Baker doubts moving MassDOT to Roxbury

Governor-elect Charlie Baker said transferring the Mass. Department of Transportation should be subject to a more detailed public review.

Representative Joseph Kennedy checked his e-mail on a recent shuttle to Washington D.C., a flight he takes often.

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Business networking common on Boston-to-D.C. shuttle

The flights between Boston and Washington are a showcase of power players as they travel to private dinners, fund-raisers and congressional hearings.

Pope Francis spoke to top-level Catholic officials at the Vatican Monday.


Pope decries ?spiritual diseases? in Vatican

Francis spoke of 15 ?spiritual diseases? to which top-level Vatican officials are especially prone, he said.

//[1].jpg Rosenberg?s partner quits job at communications firm

Incoming state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg?s partner blamed the Globe for driving him out of his job.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

North Korea?s Internet fails; attack suspected

The loss of service came just days after President Obama pledged that the United States would launch a ?proportional response? to the recent attacks on Sony Pictures.

Mass. gas prices drop 11 cents

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts hit $2.57 last week, falling 11 cents in its steepest weekly decline in at least two years.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen?s Benevolent Association, placed flowers on Monday at a memorial honoring the slain police officers.

Mayor calls for suspension of protests in New York

Mayor Bill de Blasio made the request in the aftermath of the killing of two New York City police officers.

Jeremiah MacKinnon, a student in the class, is cofounder of the Cannabis Society of Mass.

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Schools offering courses on sale of marijuana

With medical marijuana primed to create a significant amount of jobs statewide, schools are springing up to prepare workers for those positions.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Tight end Jeff Cumberland #85 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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Patriots prevailed over Jets, but their roles seemed reversed

The usually woeful Jets were well-prepared, while the usually sharp Patriots were rather sloppy.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Christopher L. Gasper

Ideas on fixing NFL playoff format could be winners

The NFC South winner is guaranteed two things. That team will have a losing record and it will host a playoff game.

Reading on the backlit screen suppressed the sleep hormone melatonin and shifted the body?s natural sleep-wake cycle.

Screen time is wrong prelude to bedtime, Brigham study says

Researchers found reading on a backlit screen suppressed the sleep hormone melatonin and shifted the body?s natural sleep-wake cycle.


Medford police deliver cheer to soldiers

Ever since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, the Medford cops have put together Christmas care packages for soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen.

Cassie Geiger, 5, from Atlanta had a talk with Globe Santa at Faneuil Hall Marketplace on Monday. With the help of thousands of donors, the Globe Santa program last year donated Christmas gifts to children in 25,924 families.

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Struggling mom seeks help on path to self-sufficiency

While the ability to be self-sufficient remains the goal of a mother of two young boys, she hasn?t been able to reach it this season.

Mike Powers, manager of the greater Boston postal district, looked through packages to be sent as part of Operation Santa at the Post Office annex in South Boston.

Postal service helps fulfill kids? holiday wishes

Volunteer donors in the postal service?s Operation Santa buy gifts for children and families in need.

Craig ?CJ? Parsons, (left) and Anthony Varrichione (right) are accused in the beating.

Ex-BC football player gets probation in attack on homeless man

Craig ?C.J.? Parsons admitted that he was one of two men who attacked a homeless man in Allston in January.



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As the year ends, a close look illuminates thousands of courageous men and women who work ceaselessly for the elusive hope of peace.

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Photos from the last four months of 2014 depicting news events and daily life around the world.