Mass. House unveils plan to cut health care costs

The long-awaited proposal would create a new agency to monitor health spending and order reductions in hospital and doctor fees it finds excessive.

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Suspect in Burlington murder in custody

Christopher Piantedosi, wanted in connection with the death of his girlfriend, was found sitting in the parking lot of the State Police barracks in Weston.

Woman says hypnotizing scam artists took $160,000

A woman told Boston police she gave away her valuables and cash to three women in Chinatown after being hypnotized against her will.

Jobs report shows US hiring slowed in April

Employers added 115,000 jobs, fewer than forecast and the smallest gain in six months, adding to concern the economic expansion is cooling.

Adam Yauch in 2009.

Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys dead at 47

Yauch’s representatives said the rapper died Friday morning in New York after a nearly three-year battle with cancer.

A soldier stood guard in front of the Unha-3 rocket at the West Sea Satellite Launch Site in North Korea in April. The launch failed.

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The Asian space race arrives

Just as the rest of the world is beginning to cooperate in space, Asian countries are becoming increasingly competitive.

Eliot Street in Jamaica Plain has been selected as one of the best streets to live on in the greater Boston area.

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20 best streets in Boston and beyond

The results of our realtor survey are in: These 20 streets — from Andover to Cohasset — win honors for their curb appeal, amenities, and other distinctions.

Betty Lee, a resident at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, talked to her baby doll during activity time. The nursing home has dramatically cut its use of antipsychotic medications by using other ways to calm and comfort patients.

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Globe photos of the week, May 4, 2012

The best photos taken this week by Globe staff photographers, as chosen by the Globe’s photo desk.

Brian McGrory

Bland Zakim Bridge leaves us feeling blue

Our famous blue bridge is awash in a dreary glaze of white, from the lanes to the cables to the towers.

Celtics vs. Hawks. 7:30 p.m.

// Garnett, Celtics need a perimeter threat

The Celtics’ lack of a consistent perimeter shooter has allowed the Hawks to double-team Kevin Garnett.


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Red Sox sellout streak proves to be a real numbers game

The Sox embrace a definition of “sellout” that permits them to declare a game sold out even if hundreds of tickets go unsold but others are distributed for free.


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No sign of missing toddler in Rockport beach

State Police returned to Long Beach Friday to search for Caleigh Anne Harrison, but found no sign of the toddler who disappeared from the beach last month.


Political Notebook

Obama, Romney run close in battleground states

President Obama and Mitt Romney are in a dead heat in Florida and Ohio, while Obama holds a slim lead in Pennsylvania, according to a poll released Thursday.

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