Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional

Hundreds of people celebrated outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC.


The ruling opens the doors for married gay couples to be eligible for a litany of federal benefits.

Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in Calif.

The court ruled that defenders of California’s ban on gay marriage did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.

Michael Knaapen (left) and his husband, John Becker, embraced outside the Supreme Court.

Gay rights supporters celebrate after ruling

Some wept openly upon hearing word of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

Live updates

The latest from the Bulger trial

“Whitey” Bulger’s lawyers are questioning the authenticity of the statements contained in Bulger’s FBI informant file.

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was led out of his North Attleborough house this morning in handcuffs.

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Around 8:40 a.m., a group of about five police cars arrived at Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

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Plainclothes officers went to the front door and were greeted by a shirtless Hernandez.

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About five minutes after police went to his front door, Hernandez was escorted from the house with a white T-shirt pulled over his hands.

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It was not immediately known what charges Hernandez was facing.

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Hernandez was put into a police cruiser.

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Hernandez is expected to be arraigned later today in Attleboro District Court.

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Aaron Hernandez arrested

The Patriots tight end, who has been under investigation in connection to a murder, was led from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs. It is unclear what charges he faces.

Patriots cut Aaron Hernandez

The team cut its star tight end less than two hours after he was arrested, saying the move was “simply the right thing to do.”

Senate special election

// Edward Markey keeps party’s hold on Senate seat

The House veteran cruised to victory over GOP newcomer Gabriel Gomez, despite running a low-key campaign that drew record low voter turnout.

The Bay State Senate seats have been dominated by personalities like Edward M. Kennedy.

Election Analysis

Edward Markey unlikely to become a celebrity senator

No one expects Markey to re-create the household-name profile held by his Bay State predecessors in the Senate.



// The myth of the inevitable Jewish minority in Israel

While Palestinian birth rates have dramatically declined, Jewish birth rates in Israel have been heading up.


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City archivist John McColgan bagged items at the memorial, with the tribute to Martin Richard in the foreground.

In Copley Square, a symbol of grief dismantled

About a dozen volunteers gathered at Copley Square Tuesday and meticulously picked through the makeshift memorial of the Marathon bombings.