News Analysis

GOP fight reflects deeper war over party identity

Three major factions — social conservatives, the Tea Party movement, and the business and government establishment — are in competition to define what the party stands for.

GOP rivals rip Romney as N.H. vote draws near

The N.H. presidential campaign intensified as Mitt Romney’s rivals hammered him with new attacks in a morning debate and then maintained the fusillade as they campaigned yesterday.

Campaign 2012

N.H. town basks in its moment at primary time

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary vote turns the national spotlight on small towns such as Peterborough, and many welcome the attention.

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Spelling makes a comeback in schools

Spelling textbooks, ejected from classrooms some 20 years ago to make way for more creative methods of studying words, are becoming popular again.

Quarterback Tim Tebow and running back Willis McGahee share a victory hug after the Broncos shocked the Steelers in the AFC wild-card game.

On Football

Broncos earn Patriots rematch

The Broncos’ upset of the Steelers in their AFC wild-card playoff game now gives them a chance to avenge their Week 15 loss to New England.

Fees surge as banks hunt for revenue

The region’s largest banks are charging consumers as much as $50 a month if they do not maintain minimum balances or meet other requirements for certain checking and savings accounts.

“If you work in a restaurant or something like that, you’ll need to know how to spell.”

Max May, 12,  attending a spelling bee workshop at the Billerica library


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Accidents common at Cambridge intersection

Traffic is heavy and risk to cyclists is high at Vassar Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, the intersection where a rider was killed in a crash last month.



Newt Gingrich spoke today at a town hall meeting at a restaurant in Manchester, N.H.

Gingrich says he is in race for long run

Newt Gingrich predicted that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would probably win the New Hampshire primary — and insisted it would not matter.

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Representative Gabrielle Giffords led a Tucson crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance last night at a vigil marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting that left her injured and six people dead.

Giffords joins Tucson for day of remembrance

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords led a Tucson crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance as the city marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting spree that killed six and wounded Giffords and 12 others.


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Antwaun Molden is one of three Patriots defensive backs to play in all 16 games.

Moore, Molden have aided the Patriots secondary

The defensive backfield has been has been a plug-and-play situation all season, and defensive backs Sterling Moore and Antwaun Molden have stepped up for New England.

Health and wellness

G Force

“You don’t have to eat organic to eat healthily,” said Michael Pollan. “Eating real food, whether it’s organic or not, is going to do a lot for your health.”

Doing right by your diet

Michael Pollan, a science journalist and author of ‘‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’’ and ‘‘Food Rules,’’ will be speaking later this month at the Boston Speakers Series.


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Album Reviews

The Weeknd’s soundtrack for the broken spirit

“Echoes of Silence’’ completes a trilogy of albums released in less than a year by Abel Tesfaye, whose cloudy and distant sound is as compellingly hazy as the singer himself.