Brutality alleged in N.H. teen’s kidnapping

The case of a teenage girl who vanished in October 2013 and resurfaced nine months later took a shocking turn Wednesday.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013.

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With its decision to not release “The Interview,” Sony may have emboldened other people bent on threats and intimidation.

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Caret has been appointed to lead the University of Maryland system, officials in Maryland announced.

Delivery firms vow to avoid holiday delays

Companies are trying to avoid a repeat of last year’s debacle, when more than one million packages weren’t delivered in time for Christmas.

US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said at a news conference at her offices at the courthouse that the case was an “unprecedented national tragedy.”

Sweeping federal indictment targets pharmacy in deaths

The outbreak case that killed at least 64 people is an “unprecedented national tragedy,” US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said.

Stem cell scientist sues Harvard over misconduct investigation

One of Dr. Piero Anversa’s papers investigating the heart’s ability to regenerate itself was retracted earlier this year.

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.

After hearing the news from Washington, Ida Lopez, 79, took out a

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Local Cubans express hope for island nation

The news of thawed diplomatic relations brought optimistic and skeptical words from local Cuban-Americans.

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Cambridge group does important work in divided societies

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

Rendering of Tremont Crossing. (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.

Mayor Martin Walsh spoke at an event about Boston’s Olympic bid Oct. 6.

Boston’s Olympic bid would set stage for city’s 400th anniversary

Development needed for the 2024 Games would complement planning for Boston’s 400th anniversary in 2030, officials say.

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The 29th overall pick in the 2014 draft will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

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

Stephen Collins reportedly admits to sexual abuse

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

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Dallas Mavericks said to be interested in Rajon Rondo

The veteran point guard would be a good fit on Western Conference contender.

Market Basket film, funded by fans, will retell the saga

A Portsmouth, N.H., filmmaker is hoping a second wave of public support will help pay for a documentary about the struggle that riveted New England for weeks.

Opinion

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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.

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Best photos of 2014: Part II

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