Health insurers slow rise in fees

Massachusetts insurers, taking a tougher line in bargaining with health care providers, have held payment increases to the lowest level in years.


GOP candidates leaving a small N.H. town cold

In the bellwether town of Ashland, conservative and moderate voters alike say it is difficult to make a case for any of the Republican presidential contenders.

Hackers hit security firm and donate stolen funds

A hacking movement calling itself Anonymous said that it stole thousands of credit card numbers and other client information from a US security think tank.

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More singles pick friends over family on holidays

According to a new study, more unmarried people have supplanted their biological families with homemade families made up of friends and neighbors whom they hold dear.

Pet shelters struggle with glut of cats, dogs

The influx of animals is growing at shelters and humane societies across the state, and less money is being donated to help their cause.

Bottle redemption centers struggling

The number of bottles and cans being returned for the nickel deposit has dropped in Massachusetts, in part because redemption centers are rapidly going out of business.

“Would I like to see my daughters now? I would. But... as long as they’re with somebody, I’m comforted.”

Marty Manson,  whose daughter, Adina Davies, is spending the holidays with friends


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Peabody mourns firefighter, offers support

Scores of people took time over the holiday to offer condolences, financial support, and food for the family of James Rice, who was killed fighting a three-alarm blaze on Friday.


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New operating room a high-tech wonder

Brigham and Women’s has opened a new surgical facility that is designed to allow surgeons to use just the right equipment to aid a wide variety of procedures and treatments.

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Knicks 106, Celtics 104

The Celtics’ Rajon Rondo drove on the Knicks’ Tyson Chandler in Madison Square Garden yesterday as the shortened NBA season began. Rondo scored 31 points, but the Celtics fell behind to stay in the final minute, 106-104.

Knicks edge Celtics in opener

Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in the fourth quarter — including the decisive free throws — to give the Knicks a 106-104 win and spoil a 31-point effort by Rajon Rondo.

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He speaks his mind on health

Dr. Salah D. Salman, a former Lebanese cabinet minister and former surgeon at the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary, wrote a critique of the American medical system.


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‘Physics on the Fringe’ by Margaret Wertheim

Science writer Margaret Wertheim tells the story of James Carter, one of the more interesting outsiders she has encountered in her many years on the beat.