Geico turns to civil suits in bid to fight fraud

Defense lawyers complain the tactic is aimed at avoiding medical claims from clinics in lower-income neighborhoods.

First wave of early prison releases begins

More than 90 people from Mass. had their drug sentences reduced recently, and dozens are slated to be released as early as this week.

Fred Thompson spoke at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

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Fred Thompson, former US senator and actor, dies at 73

Thompson, a Republican US senator for eight years who also acted in feature films and on television, has died, his family said.

Adrian Walker

// Keeping the spotlight on the Catholic Church

Fourteen years after the clergy abuse scandal rocked the world, critics insist the Church still has not done all it can to protect children.

Everett football player stabbed hours after big game, coach says

Marvens Fedna was in critical condition Sunday, a day after a late touchdown gave his team an improbable win.

Former Senator Tom Harkin spoke at the Ruderman Inclusion Summit

25 years after disabilities act, advocates focus on jobs

Tom Harkin, sponsor of the landmark law, lamented that employment levels for people with disabilities remain near the low levels of 1990.

At Olmstead Place on South Huntington Avenue. studios start at $2,600.

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Jamaica Plain apartments going upscale ? for a price

Olmstead Place is the first of three new luxury apartment buildings planned on a changing stretch in Jamaica Plain.

// Federal judge orders seizure of Nova Star ferry

The ferry that runs between Maine and Nova Scotia was seized after a Portland company claimed it?s owed more than $200,000.

Yancey stopped to talk to Silvana Andrews in Dorchester.
Andrea Joy Campbell (second from right) celebrated her preliminary election victory in September.

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With testy words on future, a classic clash for District 4 seat

The hottest City Council race is District 4, which spans Mattapan and Dorchester and includes slices of Jamaica Plain.

Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez throws during the first inning of Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series -an-Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


World is Royally missing out

The Kansas City Royals are championship-caliber. They are also, if you will excuse the language, a tad boring.

Gillette has aired advertisements that contend its more expensive blades are a better value because they are sharper and last longer.

Can Gillette stay ahead?

Dollar Shave Club, which launched three years ago, has continued to trim away at the Boston-based company?s dynasty.

Activists from the Humane Society collected signatures for a November 2016 ballot initiative.

Animal-welfare vote in Mass. may break new ground

Voters are likely to decide a controversial measure banning eggs from hens and meat from pigs and calves kept in tight enclosures.

GE acquired the Avon plant in its purchase of Dresser Inc. in 2011.

GE to close Avon plant, cut 300 jobs

The move comes even as the industrial giant adds hundreds of white-collar positions in Massachusetts.

About 60 people gathered Sunday afternoon as the Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird unveiled a new banner at a rededication service.

After vandalism, ?Black Lives Matter? sign rededicated

Vandals have twice ripped down the ?Black Lives Matter? banner from outside the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.



Attack of the pint-sized food police

We?re used to finger-wagging from adults, but kids critiquing each other gets more complicated.

Miss Conduct

Advice about a business dinner: To drink or not to drink?

The lone woman on a work trip wonders whether it?s OK to order alcohol.

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan observes his players warm-up before the NFL game between Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Should fans root for a perfect Patriots season?

To go 16-0 or not to go 16-0, that is the question facing the Patriots.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, left, and Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer listen to a presentation during a meeting of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Washington. The meeting was to discuss a proposed rule establishing total loss-absorbing capacity and long-term debt requirements for global systemically important banking organizations, as well as a final rule on margin and capital requirements for uncleared swaps of prudentially regulated swap entities. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How Fed interest rate hikes could affect homebuying and saving

Officials will meet Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss whether the time has come to raise interest rates.

// Hundreds of officers have lost licenses over sex misconduct

An analysis by the Associated Press showed that about 1,000 police officers lost their licenses across the country in a six-year period.

Opinion & Ideas

// Embracing the power of human touch

Pats on the back can encourage a team to victory, and massages can even reduce mortality rates for premature babies.

Ground Game

Ground Game

// Who is rooting for Jeb Bush?

Bush is right that Americans love a good comeback story, but only if they see a candidate they can root for.

The Big Picture

Globe photos of the month, October 2015

A look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month, including fall colors, presidential candidates, and other events.



// Boston?s newest Uber driver? Kayak co-founder Paul English

English is using his all-wheel-drive Tesla Model S P85, an electric car with a base price of $105,000.


JOHN L. ALLEN JR. | all things catholic

// Religious context of Russia?s move in Syria overlooked

It?s increasingly common among the Christians of the Middle East to say that only Russia seems to be taking its responsibility seriously.


Restored Newport mansion hits market for $7.9m

Oil company executive Jay Wilson and his wife, Brenda, spent millions to restore a Newport, R.I., mansion that once belonged to the founders of the Newport Jazz Festival.