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Springfield blast caused by human error, officials say

The blast occurred when a utility worker punctured a gas line, setting off an explosion that leveled one building, damaged dozens of others, and injured at least 19 people.

Spaziani is fired as Boston College football coach

Spaziani was let go a day after one of the worst seasons in the history of BC’s football program ended.

Boston area could see up to 4 inches of snow Tuesday

Eastern and central Mass. can expect 2 to 4 inches of snow from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning, forecasters said.

Egyptian protesters clashed with security forces near Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Resistance emerges in Egypt against Morsi

A battle is escalating between Egypt’s Islamist leaders and the judiciary over broad powers President Mohammed Morsi claimed for himself.

Debris and ashes are seen in the factory in Savar, about 20 miles north of Dhaka.

112 killed in fire at Bangladesh garment factory

The blaze broke out in a seven-story factory and killed at least 112 people, authorities said.

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Music blogger Ryan Spaulding takes to the airwaves

“The Bubbler,” the first such program in New England hosted by a music blogger, is a valentine to the various independent artists making music across the region.

Ten-month-old Amara plays at home in Billerica with mom Kate Mazzola and her surrogate, Courtneylee Martinez.

globe magazine

A lasting surrogacy bond

Kate Mazzola needed help to overcome infertility and realize her dream of having a baby. And then that surrogate aided her in ways she could have never predicted.


//,%20Markovics%20-%20Mahler%20und%20freud%20rauchend.jpg A classical music critic’s take on ‘Mahler on the Couch’

Examining the enduring genre of the composer biopic.

The title page to the first edition of The Book of Common Prayer, published in 1549.


An uncommon influence

To understand Skakespeare, look at this strange and powerful 450-year-old book, an English scholar says.

Joe Mauer and Josh Hamilton for the Boston Red Sox?

Sunday Baseball Notes

Sox should go after Mauer or Hamilton

The Red Sox have signed good complimentary players, but they need to make a splash -- and could do just that by chasing stars Joe Mauer or Josh Hamilton.