Nearly 1 million in Mass. exposed to secondhand smoke from neighbors

Residents who live in apartments or attached houses are exposed regularly to cigarette smoke from their neighbors’ homes.

Ariad leukemia drug approved 3 months early

Federal regulators approved a drug to treat two types of leukemia, giving the Cambridge company the green light to sell the medicine in the US.

Cuts to local governments hit economy

Since the recession ended in 2009, local governments have eliminated nearly 500,000 jobs, including 10,000 in Massachusetts.

Senator John F. Kerry got into his car at Logan International Airport today without commenting on the possibility President Obama will tap him for secretary of state.

Both parties embrace Kerry for secretary of state

President Obama could include Senator John F. Kerry in a slate of national security nominations as early as next week, according to those familiar with the process.

Kaia Rose Sooknanan-Andrew (left) handed a present to Mac Connor, a patient at Tufts’ Floating Hospital for Children. Sooknanan-Andrew organized a toy drive for children at the hospital.

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Young girl returns the gift of giving

Kaia Rose Sooknanan-Andrew, 7, who spent a Christmas at Tufts Medical Center remembered the presents she received and decided to do the same for others.


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Rockets coach Kevin McHale and Kevin Garnett embrace. McHale recently lost his daughter to lupus.

Garnett, McHale embrace

Kevin Garnett and Kevin McHale, who recently lost his daughter to lupus, embraced for several moments after the Celtics’ loss Friday.


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Shoppers walked past holiday decorations at Downtown Crossing in Boston Thursday.

Holiday sales slump after big weekend

If shoppers don’t show up soon, more ‘‘70 percent off’’ signs will. After a promising start to the shopping season over Thanksgiving weekend, sales have slowed.