N.H. man in kidnap case faces 205 indictments

Nathaniel Kibby.

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Nathaniel Kibby is facing 205 indictments for allegedly kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and imprisoning her for nine months.

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No arrests have been made or charges filed. A police official said detectives had searched McDonald’s San Jose home.

Cast members James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen during the premiere of the film

Top theater chains cancel ‘The Interview’ showings

The top theater chains in North America have dropped ‘‘The Interview’’ after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy.

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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“You don’t know freedom until you lose it,” said Sixto Lopez, who once worked for the Education Ministry in Cuba.

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Caret has been appointed to lead the University of Maryland system, officials in Maryland announced.

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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.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen

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.

Opinion

Marcela García

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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.