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More than 1,000 dead people on welfare, audit finds

A state audit estimated that at least $2.4 million was paid to more than 1,160 who were either dead or using a deceased person’s social security number.

Boston-area home values increase

In another indicator of a rebounding housing market, area home values increased 6.7 percent compared to the same time last year.

President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie walked along the boardwalk as they viewed rebuilding efforts following last year's Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant, N.J.

Obama, Christie survey Jersey Shore recovery

Seven months after Hurricane Sandy, President Obama visited the Jersey Shore with Governor Chris Christie to highlight cleanup progress.

// Harvard College dean to step down

Evelynn Hammonds, who faced criticism for authorizing searches of e-mail accounts, will return to teaching.

A train derailed outside Baltimore at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.


Large explosion after train derails near Baltimore

An explosion collapsed buildings and rattled homes a half-mile away after a cargo train derailed.

David Ortiz played seven games at first base last season.

Red Sox Notebook

David Ortiz begins preparing for duty at first base

Ortiz will start his first game in the field Wednesday or Thursday in Philadelphia.

There is no better 1-2 center combination than Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

nhl playoffs

Deep Penguins could be trouble for Bruins

The Bruins will be up against a frightening opponent in the Eastern Conference finals that has stacked its roster for one goal: the Stanley Cup.

Soprano Natalie Dessay as Violetta in director Philippe Béziat’s documentary “Becoming Traviata.”

Movie review

‘Becoming Traviata’ is becoming to Verdi

Philippe Béziat’s “Becoming Traviata” isn’t just a documentary about the staging of Verdi’s “La traviata.” It’s also a work of art.


Is the auto franchise system a lemon?

Unlike other products, consumers cannot buy cars directly from the manufacturers or online because every state requires auto sales be handled by independently owned auto dealers.


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Back in Boston, Jonathan Papelbon is changed

After a season and a half in Philadelphia, the former Red Sox closer now tries less to overpower and more to pitch.