GOP candidates make last push for Iowa voters

An unusually volatile Iowa caucus campaign comes to an end today as voters decide who will win the opinion-shaping first vote of 2012.

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Undecided voters could determine GOP victor

More so than in any election in recent memory, Iowans are in flux about whom to support for the Republican presidential nomination.

Jon Huntsman campaigns solo in N.H.

As his Republican competitors converge on Iowa, Huntsman is relishing time alone in New Hampshire.

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10 years after abuse crisis, O’Malley dealing with effects

A decade after revelations of clergy sex abuse rocked the Archdiocese of Boston, survivors still come to Cardinal Sean O’Malley in search of healing.

Studios’ credits let others cut taxes

Most tax credits issued by the state to film production companies are sold to brokers, which then resell them at a profit to firms or wealthy individuals to slash their tax bills.

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The Mass. film industry’s cheerleader

Lisa Strout drew more than 150 movies and television shows to New Mexico. Now her job is to lure Hollywood to the Bay State.

Special-ed advocates sue schools over placement

The class-action lawsuit asserts that the Boston public school system routinely delays evaluations and classroom placements for preschoolers with special needs.

“Hopefully there will be some healing that comes out of it, and greater peace in their lives.”

Cardinal Sean O’Malley,  on his efforts to help clergy sex abuse victims


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City Council to study casinos

Councilor Salvatore LaMattina, a proponent of a casino at Suffolk Downs, will lead a City Council committee studying gambling, but colleagues said all views will be heard.


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Sears CEO banking on store upkeep, tech update

Lou D’Ambrosio, chief executive of Sears Holdings Corp., said that creatively combining more technology with increased spending on stores is the strategy for success.

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Celtics 100, Wizards 92

A pumped-up Ray Allen (27 points) staggered Andray Blatche and the Wizards after he hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Celtics get lift from Ray Allen

The Celtics managed enough strength and execution to stave off Washington’s persistent rallies and the catalyst was their oldest player, 36-year-old Ray Allen.


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Tania Cooper, exercising at Healthworks Community Fitness, is monitored by wellness coach Ashley Norwood.

Are you ready for wellness coaching?

Increasing numbers of health care officials are recognizing the benefits of prescribing individual counseling to treat some conditions, including obesity and diabetes.