Fiscal cliff could cost Mass. 50,000 jobs

The state is one of the most vulnerable to the deep budget cuts because it receives a disproportionate share of federal defense, research, and development money.

‘Heavy, wet snow’ to blanket region

A major winter storm that could dump up to eight inches of snow in some areas will arrive this afternoon.

 President Obama plans to appear on “Meet the Press” on Sunday to press for an agreement before the deadline.

Obama and congressional leaders try to avoid fiscal cliff

Senate leaders will spend the weekend trying to patch together a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. Obama said if a compromise isn’t reached, he will push for a vote.

The Tennant family has participated in study using DNA sequencing in a bid to understand preterm birth.

A tangled debate centers on newborns’ DNA

DNA sequencing yields useful information about traits and predisposition to disease, but is creating an ethical dilemma for doctors and parents.

Flu outbreak hitting Massachusetts early and hard

The level of illness has already surpassed the peaks of the last two flu seasons, officials said.

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In season of resolutions, parents line up to fess up

Did I care more than my son did if he made the middle school basketball team?

Oscar Epstein rides the Green Line to work at the state’s Highway Division.

Oscar Epstein, Mass.’s oldest employee, keeps on working

Epstein, 89, joined the Department of Transportation’s Highway Division in 1949. His salary was around $3,000. He now makes $80,000.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Wistful hopes for US offshore wind energy

Will Obama’s reelection and whatever fiscal plan eventually emerges in Washington keep the turbines spinning — or will the future of energy whirl right on past us?

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//[1]-028.jpg Bill Russell’s career

The Celtics legend defended personal dignity in the face of institutionalized racism in society as aggressively as he defended the basket on the court.

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Vladimir Putin signs ban on US adoptions

The Russian president signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children in response to a US law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators.


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Boston’s port would have been affected by a threatened strike, which has been postponed.

Strike at ports in Boston, elsewhere averted

A threatened strike by dock workers that would have closed much of the Port of Boston and other East Coast ports has been put off for at least 30 days.