Day care worker charged with sexual abuse

A Bridgewater State University student has been charged with sexually abusing children at the on-campus day care center where he worked.

Alexander Bradley testified during Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder trial.

Testimony aims to tie Hernandez to murder weapon

Alexander Bradley said that months before Odin Lloyd’s death, he saw Aaron Hernandez with a gun similar the one used to shoot Lloyd.

State Police investigated 217 fatal opiate overdoses this year

A total of 170 men and 47 women died, according to State Police figures. They were, on average, 35 years old.

Man accused of forging names against Cambridge wine bar

Sydney DePaulo said the proposed European-style bar on Massachusetts Avenue would decrease nearby property values.

Harvard University in Cambridge.

A record year for Harvard rejections

Admission letters were sent to 1,990 of 37,307 applicants, the college said, for an acceptance rate of only 5.3 percent.

Richard Poirier of Waltham was charged with attempted breaking and entering, destruction of property, possession of burglarious tools, disorderly conduct, and receiving stolen property.

Boy, 12, leads police to suspect after break-in at Waltham house

The boy locked himself in a bedroom and called 911 after hearing someone breaking into his house, officials said.

According to the paper, MBTA is likely to see an additional 367,000 riders each day by 2021.

Business leaders urge MBTA to invest in expansion

The push comes after a taxpayer group suggested that the T halt funding for expansion projects.

// McDonald’s will give employees pay raise

About 90,000 employees at McDonald’s-owned restaurants will get an increase in wages as the company responds to an improving economy.

Boston Marathon bombing trial

US Attorney's Office

Interactive database

Explore the evidence in the case

A look at the witnesses, evidence, and key players in the trial.

Thousands rallied at the Indiana State House on Saturday against the controversial bill.

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Evan Horowitz

Why is Indiana’s religious freedom law so controversial?

Rarely, if ever, has there been such a rapid mobilization of boycotts, sanctions, and denunciations against a lone US state.

Everyone can broadcast. But will anyone watch?

A new app called Periscope from Twitter lets iPhone owners broadcast live video.

Governor Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker to get buzzcut for charity

The governor will settle into a barber’s chair next Tuesday to help raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Foxborough MA 3/27/15 New England Revolution Juan Agudelo traps the ball in front of San Jose Earthquakes Sanna Nyassi during first half action at Gillette Stadium on Saturday March 28, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Reporter:

Edelman signs with Red Sox, and more April Fools’ pranks

Tom Brady wasn’t the only Patriots player to have a little fun on April Fools’ Day. Here’s a roundup from the world of sports.

Residents dug out after the blizzard of 1997.

April Fools’ Day blizzard of 1997 was no joke

The late-season snowstorm was the biggest of the season, and one of the region’s largest in recorded history.

Penguins stood on a rock near a research station Antarctica.

Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

Antarctica may have just seen its hottest day ever

With the preliminary reading of 63.5 degrees, the northern tip of the continent was almost 30 degrees warmer than Boston last Tuesday.

A dock that collapsed when the water receded was seen at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara.

California governor orders mandatory water restrictions

Governor Jerry Brown ordered state officials to impose water restrictions for the first time in history amid a serious drought.

Jon Lester, age 31 — 6 years, $155 million  // Rich Pilling/Getty Images

Hanley Ramirez, age 31 — 4 years, $88 million // Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Giancarlo Stanton, age 25 — 13 years, $325 million // Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Pablo Sandoval, age 28 — 5 years, $95 million // Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press

Pedroia jerseys are one of the top sellers in MLB. A player’s added value to the team is another factor in determining contract size. 

Pat Greenhouse/Globe staff

Are long baseball contracts worth it?

Megadeals for players that stretch well into their 30s are perilous. So why do teams keep doing it?

Munch Madness 2015

Vote for a champion

It’s the last round to help choose the Boston area’s top restaurant. Which of these two eateries will get your vote?

Marathon trial podcast

// Episode 16: Tsarnaev’s defense rests

This interactive timeline highlights trial coverage and a podcast featuring Globe columnist Kevin Cullen and WBUR reporter David Boeri.


Janice Page

// The Angelina Jolie effect

The actress could be a powerful advocate for access to technologies and treatments that give more women a fair shot.

The Big Picture

Toru Hanai/Reuters

Radioactive Fukushima

Trash sits in plastic sacks across the region, piling up in abandoned rice paddies, parking lots and even residents’ backyards.