Four sites eyed south of Boston for marijuana sales

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

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.

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Tuesday is the last day to apply and pay for health care coverage that begins Jan 1.

The Jets’ Rex Ryan goes into Sunday’s game 4-8 as a head coach against the Patriots.

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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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.

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For decades, anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office.

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The 296 bills signed into law was the second lowest total for any two-year Congress in records dating to the 1940s.

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

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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.

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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.

Big Picture: Stunning photos from 2014

In the third installment of the series, the Globe staff highlights the photos that left an impact in the last four months of the year.

Alysia Montano, Ghoncheh Ghavami, and Whitney Zelee.

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.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

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One of the most bizarre local business stories of 2014 involves hacking and coffeemakers.

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A reporter spent a day on set for “Bleed For This,” the Martin Scorcese film about R.I.-bred boxer Vincent Pazienza.

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.

Partner’s role at firm adds complications for Rosenberg

Stanley Rosenberg, the incoming state Senate president, has close ties to a public affairs firm through his partner, Bryon Hefner.

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.