US hostage killed during rescue attempt in Yemen

A South African was also killed in the attempt to rescue Luke Somers, an aid group says.

US says Mass. goods relayed to Iran

A Chinese man accused of illegally exporting nuclear production parts to Iran will face federal charges in Boston.

Ashton Carter  was nominated  Friday to be the next US defenxe secretary.

Challenges face Ashton Carter at Pentagon

The former Harvard scholar, now President Obama?s nominee for defense secretary, will have to build consensus amid a sea of security issues.

President Barack Obama hosted newly elected governors, including Charlie Baker (far left), at the White House Friday.

Charlie Baker meets with President Obama

The governor-elect said he felt confident about collaborating with an administration more accustomed to Democrats from Mass.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. said the alternative path would follow existing rights-of-way along utility lines, meaning it would cross fewer Massachusetts communities.

Facing opposition, company to reroute gas pipeline

A Houston energy company says it will pursue an alternative route that bypasses many Mass. communities.

Deval Patrick

Governor Patrick eyes job at MIT

As he prepares to leave office in January, the outgoing governor appears to be aiming for a job in academia.

Millions of Dish subscribers in major cities, including Boston, are affected by the CBS blackout.

CBS goes dark on Dish Network in standoff over fees

The blackout Friday evening hit millions of Dish subscribers in several major cities, including Boston.


Dozens of New Republic staffers jointly resign

Employees at the acclaimed political journal turned in their resignations to dispute the magazine?s new editorial direction.

Mark Wahlberg has asked the state for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988.

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As Mark Wahlberg seeks a pardon, some aren?t ready to forgive

To those who remember the havoc Wahlberg wreaked, his request to erase his teenage offenses from the record is infuriating.

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Another night of protests in area over Eric Garner decision

About 600 protesters marched through Somerville and Cambridge, blocking major roads Friday night as they demonstrated ?die-ins.?

 Jonathan Carr of Carr?s Ciderhouse would be hurt by not being able to distribute his cider to retailers.

Mass. farmer-wineries decry change to law

Legislators accidentally deleted a provision allowing ?farmer-wineries? to distribute their wine and cider to retailers.

Joe Thompson, director of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, looked out a window in Building 6 on the museum?s campus, which is in the process of being restored.

Thomas Farragher

In the shadow of a masterpiece

Downtrodden North Adams has benefited little from hosting the sprawling Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

// Rolling Stone casts doubt on college gang-rape story

The magazine said there were discrepancies in the account given by a woman in the story, and that ??our trust in her was misplaced.??

Globe Santa welcomed plenty of friends at Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Friday, including Miss Massachusetts Jr. Teen USA Ambassador Jordan Costa, 15, of Plymouth, and Miss New Hampshire Teen USA Ambassador Kaley Missert, 17, of southern New Hampshire.

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Seeking a little joy, even in a shelter

A homeless single mother is hoping Globe Santa can bring holiday joy to her 2-year-old son.

The last US city to host the Summer Olympics was Atlanta for the 1996 Games.

opinion | David D?Alessandro

Relax about Boston?s Olympic bid

For those filled with anxiety at this juncture of the process, here?s a dose of reality.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant likely won't match Michael Jordan?s haul of six NBA championship rings, but he will pass Jordan for third on the league?s all-time scoring list very soon. Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports


Admire Kobe Bryant while you can

Bryant, in his 19th season, made what will likely be one of his final appearances in Boston on Friday night.


Michael A. cohen

// Eric Garner outrage overshadows major reforms

New York City is taking steps to focus on mental health in its justice system, which could serve as a model for other cities.

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The Big Picture

Rio de Janeiro?s affordable housing crisis

The city is dealing with a housing crisis daily, with about 220,000 people without a proper place to live.