Tsarnaev defense invokes McVeigh in seeking trial move

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers compared the coverage of their client’s case to the coverage received by the Oklahoma City bomber.

Walsh reiterates support for police amid NYC slayings

Mayor Walsh’s words of support came as friction has arisen in N.Y. between the police union and Mayor Bill DiBlasio.

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The slayings come at a tense time as police nationwide are being criticized following the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Officer shoots at suspect who allegedly pointed gun at him

An officer fired several shots at a masked man who pulled a gun on him in Dorchester, but no one was hit, authorities said.

Emma Sulkowicz, a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, carried a mattress in protest of the university's lack of action after she reported being raped during her sophomore year.

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Rape accusations follow Columbia student

When the university cleared the student, the alleged victim started a campaign to call attention to campus sexual assault.

Crux

Pope gives thinly veiled critique of Vatican officials

Speaking to the Vatican’s upper echelon, Francis urged them to reject gossip, division, and building personal empires.

Senator Ted Cruz walks through the halls of Congress after the November mid-term election break.

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Opinion | JOHN E. SUNUNU

Ted Cruz has gained attention but little else

Cruz has become the Sarah Palin of the Senate, going rogue and insisting that he’s the only one speaking truth to power.

Through offseason shuffling, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz will remain in the regular spots in the lineup.

PETER ABRAHAM | BEAT WRITER’S NOTEBOOK

Red Sox’ roster shaping up to be competitive

For now, the roster as it stands today looks fairly close to what it could be come Opening Day.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-6898.jpg Do you feel better or worse about Patriots’ chances?

The Patriots did what was necessary to defeat the Jets, but Rex Ryan demonstrated how to attack New England.

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Local backers have begun exploring ways to use existing, temporary, and reusable venues close to mass transit stops.

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Remaking downtown has been a mixed bag, but now a new complex with movies, markets, and musicians is drawing crowds.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/Was8880192.jpg ‘SNL,’ Chris Rock, and others joke about the Sony hacking

One would think comedy writers might be a wee bit skittish about the subject, but they are in the business of satire.

Adrian Walker

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/walker.jpg With Dorchester teacher’s prize, the pupils win

UP Academy teacher Nicole Bollerman won books for her students and $150,000 for her school.

How would you like some brick dust in your cocoa?

The practical truths underlying the 19th-century Christmas dinner should make us modern revelers count our blessings.

Opinion

James Carroll

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American officials, and the American people, know very well what the CIA is, and what it does.

The Big Picture

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2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

Photos from the last four months of 2014 depicting news events and daily life around the world.