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.
Taking a break from Christmas: alternative things to do
The streets of Boston can be awfully quiet on Dec. 25. But if your plans don’t involve ripping open presents under a tree or doing eggnog shots with Uncle Albert — or if you simply need a break from the festivities — there’s still plenty to do, with or without snow.
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.
Pope Francis blasts Vatican system ahead of a challenging 2015
Francis spoke of 15 “spiritual diseases” to which top-level Vatican officials are especially prone, he said.
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.
Schools offering courses on sale of marijuana
With medical marijuana primed to create a significant amount of jobs statewide, schools are springing up to prepare workers for those positions.
Attack is suspected as North Korean Internet collapses
SAN FRANCISCO — North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years.
The loss of service came just days after President Obama pledged that the United States would launch a “proportional response” to the recent attacks on Sony Pictures, which government officials have linked to North Korea.
Mayor calls for suspension of protests in New York
NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio called for protesters to suspend demonstrations in the aftermath of the killing of two New York City police officers, who were gunned down Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car.
“It’s time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time,” de Blasio said.
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.
Newton should infuse new life into tired office park
A plan to develop the leafy Wells Avenue office park has run head-on into a common roadblock.
The actors help ‘Mozart’ rise above cliche
It is enormous fun watching Gael Garcia Bernal steal the show. The actor, currently starring in Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater,” makes Rodrigo into a thoroughly modern, market-friendly music celebrity who just happens to have the soul of an old-time poet.
UN Security Council takes up N. Korea’s human rights
UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council took up the issue of North Korea’s bleak human rights situation Monday, a groundbreaking step toward possibly holding the nuclear-armed but desperately poor country and leader Kim Jong Un accountable for alleged crimes against humanity.
It appeared to be the first time that any country’s human rights situation has been scheduled for ongoing debate by the UN’s most powerful body.
Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting
MILWAUKEE — A white Milwaukee police officer fired after fatally shooting a mentally ill black man in April won’t face criminal charges, the county’s top prosecutor said Monday, a decision that prompted the man’s family to immediately demand a federal investigation.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said Christopher Manney won’t be charged because he shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense.
Knitting through grief
All we can hope for is that even in the midst of a dark winter, we are — miraculously — wrapped in love.
Funkadelic, ‘First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate’
As if to make up for lost time, George Clinton and his updated Funkadelic return from a 33-year absence with a three-disc, 33-track jam session virtuosic despite its unevenness.
Best holiday gift is a good new job
By year’s end, the country will have added nearly 3 million new jobs. The US unemployment rate, which peaked at 10 percent, is down to 5.8 percent and falling.
Judge orders tax-fraud trial for Princess Cristina of Spain
Princess Cristina of Spain was ordered on Monday to stand trial on tax fraud charges, a blow to the hopes of Spain’s royal household to limit the damage to the monarchy’s reputation from a continuing corruption case.
The decision on Monday by Judge José Castro means that Cristina will face trial along with her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin.
Judge OK’s Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol
Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocols are constitutional and the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death-row inmates early next year, a federal judge ruled on Monday.
US District Judge Stephen Friot denied a request for a preliminary injunction that was requested by a group of 21 Oklahoma death-row inmates.
Big Star, ‘Live in Memphis’
Caught live in 1994, just over a year after a reunion no one foresaw, power-pop cult act Big Star crackles with electricity on “Live in Memphis.”
After slayings of NYC police officers, ‘America’s mayor’ fans the flames
With his response to Saturday’s tragedy, Rudy Giuliani falls far from the respect and admiration he once owned.
China to investigate ex-President Hu’s top aide
BEIJING — The top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao has been placed under investigation for unspecified disciplinary violations, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping is removing his predecessor’s influences while consolidating his power.
The evening announcement came two years after the former aide, Ling Jihua, fell out of political favor.