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US drone strike is said to kill Taliban’s No. 2

Pakistani Taliban senior commander Waliur Rehman.

NASEER AZAM /AFP/Getty Images/File 2011

Pakistani officials said the strike in North Waziristan killed Waliur Rehman, although the militant group denied he was killed.

Mass. home prices jump 14 percent

Strong demand and a tight inventory pushed single-family home values up to a median of $313,000 in April, the seventh straight month prices have risen.

Storm may bring tornadoes this afternoon, forecasters warn

Strong gusty winds, hail, heavy downpours, and isolated twisters are possible in the central and western parts of the state today.


‘Tough Mudder’ is a grueling test, a growing business

Who wants to jump into an icy mud bucket (called an “Arctic Enema”) or slither through a dirty field full of voltage? Lots of people, it turns out.

Marathon bombings

// Trauma survivor now acting as a beacon of inspiration

Muji Karim lost his legs in a fiery crash. Now he shows other survivors, including victims of the Marathon bombings, that there is life after injury.


Twitter taps area talent as it grows Boston footprint

Since buying a pair of Kendall Square start-ups earlier this year, Twitter has been steadily building its East Coast headquarters in Cambridge.

The Gun Owners Action League held a rally at the State House in Boston last month.


The dynamic on guns is changing

In wake of the defeat in Congress of expanded background checks, many voters have told their legislative representatives that they want sensible gun control.

Adrian Walker

A live problem in Mass. welfare system

A never-ending source of debate on Beacon Hill, welfare is back on the front burner after a state audit found fraud in the system.


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David Ortiz

Time for National League to use the DH

The Red Sox’ first trip to play a National League team this season is a reminder of how foolish it is to have pitchers hit in just one set of MLB parks.