Charter school advocate named education secretary

Governor-elect Charlie Baker picked James Peyser, a former chairman of the state Board of Education.

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

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Boston-to-D.C. flights showcase local power players

The shuttles offer a slice of Boston?s political and corporate stratosphere, and are a unique sample of the Mass.-based economy.

Dow Jones trades above 18,000 points for the first time

Investors cheered new data showing the US economy grew in the third quarter at the fastest pace in more than a decade.

Mass. Health Connector seeing high volume of calls

Today is the deadline to select and pay for a health plan to begin coverage Jan. 1.

Keurig says its Mini Plus Brewing Systems, with model number K10, can overheat and spray water during brewing.

Keurig recalling Mini Plus Brewing Systems

The company is recalling some 7 million single-serve coffee brewing machines because of reported burns.

Double Shot

// Barrington Coffee opens new shop in Back Bay

The new store is brightly-lit, with funky art on the walls. But the claim to fame is bound to be the Steampunk.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick answers a reporter's question during a news conference prior to an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Belichick won?t say if Patriots starters will play vs. Bills

The Bengals? win over the Broncos on Monday night gave the Patriots the top overall seed in the AFC playoffs.

Bold Types

// Gronk?s ugly Christmas sweater sells out

The Patriots have sold out of the woolen threads modeled on the cover of the team?s holiday catalog three times already.

Pope Francis outlined problems he perceives at the Vatican, including a ?Messiah complex.?


Pope gives Vatican leadership a withering critique

Pope Francis ticked off 15 ?spiritual diseases? to which he suggested top-level Vatican officials are especially prone.

Stephanie Shine wore a Google Glass device.

Connecting moms, newborns with Google Glass

A study will test whether the technology can help ease the anxiety of parents temporarily separated from their infant.

opinion | Jeff Robbins

// A ?very good question? in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Why is it that the Palestinians rejected Israel?s offer for an independent state in 2000, 2001, and 2008?

// State senator?s partner to leave his PR job

The domestic partner of presumptive Senate president Stanley Rosenberg blamed the Globe for driving him out of his job.

// Baker seeks review of MassDOT move to Roxbury

Governor-elect Charlie Baker said transferring the agency should be subject to a more detailed public review.

// Bob Odenkirk gets kicky in new ?Better Call Saul? trailer

The ?Breaking Bad? spinoff looks at how attorney Jimmy McGill evolved into crooked lawyer Saul Goodman.



// The peacemakers of 2014

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

The Big Picture

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2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

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