Obama taps Kerry for secretary of state

President Obama cited Senator John F. Kerry’s deep political and diplomatic experience in selecting him to be the country’s chief diplomat.

Senator Scott Brown, the Republican who lost an election last month to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, is believed to be interested in running.

Many potential candidates for Kerry’s Senate seat

Senator John Kerry’s nomination to become secretary of state sets off a flood of political activity, as numerous politicians consider a run for his seat.

National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre spoke on Friday in Washington, DC.

NRA calls for armed police in all US schools

The group’s top lobbyist slammed violent video games and movies, and said that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.’’


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I saw paranormal Santa Claus

Paranormal researchers take aliens, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness monster in stride. But tell them about your Claus encounter and you’re going to face skepticism.

Holiday lights sparkled in the rain on the Commonwealth Avenue mall in Boston.

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Globe photos of the week

Holiday lights along Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue, mourning the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims, and more of the week’s best images.

The Pub Trivia game is perfect for holiday parties.

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A craft beer lover’s gift guide

If you have someone who loves craft beer, here’s a list of things they should not be without.

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At the Summer Games, US women snared more gold medals than the entire squads of all but two countries. Leading the way were two of our own.

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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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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.