AT&T ends takeover bid for T-Mobile

The $39 billion deal was abandoned by AT&T after it ran into opposition from regulators.

Brown blasts House GOP on payroll tax cuts

Senator Scott Brown called the House Republicans’ opposition to the Senate’s bipartisan stop-gap measure extending payroll cuts “irresponsible and wrong.”

South Korean soldiers patrolled along military fences near the demilitarized zone separating North Korea and South Korea today.

Kim Jong Il’s death gives region jitters

The death of the North Korean dictator could upend US efforts to restart nuclear disarmament talks.

Work is underway at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Fla.

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Inside the Red Sox’ new spring training ballpark

JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Fla., features the same seating bowl geometry and field dimensions as the team’s home in Boston.

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Gingrich, Romney tied in new poll

Mitt Romney has pulled even with Newt Gingrich in the race for the Republican nomination, a new poll shows.

MIT to launch online-only, graded courses for free

The university announced today a plan to launch “MITx,’’ a set of specially designed Web-only classes that anyone can take for free.

“It’s time to stop the nonsense. We can resolve these differences and we can do it in a way that provides certainty for job creators and others.”

House Speaker John Boehner 


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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley spoke at a news conference in Boston about a lawsuit against five major banks over deceptive foreclosure practices.

Coakley blazes path as advocate for homeowners

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s work has cemented her position as a national leader on behalf of homeowners caught up in the long-running housing crisis.

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After change, Patriots defense was money

Following an abysmal first quarter, the Patriots allowed just 10 points and 175 yards in the final three quarters of their victory over the Broncos.

Health and wellness

G Force

“I have a deep sense of responsibility in observing that nearly 50 million people in this country . . . are threatened every day by inadequate coverage,” said Dr. Joseph Martin.

Pulse of Harvard, health care

Dr. Joseph Martin, who served as dean of Harvard Medical School from 1997 to 2007, just published a memoir, ‘‘Alfalfa to Ivy.’’


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Brian O’Donovan, host of the radio show ‘‘A Celtic Sojourn,’’ sits onstage in an armchair, playing a listener to the performances in ‘‘A Christmas Celtic Sojourn.”

‘Christmas Celtic Sojourn’ a very good night

In just nine years, “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn’’ has become a holiday staple. Friday night at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, it was easy to see why.

Best of the new

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Best of the New

Boston’s best people and ideas of 2011

Safer neighborhoods, quieter commutes, and one really brainy historian.