Super PACs pour money into early states

The committees are playing an increasingly muscular role in the days before the first contests in the Republican presidential nominating contest.

Brown asks House GOP to bend on tax proposal

Senator Scott Brown said House GOP opposition to the Senate’s bipartisan measure approved Saturday is “irresponsible and wrong.”

Insurer to reward patients for finding cheaper care

Under a program being rolled out next month by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, patients could get paid for finding hospitals that charge less for the same medical tests.

Workers drilled yesterday atop the Green Monster at JetBlue Park, the $78 million Red Sox training facility nearing completion in Fort Myers, Fla.

Red Sox’ spring site has Fenway feel

JetBlue Park, the $78 million new spring training complex for the Red Sox, resembles their home in Boston, right down to its very own Green Monster.

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Homeless allies’ plight haunts Occupy protesters

In the nearly two weeks since Mayor Menino ordered the closing of the Financial District camp, the movement has scrambled to find housing for some of its most vulnerable members.

Kevin Cullen

Saving an American family

Gidget Jachney saw a woman on the street, surrounded by her kids, wearing something called quiet desperation. Instead of averting her eyes, she helped.

Probation faulted on use of free legal help

A state audit questioned the spending of $47.9 million on free legal counsel, saying probation officials inadequately screened defendants.

Global intelligence failed to detect change in regime

For South Korean, Chinese, and US intelligence services to have failed to pick up any clues of Kim Jong Il's death attests to the secretive nature of North Korea.

“There’s just a lot of pain right now for people who have to come to [Occupy general assembly meetings] and ask, ‘Does anyone have a place for me?’ ”

Anna Aizman,  an Occupy Boston member, on homeless members of the movement


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Postal Santa tries to deliver on letter requests

Operation Santa is a project of the USPS to connect families in need with families who want to help. This year, the Boston office received 1,200 letters from parents in need.


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Which bank is the oldest? Accounts vary

The roots of institutions are tangled, and a 1784 Mass. charter plays a central role in competing claims from two modern-day giants, Bank of America and Bank of New York Mellon.

Nation & World

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Kim succession raises fears

The abrupt death of Kim Jong Il, the hermetic North Korea leader, threw the rest of Asia into deep anxiety yesterday and reverberated across the Pacific.


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Bruins 3, Canadiens 2

Bruins keep up winning ways

The Bruins and Canadiens met again last night, and it ended the way it usually does for Boston these days — with the Bruins finishing on top, 3-2, for their fifth straight victory.


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TV’s best dressed: Behind the seams

What’s the best-dressed show? With the exception of “Mad Men’’ and “Gossip Girl,’’ which have officially been retired to the Globe’s hall of fame, here are a few contenders for the title.


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At the scene of slaughter, a visual triumph

Everything is lovingly described in the “Butcher Shop’’ at the MFA from the blood pooling beneath the ox’s nose to the nicks and chalk marks on the timber column behind.

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.