Obama unveils ambitious plan for gun control

In an impassioned plea, the president made the first move in what is expected to be a stiff political battle to curb gun violence.

Patrick seeks $5m boost in mental health spending

The proposal stems from a series of mass shootings where the suspects are believed to have been mentally ill.

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In speech, Patrick expected to make case for tax hikes

Governor Patrick will outline an ambitious and expensive new agenda for 2013.

N.E. economy grew moderately at end of 2012, report shows

Despite concerns about the so-called fiscal cliff, housing, tourism, manufacturing, and advertising all posted revenue or sales gains.

Americans among hostages taken by militants in Algeria

An Islamic militant group attacked a natural gas field and took at least 20 hostages, including some Americans.

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Finding beauty in Lebanon’s broken buildings

A Cambridge couple who sell products handmade in Lebanon by marginalized, disadvantaged people want to replicate the idea in Boston.


Creating home furnishings from ‘broken’ objects

A French designer and her Lebanese husband create home decor using items found in conflict zones.

Doc Rivers (right) was a proud papa at last year’s NBA draft, where his son Austin was selected 10th overall by the Hornets after a standout freshman season at Duke.

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Doc Rivers, son meet up in NBA game

Austin Rivers and the Hornets will take on Doc’s Celtics Wednesday night, marking the fourth time an NBA coach has opposed his son.

Shane Vereen spins past Danieal Manning on a 25-yard run in his breakout game Sunday

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Ivan Fears key in surge of Patriots running backs

The running backs coach has gotten his charges with little experience to play like veterans.

New judges (from left) Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Nicki Minaj, with returning veteran Randy Jackson.

New judges could bring sizzle to aging ‘American Idol’

With fresh blood and complicated dynamics at the judges’ table, “American Idol” is poised to be something it hasn’t been for a few seasons: worth watching.


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Patriots’ next opponent

Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense have played 188 snaps defensively the past two games.

Patriots, Ravens have changed a lot

The AFC title game shouldn’t be considered a rematch of the Ravens’ September win, let alone last year’s title tilt at Gillette.


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