GOP spurns Boehner tax bill

Speaker John Boehner did not harness his unruly House majority, cancelling a vote on a bill to ­extend tax cuts for most while letting rates rise on millionaires.

Former state chemist Annie Dookhan pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on Thursday to 15 charges of mishandling and tainting drug evidence.


Chemist’s e-mails show ties to prosecutors

Annie Dookhan, arraigned Thursday on 15 counts of altering drug evidence and obstructing justice, viewed herself as part of the prosecution team, the ­e-mails show.

// Brian McGrory named Globe’s new editor

McGrory, a 23-year veteran of The Boston Globe who led groundbreaking coverage as local news editor and wrote award-winning columns, will become the next editor.

Brian McGrory

// A final column

You, Globe readers, showered Christmas in the City with nearly $100,000 and thousands of gifts, which partly explains the bittersweet feelings I have in leaving this column today.

Anna Adair, who received an injection made by a Bay State pharmacy, requires morphine to get out of bed.

Jeffrey Sauger for The Boston Globe

Tainted steroids found to cause spinal infections

The contaminated injections that caused a national meningitis outbreak are now causing a second wave of dangerous fungal infections.

The timing may be right for ex-governor William F. Weld.

Weld’s return to Boston brings speculation of a Senate run

Maybe the timing, so elusive in recent years, is right for former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld, who had longed to be senator.

Defenseman Dougie Hamilton hoisted the trophy after Canada won a four-game junior challenge with Russia in August.

Hamilton in a holding pattern for Bruins

Top prospect Dougie Hamilton will play for Canada in the World Junior Championship, but he’s ready and eager to make the leap to Boston.

If this is indeed the end, at least we’ve seen the last of NFL referee Ed Hochuli.

Dan Shaughnessy

The end of all things... sports

The Mayan calendar says Friday is the last day in the history of the world. Here’s what this means to sports fans.

The apocalypse as a plotline

Pop culture has been schooling us in the end of the world for eons, so if the world does end as some insist the Mayan calendar has predicted, no one can say we weren’t prepared.

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Diplomats can’t work in a cocoon, Kerry says

Senator John F. Kerry on Thursday made an impassioned plea for the need for American diplomats to interact extensively with foreign populations, despite the security risks.


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Vice President Joe Biden paused at the casket of Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii in the Capitol Rotunda Thursday.

Inouye recalled for service to country

Senator Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving senator in US history, was remembered as a man who gracefully sought to better his country.


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Movie Review

Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) helps Stéphanie (Marion Cotillard) return to swimming after she loses her legs to a killer whale.

Cotillard delivers in ‘Rust and Bone’

From director Jacques Audiard, the movie is a twisted yet surprisingly ordinary love story about a kickboxing single dad and a killer whale trainer whose legs get bitten off.