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.

David Ortiz wants a long-term deal

The Red Sox slugger spoke today about what it would take to get him to stay in Boston.

Steve McQueen


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Interrogating the lewd

“Shame” director Steve McQueen presents a portrait of sex addiction as art.

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For him, it’s a plum job

In his 24th year producing the “The Nutcracker,” José Mateo talked about his love of dance.

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Chicken Little as a 9/11 metaphor

Artist Nancy Chunn’s “Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear” springs from her post-Sept. 11 examination of the aura of panic that has dominated the last decade.

‘‘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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