Romney edges Santorum in CPAC straw poll

Mitt Romney won the straw poll today at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an apparent endorsement of his stated conservative credentials.

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The state’s Republican caucuses shaped up as a chance for Mitt Romney to stabilize his campaign after last Tuesday’s losses in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri.

An undated handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian Brigadier General Issa al-Khawli who SANA said was shot dead outside his home in Damascus on February 11, 2012. Syrian armour moved on protest centres and a general was gunned down in Damascus as the bloodshed showed no signs of abating, even spilling over into Lebanon. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

Syrian army general assassinated in Damascus

This was the first killing of a high ranking military officer in the Syrian capital since the uprising began in March, the state run news agency said.

The Bruins had lost seven of their last 12 games before today.

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Bruins force OT, win in shootout

Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored shootout goals to lift the Bruins over the Nashville Predators today.

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In the future, everything will be a coffee shop

The coffee shop is an irreplaceable gathering place, a fact that is not lost on businesses and institutions that are struggling.

TELEVISION SHOWS 2012: DOWNTON ABBEY -- In an undated handout picture released by TMC – NBC Universal on December 8, 2011 British actress Maggie Smith plays her role as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in a scene of the hit British television series Downton Abbey. The popular period-drama series Downton Abbey, that centers on the Crawley family and their servants in the years leading up to the start of World War I, will hit screens in France on December 10, underlining the popularity of this

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Linguistic gotcha at ‘Downton Abbey’

Many of the occasional slip-ups in the British television sensation “Downton Abbey” are American expressions, both out of place and out of time.

**FILE**Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and the character Yoda appear in this scene from the film


15 films that benefited from a big, big buildup

This Friday’s opening of the 3-D version of “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace’’ is a reminder that there’s movie anticipation, and there’s movie anticipation.

“If these elders don’t get the proper nutrition, their health is going to suffer, and their medical care is going to cost much more than these meals.”

Deborah Banda,  AARP Massachusetts state director, on cuts to the Elderly Nutrition Program

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A man fished in Houghton's Pond in Milton today, as a winter storm left much less precipitation than was forecast.

Boston sees little snow as storm leaves area

The storm missed the mainland, resulting in lowered snow totals. Southeast Massachusetts got the most precipitation in the state, with 1 to 2 inches.


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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: President Barack Obama makes a statement in the briefing room at the White House on February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama announced a reversal of his administration's health care rule requiring religious employers to provide women free access to contraception. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Obama bends on birth control mandate

President Obama said religious-affiliated institutions would not be forced to provide birth control coverage, but that insurers must offer free contraceptive coverage to the employees of such institutions.