Plane with 162 aboard reportedly missing

An AirAsia plane from Indonesia on its way to Singapore lost contact with ground control on Sunday, officials said.

Marijuana licensing went awry early on

A Globe review shows the process was hobbled by too little time, conflicts of interest, and questionable work from highly-paid contractors.

The plans for an Everett casino called for a curving bronze tower reminiscent of Steve Wynn?s Encore hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada.

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Steve Wynn changes plans for Everett casino

Wynn wants to replace the unloved hotel high rise with a gently curving bronze tower similar to his Las Vegas hotels.

Rush hour extends to both sides of Route 128/Interstate 95 near the commuter artery?s junction with Route 2.

Growth along Route 128 and I-495 brings more jobs ? and traffic

The Route 128 and Interstate 495 corridors are booming once again, spinning off thousands of new jobs.

Suffolk faculty seek voice in presidential search

Faculty are speaking out as the university looks to replace its president after James McCarthy was abruptly replaced.

12/27/14 New York, Boston Police attend funeral for Rafael Ramos a New York City police officer,killed in the line of duty.

Boston police attend funeral of NYPD officer

Hundreds of Mass. police officers joined the thousands of people who remembered Officer Rafael Ramos at his funeral Saturday.

Aafia Siddiqui arrived in Boston as a biology major at MIT and she left as an active jihadi. Her journey took 11 years.

The woman ISIS wanted back

Aafia Siddiqui arrived in Boston as a biology major at MIT and left as an active jihadi. Her journey took 11 years.

?Zip? Pierce and his guide dog, Autumn.

Blind fan soaks up essence of Patriots games

Despite life having thrown many good reasons his way, Randy ?Zip? Pierce does not complain about his lot.

special section

2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.

Boston College wide receiver Shakim Phillips, left, makes a catch as Penn State safety Adrian Amos defends during the first half of the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Penn State 31, Boston College 30 (OT)

Missed PAT in overtime dooms BC vs. Penn State

Penn State won the Pinstripe Bowl, 31-30, on a pass from Christian Hackenberg to Kyle Carter in overtime.

Galleries, studios, and art spaces enliven the streets of Roosevelt Row.

What to do in Phoenix ? other than watch the Super Bowl

If the Patriots end up in the Super Bowl and you come to tailgate, there is much to see, including a lively arts and restaurant scene.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick prior to an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Bill Belichick has made all the right moves this season

Everything Belichick has touched this year has turned to gold ? at least as far as free agents and trades are concerned.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play against the New York Jets 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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Tom Brady is a bargain at quarterback

Brady?s current contract ranks him 17th among NFL quarterbacks in average annual value.

Tommy Cooney (right) expanded on an impressive 2013 by organizing another day to honor Danny Keefe (left).

Boys who stood up to bullying still inspire

The success of Danny Appreciation Day, celebrating a Bridgewater 7-year-old with a sharp fashion sense and speech difficulties, continues to ripple nationwide.


opinion | P.J. O?Rourke

// What Santa forgot to bring this year

World peace, religious tolerance, and an end to global poverty, hunger, and disease were not under anyone?s tree.

The Big Picture

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Seasonal lights

Around the world, nights look brighter this time of year and illuminations of all kinds help celebrate holidays or festivities.