Shooter in NY deaths said he would attack police

The gunman in the killing of two New York police officers wrote on social media that he intended to attack officers, authorities said.

Governor Deval Patrick appeared with Justice Roderick Ireland after he was confirmed as the new Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court in December 2010.

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Patrick’s selections leave imprint on Mass. judiciary

Governor Patrick has appointed nearly half of the state’s 411 judges, creating along the way a substantially more diverse bench.

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The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association lags behind athletic groups in other states in screening officials.

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Groups across Mass. are bidding for the final approvals they need to enter the state’s medical marijuana industry.

Alysia Montano, Ghoncheh Ghavami, and Whitney Zelee.

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SHIRA SPRINGER I FAIR PLAY

Nine women’s sports stories that deserved more attention

For every 2014 headline-maker, there are many less-heralded women in sports.

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Recorded during a recent exploration of the Mariana Trench, a strange-looking new species has set a record for fish depth.

A distant mirror to our present pain

Northeastern University students are working to identify every racially linked murder in the South between 1930 and 1970.

Julian Edelman has nearly 1,000 yards receiving this season.

Patriots’ Julian Edelman, Kyle Arrington won’t play vs. Jets

The receiver didn’t travel with the team to New York for Sunday’s game.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-6833.jpg New York’s pro teams in a losing state of mind

After all these years of Boston arguing with New York over which city has the best teams, most of that thrill is gone.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Ryan Hanigan bats during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles St. Petersburg, Fla. Two people with knowledge of the deal say the San Diego Padres have agreed to obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan. The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, because the trade hasn't been announced. The deal is pending medical approvals. Hanigan was obtained earlier from Tampa Bay in an 11-player, three-team deal that also brought outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, to San Diego. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)

New Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan happy to return home to Mass.

Hanigan, who played high school ball in Andover, was acquired by the Padres Friday and then dealt to the Red Sox.

President Kennedy’s letter to 8-year-old Michelle Rochon says he shares her concerns, not just for the fate of Santa but all people.

JFK letter reassuring girl about Santa is re-released

More than 50 years ago, an 8-year-old girl wrote to President Kennedy about Santa Claus, and he replied.

Harsh realities depicted in Dickens classic still haunt us

Despite areas of progress, some things have not changed since the publication of “A Christmas Carol.”

Coin-operated animatronic band at the Tinkertown Museum in Sandia Park.

Gems on the Turquoise Trail in New Mexico

Traversing the Turquoise Trail reveals a lot about this central region of New Mexico and the people who call it home.

Kate Lynde plays with her children Aria, 3, and Coen, 8 months, in the dining room of their Tewksbury home.

Does anyone use their dining room anymore?

Granny would be intrigued to learn that today’s dining rooms often serve as playrooms, nurseries, or home offices.

Opinion

opinion | P.J. O’Rourke

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The $1.1 trillion budget bill captures the whole and entire holiday spirit, from naughty to nice.

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.