States targeting drug makers

Regulators are moving to strengthen oversight of compounding pharmacies like the one in Framingham blamed for a deadly meningitis outbreak.

Demand for food rising in Mass., but donations fall

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving individuals and families are lining up for meals in record numbers, even as donations have declined.

Health inspector Shaun McAuliffe needed a flashlight to inspect a basement stairway on Thursday.

Downtown Crossing scoured for pests, sanitation problems

This holiday shopping season, Boston officials hope to shoo away three groups of bargain hunters: rodents, pigeons, and cockroaches.

 Thousands of travelers were delayed Thursday by another computer problem at United Airlines — its third major outage this year.

Air fare for travel on Thanksgiving up in Boston, US

In Boston, the average domestic Thanksgiving week fare this year is $481 round trip, up 3 percent from last year.

A rocket launched by Palestinian militants (left) headed toward Israel on Thursday and a Gaza site exploded from an Israeli airstrike as Israel and Hamas ignored calls for restraint and escalated their lethal conflict. Israel mobilized tanks and authorized a military call-up in signs that an invasion is possible.


Tensions mount along Gaza border

Israel and Hamas brushed aside international calls for restraint on Thursday and escalated their lethal conflict over Gaza.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray (right) at a State House ceremony on Sept. 11.

Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray said he is taking a serious look at the next governor’s race.

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, contributed more than $53 million for the election, mostly to super PACs. He reportedly will keep up donations.

Election flops may not stem from super PACs’ cash

Despite the failure of some Republican-oriented super PACs, the amount of contributions to such committees could increase for the ’14 elections.

Brian McGrory

Perpetual politics in Mass.

Get ready for two solid years of nonstop bickering, ominous commercials, over-programmed candidates, and dinnertime robo-calls.

// Mitt Romney ‘gifts’ remark raises ire within GOP

After stumping hard for Romney in the presidential campaign, several Republican rising stars are now berating him as divisive and potentially damaging to the party.


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Nets 102, Celtics 97

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 22 points in Thursday night’s loss to the Nets.

Without Rondo, Celtics lose to Nets

The Celtics improvised with a point guard by committee in a 102-97 loss to the Nets as Rajon Rondo (right ankle sprain) watched from the bench.


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In Sandy’s wake, at least five storm-tossed lapwings have been spotted in Massachusetts.

Sandy brings storm-tossed birds to far-flung locales

Swept up by Hurricane Sandy, migratory birds were cast out to sea and carried across the Atlantic before a lucky few landed, against long odds, on the East Coast.


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Friday Preview | Movie Review

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper costar in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Cooper vulnerable in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

Cooper plays a mental patient living in Philadelphia with his parents, hung up on his estranged wife, and spending time with an equally unstable woman (Jennifer Lawrence).