Lawmakers reach tentative agreement on payroll tax cut

A House-Senate panel agreed to extend the tax cut through the end of the year and renew jobless benefits, and President Obama said he would sign the measure.

DiMasi moved to detention center in R.I.

Former House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi is expected to appear before a grand jury investigating the hiring and promotion policies in the state probation department.

Study links climate change to increased risk of storm surges

Researchers from MIT have found that the annual risk of so-called “100-year events” may increase when hurricane storm surges are coupled with climate change.

Pro-Romney super PAC launches new ads

Restore our Future is spending $1.5 million in advertising in eight states that will hold primaries in February and March.


exclusive wednesday preview | Drinks Special

Bartenders give classic cocktails new twists

At several locations in Boston, traditional cocktails are being elevated with fresh ingredients and a sense of fun.

Service dogs and their companions were on hand at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown today for a ceremony marking the release of four new 65 cent stamps by the US Postal Sevice.

New stamps honoring service dogs unveiled

Service dogs were on hand in Watertown today for a ceremony honoring them and four new postage stamps.

opinion | cartoon ‘Brave Newt World’ by Ward Sutton

Ward Sutton speculates on how Newt Gingrich’s run for the Republican presidential nomination could end.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was beaten on a first-period power play by the Rangers’ Ryan Callahan. The Bruins outshot the Rangers but were shut out, 3-0.

Rangers 3, Bruins 0

Rangers extend lead in the East

The Bruins outshot the Rangers 42-20 but couldn’t solve goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who turned in his league-best seventh shutout for the Eastern Conference leaders.

“It is growing fast in a hot sector, but still small and losing a lot of money in relation to revenues.”

Steven Syre,  on Cambridge’s Brightcove Inc.

Globe Insiders

Globe Talks | Feb. 15, 6 p.m.[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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Developer’s golden touch put to the test

One of the city’s most prolific developers, Anthony Pangaro, is now taking on his toughest test: restarting construction at the Filene’s site.


Spending plan meets withering GOP criticism

President Obama’s budget proposal was met with predictable hostility from congressional Republicans, who deemed the $3.8 trillion spending plan ridden with gimmicks.


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Red Sox Notebook

Daniel Bard is ready to get started

The former setup man worked out among the early arrivals at Red Sox camp, and is gearing up to earn a spot in the starting rotation.


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Letting photography be photography

“A New Vision: Modernist Photography’’ is a somewhat wayward survey of the modernist aesthetic in photography.