Two face charges in Fall River pool death

The former state workers will be charged for the condition of the pool, which turned murky after a woman drowned and lay unnoticed for days in June.

Former probation official arrested in hiring probe

The arrest of Christopher Hoffman marks the first criminal charges stemming from the federal investigation into the Probation Department’s allegedly rigged hiring system.

Convicted killer charged in 1992 Lexington murder

Authorities announced today that a man will be charged with the slaying of Kathleen Dempsey in 1992, ending a 19-year-old murder mystery.

Somerville couple accused of stealing Christmas gifts

Two Somerville residents are charged with stealing more than 100 packages marked for delivery in Somerville and Medford.

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The sleepover: teenagers and sex

UMass Amherst professor Amy Schalet noticed big differences between American and Dutch teens when it came to sex. In the Netherlands, parents have a relaxed attitude and the effects are surprising.

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Gift ideas for drinkers of spirits and liquors

In the spirit of the season of giving, here’s a basic roadmap to help navigate the liquor store with suggestions for those who wish to splurge and those who wish to save.

Marquis Daniels collided with Orlando’s Gilbert Arenas Feb. 6, injuring his spinal cord.

Celtics’ Marquis Daniels glad to have second chance

Daniels had spinal surgery, correcting a condition that includes a narrowed spinal canal, and he’s worked his way back, now healthier than he was before his collapse in February.

“If you can’t stand the relatively modest heat in the kitchen right now wait until Obama’s hell’s kitchen shows up.”

Mitt Romney,  on Newt Gingrich’s complaints about negative ads


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SAN FRANCISCO - FILE: The Bank of America logo is displayed on the side of a Bank of America branch office January 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California. According to reports June 28, 2011, Bank of America reached a settlement in which it will pay $8.5 billion to 530 private trusts who said the bank violated mortgage obligations that were issued by Countrywide Financial, at one point the largest housing lender in the U.S., who was subsequently bought by Bank of America during the financial crisis. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bank of America to pay $335m over Countrywide loans

The bank agreed to the settlement to resolve allegations that Countrywide engaged in widespread discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers.

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The year’s cookbooks are passionate, homestyle volumes

There are certain cookbooks that bear a deeply personal imprint. The stories and headnotes tell of passionate experiences, a kind of history of life through a single sense.

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Boston’s best people and ideas of 2011

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