NStar outage snarls Cambridge streets during rush hour

Lights from a police cruiser lit up Harvard Yard Thursday during a power outage blamed on an NStar line failure.


An outage plunged a large swath of the city into darkness from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., including buildings at Harvard and MIT.

Mass. Democrats oppose benefit cuts in fiscal-cliff talks

The Mass. House delegation is torn: They want to avoid the shock that would result from expiration of Bush-era tax cuts, but they won’t change safety-net benefits.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino showed a card from Boston schoolchildren at a press availability today.

Menino eager to return to City Hall

In his first interview since more than a month in the hospital, Mayor Thomas M. Menino didn’t address his political future.

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren and her dog, Otis, greeted a voter in September. Otis was diagnosed with lymphoma in the spring and died five days before the election.

Brian McGrory

Elizabeth Warren’s private agony

The senator-elect suffered the misery of ever loving a dog when Otis, her virtually inseparable companion, died five days before she made history in Massachusetts.

WBZ-TV Anchor Paula Ebben (left) and Mix 104.1 Morning Show host Karson Tager stopped by Faneuil Hall to lend Globe Santa a helping hand.


South Shore mother could use Santa’s help

Problems strike every member of a household that asks only if Globe Santa can provide the youngest member with a respite.

The Old South Church is auctioning a book of psalms from the 17th century. It could fetch $10 to $20 million.

Church torn over future of precious asset

Members of Old South Church will vote Sunday on a proposal to sell a 17th century book for up to $20 million to pay for church repairs and programming.

Jane Hoppe, left, and Katie Pugliares worked on a turtle at the aquarium’s Animal Care Center.

Endangered sea turtles stranding at record numbers this season

Since about mid-October, the New England Aquarium’s Animal Care Center in Quincy has received a total of 107 hypothermic sea turtles.

Christopher L. Gasper

No apologies from defiant Rajon Rondo

He’s a force of nature that can’t be controlled. That makes him a great point guard, but a questionable leader.

The scene outside of Boylston Street Station following a Green Line trolley collision.

37 hurt in Green Line trolley crash

One day before he was scheduled to receive a safety award, an operator at the controls of an outbound trolley slammed into a waiting trolley at Boylston Street Station.


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Former state treasurer Timothy Cahill testified Thursday at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston.l

Cahill defends lottery ad drive

Former state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill defended himself against charges that he illegally used publicly funded lottery ads to boost his run for governor.

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Daniel Amos’s family founded Aflac, a Georgia insurer, in the 1950s. Even in the 1990s, it was not well known.

Thanks to the duck, buyers flock to Aflac

Heard of Aflac? Credit the animated duck. In the 1990s, just one in 10 people in the US were familiar with the insurance company. That all changed in 2000 after its mascot was introduced.