Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wore a shirt, dark sweater, and slacks during his appearance under tight security in US District Court.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Marathon bomber facing a trial that could lead to his execution, looked relaxed in court.

A woman who identified herself as Kimberly was one of the pro-Tsarnaev demonstrators outside the courthouse.

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Scenes from the Tsarnaev hearing

Supporters of the accused Marathon bomber held signs outside court as victims of the attacks attended the hearing.

Where communities have banned fracking

New York is the fourth state to ban the controversial practice used to extract natural gas from shale rock deep underground.

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Barry Cadden faces a racketeering charge that includes allegations that he and another official murdered 25 people.

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The girl is accused of attempted homicide for stabbing a classmate to please a fictional character.

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Ben Volin | On Football

Softer Rex Ryan takes edge out of Patriots-Jets rivalry

The Patriots-Jets rivalry just isn’t the same with Ryan actually complimenting Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Governor Deval Patrick got a surprise call from President Obama on Thursday.

Obama calls into Patrick’s final monthly radio show

“Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville, ” the caller said in his unmistakable, halting cadence.

The final episode of “The Colbert Report” airs Thursday night.

Opinion | Steve Almond

With ‘Colbert,’ morality was just another form of entertainment

The rise of shows like “The Colbert Report” reflects our regression from capable citizens to passive consumers.

Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, left, listens as guard Rajon Rondo speaks during Celtics basketball media day in Waltham, Mass., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Celtics’ Danny Ainge admits trade talk on the rise

The team president wouldn’t say if there was any truth to the reports of a potential Rajon Rondo deal with the Mavericks.

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Sure, changes in Cuba policy could mean more cigars. But it could mean more coffee, too.

Those that love Sarah Koenig’s ‘‘Serial’’ can look forward to a second season, though the timing, topic and sponsorship (“Mail Kimp?”) haven’t been announced.

True crime podcast ‘Serial’ comes to an end

Listeners have feared what they had also foreseen: that the show would have an ending, but not a resolution.

Opinion | JOAN VENNOCHI

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In January, the disgraced Patriots player will be back in the same news cycle as his old team.

Opinion

Bina Venkataraman

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The embargo keeps human rights and economic growth from reaching Cuba and its people.

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.