Palestinians defy opposition, seek statehood from UN

Palestinian youths held signs during a protest ina West Bank village today.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the UN to accept a Palestinian state, a move he hopes will reenergize the quest for an independent homeland.

FBI paid $2.1 million reward in Bulger capture

The FBI confirmed on Friday night that it has paid out the $2.1 million reward for information that led to the arrest of fugitive gangster James “Whitey” Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

DiMasi loses bid to remain free on bail during appeal

Chief US District Judge Mark Wolf ruled former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi must report to federal prison on Nov. 16.

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Exclusive Sunday Preview | Ideas

The decline of violence

Bad as things may seem, the modern world is actually getting more peaceful. Harvard’s Steven Pinker set out to discover why.

The tarp covered the field as the rain continued to fall tonight at Yankee Stadium.

Sox-Yankees rained out

Rain postpones Red Sox-Yankees in the Bronx

The teams will play a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.

Television Review

‘Pan Am’ drama lifts off in a cloud of nostalgia

It’s a nostalgic ABC series about stewardesses and pilots in the early 1960s. It’s pretty, escapist, and forgettable.


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Deportation reprieves unevenly applied

Reyna Quintanilla entered the US legally and has no criminal record, yet faces deportation despite new federal guidelines on prosecutorial discretion.


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Preparations are already underway to transfer the Super 88 Market at the South Bay shopping center to Wincent International Inc.

Deal close in grocery dispute

After a two-year legal tussle, the owners of a troubled Asian grocery chain are close to finalizing a deal to sell one of their three stores to a crosstown competitor for $2 million.


Yemen president returns, adds confusion to crisis

President Ali Abdullah Saleh made a surprise return to Yemen after more than three months of treatment in Saudi Arabia for wounds suffered in an assassination attempt.


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Movie Review

Tale of wounded dolphin is fine family fare

"Dolphin Tale" is an excellent family film that lightly fictionalizes the tale of Winter, the Florida dolphin with a prosthetic tail.


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Stage Review

The humor, horror of ‘Candide’

Considering the national mood, this adaptation of Voltaire’s blistering satire of the glass-half-full worldview is coming at the right time.


“Why should it be considered brutal to provide a terminally ill patient the means of ending his life a few months or weeks earlier than his illness otherwise would?”

Scot Lehigh 


“It doesn’t make any difference whether you assign more homework in English, science, or history. Students will still do the same.”

Ozkan Eren,   assistant professor of economics at the University of Nevada, on whether homework works