AT&T ends takeover bid for T-Mobile

AT&T abandoned the $39 billion deal after opposition from regulators, who were worried about less competition among wireless providers.

House vote on payroll tax cut is set for tomorrow

The House is expected to reject the Senate’s short-term extension of payroll tax cuts, potentially setting up another round of gridlock on Capitol Hill.


Kim Jong Il, the great negotiator

The former North Korean leader deserves the “Great Negotiator Award” from Harvard for his dealings with George W. Bush.

12-19-11: Boston, MA: Canadiens goalie Carey Price dives but can't prevnet a first period goal by the Bruins Benoit Pouliot (not pictured) from hitting hte back of the twine. The Boston Bruins hosted the Montreal Canadiens in a regular season NHL game at the TD Garden. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Bruins


Bruins streak is at 5 with win over Canadiens

Boston has won 19 of 22 since losing two in a row to the Canadiens at the end of October.

Rooney Mara portrays Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’’ a thriller adapted from the first book in Stieg Larsson’s trilogy.



‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ finds light in the darkness

Rooney Mara brings a touch of comedy and fun to her portrayal of the dark Lisbeth Salander.

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

Red Sox unveil new ballpark in Fort Myers

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

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.

Bus 19

Brothers seek a way up and out

George and Johnny Huynh want a better life — and they believe they can get it through school. They have to. It’s the only thing in their control.

“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.

Nation & World

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Defensive end Andre Carter, shown here after the Patriots lost to Buffalo on Sept. 25, will be placed on injured reserve after an injury yesterday against Denver.

Andre Carter to be placed on injured reserve

The veteran defensive end, who was the Patriots’ most consistent pass rusher, suffered a quadriceps injury yesterday against 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.