Gov. Charlie Baker delivering the State of the Commonwealth address in the house chamber of the State House.

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Baker stresses pragmatism, bipartisanship in speech

As he heads toward a reelection fight, Governor Baker used the address to further distance himself from President Trump’s hardline policies and harsh rhetoric.

// Why do we call Massachusetts a ‘commonwealth’? Blame John Adams

Governor Baker gave the State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday night. And inquiring minds are probably asking why the state is called that.

// Read Governor Baker’s full State of the Commonwealth address

Governor Charlie Baker spoke about public transportation, bipartisanship, and — of course — the New England Patriots.

// Watch Governor Baker’s speech

Governor Charlie Baker delivered his third State of the Commonwealth speech Tuesday.

State, city officials chat with Amazon about HQ2

The talk signals the start of a new, more intense phase of a process that began in September and will likely stretch on for months.

// Big insurers take a big hit in shakeup of public workers’ plans

Tufts Health Plan says some job cuts are “likely’’ after a state agency eliminated them from coverage options for tens of thousands of public workers.

// Comey, Sessions interviewed in Russia probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week, and former FBI director James Comey was interviewed last year.

Emergency crews responded to Marshall County High School after a fatal school shooting Tuesday in Benton, Ky.

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Two dead, 17 injured in Kentucky high school shooting

One student said the alleged shooter, a 15-year-old who will be charged with murder, “was determined” and “knew what he was doing.”

// A man tried to sneak $10,000 past Logan Airport agents by sewing cash into his pants. He failed

Customs agents seized more than $29,000 from a 51-year-old man who flew into Logan International Airport Thursday.

// Legislator proposes a 15% tax on revenues of daily fantasy sports companies

The 15 percent tax would be among the highest in the nation for the young industry.

// Delays riddle at least three commuter rail lines during Greater Boston’s evening commute

One issue was a commuter rail train on the Needham line that was stopped between Ruggles and Forest Hills stations.

Montgomery man, woman found dead in apparent murder-suicide

First came a chilling confession, then a macabre discovery: A couple in their 60s, lying dead next to each other in bed in an apparent murder-suicide.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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With the Eagles, expect the unexpected

The QB’s injury takes some of the sizzle out of the Super Bowl, but the Eagles rebounded behind Nick Foles.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Joe Sullivan and Scott Thurston talk about the outlook for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, and Tara Sullivan discusses her feature on NHL player Brian Boyle and his battle with cancer.

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CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper.

CNN anchor (and lifelong Eagles fan) Jake Tapper is already trash-talking the Patriots

Don’t worry — fellow CNN anchor (and Patriots fan) John Berman didn’t let Tapper’s comments go unchecked.

// Jay Feely says Gisele asked him to convince Tom Brady to retire

Gisele Bündchen reportedly asked Brady’s college teammate to help convince her husband to retire: “She was dead serious.”


// Mark Wahlberg prayed for the Eagles, but is picking the Patriots

The actor isn’t sure if he’ll go to the Super Bowl.


How white is Oscar?

Since 2000, there have been 72 actors and actresses who won Academy Awards. Sixty are white.


// The demise of a Massachusetts dairy farm

The farms are being thinned out by a combination of development pressures and complex economics.

// Family of frugal foodies says it’s possible to make gourmet meals on a $5 budget

The mission? To go on a grocery bill “diet” and “feast like a foodie,” says Carol Rizzoli, whose family runs a meal-planning website.

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// It’s (still) time to rein in the filibuster

Although some senators are apparently confused about this, the filibuster wasn’t part of the Senate’s original design.


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Special reports

Abdulkader Hayani put his daughter Ameenah to bed.

The Last Refugee: A three-part series

A series of occasional articles on the Syrian refugee families resettling here, and the local people assisting them.

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// WATCH: How origami could help treat cancer

One MIT-Harvard researcher is developing a new way to deliver chemotherapy to the abdomen using origami.

Real Estate

Newton couple moves three doors down, makes radical change

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