Backlog in parole decisions follows overhaul at agency

Governor Patrick’s revamped Parole Board has voted to grant early release to 17 serious criminal offenders, but the panel has not notified any of the inmates or the victims’ families.

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Foxborough, Krafts battle over billboards

A disagreement over who controls two billboards near Gillette is part of a dispute that has damaged the 27-year relationship between the town’s government and The Kraft Group.

A vehicle crossing in Kyrgyzstan has monitors to detect nuclear materials that could fall into the hands of terrorists.

Nuclear security effort faces uncertain future

Obama administration officials, citing fiscal restraints and a need to reassess the campaign, want to cut funding for a major nuclear smuggling project by 65 percent.

Amanda Johnson at her workstation at the TripAdvisor office in Newton.

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Many employees abandon sitting while working

Once quirky outliers in the office, employees who prefer to stand at their desks and in meetings are multiplying in corporate America.

Cardinal heads to a changing Cuba

Cardinal Sean O’Malley prepared to accompany Pope Benedict XVI this week to the communist state, where the Roman Catholic Church has been reborn.

FDA working to trim hospital ‘alarm fatigue’

The FDA is intensifying its scrutiny of monitors and other medical devices in an effort to reduce the ‘‘alarm fatigue’’ that has been linked to hundreds of deaths nationally.

Martin Shires, marketing manager at NCR Corp., demonstrated how to use an ATM that employs videoconferencing technology.

Need a teller at the ATM? Push the button

After years of advances that have allowed customers to do their banking without human interaction, the next step in ATM technology could put people back into the picture.

Globe Insiders

Video copy-018--90x90.jpg Globe Talk: Boston, a Comedy Capital

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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Choir members sang Sunday at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan, where some church members spoke about last week’s murder trial.

Congregations wrestle with results of Mattapan trial

Prayers for healing sounded as Mattapan residents went to church three days after an acquittal and mistrial in the 2010 slayings of four people in the neighborhood.

Nation & World

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Lawyers cram for epic review before Supreme Court justices

Lawyers have been training intensively for the upcoming three days of marathon Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law.


Political Notebook

Rick Santorum says La. win shows he’s viable candidate

The Republican presidential candidate asserted the results show he is a strong contender for the GOP nomination and it is the Romney campaign that is “desperate.’’


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Bruins 3, Ducks 2

Marty Turco earns first win for Bruins

The Bruins poured three goals down on the Ducks to take a 3-2 victory and wrap up their three-game West Coast trip with a 2-1-0 record.

Health and wellness

G Force

Dr. Ira Byock

Finding a better way to die

Dr. Ira Byock, director of the Palliative Care Service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, has just written a new book called ‘‘The Best Care Possible.’’