Harassment using Internet not free speech, SJC rules

Using the Internet to harass someone can be prosecuted under existing state law, the state?s highest court said Tuesday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Was8890531.jpg Where is ?The Interview? screening in the Boston area?

Apple Cinemas in Cambridge said they will screen the controversial James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy on Thursday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/045342202--90x90.jpg Sony announces limited release of ?The Interview?

Sony?s cancellation of the movie following terrorist threats from hackers drew widespread criticism.

Baker names education secretary, fills two other posts

Governor-elect Charlie Baker picked James Peyser, a charter school advocate, as his secretary of education.

Dow closes above 18,000 for first time

The stock market broke through the milestone following more encouraging news on the US economy.

John Hancock buying New York Life retirement division

As part of its purchase of the retirement planning division, John Hancock expects to offer all 450 New York Life employees positions.

US backs dropping lifetime ban on gay blood donations

The FDA favors replacing the ban with a policy barring donations from men who have had gay sex in the previous year.

Evan Horowitz

2014 was a pivotal year for same-sex marriage

A year ago, only about a third of Americans lived in states that permitted same-sex marriage. Today, nearly 65 percent of Americans do.

ward sutton

America?s torture problem

The collective response to the Senate report on the CIA?s tactics has been painful.

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Shirley Leung

Boston?s bridge to nowhere

It might be easier to host the Olympics than agree on what to do with the century-old Northern Avenue bridge.

NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos was killed in an ambush Saturday.

Bowdoin College to waive tuition for son of slain officer

Justin Ramos, who is scheduled to graduate from Bowdoin in 2017, is the son of NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos.

The two widows met in a private meeting Monday.

Rings returned to widow who donated them to Salvation Army

In a private meeting, the woman exchanged tears, hugs, and memories with a second widow who bought the rings.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/a133124d745246978d8f4be3e914c7aa-be619630d1ff4ac299c31481954fd430-1-6826.jpg 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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/gronk150-3880.jpg 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.

Peter Abraham voted for Pedro Martinez (left) and Curt Schilling (center) this year.

Peter Abraham

Hall of Fame ballot difficult to pare to only 10

At least 13 of the 34 players on this year?s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot are worthy of a vote, but voters can only pick 10.


ward sutton

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/1226sutton7-1130.jpg America?s torture problem

The collective response to the Senate report on the CIA?s tactics has been painful.

The Big Picture

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

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