Restrictive voting laws inspire minority backlash

Republican legislators seem to have handed a powerful rallying cry to those seeking to maximize minority-voter turnout.

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New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger is seen in his office in New York in this March 2, 1973, photo.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, ex-NY Times publisher, dies

Sulzberger guided the New York Times through a time of expansion and change as journalism moved from Linotype to the digital age. He was 86.

NFL refs approve deal, scramble for Sunday return

Referees approved an eight-year agreement with the NFL, officially ending the lockout and setting the stage for them to return to the field for Sunday’s games.

// Former drug lab chemist arrested, actions detailed

Annie Dookhan sprinkled real cocaine in with a non-drug substance in order to make tests turn out positive, a prosecutor said in court at Dookhan’s arraignment.

Ron Wallace exulted after his pumpkin weighed in at 2,009 pounds Friday at the Topsfield Fair.

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World’s largest-ever fruit dominates Super Bowl of pumpkin weigh-offs

History was made Friday at the Topsfield Fair. Ron Wallace became the first person to grow a one-ton pumpkin, shattering the world record.

Nico Calabria, shown at practice this week, is no stranger to challenges. At 13, he scaled Mount Kilimanjaro.

On crutches, Concord-Carlisle teen scores epic goal

Born with one leg, senior Nico Calabria has prompted millions of views with a YouTube video of a goal he scored for his undefeated varsity boys’ soccer team.

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge as rendered by Apple iOS 6's Maps program on Sept. 28.

In map fiasco, Apple vows to find the way

Apple issued an unusual public apology for the in-house mapping software that replaced Google Maps in its iPhone as users complained about bad directions, scant detail, and bizarre images.

// Vatican dismisses papyrus referring to Jesus’s wife as ‘clumsy forgery’

The Vatican newspaper published a lengthy analysis by a Coptic scholar raising questions about the fragment’s murky origins and a Harvard professor’s interpretation of its meaning.


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Obama blocks China firm from wind farm

Citing national security risks, President Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base.

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Bo Xilai is accused, among other things, of abusing his power and of taking ‘‘massive bribes.’’

China boots disgraced Bo out of party

Chinese leaders announced Friday that Bo Xilai, a disgraced Communist Party aristocrat, had been expelled from the party and would be prosecuted on criminal charges.