Mitt Romney to update supporters on 2016 plans

Romney is holding a conference call at 11 a.m. amid strong indications he may jump into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Stanley Rosenberg and Brian A. Joyce (standing at left in first row) visited Randolph Engineering in Randolph to learn about their manufacturing process.

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State senator’s lavish gift raises concerns on ethics

Designer sunglasses given by Brian Joyce to his colleagues may violate ethics rules for the cut-rate price that he paid for them.

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After periodic snowfall throughout the day, the storm is expected to intensify this evening.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/south150-3943.jpg Partners’ deal to acquire three hospitals rejected

A judge denied the deal in a devastating blow to Partners HealthCare, and to former attorney general Martha Coakley.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_maura_healey_013015.jpg After Partners victory, what lies ahead for Maura Healey?

Healey’s swearing-in as attorney general was just the start of a big week for the Next Big Thing in Mass. politics.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/30/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_bob_deleo.jpg Mass. House votes to abolish term limits for speaker

The vote extended indefinitely the reign of Robert DeLeo, one of the most powerful politicians on Beacon Hill.

Aaron Hernandez listened during his trial on Thursday.

Testimony resumes in Aaron Hernandez murder trial

Witnesses called to the stand Friday were describing seeing the body of victim Odin Lloyd.

Super Bowl XLIX

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The 2014 Patriots: An Oral History

Columnist Christopher L. Gasper, Tom Brady, and other voices provide the story of this Super season for the Patriots.

Four-time Super Bowl winner Joe Montana blames kickers for the strict rules regarding the pregame handling of footballs.

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Montana blames, praises Brady over Deflategate

Joe Montana said he thinks Tom Brady is behind the Patriots playing with underinflated footballs vs. the Colts.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/01/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ernie846-6976.jpg The Patriots’ man behind the curtain

Is Ernie Adams, a little-known Bill Belichick confidant, the secret to the Patriots’ success?

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The NFL’s head of officiating said the issue of deflated footballs was brought up in the first half of the AFC Championship.

Cormac and Clara Ryan took an investigative walk with their reporter father to test conditions after the blizzard of 2015 struck, and schools were shut down for a third day.

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Taking measure of walk to school after the blizzard

It seemed only right for a reporter to use his children to test Mayor Walsh’s decision to cancel a third straight day of classes.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito says she will focus on homelessness, domestic violence, and empowering women.

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Karyn Polito sees active role as lieutenant governor

Until Polito was sworn in this month, Mass. had been without a second-in-command for nearly two years.

Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

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When you find yourself in the position of undoing the very reform you once insisted was vital, you will grasp at any straw you can.

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Massive snowstorm hits the Northeast

The storm blasted the region with wind-whipped snow that piled nearly three-feet high in some places.

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