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.

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.

Health insurers curtail 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.

Attorney General Martha Coakley takes the stairs in her One Ashburton Place office building — no, not all the way to the 20th floor.

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Prominent Bostonians share secrets on staying healthy

The Globe asked some top Bostonians to reveal a few of their personal health tricks, and their answers ranged from dog-walking to breakfasting on cucumbers. Singles pick friends over family on holidays

More unmarried people have supplanted their biological families with groups of friends and neighbors whom they hold dear, a new study shows.

Patriots’ Stevan Ridley keeps making gains

Rookie running back Stevan Ridley had a season- and team-high 13 carries against the Dolphins, the second straight week he led the Patriots in rushing attempts.

“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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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.


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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.



For the first time all year, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell wasn’t in a position to help as House Speaker John Boehner (above) sought to carry out the wishes of his rank and file.

On tax deal, House GOP should have quit when it was ahead

House Republicans snatched political defeat from the jaws of victory in the showdown over Social Security payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits.

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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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Dr. Salah D. Salman

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.