Man convicted in killing of detective gets new trial, lawyer says

Sean Ellis, who was convicted of murdering Boston police Detective John Mulligan in 1993, has been granted a new trial, his lawyer said.

// Sudbury man accused of killing parents

Initially, authorities placed the man under arrest for violating probation on an earlier charge of indecent exposure.

Susan Collins is a leader in a Senate club for women.

Maine?s Susan Collins a force for consensus

Collins is emerging as a catalyst for compromise in a US Senate that is beset by intractable ideologies.

Boston Marathon bombing trial


// Playing out the string

The penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?s trial resembles a lopsided baseball game, when the only thing in doubt is the final score.

A witness testified that Tamerlan Tsarnaev acted aggressively toward his future wife, Katherine Russell.


Defense team cites influence of family culture in Tsarnaev trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?s culture emphasizes a reverence for older males in the family, said a historian who testified in the death-penalty trial.

Gloucester to stop arresting addicts who request help

Police in Gloucester said the approach is a ?revolutionary? shift in their battle against opioids and other substances.

The MBTA said its contract with commuter rail operator Keolis does not provide enough incentive for the company to regularly collect fares.

Commuter rail tests new technology to count passengers

The 30-day test will use motion sensor technology on Platform 5 at South Station to better measure fare evasion.

Legal battle begins over Scituate parishioners? vigil at closed church

Parishioners have been keeping a vigil at a Scituate church since 2004, when it was closed by Archdiocese of Boston.

// Clinton?s favorability rises in poll

Hillary Clinton?s favorability rating rose in a New York Times/CBS News poll despite news about her e-mail accounts as secretary of state.

The Norwegian Dawn docks at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda.

Justin Saglio for the Boston Globe

Cruise lines competing for Boston-to-Bermuda market

Norwegian Cruise Line has operated the route for more than a decade, but now Holland America is entering the same waters.

Mookie Betts gets the hero's welcome as he heads for the dugout following his second solo home run of the game.

Red Sox 2, Rays 0

Mookie Betts homers twice to lift Red Sox over Rays

Rick Porcello pitched seven shutout innings in Boston?s win at Fenway Park.

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is one of the better hitting pitchers in baseball. But that?s not saying much.


Making a pitch for MLB rules unification

It?s time for baseball to either adopt the designated hitter in the National League, or get rid of it all together.

Celtics Brad Stevens was not at all happy about how his first year in Boston went.

No detail is too small for Celtics coach Brad Stevens

The season may be over for the Celtics, but the work never ends for their second-year mentor.

Harvard engineering students spent the past semester building a better barbecue smoker. Peyton Nesmith, teaching fellow, checked the temperature of a brisket during a recent test run.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Harvard class cooks up the ultimate BBQ smoker

Harvard students used the scientific method in search of the perfect brisket.

In 2014, 24,400 injuries linked to treadmills were seen in  emergency rooms, according to a US consumer agency.

Dave Goldberg death highlights risks, injuries during treadmill use

The death last weekend of an executive who fell off a treadmill has focused new attention on the risks of the high-tech jogging machine.

 Steve Belkin (left), along with business partner Justin Krebs, also proposes to build a walk of stars for local innovators, a museum, and an outdoor sculpture park.

Shirley Leung

Belkin tower plan woos new economy

For Steve Belkin, ?Tommy?s Tower? seemed like a sure thing -- until it wasn?t. Now the ultrasuccessful entrepreneur is back at again.

An Eta Aquarid meteor seen in 2012.

Aquarid meteor shower, a byproduct of Halley?s Comet, visible this week

Even if you can?t wait another 46 years for a glimpse of Halley, you can still enjoy its annual gift.

Clockwise from above: vanilla beans from Madagascar at Star Kay White?s manufacturing facility in Congers, N.Y.; a worker sifting through almonds that will be dipped in chocolate; a selection of extracts; three generations of the Katzenstein family, which owns Star Kay White (from left: Gabe, Walter, Ben, and Alex).

Food & Travel

Fifth-generation company flavors ice cream for big brands

Star Kay White is one of the country?s largest manufactures of extracts and flavorings used by big-brand ice cream producers.

The Big Picture

Georgiy Samsonov (L), Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The big picture

Berlin battleground?70 years later

Decades after the Battle for Berlin, photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by a Red Army photographer that depicted a city at war?s end.