US connects North Korea to Sony hacking

US intelligence officials say North Korea was “centrally involved” in the attack on computers at Sony Pictures.

Uber driver is accused of rape, kidnapping of customer

A Boston man working as an Uber driver is facing charges that he raped and kidnapped a young woman earlier this month.

“These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked,” President Obama said. “It’s time for a new approach.”

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US to open ‘new chapter’ with Cuba

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

Evan Horowitz

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While President Obama has some leeway in how he implements the embargo on Cuban goods, repealing it requires the cooperation of Congress.

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

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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.

Victims of meningitis outbreak welcome criminal charges

“They deliberately sold a product that was tainted,” said a family member of a victim who died.

Mayor Martin Walsh spoke at an event about Boston’s Olympic bid Oct. 6.

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Boston’s Olympic bid would set stage for city’s 400th anniversary

Development needed for the 2024 Games would complement planning for Boston’s 400th anniversary in 2030, officials say.

Nathaniel Kibby.

N.H. kidnap suspect’s alleged crimes detailed in indictment

Nathaniel Kibby faces more than 200 charges, including sexual assault, for allegedly kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and imprisoning her for nine months.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/caret150-7703.jpg UMass president Robert Caret to resign

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

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

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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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Dunkin’ says croissant doughnuts will stay on menu

The coffee-and-donuts chain said it will continue selling its best-selling croissant doughnut into 2015 in response to demand.

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.

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Viale adds flavor and character to Central Square

The Cambridge restaurant is a worthy successor to neighborhood favorite Rendezvous, which previously occupied the space.

At Symphony Hall,  (from left) Jernyida George, 13, and STEP students Trinity Dickson, 9, and Angelina Wallace, 9, look over various period instruments.

White House honors Boston’s Project STEP

With roots in a BSO idea, Project STEP wins White House honors for its work in developing minority classical musicians.

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

A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around during protests on Aug. 13 against the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Freguson, Mo., by white police officer Darren Wilson.

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Best photos of 2014: Part II

Photographs from May-August on a range topics from around the world.