Swartz case prompts debate over cyber­crime prosecution

Aaron Swartz’s suicide touched off accusations that prosecutors abused their power by seeking a long sentence and stiff fine against him for hacking into the MIT network.

Iraq War veteran Christopher Carter searched for jobs online at his Lenox home. He applied to Walmart’s hiring program.

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Easing veterans’ job plight

Walmart boosted a national trend with a new initiative aimed at hiring veterans, but the program’s critics say the company is not offering attractive job options.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Advance/Images/03murraymet_photo2.1--90x90.jpg Timothy Murray under fire over campaign funding

Regulators have found evidence that the lieutenant governor may have violated state law by accepting donations from the disgraced former Chelsea housing director.

NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre heads the largest gun-rights organization in the United States.


The gun lobby’s long reach

If we’re to pass sensible gun laws in this country, proponents will have to match the gun lobby’s discipline and determination.

Usually, Troy Bouchard said, he goes without gloves at his job pumping gas.

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As Boston shudders, Maine townspeople shrug off cold

Temperatures in East Millinocket, Maine, dipped into the double digits below zero this week, with a wind chill that makes it feel closer to -30.

Kevin Cullen

Here’s an out worth taking

The death of an IRA operative gives the US and British governments a face-saving way to walk away from an attempt to hijack an oral history project from the Boston College archives.

Boston Police officer Billy Traft (right) is a headliner on Saturday’s TD Garden card.

Boston police officer Billy Traft to fight at TD Garden

Traft, a native of Dorchester who works in the police department’s gang unit, is a headliner on Saturday’s card.

Contrasting scenes at a Shaw’s in Plymouth and at a nearby Stop & Shop.

Shaw’s struggles against lower-priced competition

Shaw’s, which was just bought by a group of private investors, has seen its sales erode $1.5 billion since 2006.

A more demur Campbell (right) shares a scene with fellow sisters Florrie Bagel and Lael van Keuren. “Sister Act,” while predictable, offers a catechism of fun.

Stage Review

‘Sister Act’ doesn’t soar to heavens, but it gives an earthy lift

The touring production of the musical “Sister Act” has arrived at the Boston Opera House, presented by Broadway in Boston, and darned if it isn’t kind of a kick.


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Dryden Coelho and his dog Lala were driven from their home by a two-alarm fire in East Boston on Thursday.

String of fires hits 7 communities across Mass.

Fires in Massachusetts on Thursday took the life of an ­elderly woman, injured at least three people, and displaced many others, officials said.

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“This is really an uphill road,” saidSenator Dianne Feinstein.

Assault weapons ban filed in Congress

Senator Dianne Feinstein announced legislation that would ban the sale and manufacture of 157 types of semiautomatic weapons.


Senator John F. Kerry listened as he was introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (left), and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prior to the start of his confirmation hearing.

Kerry vows to combat climate change

In his confirmation hearing for secretary of state, John F. Kerry pledged to pursue a different brand of foreign policy while leading a global fight to combat climate change.


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Federal investigators examined a damaged lithium ion battery and its case from a 787 that caught fire at Logan Airport.

No cause yet in Boeing 787 battery fire

The National Transportation Safety Board said an investigation into the failure of lithium-ion batteries aboard two planes is far from finding a cause.


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Stage Review

Ksenia Kutepova (front), Kirill Pirogov, and Ilya Lyubimov in Theatre-Atelier

Two worlds beckon in ‘Family Happiness’

Featuring a quite marvelous performance by Ksenia Kutepova as Masha, “Family Happiness’’ arrives Saturday in Boston for a two-day stint at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.