Lawmakers avert federal shutdown

The US Senate passed spending legislation in a bipartisan deal to avoid a threatened government shutdown and halt a feud over aid to victims of natural disasters.

Legislation overhauls Bay State alimony law

The duration of alimony will be capped and judges will have more flexibility on approving payments under a new law.

Massachusetts community colleges to get $20 million

The federal government will give the funds to 15 colleges to increase their workforce training programs in industries facing a shortage of technically skilled employees.

Iran, South Asia worst for city air pollution, health group says

Cities in the US and Canada had the least air pollution, according to the first global survey by the World Health Organization.

Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury falls to the ground after slamming into the fence trying to catch a ball hit by Robert Andino of the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland September 26, 2011. Andino was credited with a three-run inside the park home run. REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT)



Playoff race is tied as Red Sox lose again

The reeling Red Sox lost and the Rays won, putting them side-by-side in the wild-card chase.

Natalia Payne, Heather Wood, and Wendy Rich Stetson perform in “Three Sisters.”


Yale Rep's 'Three Sisters' sparkles in its melancholy

This production at Yale Repertory Theatre reminds us that few writers have ever seen into the human soul with more acuity and understanding than Chekhov.


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Former Massachusetts probation commissioner John O'Brien entered the courtroom for his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court today.

Ex-probation chief O’Brien arraigned

The court slated a pretrial hearing for Nov.2 and a trial for Sept. 24, 2012, on charges John O’Brien traded political donations in exchange for a job for his wife.


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Production woes weigh on Genzyme parent

Five months after Sanofi completed its $20.1 billion takeover, supply disruptions for a pair of drugs to treat rare genetic disorders continue to dog Genzyme's new owner.


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Parts of Obama’s jobs plan “make complete sense to me,” said Senator Scott Brown.

Despite past support, GOP now skeptical of payroll tax cut

Extending the payroll tax cut is an idea that had once garnered bipartisan support but this year has received a tepid reception from many Republicans.


Photographer Yair Medina (left) shows Pnina Shor, curator and head of Dead Sea Scrolls Project at the Israel Antiquities Authority, scanned fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls on a computer screen.

2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls go online

Some of the world-famous Dead Sea Scrolls went online for the first time today in a project launched by Israel’s national museum and Google.

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Memories that last a lifetime

James L. McGaugh, a memory researcher at the University of California Irvine, is studying people who have incredible recall for the details of their lives.


“[Elizabeth] Warren doesn’t have to win this race - or even the primary - to gain victory, overall.”

Joanna Weiss 


“Could it be true, Pinker wondered, that humans had actually become less violent with time, as opposed to more? And if so, how had we done it?”

Leon Neyfakh,   on Steven Pinker’s new book about violence in history