Tsarnaev friend pleads guilty to gun, heroin charges

Stephen Silva pleaded guilty to possessing a gun similar to the one used by the bombing suspects to kill an MIT police officer.

New alert in Uber app focuses on safety features

Police have described four reports from women who said they were indecently assaulted after hailing rides with services including Uber.

“We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States,” President Obama said.

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Obama says Sony shouldn’t have shelved movie

President Obama referenced Boston’s decision to hold its Marathon one year after the bombings with Sony’s response to terrorist threats.

Staples customer data exposed in security breach

The Framingham-based company says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed.

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Robert Brown discussed student and employee diversity after demands that he appear or face possible arrest.

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Tiffany VanAlstyne is accused of killing the boy and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders had abducted him.

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Keron Pierre, 29, was accused of shooting three people following an after-hours party on Mt. Ida Road.

The Northern Avenue Bridge is now closed.

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City closes Northern Avenue Bridge in South Boston

The century-old span has for years been a pedestrian link between downtown and the South Boston Innovation District.

At a 1925 ice harvest in Maine, men separated the cut ice and guided it to an elevator at the ice house.

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How a Mass. man invented the global ice market

An entrepreneur’s 1806 scheme to sell chunks of frozen New England ponds still shapes how we live.

At this moment, Ali Julia is the No. 1 ranked reviewer on Amazon.com.

Boston’s Amazon star only speaks through reviews

Amazon.com ranks its top reviewers, and at #1 is a Boston woman who goes by the pseudonym “Ali Julia.”

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Barry Cadden and Glenn Chin are accused of being responsible for dozens of deaths related to a 2012 meningitis outbreak.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ed40d098533044aa93ccfdc067d6fa83-ed40d098533044aa93ccfdc067d6fa83-0.jpg Rick Porcello ready to make new memories at Fenway Park

The Red Sox’ new pitcher knows his first outing in Boston back in 2009 will always be remembered for his fight with Kevin Youkilis.

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The infielder became an odd-man out when the Red Sox signed Pablo Sandoval to play third base in 2015.

2014 Bostonians of the Year

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

GARY WASHBURN I ON BASKETBALL

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While we knew Rajon Rondo would not finish his career in Boston, we envisioned more in return.

Opinion

Mike Ross

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Our movies tease, mock, and vilify everybody, both friend and foe.

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.