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Ameristar drops Springfield casino effort

The company said it dropped the bid for a $910 million casino because it did not believe it could win a casino license for Springfield.

Former State Treasurer Tim Cahill took the stand in his own defense for the second day during his corruption trial.

Prosecution presses Cahill on ad coordination

Former Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill acknowledged that campaign staffers were in contact with the lottery’s ad firm.

// Trolley operator focus of T crash probe

Officials say they have ruled out equipment failure as a cause of Thursday’s Green Line accident.

//[1].jpg Israel approves new settlements

Israel’s government has approved construction of 3,000 new housing units in the West Bank one day after UN recognition of Palestine.

Ronald Beloin cut a Christmas tree for a customer at Beloin Tree Farm in Columbia, N.H.

Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Photo gallery

Globe photos of the week

A Christmas tree farm in New Hampshire, a blackout in Cambridge, a turtle gets extra special attention, and more of the week’s best images.

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Could boredom be curable?

An elusive human annoyance may finally be yielding its secrets.

Karl Rove controlled hundreds of millions of dollars in the election.

Joshua Green

Back in 2004, Karl Rove offered sage advice

As the GOP grapples with how to move forward, the Republican strategist’s example offers useful lessons about what his party did wrong — and what it can still do right.

In 2007, Matt Ryan led Boston College to the first of two straight ACC championship game appearances.

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College sports do matter in Boston

While BC’s football and basketball teams may be down now, it’s wrong to say there’s no interest in colleges, even in this pro sports town.

Homeowners are letting go of safe beige and trying gray-blues (and other colors) on their walls.

Exclusive Magazine preview | Your Home: The Guide

7 trends in wall treatments

Paints, papers, decals, and more can bring excitement to your rooms. Here are the freshest looks available.


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After going easy on his players earlier in the season, the gloves are off for Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “We’re getting mauled on the rebounds every night,” he said.

Doc Rivers sending message to Celtics

The coach’s decision to call his team “soft” was a deliberate tactic aimed at motivating players and establishing consistency.


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Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church fire.

Brewster church fire was intentionally set

The fire, which broke out early Friday morning, does not appear to be related to a string of recent arson fires in Southeastern Mass.