Appalachian Club to name new leader

Founded in 1876, Boston-based Appalachian Mountain Club opens a new chapter in its long history by naming John Judge as its first new chief executive in 23 years.

FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE -In this June 8, 2011 file photo, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) takes a shot at Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) as Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44) pulls Burrows back late in the game during Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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Bruins set for rematch against Canucks

Though there will be no silver trophy awaiting the winner, today’s rematch will be an opportunity to relive a life-changing, organization-altering experience.

School bus operator gets $800,000 fine

Boston public schools are fining First Student Inc. for chronic tardiness, even as one in 10 buses are still arriving after the first bell rings.

1-1-12: Foxborough, MA: Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien may not be working with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (right) for much longer, he is reportedly in line to become the new head coach at Penn State. They are shown on the field during pre game warmups. The New England Patriots hosted the Buffalo Bills in an NFL regular season game at Gillette Stadium. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:Patriots

Penn State announces O’Brien as head coach

Penn State has hired New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien as its head coach, the first change in leadership for the storied football program in nearly a half-century.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney applauds during a Romney for President campaign rally at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)


GOP candidates dress down on the campaign trail

At a time of hostility toward the 1 percent, Republican presidential candidates are turning to jeans, open collars, and sweater vests to connect with voters.

Mitt Romney is riding high in New Hampshire, where he served dinner last night.

Rivals race to block Romney sweep

As Mitt Romney’s rivals prepared to focus their fire on him in tonight's debate, Rick Santorum surprised by drawing large crowds in New Hampshire yesterday.

N.H. diner thrives with politics on the menu

The Red Arrow’s reputation as a local hangout for national politics has helped it prosper during an economic climate that has shuttered many small businesses.

“We’re glad we’ve seen improvement, but no one will be satisfied until every single bus and every single child gets to school on time.”

Rev. Gregory Groover Sr.,  chairman of the Boston School Committee


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Newborn named after fallen firefighter

About 11 days after Peabody firefighter James M. Rice died while fighting a fire at an apartment building, a 7-pound, 9-ounce baby girl named Bella Rice Jaber was born.


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US adds 200,000 jobs in December

The burst of hiring drove the unemployment rate down to its lowest level in almost three years, and led some economists to conclude that job market improvement might last.

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Hot air balloon bursts into flames in New Zealand; 11 dead

A hot air balloon carrying 11 people turned into a horrifying tower of “sheer flame’’ after hitting power lines near a rural New Zealand town, police and witnesses said.


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Pacers 87, Celtics 74

Celtics out in cold

The Celtics hit a 21st-century franchise scoring low in the first half of an 87-74 loss to a team coach Doc Rivers described as “like watching a younger version of us.”