Mehanna conviction stirs outcry on rights

To civil libertarians, the conviction of Tarek Mehanna dangerously undermined free speech rights, and delivered a stark message that holding radical ideas can be punished.

McConnell urges House to pass short-term tax cut

Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, urged the GOP-led House to break an impasse that threatens 160 million workers with a tax increase on Jan. 1.

Amazon plans Cambridge office

The Seattle-based tech giant is recruiting engineers and researchers as it plans to open its first office in the Boston area in February.

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.

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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.

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.

Ron Paul stumped in Fort Madison, Iowa. He is building a clear lead in the state.

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.

‘‘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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Charitable giving goes high tech

Online giving has risen sharply in recent years, and a handful of social enterprise startups and local tech companies are trying to tap into that increase in online altruism.


Obama urges end to payroll tax fight

President Obama yesterday reached out in telephone calls to congressional leaders in an effort to find a resolution to the nasty battle over the expiring payroll tax holiday.

Nation & World

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Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Iraqi prime minister 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.


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Patriots rushing defense a sore spot

The unit has been porous the past two weeks, and now must prepare for Reggie Bush and the Dolphins, who have the league’s No. 7 rushing attack.


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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.

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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.