Rich Murphy and his brother are certain people will return to gold.

Gold is losing its shine for investors

A sharp decline in gold prices — from $1,900 an ounce in 2011 to $1,200 now — has left some companies struggling.

Rich Pedroncelli/AP File

Study recommends state ‘carbon tax’ to fight climate change

A state report says hiking the price of petroleum products would force many to reduce the use of gas, oil, and fossil fuels.

Some Boston College students said they fear the response by administrators runs the risk of chilling free speech on the campus.

Boston College protesters facing disciplinary action

Some face reprimand for a 60-person “die-in” because the demonstration was not properly permitted, officials said.

Sony Pictures Studios defended its decision to cancel the release of “The Interview.”

Sony defends shelving ‘Interview’ after Obama criticism

The company’s CEO insisted in a television interview that ‘‘we have not given in and we have not backed down.’’

Dec 19, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug (47) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Jets 2, Bruins 1

Bruins can’t find offense in loss to Jets

Torey Krug scored the only goal for the Bruins, who lost two of three games on their road trip.

// N.Y. woman accused of killing 5-year-old cousin

Tiffany VanAlstyne is accused of killing the boy and then calling in a false report that two masked intruders had abducted him.

At Bucksport paper mill, there is no tomorrow

Heather Hersey and other workers were greeted by a huge crowd of supporters on the mill’s last day.

Fred Field for the Boston Globe

The 84-year-old plant is the latest in Maine to fall victim to higher energy costs, global competition, and a decline in demand.

Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell were introduced in Dallas on Friday. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, G.J. McCarthy)

Rajon Rondo ready to start ‘new chapter’ in Dallas

The former Celtics guard was introduced in Dallas on Friday following his trade there on Thursday.

Brandon Bass throws down a dunk for 2 of his 9 points Friday night. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 20celtics Reporter:


Celtics pull away from Timberwolves

The Friday night match was Boston’s first game since trading Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks.

At a 1925 ice harvest in Maine, men separated the cut ice and guided it to an elevator at the ice house.


How a Mass. man invented the global ice market

An entrepreneur’s 1806 scheme to sell chunks of frozen New England ponds still shapes how we live.

Bill Murray and Carol Kane in “Scrooged.”

Bill Murray twisted Christmas in ‘Scrooged’

Though hardly a perfect Christmas movie, “Scrooged” is fast-paced and chuckle-inducing, breathing life into an age-old story.

The Northern Avenue Bridge is now closed.

City closes Northern Avenue Bridge in South Boston

The century-old span has for years been a pedestrian link between downtown and the South Boston Innovation District.

Boston, MA., 12/17/14, How to make your own Kcup… shot. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Innovation Economy

Hacked K-cups are latest in battle over Keurig coffeemakers

When Keurig released a line of “2.0” brewers that don’t work with unauthorized cups, the pod people struck back.


Michael A. Cohen

// Media overreach in Sony hack

By feasting at the trough of misbegotten gains, major outlets increased the pressure on Sony to cave.

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.