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Despite controversy, Hagel to be chosen as sec. of defense

President Obama will nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican, to be secretary of defense as early as Monday, though objections are expected.

Wild card | Seattle 24, Washington, 14

Seahawks top Redskins as Wilson outdoes RG3

Seattle's Russell Wilson outdueled the injured Robert Griffin III in the clash of rookie quarterbacks.

Wild card | ravens 24, colts 9

Ravens defeat Colts in AFC wild card

Anquan Boldin set a franchise record with 145 yards on five receptions as Baltimore defeated Indianapolis.

Greg A. Bedard

An early look at Texans-Patriots

Reasons why the Patriots’ playoff game against the Texans will be/ won’t be different than their Dec. 10 matchup.


opinion | joan vennochi

Creatures in the D.C. fishbowl

When voters complain about what they see in Washington, they should look in the mirror. The strange creatures they watch on TV are reporting to them.

opinion | tom keane

What will 2013 bring?

As science and technology change in unforeseeable ways, so too will we.

William Senne opened a real estate business after serving 2 1/2 years at the Plymouth House of Correction.

Facing new charge, man who hit trooper breaks silence

Nearly 10 years after striking a state trooper on Route 25, William Senne opens up as he heads back to court to face a new charge.

NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr spoke to members of the media in New York on Wednesday.

NHL to return to ice, but how will fans react?

The NHL announced an end to the 113-day lockout, but it is unclear if fans, and sponsors, will return.

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From the Archives | Photo Gallery

//[1]-040.jpg 1976: The first First Night

In 1976, Bostonians first enjoyed the arts festival that would one day spread nationwide and ring in the new year in over 70 cities, growing to showcase the work of over 1,000 artists.

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Fiona Van Brabandt looks out on the Dublin Mountains after traveling from France back to her ancestral home in the run-up to The Gathering of the Irish diaspora in 2013.

Irish welcome the diaspora for The Gathering

The Gathering bears an unapologetically simple mission: to welcome the Irish diaspora home for a yearlong cultural celebration while fortifying the nation’s ailing coffers.