Mass. to get more than $300m in foreclosure deal

The $25 billion settlement between 49 states and five major US banks will provide money to help troubled homeowners.

Mass. granted ‘No Child’ waiver

The state - one of 10 awarded the waiver - sees it as a way to give educators the flexibility needed to target improvements at troubled schools. Sager defends support of Syrian dictator

Philanthropist Bobby Sager said his comments reflected what he saw during a trip to Syria last March, but that he is now “greatly saddened” by what is unfolding there.

Syrian city of Homs sees continued violence

A weeklong government offensive has created a deepening humanitarian crisis in Homs, the epicenter of an 11-month-old uprising that has brought the country closer to civil war.

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‘The Vow’ whispers sweet nothings

It’s a rare chick flick about brain trauma, but even amnesia can’t dim Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams.

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Madonna’s latest drama ‘W.E.’ follows two women, but leads nowhere

As a moviemaker, Madonna is best when she’s not trying so hard, and this movie tries awfully hard.

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‘Safe House’ plays it a little too ‘Safe’

This CIA thriller shows a cool and calm Denzel Washington, but the charisma is missing.

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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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Two Mattapan slay suspects seek dismissal

Lawyers for two defendants slated to go trial in the fatal shootings of four people are seeking a dismissal because authorities recently turned over evidence implicating someone else.


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Greek Prime Minister Loukas Papademos enters the meeting room at Maximos mansion in Athens on Wednesday Feb.8, 2012. After three days of delays, Greek coalition leaders began crucial debt talks Wednesday with the prime minister to review a draft deal on steep cutbacks demanded by creditors in return for a euro 130 billion ($170 billion) bailout. (AP Photo/Orestis Panagiotou, pool)

Greece reaches austerity deal

The country has reached a tentative agreement on new austerity cuts demanded by creditors to release a $173 billion bailout, the prime minster’s office announced.


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On basketball

Celtics, Lakers are both in slow decline

The Celtics and Lakers enter tonight’s showdown in nearly identical positions trying to stay competitive and avoid not living off of tradition and past accomplishments.



Sealed with a kiss: Valentine’s Day gift guide

For all its heartfelt sentiment, Valentine’s Day has acquired a cheesy sheen, becoming the holiday equivalent of a carnival midway.