Industry, doctors, patients lobby against opiate laws

The industry is working to protect its US market for painkillers, which reached $8.3 billion in 2013.

The Vox apartment complex at 223 Concord Turnpike is among those recently built in West Cambridge. With more land available than in other sections of the city, West Cambridge has drawn immense interest from major real estate investor.

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Alewife building boom spurs worry among residents

Many contend Cambridge did not anticipate how bad things would become when it allowed so much building in the area.

Two killed, one injured in fiery crash in Wrentham

A vehicle slammed into a guardrail and burst into flames on I-495 just after midnight Monday, police said.

// Blackstone mother due in court for arraignment

Erika Murray is accused of murdering two infants whose remains were found in her squalid home.

Governor Deval Patrick is making up for lost time in his final weeks in office, naming 150 to panels that oversee everything from auto emissions to gambling policy.

Gov. Patrick taps 150 for state boards

The avalanche of appointments will in many cases extend the governor’s influence for years after he leaves office next month.

Report cites rise in cases of child abuse in Mass.

Allegations of child abuse outside of children’s homes rose by 16 percent in 2013.

Officials spoke during a press conference about missing AirAsia flight QZ8501.

Unclear if oil, objects in sea linked to lost plane

It was too early to know if two oily spots or floating objects were related to the missing AirAsia jetliner.

 Skylar Kergil, at the Diesel Cafe in Somerville’s Davis Square, is an advocate for transgender young people.


Video blogger shares his transgender journey

A pioneer in the transgender movement, Acton native Skylar Kergil reached out across the globe via YouTube.

// Jets fire coach Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik

Rex Ryan spent six years as the Jets’ coach and had a losing record despite two AFC title game appearances.


// It’s unfair, but Patriots must win it all

The Patriots are always good, but anything short of a Super Bowl win isn’t going to be good enough.

New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) runs from Buffalo Bills defenders Larry Dean (54), Corey Graham (20) Marcus Easley (81) as he returns a kick in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Patriots win, despite what scoreboard says

Only two things mattered Sunday: staying healthy and getting the backups some much-needed work.

Jeffrey Bickoff faces motor vehicle homicide charges in the death of Haley Cremer (pictured).

Clock ticking on bill targeting license suspension

A bill sparked by a Sharon woman’s death may stall before the end of the legislative session.

About 30 cyclists rode in last Sunday’s Winter Solstice Ride. (Below) Benai Kornell of Somerville wore special glasses for the event.

Boston Cyclists Union encourages bikers to brave the cold

Members have organized winter socials and group rides to teach would-be winter warriors about biking through the cold.

Cuba, still untrammeled territory.

Where to travel in 2015

Before you book tickets to the same-old, familiar resort, consider these up-and-coming tourist destinations.

Aafia Siddiqui arrived in Boston as a biology major at MIT and she left as an active jihadi. Her journey took 11 years.

Woman’s journey offers insight into radicalization

Aafia Siddiqui arrived in Boston as a biology major at MIT and left as an active jihadi. Her journey took 11 years.


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// Diners should demand high quality for workers

Americans have started asking questions about every aspect of a restaurant’s operations — except for how employees are treated.

The Big Picture

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Seasonal lights

Around the world, nights look brighter this time of year and illuminations of all kinds help celebrate holidays or festivities.