The Senate’s majority leader Harry Reid (pictured) and minority leader Mitch McConnell said they were near a resolution.

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Senate leaders close to deal to open government, avert default

Senate leaders said they were on the verge of a deal that would re-open normal government functions and stave off a calamitous debt default.

Newton MA., 10/08/13, Fifth Congressional District debate at NECN. Left to right, Will Brownsberger, Katherine Clark,Peter Koutoujian, Carl Sciortino, Karen Spilka. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

A final push for District 5 hopefuls

The 10 candidates vying to succeed Edward J. Markey in the House made their closing appeals before voters head to polls today.

Mayoral candidate Martin J. Walsh campaigned at Viet Aid Gala at the IBEW union Local 103 in Dorchester earlier this month.

Union voter effort in full swing in mayor’s race

Labor unions are ramping up their efforts to sway voters and encourage them to vote as the Boston mayoral contest enters its home stretch.

A photo from December 2012 shows a 21-acre swath of Worcester targeted for renewal as part of the CitySquare project.

Worcester’s revival proving elusive

Ten years ago, Worcester’s downtown was going to hum. But today, the $565 million CitySquare project is still a far-off promise.

First responders still in grip of Marathon’s horror

Nicole Fluet McGerald (right) assisted at a race in Hampton, N.H., Oct. 6 in which colleague Amanda McCann ran.

Six months after the Marathon bombings, the terror of that long, frantic afternoon on Boylston Street still haunts many of those who treated the wounded.

Reenactors portraying German and US troops collided in a scene that was eerily real.

Critic’s Notebook

WWII reenactment explores the theater of war

Welcome back to World War II and to the world of historical reenactments, which just might be one of the hottest forms of theater around.

Robert Shiller, a professor at Yale, made notes before speaking at a news conference about his Nobel prize in New Haven on Monday.

An economics Nobel with roots in Mass.

Before Eugene Fama set his sights on economics, he was studying romance languages at Tufts University and planned to become a high school teacher.

Prince Fielder evaded a tag by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia during Game 2 of the ALCS.


Two games into ALCS, some things are clear

The Tigers are slow, a collection of base-cloggers, albeit ones with other talents. The Red Sox have inferior starters, but a better bullpen.



// A Boston of rich and poor, with no middle class

Boston has had a difficult time lately building anything but luxury residential complexes, and it’s threatening to choke the life out of the city.


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Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig celebrated after the Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers top Cardinals, cut NLCS deficit to 2-1

Hyun-Jin Ryu outpitched Adam Wainwright with seven innings of three-hit ball as Los Angeles got back into the NL championship series.


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Boston health regulators will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening on the proposed new regulations for nail salons.

City nail spas may get more rules

Safety problems persist at some of the city’s nearly 200 nail salons two years after Boston health regulators issued rules to improve conditions.

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