Obama’s nuclear plan tangled in election politics

A review of the president’s promised plan to reduce America’s nuclear arsenal is nearing completion, but Obama and his advisers are weighing its political consequences.

State GOP’s caucus picks leave Romney slate slighted

When Mass. Republicans went to their caucuses on Saturday, less than half of the 27 delegates Mitt Romney chose to support him at the GOP nominating convention won.

Mass. DA balks as trial in Ecuador nears end

Ecuadoran officials are pressing forward with the trial of a Mass. fugitive accused of a double murder, even as Plymouth DA Timothy J. Cruz continues to fight for his extradition.

2 charged in NU student’s 2008 death

A federal prisoner was charged with the slaying of Rebecca Payne, a 22-year-old Northeastern student, and a second man was charged with perjury in the investigation.

Principals’ efforts found key to fixing ailing schools

A motivated principal is a major factor in helping underperforming Mass. schools, but there is no sign that replacing half the teaching staff makes a difference, according to a report.

Finding alternatives to potent sedatives

A growing number of nursing homes are treating the agitation and disruptive behavior that often accompany dementia without resorting to antipsychotics.

Llama therapy

The Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley welcomes many animals, including llamas, as an alternative therapy for its residents with dementia.


A rampant prescription, a hidden peril

Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

Bob Ryan

Josh Smith has starring role with Atlanta

In the Hawks’ Game 1 win over the Celtics, Smith showed national televiewers that the talk about him being one of the NBA’s best may not just be idle propaganda.

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Medical care shifting to electronic data files

Electronic health records are being used in more hospitals and doctors’ offices, so how are they doing? Do the e-records protect and promote patient safety?

N.H. Episcopalians may elect 2d gay bishop

The Rev. William W. Rich, a married gay man, is one of three priests nominated by a Diocese of New Hampshire search committee to succeed Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who is retiring.


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Game 1: Hawks 83, Celtics 74

Celtics drop their playoff opener

The Celtics are down a game, and could be down a point guard for Game 2, as Rajon Rondo was ejected after bumping an official in the final minute of their 83-74 loss to the Hawks.


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Type 2 diabetes tougher to treat in children

Type 2 diabetes is more difficult to treat for those under age 20 than it is for adults, a nationwide study indicates, and cases involving young people continue to rise.


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Blood tests could diagnose depression

Two studies have reported evidence that a constellation of telltale markers in blood may one day help diagnose depression, but further testing is necessary, scientists warn.

Nation & World

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At ground zero, tower set to top NYC’s skyline

The first column of the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center will bring the tower to a height of 1,271 feet, making it 21 feet higher than the Empire State Building.

Health and wellness

Daily Dose

Which treatments work best for bedwetting?

Bedwetting — which becomes a medical condition called nocturnal enuresis after kids reach the age of 5 — is far more common than you might think.