N. Korea behind hacking, FBI says

The Sony attack escalated to terrorist threats that prompted Sony to cancel the Christmas release of “The Interview.”

In this scene from “The Interview,” Randall Park plays Kim Jong Un.

AP Photo/Columbia Pictures — Sony

Opinion | JOANNA WEISS

Sony, ‘The Interview,’ and the power of satire

Nearly everyone still holds dear the notion that anyone is free to poke fun at the people in power.

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The BRA moved a plan forward Thursday to build a new headquarters for MassDOT.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/amazon150-7719.jpg Mysterious Boston woman is top Amazon reviewer

“Ali Julia” is the nom de plume of a woman who has become a powerful figure, and something of an enigma.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/11/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/89697e38c35d4c9abbd6bad88e21be49-89697e38c35d4c9abbd6bad88e21be49-0-13746.jpg Red Sox discussing trade involving Will Middlebrooks, report says

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

Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Paul Swydan | Statistically Thinking

Do the Red Sox really need to get an ace pitcher?

Comparing newcomer Rick Porcello to pitchers ahead of him in stat projections might change your perception of him.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/11/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/ryan_Airbnb4_g.jpg Airbnb says it creates $51m in economic activity a year in Boston

The online room-rental service opposed by the hotel industry touted its economic impact in Boston in a new report.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/bieber150-3729.jpg Instagram purges millions of ‘fake’ profiles

The photo-sharing network deleted millions of accounts that it had determined were set up by spammers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/groll150-7742.jpg Boy, 5, found dead in N.Y. wasn’t abducted, police say

Police are treating the death as a homicide after determining a caretaker lied when she told them he had been abducted.

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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/13/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Copy%20of%20460161352.jpg Stephen Colbert says goodbye to ‘The Colbert Report’

A singalong showpiece in the final episode may have featured more famous people in the same room than ever seen before.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/cuban150-6860.jpg Did Mark Cuban finalize the Rondo trade on ‘Colbert’?

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann says the Mavericks owner was working on the deal in the green room before Stephen Colbert’s final show.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chris_Gasper_150px-7106.jpg Rajon Rondo not as valuable as we were led to believe

Rondo is a unique talent, as evidenced by his 32 career triple-doubles. But too many people mistake unique for elite.

Tips on Uber, other services offered after sex assaults

Local authorities are warning people to be wary of those who may be posing as drivers for ride-sharing services.

Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Joan_Vennochi_150px-1184.jpg Mitt Romney’s 2016 chances look good

Charlie Baker’s election shows the GOP should draft a centrist.

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.

David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press

Best photos of 2014: Part II

Photographs from May-August on a range topics from around the world.