been linked to opioids in Scituate this year, and officials fear more before the region?s drug crisis abates.

By 2012, the average annual premium had climbed to $974, just $9 below the average in 2007, the year before the state opened the market to competition.

Auto insurance rates bounce back up

Despite the increase in premiums, the state says deregulation still brings benefits.

Black smoke was blasted from Craig Wedge?s Ford F-350 Power Stroke pickup truck.

Rules have diesel enthusiasts fuming

Drivers disable or discard their trucks? pollution control so the vehicles spew black smoke in a practice known as ?rolling coal.?

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BU biohazard lab is an empty fortress

The $200 million biohazard lab is virtually empty, and some people hope it remains that way.

 Caleb Weiss of Watertown (center) using the laser cutter at Danger!Awesome, a 3-D printing and laser-cutting lab in Central Square that the general public can use.

The ABCs of 3-D printing and laser tools

Cambridge lab Danger!Awesome is helping novices use cutting-edge technology to turn ideas into products.


// How Boston was shaped by what it didn?t win

The city tried and failed to host the 1980 alterna-Olympics, the 1976 World Expo, and NASA Mission Control. They ended up changing the landscape anyway.