Judges cannot be forced to explain rulings, SJC says

The state’s highest court, responding to a complaint on the rulings of a Boston judge, ruled that judges cannot be forced to explain their inner thinking to anyone.

Exeter Hospital cited in hepatitis outbreak

Government investigators have cited the New Hampshire hospital for violations in infection control that may have contributed to the spread of hepatitis C.

Republicans assail Waltham battery maker’s deal with China

A Chinese company’s preliminary agreement to invest in A123 Systems has ignited concerns that China could take control of the struggling Waltham battery maker’s advanced technology.

Only Mass. sent out voter registrations after lawsuit

Massachusetts is the only state that has agreed to send mass mailings to register welfare recipients to vote, following lawsuits brought by the liberal group Demos.

The aftermath of the crash involving bus driver Lataria Milton.

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MBTA driver allegedly hit parking officer with bus

The driver, who struck an official and two vehicles near Kenmore Square, was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a vehicle and operating to endanger.

Shannon Boxx (top), Hope Solo, and Christie Rampone celebrated with teammates after the US women beat Japan, 2-1, Thursday to capture the gold medal in soccer for the third straight Olympics.

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For the US, women’s soccer team golden again

The US women’s soccer team knocked off world champion Japan 2-1 to win its third straight Olympic title at Wembley Stadium.

Quarterback Tom Brady only saw action on the game’s first two series but he had plenty to say to his receiving corps.

Christopher L. Gasper

Change of seasons is welcome

The Patriots and Red Sox have spent much of the millennium jockeying for top billing on the Boston sports marquee, but right now football is king.

Chandler Jones produced five quarterback pressures in 14 dropbacks Thursday night against the Saints.

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Chandler Jones makes quite a first impression for Patriots

New England’s top draft pick at 21st overall, had about as good a debut as you can have in the Patriots’ 7-6 victory over the Saints at in the exhibition opener.

Brian McGrory

Mother, missing daughter reunited by troopers

For a mother, it was a miracle at Logan last week when State Police reunited a family that had lost all hope. For the troopers, it was all in a day’s work.

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Kirsten Amann says at first she was reluctant to write a book about racy cocktails, but then remembered that cocktails are supposed to be about having fun.

X-rated cocktails show the saucier side of getting sauced

These are not your mama’s cocktails. Kirsten Amann’s new book is a trip through an array of sexy tipples, including the “Hanky Panky” and the “Walk of Shame/March of Glory.”