Romney foes lean hard on Bain cuts

Mitt Romney’s rivals redoubled their efforts yesterday to cast him as a heartless executive, setting off alarms in conservative circles.

Warren quickens pace in cash race

Elizabeth Warren raised $5.7 million in the last three months of 2011, an extraordinary amount for a first-time candidate and an unmistakable reflection of her appeal to party leaders.

MGM latest big casino operator to look at Bay State

MGM Resorts International will enter the casino sweepstakes in Western Massachusetts as the development partner in a casino proposal in Brimfield.

Juliette Kayyem

Haiti’s lifeline runway

Mother Earth’s cruelty arrived in Haiti two years ago today. But she did not arrive by plane; the runway was spared. A single transportation lane was somehow left alone.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Gardner shows off its graceful update

When leaders of the 109-year-old Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum unveiled its $114 million addition yesterday, they did so with an eye toward the past.

Phone tax surprises many at register

In Massachusetts, a phone that is deeply discounted when it’s tied to a cellular service contract is supposed to be taxed at the product’s actual value.

Tech Lab

When you speak, your TV listens

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, software makers and electronics companies are showing off products that will bring speech and motion control to TV viewers.

“I am proud of all of our Republican candidates. But we have a real problem when we have Republicans talking like Democrats against the free market.”

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley 


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Ornate Back Bay pews are reborn in Haiti

Contractors building a new hospital in Haiti installed an uncommon gift that promises a touch of grace to a people still coping with the overwhelming tragedy.


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Germany, too, may be nearing recession

Germany’s economy slipped into reverse in the last quarter of 2011 despite strong growth of 3 percent for the full year, the country’s Federal Statistics Office said yesterday.


Political Notebook

Santorum moves up to fourth, Gingrich drops to fifth in N.H.

The final tally in the New Hampshire primary showed Rick Santorum clinched fourth place and Newt Gingrich took fifth, according to the New Hampshire secretary of state.

Nation & World

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Syrian leader makes rare appearance

President Bashar Assad appeared in public yesterday for the first time since the uprising began 10 months ago, addressing a rally in Umayyad Square in Damascus.


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Thomas put tough times behind him

After nearly two years of physical torments, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas enjoyed 11 seconds of blissful release when he scored the winning touchdown Sunday.


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‘Contraband’ cashes in with plenty of Mark Wahlberg

The ads for “Contraband’’ have Wahlberg lifting his shirt just enough for us to see stacks of cash strapped to his torso. Fortunately, the image doesn’t repeat itself in the finished movie.