Baker doubts moving MassDOT to Roxbury

Governor-elect Charlie Baker said transferring the Mass. Department of Transportation should be subject to a more detailed public review.

Bengals 37, Broncos 28

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The Broncos lost in Cincinnati, meaning the Patriots will play at Foxborough throughout their playoff run.

Pope Francis spoke to top-level Catholic officials at the Vatican Monday.

Pope Francis delivers critique of Vatican system

Francis spoke of 15 “spiritual diseases” to which top-level Vatican officials are especially prone, he said.

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The partner of incoming state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg had reportedly bragged of his influence, and his employer reassigned him to Florida.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

N. Korea’s link to Internet goes dark

The loss of service came days after President Obama pledged the US would launch a “proportional response” to recent attacks.

Ex-BC football player gets probation in attack

Craig “C.J.” Parsons admitted that he was one of two men who attacked a homeless man in Allston in January.

Convicted of attempted murder, man pleads for pardon

A man who served eight years asked the Governor’s Council for a clean record, with the backing of a range of supporters.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/22/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/460778928[1]--90x90.jpg De Blasio urges halt to protests until after funerals

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said debate over police tactics should be stopped until the funerals are held for two slain officers.

Representative Joseph Kennedy checked his e-mail on a recent shuttle to Washington D.C., a flight he takes often.

Matt Viser/Globe Staff

Business networking common on Boston-to-D.C. shuttle

The flights between Boston and Washington are a showcase of power players as they travel to private dinners, fund-raisers and congressional hearings.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) passes in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Christopher L. Gasper

Ideas on fixing NFL playoff format could be winners

The NFC South winner is guaranteed two things. That team will have a losing record and it will host a playoff game.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Tight end Jeff Cumberland #85 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Ben Volin | On football

Patriots prevailed over Jets, but their roles seemed reversed

The usually woeful Jets were well-prepared, while the usually sharp Patriots were rather sloppy.

Mike Powers, manager of the greater Boston postal district, looked through packages to be sent as part of Operation Santa at the Post Office annex in South Boston.

At Operation Santa, working toward a bright Christmas for everyone

Volunteer donors in the postal service’s Operation Santa buy gifts for children and families in need.

Buzzsaw

Ten TV 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.

Joe Cocker sang “Cry Me a River” at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts onSept. 3, 1992.

Joe Cocker’s 1992 Great Woods concert soared

Joe Cocker performed in Mansfield on Sept. 3, 1992, with the Neville Brothers in “a certifiable knockout show,” the Globe’s Steve Morse wrote.

Reading on the backlit screen suppressed the sleep hormone melatonin and shifted the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.

Do glowing screens keep you awake?

Researchers found reading on a backlit screen suppressed the sleep hormone melatonin and shifted the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle.

Emma Sulkowicz, a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, carried a mattress in protest of the university's lack of action after she reported being raped during her sophomore year.

Rape accusations follow Columbia student

When the university cleared the student, the alleged victim started a campaign to call attention to campus sexual assault.

Through offseason shuffling, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz will remain in the regular spots in the lineup.

PETER ABRAHAM | BEAT WRITER’S NOTEBOOK

Red Sox’ roster shaping up to be competitive

For now, the roster as it stands today looks fairly close to what it could be come Opening Day.

Opinion

NICHOLAS BURNS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/23/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/nburns-1135.jpg The peacemakers of 2014

As the year ends, a close look illuminates thousands of courageous men and women who work ceaselessly for the elusive hope of peace.

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.