Clinton faces headwinds from liberals as Warren rises

Liberal groups’ support for Senator Elizabeth Warren puts pressure on Hillary Clinton to move further to the left.

Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot in their patrol car Saturday.

Two New York police officers shot dead in their car

The gunman shot the officers without warning, and then committed suicide with the same gun, the authorities said.

Senator Stanley Rosenberg’s close ties to a public affairs firm, through his partner, Bryon Hefner (right), add a layer of complexity to his attendance at events held by Regan Communications or any of its clients.

PR firm reassigns Rosenberg’s partner to Fla.

Incoming state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s partner has been criticized for his social media activity.

// Decision on pension payout will last a lifetime

More corporations are enticing employees and former employees to trade their pensions for one-time, lump-sum payouts.

Kevin Cullen

A prodigal son, back after 23 years

After decades apart, William Wallace Scott Hudson and his family are now reunited, and everyone is grateful.

Snow falls in Eastern Mass. before a rainy Christmas

Massachusetts is seeing a few flakes of snow this morning as the region prepares for a wet, blustery Christmas Eve.

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.

Florida police officer shot and killed, officials say

A suspect was taken into custody after the early morning shooting, police said.

East Rutherford, NJ - 12/21/14 - (Several hours before game time fans begin lining up as the New England Patriots prepare to take on the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Shalise Manza Young, Topic: 22Patriots-Jets, LOID:8.0.905994676.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Patriots at Jets | 1 p.m.

Live updates: Patriots vs. Jets at MetLife Stadium

The Patriots can clinch a first-round playoffs bye with a win today. Globe reporters have the latest from New Jersey.

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16: Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets hugs Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots after a game at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Patriots at Jets | Sunday, 1 p.m.

Keys to a Patriots victory over Jets

The Patriots and Jets clash for the second time this season and a victory would give New England a first-round playoff bye.

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

Patriots at Jets | 1 p.m. (CBS)

Julian Edelman, LeGarrette Blount, Kyle Arrington out vs. Jets

The Patriots will be without all three players for Sunday’s game in New Jersey.


// 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.

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is one of a number of Cuban players who have defected in recent years.


Will MLB, Cuba be able to play ball?

It’s too early to know what type of relationship may develop in the wake of last week’s historic announcement.

2014 Bostonians of the Year

Market Basket workers showed perseverance and power

The grocery chain’s 25,000 employees highlighted that a company formula of low prices and good wages can succeed.

Margaret Burnham, a Northeastern University law professor, supervised a research project into several cases of white conductors in Atlanta killing unarmed black men without repercussions.

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.


// Ten episodes that stood out in 2014

When an episode rewards the scrutiny, it’s a thrill. Here are 10 of Matthew Gilbert’s favorites of the year.

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

“You must not worry about Santa Claus,” Kennedy wrote to an 8-year-old, more than 50 years ago.



// Rage against the scheduling machine

Relying on faceless algorithms makes it easier for employers to casually jerk workers around.

The Big Picture

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

2014 Year in Pictures: Part III

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