Few Americans pay full tax rate

Mitt Romney has shifted tactics, attacking Newt Gingrich directly rather than leaving it to surrogates.

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Mitt Romney’s disclosure that he probably pays close to a 15 percent income tax rate is the latest reminder that most pay far less than the official income tax rates.

With only a fewdays until South Carolina’s primary, Mitt Romney’s lead over Newt Gingrich appeared to narrow and the intensity of attacks, campaigning, and scrutiny sharpened.

Heat rises as S.C. vote nears

Mitt Romney launched a campaign-wide effort yesterday to stem the momentum of Newt Gingrich in South Carolina and deflect intensifying questions about his taxes and wealth.

Rick Santorum drewa crowd at a recent Tea Party convention in South Carolina, but Mitt Romney is showing signs of strength.

Tea Party’s opposition to Romney weakens

In the wake of his convincing New Hampshire victory last week, the number of Tea Party supporters who want to stop Mitt Romney’s candidacy is shrinking.

Brown launches campaign facing ‘new world’

A year after polls showed him to be more popular in Mass. than Obama, Senator Brown’s race for reelection is now close enough that he’s casting himself as the underdog.

Casino issues could weigh on small towns’ resources

Part-time local officials are facing unprecedented demands and pressures, calling into question whether volunteers are equipped to handle billion-dollar casino proposals.

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Young athletes carry on antics of over-the-top stars

It’s not just pro athletes who engage in victory antics on the field, rink, or court. Youngsters are increasingly engaging in what professional sports calls “excessive celebration.’’

“When times get tough, there’s not a lot of wiggle room,” said James McCarthy, Suffolk’s new president.

Ailing Suffolk University gets new president

The school’s board appointed James McCarthy to succeed David Sargent, whose 21-year rein ended in 2010 amid an outcry over his salary.

Tech Lab

Nokia’s cut-rate Windows phone is just right

There’s been a lot of talk about Nokia’s most sophisticated new smartphone, the Lumia 900. Yet, the smaller, simpler Lumia 710 may matter a whole lot more.

“I don’t think anybody on the board ever signed up for this.”

Foxborough Selectman Mark Sullivan,  on the pressure from the Foxborough casino proposal


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Cruise liner’s captain claims he fell overboard

The saga of the stricken cruise liner Costa Concordia took further twists yesterday, with news that the captain claimed he had slipped and tumbled overboard to wind up in a lifeboat.


resident Obama yesterday rejected for now the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the $7 billion project could not be adequately reviewed by the 60-day deadline set by Congress.

Obama rejects new oil pipeline, blames Congress

President Obama yesterday rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying the $7 billion project could not be adequately reviewed by the 60-day deadline set by Congress.


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Celtics 96, Raptors 73

Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is fouled on a shot attempt by Raptors forward Gary Forbes in the first quarter.

Celtics snap 5-game losing skid

Rajon Rondo scored 13 of his 21 points in the first quarter and the Celtics ended a five-game losing streak with a 96-73 win over the reeling Raptors.



Bring your bling to a Sell Your Jewelry event

Beacon Hill boutique Cibeline will soon be closing its doors as owner and designer Cibeline Sariano focuses on fashion consulting and other projects.