Stephen Silva.

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.

Mass. high court sides with banks on city foreclosure rules

The ruling comes after Springfield introduced stricter rules, such as requiring banks to enter mediation before foreclosing.

“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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kreiter_browncitycoucil2_met.jpg BU president appears before City Council following subpoena spat

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

Staples said Friday that an investigation shows that the cyberattackers this fall used malware that may have allowed access to information for transactions at 115 of its US stores.

Staples customer data exposed in security breach

Nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed, including stores in Seekonk, Shrewsbury, Plymouth, and Salem.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bdee98a75d1146b5b63799ebb29b5f47-bdee98a75d1146b5b63799ebb29b5f47-0-7777--90x90.jpg N.Y. woman accused of killing 5-year-old cousin

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

Rajon Rondo ready to start ‘new chapter’ in Dallas

Rajon Rondo spent nine seasons with the Celtics.

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The former Celtics guard was introduced in Dallas on Friday following his trade there on Thursday.

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.

The Northern Avenue Bridge is now closed.

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.

The Uber checklist as shown on an Android device.

New alert in Uber app focuses on safety

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

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.”

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley with Pope Francis at the St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City last weekend.

Cardinal O’Malley hails US-Cuba thaw, pope’s role

“It certainly is part of the mission of the Church to promote reconciliation and peace between peoples,” O’Malley said.

Boston, MA., 12/17/14, How to make your own Kcup…..studio shot. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Innovation Economy

Hacked K-cups are latest in battle over Keurig coffeemakers

When Keurig released a line of “2.0” brewers that don’t work with unauthorized cups, the pod people struck back.

2014 Bostonians of the Year

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/marketbasket_group_16_04--90x90.jpg 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.

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Mike Ross

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Mike_Ross-1191.jpg ‘The Interview’ was merely following Hollywood traditions

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.