New rules define unsafe drivers

The new rules, which make clear that age and illness are not by themselves disqualifying, define what it means to be too physically or cognitively impaired to drive safely.

Mass. Senate, House health plans vie for savings

In a plan to be unveiled today, Senate leaders will call for less aggressive spending limits on the health care industry than the House proposed, and fewer controls on high-priced hospitals.

Fidelity: Retired couples need $240,000 for health care

A newly retired couple will need almost a quarter million dollars to cover health care expenses, up 4 percent from last year, Fidelity Investments estimates.

Despite protests, scrutiny of illegal immigrants to rise

A controversial federal program targeting illegal immigrants, particularly criminals, will expand in the state on May 15.

// Department Budget.JPEG-07c37--90x90.jpg Kerry: Lugar’s loss in Indiana a ‘tragedy’ for Senate

John Kerry lamented Richard Lugar’s loss in the Indiana Republican primary as “a blow to the institution.”

SJC rules against property owner’s Cape Wind challenge

The state’s highest court rejected a bid by Thomas Melone of Martha’s Vineyard, who argued that the giant wind turbine farm would have “adverse effects” on him.

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Former students buoyed final days of violinist Totenberg

Violinist Roman Totenberg, who died Tuesday in his Newton home at age 101, was visited in his final days by many former students who paid their respects by playing at his bedside for hours at a time.

Has the Red Sox pitching staff become so bad that the team might consider trading Jon Lester?


Time for Red Sox to blow up pitching staff?

It’s no longer an anomaly. The Red Sox pitching staff has proven itself insufficient. What’s the fix? Maybe a Nomar Garciaparra-like trade that radically changes the staff.

Brian McGrory

Very friendly skies for insurance execs

Liberty Mutual isn’t the only Mass. insurance company with a taste for the high life. Springfield-based MassMutual has a pair of planes that regularly haunt airports in Florida.

Rajon Rondo (13 points, 6-of-17 shooting) ran out of time after stealing the ball in the final seconds, dribbling into a crowd, then failing to get off a shot or a pass as the Celtics lost Game 5.

Dan Shaughnessy

Celtics will not cough up this series

The loss in Game 5 was merely a setback. There is no way the Celtics will lose three straight to the embarrassing Hawks.


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In an interview, US Rep. Edward Markey said he would “seriously consider’’ supporting a proposal by Spectra Energy Corp. of Houston to expand the Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline that delivers natural gas to New England.

Markey urges more investment in gas pipelines

US Rep. Edward J. Markey called for increased investments in domestic pipelines — which could boost recent efforts to expand a natural gas pipeline that serves New England.

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