Uncertainty on fiscal cuts stalls activity in Mass.

Universities, hospitals, and defense contractors are delaying hiring and expansion because Congress postponed spending decisions.

Agreement makes social programs more vulnerable

The lack of spending cuts in legislation that averted the fiscal cliff will place enormous pressure on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and even the new heath insurance plan.

James Foley, who was captured in Libya in 2011, had been filing reports and videos from Syria until six weeks ago.

War reporter kidnapped a second time

James Foley, a Boston-based foreign correspondent abducted in Libya in 2011, was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day, his family said.

Paul Pierce battles with former teammate Tony Allen (behind him on floor) for a second-quarter loose ball.

Dan Shaughnessy

Celtics are headed for a fall

They don’t play defense, are weak on the offensive glass, lack toughness, they’re lost when Kevin Garnett is not on the court, and some guys don’t seem to care.

All were set for cold as Linda Connors of South Boston walked Yorkshire terriers Mimi (left) and Missy on Day Boulevard Wednesday. The temperature hit 17, and an overnight low in the single digits was predicted.


Deep freeze hits Boston area

Temperatures dropped into the single digits in parts of Massachusetts Thursday morning.

You can wear a bag, but cursing at a sports event is illegal.

Antiquated state laws stir modern-day worry

Obscure Massachusetts laws, and the fact they’re still on the books, often provoke humor. But to some, outmoded statutes are no laughing matter.

Scott Brown, left, questioned Wednesday whether US Representative Edward J. Markey is a bona fide resident of Massachusetts.

Brown swipes at Markey’s residency

In an attempt to define a potential Senate campaign rival, Scott Brown questioned whether US Representative Edward J. Markey is a bona fide resident of Massachusetts.

Tech Lab

After hype, some digital devices flopped

Smart televisions, 3-D TVs, video calling, and Ultrabooks promised to be “world-changing” products, but didn’t change a thing.


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Grizzlies 93, Celtics 83

Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have nothing to smile about late in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Grizzlies at the Garden.

Celtics lose fourth straight

After three listless quarters and a handful of chances to pull off a dramatic rally, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and the Celtics lost to the Grizzlies, 93-83.

Nation & World

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Movie Review

Denis Côté’s documentary, “Bestiaire,” shows the lives of animals at a Canadian park and their interactions with caretakers and visitors.

‘Bestiaire’ captures behavior: beastly, otherwise

In this documentary, the fine Canadian filmmaker Denis Côté views animals at a Quebec safari attraction.