Ally Financial will halt mortgage purchases in Mass.

The move from the firm’s GMAC Mortgage unit comes after AG Martha Coakley accused the five biggest providers of conducting illegal foreclosures.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to supporters at The Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, in Rock Hill , S.C. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Cain making announcement about bid tomorrow

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is facing accusations of harassment and of having an affair.

Unemployment rate falls to 8.6%, lowest since 2009

Small businesses and startups hired in bigger numbers this fall to help drive unemployment down, although 300,000 people also stopped looking for work.

First-grader accused of sexual harassment

A Boston elementary school is investigating a 7-year-old first-grader for sexual harassment after he struck another boy his age in the groin.

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Dark beers for the snifter set

Vertical Epic 11.11.11, Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour, and Newport Storm ’11 are excellent new releases that have a lot in common with Belgian strong dark ales.

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The secret language of bros

The English language is having a bad bromance with words starting with the prefix “bro.” Why? Erin McKean brovestigates.

The de Magistris family – here, Filippo and his daughter Giovanna, patriarch Leon, Damian, and Dante – spends lots of time in the well-equipped kitchen.

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A home for the holidays

The de Magistris family’s renovated-yet-rustic Vermont getaway is where everything – and at this time of year, everyone – comes together.

‘‘Now is not the time to slam the brakes on the recovery, right now it’s time to step on the gas.”

President Barack Obama on the economy 


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City puts restriction on use of e-cigarettes

Boston health officials voted to treat electronic cigarettes like tobacco products, banning use of the increasingly popular products in the workplace and restricting their sale to adults.

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