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US jobless rate near four-year low

The Obama campaign could get a boost from a report showing the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent. “This is not what a real recovery looks like,” Mitt Romney countered.


Jobs report a best-case scenario for Obama

Coming off a dismal debate performance on Wednesday, President Obama got the best possible economic news in today’s positive jobs report.

Questions on Romney’s proposal to cap tax deductions

Mitt Romney’s campaign has characterized a limit on deductions as just one of the options he might pursue as president. Tax analysts said it is difficult to evaluate the idea.

Meningitis outbreak widens; Mass. company suspected

Officials found a vial contaminated with fungus at a Framingham pharmacy, strengthening suspicions it is the source of a nation­wide outbreak.


TSA unveils less revealing body scanners at Logan

The new scanners show only generic outlines of passengers instead of detailed images of their naked bodies.

// For transplant recipient, a life resumed

Richard Mangino of Revere drives, paints, and even plays the guitar, thanks to the new hands and forearms he received in a transplant operation a year ago.

Steven Syre

// Are PCs going extinct?

The personal computer is in for the fight of its life as the quick embrace of tablet computing eats into its sales.

Brian McGrory

// Perspectives can change at Liberty Mutual

The insurer lavishes executives with pay and perks, but adopts a different tone when it comes time to pay a policyholder because of its own negligence.

Dan Shaughnessy

// Red Sox did well in acting quickly

Bobby Valentine was goofy, opinionated, calculating, smart, and a little off the reservation. He was also not a very good manager for the underachieving Red Sox.


political notebook

Mitt Romney addressed a rally Thursday in Virginia.

Mitt Romney calls 47% remarks ‘wrong’

Romney had described his remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who do not pay federal income taxes as ‘‘not elegantly stated.’’ Now he’s calling them ‘‘just completely wrong.’’

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Movie Review

This stop-motion animated 3-D tale of a boy, Victor, and his dog, Sparky, is filmed in black and white, much like the horror classics that inspired its director.

Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ is a marvel to behold

The stop-motion tale is simple yet immensely pleasurable — elegant, very funny, and haunted gently by the ghosts of monster movies past.