The "fiscal cliff" is the series of automatic US budget cuts and tax increases slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, unless lawmakers can strike a deal on the budget deficit before year's end. The deadline arose out of a deal to end a prolonged standoff over raising the United States debt ceiling in August 2011. Here is a look at the fiscal cliff, by the numbers.
Pleasant surprises, a variety of styles at Saturday’s Boston Calling
My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Ben Harper, and Run the Jewels were among the highlights at Boston Calling on Saturday.
The big picture
Photographs by Reuters show cities shrouded in weather that make them appear to be living in the clouds.
Album review: Alesso, ‘FOREVER’
The best parts of Swedish producer Alesso’s debut LP hint at his knack for crafting mood music; too bad the rest feels incomplete without streamers, lasers, and crowds.
With Wynn casino license award, gaming commission actions deserve scrutiny
Did the gaming commission violate state law in granting a casino license to Steve Wynn?
Defense secretary blames Iraqi forces for Islamic State victory in Ramadi; says troops lacked ‘will to fight’
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces had demonstrated “no will to fight” against the Islamic State, blaming them for a retreat that led to the terrorist group’s victory in capturing the city of Ramadi.
Slow-moving sales for UMass Amherst specialty plates
Only 1,554 of the license plates, which debuted in 2013 to raise money for the alumni association, have been sold.
State lawmaker gets $4.8m in cyberbullying case
A jury agreed that neighbors of Rep. James Lyons intentionally inflicted emotional distress for opposing their proposed subdivision.
Investors sought for a new Cape Cod bridge
Transportation officials are moving ahead with a way to ease the pain of Cape Cod traffic: a new, privately-funded bridge.
Families with a transgender child learn, change
No one can truly understand the journey unless they’ve gone through it — or supported a loved one during the process.
Cost to insure cars rising in Mass.
The rise comes as insurers recover losses from a harsh winter and an improving economy encourages more driving — and accidents.
7-year-old boy shot in Dorchester
The Brockton boy, who was visiting relatives, was shot Sunday while riding his bicycle on Bowdoin Street.
Remembering loved ones lost
For some families of the fallen, Memorial Day is a day of traditions. For others, it is an improvisation of what feels right.
This day in history
Today is Monday, May 25, the 145th day of 2015. There are 220 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance.
Actors bonded in Durango desert in ‘Texas Rising’
A star-studded cast of actors play famous historical figures in the 10-hour miniseries about the Alamo and its aftermath.
MIT sets up bitcoin research, development
MIT hopes to help the sprawling bitcoin project shed its chaotic past and emerge as a more versatile platform.
Public-sector job cuts hit black Americans hard
For many black families, working for the government had long provided a dependable pathway to the middle class.
Helping children deal with the loss of a grandparent
How are we supposed to simultaneously act as a parent, an emotionally supportive partner, and a mourner?
Petition seeks ouster of new superintendent’s assistant
Some parents criticized Makeeba McCreary’s work for a nonprofit group that supports the expansion of charter schools.
Proposed R.I. casino would stand feet from Mass. border
A Tiverton, R.I., gaming facility would host more than 1,000 slot machines and dozens of blackjack and roulette tables.
A Pakistani man’s unwelcome return to work
Mamnoon Khan says when he came back to OneBeacon, after caring for his ailing parents, he was the target of anti-Muslim harassment and derision.