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Amazon to collect sales tax in Mass.

The huge online retailer will begin collecting Massachusetts sales tax starting next fall, Governor Deval Patrick’s office said Tuesday.

State fines three utilities for response to 2011 storms

National Grid, NStar, and Western Massachusetts Electric Company were fined a combined $24.8 million for their response to Tropical Storm Irene and a snowstorm in October 2011.

Bank of America gets low customer ratings in survey

The bank’s customer satisfaction level fell to its lowest in more than a decade, lagging other major US banks as well as credit unions, according to a survey.

Mass. pupils near top in math, science

Eighth-graders outperformed most countries on a highly regarded international math and science exam.

Loss of mortgage deduction would be hard hit in Mass.

The deduction could be diminished or eliminated as part of efforts to reduce the federal deficit.

Justice in the shadows | Part 3 — Secret courts

Courts inside prisons, far from public view

Thousands of immigrants find themselves at the mercy of a legal system that, for many, amounts to an assembly line toward deportation.


The Back Story: The immigration system

Dina Rudick talks with reporter Maria Sacchetti about the Globe's yearlong investigation into the US immigration system.

WesWelker cradles the ball as he hits the deck inside the 5-yard line after giving Houston defensive back Kareem Jackson (25) the slip. The play set up the Patriots’ first touchdown.

Dan Shaughnessy | Patriots 42, Texans 14

Patriots look Super Bowl-bound

The statement made in the romp over the Texans was that nobody in the AFC can beat the Patriots in the playoffs.

Texans running back Arian Foster, left, and quarterback Matt Schaub had little to smile about after the loss.

Texans shocked by Patriots’ dominance

“We were really taught what championship football is,” Texans linebacker Bradie James of the Patriots’ big win.

Lori Hartnett, pictured at her Quincy home with her mother, Joan McGregor.

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Buying gifts for the hard-to-please

Forget the Grinch or Scrooge, the most-dreaded characters this time of year are the Hard to Buy For.