2 NY police officers are killed by gunman

New York police were at the scene in Brooklyn where two officers were shot and killed. The suspect killed himself in a nearby subway.

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Two police officers died after being shot in their patrol car by a gunman who then committed suicide. His motive was unclear.

President Kennedy’s letter to 8-year-old Michelle Rochon says he shares her concerns, not just for the fate of Santa but all people.

JFK letter reassuring girl about Santa is re-released

More than 50 years ago, an 8-year-old girl wrote to President Kennedy about Santa Claus, and he replied.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Ryan Hanigan bats during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles St. Petersburg, Fla. Two people with knowledge of the deal say the San Diego Padres have agreed to obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan. The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, because the trade hasn't been announced. The deal is pending medical approvals. Hanigan was obtained earlier from Tampa Bay in an 11-player, three-team deal that also brought outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, to San Diego. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)

New Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan happy to return home to Mass.

Hanigan, who played high school ball in Andover, was acquired by the Padres Friday and then dealt to the Red Sox.

Harsh realities depicted in Dickens classic still haunt us

Despite areas of progress, some things have not changed since the publication of “A Christmas Carol.”

Alysia Montano, Ghoncheh Ghavami, and Whitney Zelee.

SHIRA SPRINGER I FAIR PLAY

Nine women’s sports stories that deserved more attention

For every 2014 headline-maker, there are many less-heralded women in sports.

Coin-operated animatronic band at the Tinkertown Museum in Sandia Park.

Gems on the Turquoise Trail in New Mexico

Traversing the Turquoise Trail reveals a lot about this central region of New Mexico and the people who call it home.

Kate Lynde plays with her children Aria, 3, and Coen, 8 months, in the dining room of their Tewksbury home.

Does anyone use their dining room anymore?

Granny would be intrigued to learn that today’s dining rooms often serve as playrooms, nurseries, or home offices.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/skirsner-3888--90x90.png Hacked K-cups part of backlash over Keurig ‘2.0’ brewers

One of the most bizarre local business stories of 2014 involves hacking and coffeemakers.

Julian Edelman has nearly 1,000 yards receiving this season.

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Patriots’ Julian Edelman, Kyle Arrington won’t play vs. Jets

The receiver didn’t travel with the team to New York for Sunday’s game.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-6833.jpg New York’s pro teams in a losing state of mind

After all these years of Boston arguing with New York over which city has the best teams, most of that thrill is gone.

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Groups across Mass. are bidding for the final approvals they need to enter the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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Recorded during a recent exploration of the Mariana Trench, a strange-looking new species has set a record for fish depth.

Decision on pension payout will last a lifetime

More corporations are enticing employees and former employees to trade their pensions for one-time, lump-sum payouts.

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Tuesday is the last day to apply and pay for health care coverage that begins Jan 1.

While President Obama’s overtures to Cuba have angered older Cuban Americans, especially first- and second-generation exiles, younger ones aren’t as likely to vote on this issue alone.

Obama’s Cuba decision reflects political shift in Florida

For decades, anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office.

Opinion

opinion | P.J. O’Rourke

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/18a74111023c4a1eb5358e51d258f61a-7c722a58ee89480c97cf7436a6bbdabe-0-1210.jpg The budget bill that keeps on giving

The $1.1 trillion budget bill captures the whole and entire holiday spirit, from naughty to nice.

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.