Obama backs civilians in Egypt

President Obama called on the Egyptian military to quickly hand over power to a civilian, democratically elected government.

NBA owners, players reach tentative deal

NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement early Saturday to end the 149-day lockout and hope to begin the delayed season on Christmas Day.

Romney’s Medicare plan short on details

Mitt Romney’s partial privatization plan to rein in federal Medicare spending is being considered bold but vague on politically sensitive points.

Credit: Milt Williamson -- to accompany 26nitrogen by David Abel info from source ---2008 photo which shows the density of the floating algae in West Falmouth Harbor.

Pollution in Cape Cod waters sparks debate

The remnants of sewage from septic tanks are seeping into the groundwater and polluting estuaries, bays, and other bodies of water.

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Shoppers flock to stores early to reap bargains

Many Black Friday shoppers weren’t there just for the thrill of bargain-hunting. They battled long lines, unruly crowds, and chilly temperatures to save money in a difficult economy.

Immigrants cautious as possible reprieves loom

A new training program for federal immigration agents will help them use prosecutorial discretion to halt deportations of low-priority cases and focus on serious cases quickly.

No stopping this chain reaction

It’s a Black Friday ritual: teams come together to build and tweak elaborate Rube Goldberg machines, hooking them up in one long chain reaction at the MIT Museum.


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New owner of iconic Newton bookstore bullish on the future

As owner of New England Mobile Book Fair, Tom Lyons understands the importance of moving the business forward while preserving what the clientele love about the place.


Biden to target 3 battleground states in ’12 campaign

Democrats are planning for Vice President Joe Biden to target Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, where he might be more of an asset to President Obama’s reelection than the president himself.


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The Red Wings’ Todd Bertuzzi took the slow approach and slipped one past Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask for the clinching goal in yesterday’s shootout.

Bruins see winning streak end

The Bruins played the puck-possession game that Detroit usually masters, but utlimately ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 shootout loss.


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Madeleine de Sinéty’s fine focus

“Madeleine de Sinéty: Photographs’’ consists of 71 black and white photographs, three countries, several ways of life, and (most important) a single sensibility.

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Director Caitlin Lowans (center, in black) directs a theatrical adaptation of “The Nutcracker” at the Stoneham Theater.

Holiday Arts Preview

Our critics give their top picks for what to see and experience this holiday season in the worlds of theater, dance, movies, DVDs, classical music, and pop music. This is your guide to holiday season entertainment.