John Kerry losing patience on Mideast peace talks

The secretary of state took an unusually pessimistic tone as he indicated the US may pull back from the effort.

Among the other ships searching for the black box from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 is the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield.

Chinese ship may have detected signal from missing plane

China’s official news agency on Saturday said a ship detected a ‘‘pulse signal’’ in the southern Indian Ocean.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai cast his vote in Kabul on Saturday.

Turnout is heavy as Afghans line up to vote for new leader

Voters defied threats of violence by the Taliban as they flocked to the polls in large numbers.

Bike activists push for harsher penalties after cyclist’s death

Increasing penalties, activists say, could lead drivers to be more vigilant in looking for bike riders and walkers.

Madeline Burrows (above) spent six months going “undercover” and taking notes and conducting interviews to create her play “Mom Baby God.”

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Comfortable making people uncomfortable

Playwright-performer Madeline Burrows is making waves as the author and star of a provocative new solo play about the antiabortion movement.

Gerald L. Chan has amassed a portfolio of properties that includes the Hotel Veritas on Massachusetts Avenue.

Billionaire buying into Harvard Square

Over the course of 18 months, Gerald Chan spent about $120 million to amass an impressive portfolio.

Anita Hill testified she was sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 11, 1991.

opinion | Anita F. Hill

Toxic legacy of sexual misconduct

A broad spectrum of sexual misconduct persists in our schools, workplaces, and the military.

Ethan Crespo, 5, held a hedgehog at Crespo’s Crazy Critters in Gardner.

Hedgehogs increasingly popular as pets

Local breeders estimate they’ve sold about 2,000 hedgehogs — or “hedgies,” as enthusiasts call them — over the past two years.



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Major tragedies get attention, but lives are saved every day without fanfare.

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