US to open ‘new chapter’ with Cuba

The deal to restore diplomatic relations came after 18 months of back-channel discussions hosted by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis.

Alan Gross appeared at a news conference in Washington with his wife Judy hours after his release from Cuba.

Prisoner Alan Gross arrives in US after release from Cuba

At a press conference Wednesday, Gross said knowing he wasn’t forgotten was “crucial” to his survival in Cuba.

// 49ers’ Ray McDonald being investigated for sexual assault

San Jose Police Department Sgt. Heather Randol said that detectives searched McDonald’s San Jose home.

// Patriots put top draft pick Dominique Easley on injured reserve

The 29th overall pick in the 2014 draft will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

// Fung Wah gets federal approval to return to the road

The cut-rate bus company had its federal license revoked in March 2013 for safety violations.

// Mass. shortfall is closer to $750m, tax group warns

Advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum said the estimate was potentially in range.

From left: Jay Duplass, Judith Light, Amy Landecker, and Jeffrey Tambor in the Amazon Studios original series “Transparent.”

Matthew Gilbert’s picks for TV’s best shows in 2014

The Globe TV critic submits his Top 10 for 2014 — including “Transparent” — plus a baker’s dozen of runners-up.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo watched a presentation on hydraulic during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday.

New York governor will move to ban fracking in state

State officials say the widely used gas-drilling technique carries unacceptable risks.

UMass president Robert Caret resigning

Caret is taking a top post at the University of Maryland, an official at UMass has confirmed.

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said at a news conference at her offices at the courthouse that the case was an “unprecedented national tragedy.”


Sweeping federal indictment targets pharmacy in deaths

The outbreak case that killed at least 64 people is an “unprecedented national tragedy,” US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said.

Pharmacy allegedly used fake names for bulk production

A Framingham pharmacy is accused of creating fraudulent prescriptions for Wonder Woman and “Chester Cheeto,” among others.

// Fed says it will take ‘patient’ approach to rate hikes

The Federal Reserve gave no specific mention of when it may raise interest rates from record lows due to a strengthening US economy.

// State panel agrees to commute woman’s drug sentence

Deanne Hamilton, 49, is the first person in Massachusetts to have a sentence commuted in 17 years.

Stem cell scientist sues Harvard over misconduct investigation

One of Dr. Piero Anversa’s papers investigating the heart’s ability to regenerate itself was retracted earlier this year.


Marcela García

// Cuban exiles cling to decades-old paradigms

The old guard refuses to forgive Fidel Castro, but better relations with the US may lead to broader freedoms.

The Big Picture

Best photos of 2014, part 1

Photographs from around the world on a range of topics and events taken during 2014.