Brown, Warren hit hard on policy in third Senate debate

Senator Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren focused on policy issues during their debate at Springfield Symphony Hall on Wednesday.

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Senator Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren sparred Wednesday over health care, taxes, and women’s rights.

Yvonne Abraham

For AFL-CIO, a makeup test

This US Senate election will show if the AFL-CIO has its electoral oomph back. The union is making a mammoth effort on behalf of Elizabeth Warren.

Jeff Jacoby

Warren tries to have it both ways

Elizabeth Warren said she supports defense cuts but also said she would protect Massachusetts bases from closure or budget reductions.

Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan will face off Thursday night.

Biden, Ryan face high stakes in vice presidential debate

Democrats are nervous, Republicans sense a surge, and Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan suddenly have a chance to influence the campaign Thursday.

Pharmacy linked to outbreak broke rules, Patrick says

Governor Patrick accused the Mass. pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak that has sickened at least 137 people and killed 12, of misleading regulators and operating outside its ­license.

About 1,800 people are expected to greet the Dalai Lama. He visited Medford in 2003.

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Medford going all-out for visit by Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is coming to Magoun Avenue. And — never mind the disruption, the noise, or that there aren’t many Buddhists in these parts — the neighbors are pretty much thrilled.

$366m accord reached to clean up New Bedford Harbor

A long-departed manufacturing company will pay to clean the PCB-laden harbor in the largest cash settlement for a single site in the history of the federal Superfund program.

The standings in the AFC East say there is only one game separating the 3-2 Patriots from the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins, all owners of 2-3 marks. The margin feels larger because of Tom Brady.

Christopher L. Gasper

Tom Brady gives Patriots AFC East advantage

It’s not just one game that separates the Patriots from the rest of the AFC East. It’s one player.


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Tony Massarotti

John Farrell has credibility.

Manager is not the priority for Red Sox

In baseball, the players make the manager far more frequently than the other way around, which is why nobody should get too bogged down with John Farrell.


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Boston University freshmen Talia Glickman-­Simon and Danielle Barney, both 18, said they are concerned about the recent armed robberies.

Armed robberies have Boston University on edge

Four recent robberies have put the BU community on edge, alter­ing routines and prompting calls from officials and ­police for students to be vigilant and cautious.


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The combination of high prices — averaging $3.80 a gallon this season — and colder weather will drive fuel bills for heating oil consumers to around $2,500, on average, this winter.

Home heating costs expected to be higher

The combination of high prices — averaging $3.80 a gallon this season — and colder weather will drive fuel bills for heating oil consumers to around $2,500, on average, this winter.

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A Pakistani girl held up a photograph of Malala Yousafzai during a vigil Wednesday in Karachi.

Shooting of Pakistan girl sparks outrage

Schools shut their doors in protest and Pakistanis held vigils for a 14-year-old girl who was shot by a Taliban gunman after daring to advocate education for girls and criticize the militant group.