With three wins, Rick Santorum upends GOP race

A resurgent Santorum won contests in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri in a stunning sweep that raised fresh questions about front-runner Mitt Romney.

Obama seeks to defuse contraception rule uproar

The White House sought to ease objections from religious leaders to a new rule that would require health insurance plans to offer free birth control.

Celtics 94, Bobcats 84

Paul Pierce passes Larry Bird on Celtics’ scoring list

A 3-pointer in the third quarter against the Bobcats pushed Paul Pierce past Larry Bird for second on the Celtics’ all-time scoring list.

Longfellow Bridge loses outbound car lane in new design

As part of a new design, the rebuilt Longfellow Bridge will shrink to a single lane bound for Cambridge and gain wider bike lanes and sidewalks.

5.4 million US workers call it quits

A record-high number of people have disappeared from the labor force, most having given up looking and are not counted in the official jobless rate.

Senator seeks Chelsea inquiry

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa wants an explanation for why the Chelsea Housing Authority permits managers to live in public housing almost rent-free.

No say for some who would be casinos’ neighbors

The new casino bill gives tremendous power to local residents to decide if a casino will be built in their community, but residents in neighboring towns are not so fortunate.

“What else will I do if that resume doesn’t work?’’

Barbara Bobea, laid off from a human resources job two years ago 

Globe Insiders

Globe Talks | Feb. 15, 6 p.m.

http://c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/02/01/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/greenhouse_movies2_business[1].jpg Talk movies with Ty and Wesley

Join the Boston Globe’s movie critics, Ty Burr and Wesley Morris, for a conversation about this year’s Academy Awards.


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Residents turn to towns for help battling coyotes

In Brookline, Newton, and Belmont, where coyote sightings have become more frequent, residents are urging town officials to take steps to control the population.


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Fans flock to Schilling’s midnight delivery

More than 250 people waited Monday night for Curt Schilling to autograph their copies of “Kingdoms of Amalur,” the first release from his video game company.

Nation & World

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US to drastically scale back expansive embassy in Iraq

Less than two months after US troops left, the State Department is preparing to slash by as much as half the enormous diplomatic presence it had planned for Iraq.


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Women's Beanpot

Huskies work OT for all the beans

Northeastern’s captain converted a feed from Kendall Coyne 5:27 into overtime to lift the Huskies past BU, 4-3, in the Beanpot championship game.


“A newly released report found that a range of insect-eating songbirds can concentrate mercury in their blood at rates that can stunt reproduction.”

Derrick Z. Jackson 


“For American enthusiasts of the Kagame regime, the Ingabire case points to a dilemma: Rwanda’s remarkable reconciliation and success have gone hand in hand with severely curtailed freedom of speech.”

Peter Canellos,  on free expression in Rwanda