Brutality alleged in N.H. teen’s kidnapping

The suspect is accused of sexually assaulting the girl repeatedly in indictments that recount a horrific ordeal for the teen.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has pleaded not guilty, faces the possibility of the death penalty if he is convicted.

Judge to question Tsarnaev in court today

A judge will determine whether the alleged Marathon bomber is fully aware of the issues he faces when his trial begins.

Steward fined for refusing to turn over financial records

Steward Health Care has been slapped with a $5,000 fine for refusing to show certain documents to state officials.

Boston, MA - 12/17/14 - (2nd quarter) Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) hits a short jumper over Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) in the second quarter. The Boston Celtics take on the Orlando Magic at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Gary Washburn, Topic: 18Celtics-Magic, LOID: 8.0.820190689.

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Gary Washburn | On basketball

Mavericks considering making offer for Rajon Rondo

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle are ready to pull off a potential deal, according to a source.

Uber driver is accused in rape, kidnapping of customer

This is the fourth time a customer reported being assaulted or inappropriately touched by a ride-share driver in the area this month.

Mass. unemployment rate drops to 5.8% in November

The state added 13,500 jobs last month, compared to just 1,600 in October.

A rendering of the $350 million Tremont Crossing project in Roxbury.

Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.

MassDOT ponders a move from downtown to Roxbury

The blockbuster deal would shake up the real estate markets in both neighborhoods.

A worker removed a poster for the movie

Ty Burr

Canceling release of ‘The Interview’ the right decision?

In the grand Hollywood tradition, a studio has censored itself before someone else could do it for them.

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Federal prosecutors will have to show a pattern of crimes and an intent to commit crimes to prove their case, analysts said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/obama150-1277.jpg US taking a ‘new approach’ with Cuba

The decision to end half a century of estrangement followed 18 months of secret talks, and the freeing of captives on both sides.

KEVIN CULLEN

Cambridge group does important work in divided societies

Beyond Conflict has been preparing anti-Castro Cuban-Americans in Miami for the inevitable.

Stephen Collins played Rev. Eric Camden on “7th Heaven.”

Stephen Collins reportedly admits to sexual abuse

The actor, beset by allegations that he sexually abused young girls, has reportedly admitted for the first time, in an essay, that there were three victims.

Arthur T. finally acquires a domain name of his own

The Tewksbury-based parent company of the Market Basket chain has long operated without a website.

Opinion

editorial

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The US policy conversation can finally focus on half a century of atrocities committed by the island’s totalitarian government.

The Big Picture

A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around during protests on Aug. 13 against the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Freguson, Mo., by white police officer Darren Wilson.

David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via Associated Press

Best photos of 2014: Part II

Photographs from May-August on a range topics from around the world.