Ex-pool officials will be charged

Two former state employees will face charges of reckless endangerment for what investigators describe as chronic mismanagement of a Fall River pool where the body of a drowning victim lay unseen for two days.

Iraqi threatens to abandon coalition

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s threat threw the country’s fragile democracy into further turmoil just days after the departure of American troops.

Probation officer charged with intimidating witness

Christopher Hoffman, who ran the probation office in Hampshire Superior Court, allegedly called one of his probation officers a “rat’’ for agreeing to talk to an FBI agent.

Councilor Feeney was interviewed by the City Council for the city clerk job at Boston City Hall last week.

No surprise as Feeney chosen Hub city clerk

Former councilor Maureen E. Feeney was elected Boston city clerk, succeeding another former City Council member, Rosaria Salerno.


Voter excitement scarce as Iowa caucus draws near

Interviews with voters this week and recent polls reinforce the sense that Iowans, with less than two weeks until their caucus, are uninspired by the Republican Party’s offerings.

Gift deliveries prove ripe for theft

The boost in online shopping may be a convenience for busy parents, but it’s a cash cow for thieves, who have been snatching parcels from porches.

Tech Lab

Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich is a tasty Android upgrade

Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android operating system, will be rolled out free to Android phones and tablets. It’s an upgrade as significant as Apple Inc.’s recent rollout of its improved iPhone software.

‘‘We don’t have another Ronald Reagan, and I don’t think we’ll find one.’’

Lonnie Bauerly, a Tea Party activist  


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Calif. biotech moving to Mass.

Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Inc., a California start-up working to bring a pair of hemophilia treatments to market, will be setting up shop at One Kendall Square.

Nation & World

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Oldest, dirtiest power plants told to clean up

The Environmental Protection Agency announced new regulations yesterday that will force all power plants to control mercury and other toxic pollutants for the first time.


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Teams have hit ground running

The Patriots just gave up 167 yards in a quarter to the Broncos, and now they’re getting ready to face the Dolphins and Reggie Bush, who’s coming off three straight 100-yard games.


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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.

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.