Merck buying Cubist for $8.4b

Cubist, which employs about 600 people at its headquarters in Lexington, researches and produces advanced antibiotics.

Coastal storm to bring rain, snow, wind on Tuesday

Western Mass. will likely see snow, while Eastern Mass. will see heavy rain and the potential for flooding.

Mark Wahlberg

Getty Images for Paramount Pictures

Adrian Walker

Mark Wahlberg should apologize to his victims

Wahlberg shouldn?t get an EZ-Pass just because he?s a movie star and people like his restaurants.

US orders Mass. to fix food stamp procedures

A new program that requires photo ID cards has created such confusion that some families are unable to buy groceries.

More than 250 firefighters fought the downtown blaze that was sparked at a construction site around 1:20 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said.

Michael Meadows/EPA

Crews battle two massive fires in Los Angeles

Two raging fires snarled rush hour traffic while raining ash over a large area early Monday.

Before winter, a parting shot from the Coffee Trike

Alessandro Bellino has scored a hit with his unique mash-up of the food truck and premium coffee trends.

Patriots 23, Chargers 14 | DAN SHAUGHNESSY

// With throngs of fans, Patriots were at home in San Diego

Patriot fans brought down the house while Julian Edelman took it to the house. It had to be embarrassing for the Chargers.

Patriots 23, Chargers 14 | On football

// Defense carried the load for Patriots

The Patriots held San Diego to one touchdown on offense and proved it can carry the team to the Super Bowl.

Patriots Notebook

// Brandon Browner disputes roughing penalty

Browner leveled Ladarius Green as the Chargers tight end was bobbling the ball, but was penalized for unnecessary roughness.

// Jon Lester decision looms large at baseball?s Winter Meetings

A visit to the lefthander?s home Friday by Red Sox owner John Henry may have ?moved the needle? a bit in Boston?s favor.

Leaders who topped the $1 million salary threshold included (from left): Joseph Aoun at Northeastern University, Susan Hockfield, who formerly led MIT, and Robert Brown at Boston University.

Pay climbs for private colleges? presidents

Three dozen presidents of private colleges and universities received more than $1 million in compensation in 2012.

//}.jpg Heavy toll, light penalties for police who drive drunk

Despite the arrests of dozens of officers since 2012, serious departmental discipline is rare, even in some egregious cases.

// A difficult return to hospital for Justina Pelletier

The Conn. teen who returned home in June after a highly publicized legal battle in Mass. has been rehospitalized.


John E. Sununu

// The beginning of the end for OPEC?

With global demand slowing and US consumption flat, unity within the cartel unravels quickly.

The Big Picture

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.