Real estate market is perking up

The region’s spring housing market has blossomed earlier and more vibrantly this year, fed by pent-up demand and newfound optimism among buyers, specialists say. Mattapan jurors recount discord

Two jurors in the Mattapan quadruple slaying trial described a strange, tense scene during deliberations, where a lone holdout refused to convict Dwayne Moore of the murders.

Ex-probation chief, 2 aides indicted in hiring scandal

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced indictments against John J. O’Brien and two former lieutenants, contending that they ran the state agency like a criminal enterprise.

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1 dead, 2 arrested in Malden

Police arrested two men and killed a third suspect after a Saugus bank robbery. They combed part of Malden for a possible fourth suspect.

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Doctors see ‘cinnamon challenge’ as recipe for disaster

The “cinnamon challenge’’ may sound like silly fun, but health professionals are warning parents that the practice can cause health problems including respiratory distress and choking.

President of Dartmouth picked to head World Bank

Political and public health leaders praised President Obama’s nomination of Jim Yong Kim, the Dartmouth College president and pioneer in global health, to lead the World Bank.

Program helps adults with developmental disabilities

The Self-Advocacy Leadership Series, of Bridgewater, helps young adults with developmental disabilities build social skills and confidence.

The mistake was due to an unspecified “programming error,” CVS Caremark, pharmacy benefits manager for the Tufts Medicare Preferred Plan, said in a statement.

CVS Caremark letters sent in error

Personal and medical information about Tufts Health Plan members were mistakenly included in letters CVS Caremark sent to about 3,500 members of the health plan.

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Watch the video of this Globe Talk event, featuring local comedians Dave Russo, Anthony Scibelli, Tony V, Jimmy Tingle, and Lenny Clarke sharing stories about the Boston comedy scene. Laughs guaranteed. (Editor’s note: This video contains strong language.)


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US Senator Scott Brown and his sister Lee Ann Riley on Friday discussed growing up in an abusive environment.

Brown and sister share story of abuse

Senator Scott Brown and his sister, Leeann Riley, toured a shelter for victims and met with advocates about the federal Violence Against Women Act on Friday.


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Second-hand specialist plans expansion in Mass.

Winmark Corp. says the high number of families with young children and large student population in Massachusetts make it a prime market for second-hand merchandise.

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Updated UN report reveals more rights abuses in Syria

A UN inquiry commission offered new details of the Syria conflict, including the uprooting of extended clans and villages forced to flee into neighboring countries by armed forces.


Political Notebook

Mitt Romney is “finally a real front-runner,’’ said Haley Barbour, who said he voted for former US House speaker Newt Gingrich in his state’s primary, where Rick Santorum won.

Mitt Romney can unite party, Haley Barbour contends

Romney is likely to overcome resistance within his party in the next month and rally the GOP to his presidential candidacy, said Haley Barbour, a former RNC chairman.


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Tommy Cross is leading BC’s success

Finally healthy, defenseman Tommy Cross has turned in his best season at Boston College as a senior, and will anchor the Eagles into today’s NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal.