New York mourns deaths of 2 officers

A New York City police officers said a prayer while kneeling in front of small memorial for two police officers who were killed Saturday in New York.

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Flags across the city flew at half-staff today for the officers, Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, who were gunned down in their patrol car.

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School group doesn’t conduct criminal checks on referees

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association lags behind athletic groups in other states in screening officials.

Kevin Cullen

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After decades apart, William Wallace Scott Hudson and his family are now reunited, and everyone is grateful.

Wet, blustery Christmas Eve expected

Massachusetts is seeing a few flakes of snow this morning as the region prepares for a wet, blustery Christmas Eve.

MBTA driver suspended after alleged confrontation

A veteran bus driver is suspended as officials investigate an alleged altercation between the driver and a passenger.

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A suspect was taken into custody after the early morning shooting, police said.

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President Obama is calling the attack on Sony an act of cyber-vandalism, not of war.

Tom Brady was sacked shortly before the end of the first half.

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Tom Brady was sacked shortly before the end of the first half.

Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown to put the Patriots ahead, 7-0, in the first half.

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Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown to put the Patriots ahead, 7-0, in the first half.

 Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland celebrated his touchdown in the first half.

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Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland celebrated his touchdown in the first half.

Jets running back Chris Ivory carried the ball in the first half.

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Jets running back Chris Ivory carried the ball in the first half.

Jets' defensive end Sheldon Richardson celebrated his sack of Brady.

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Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson celebrated his sack of Brady.

Danny Amendola leaped to avoid the Jets' Calvin Pryor in the first quarter.

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Danny Amendola leaped to avoid the Jets' Calvin Pryor in the first quarter.

Tom Brady dropped back for a pass in the first half.

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Tom Brady dropped back for a pass in the first half.

Rob Gronkowski was tackled after making a catch.

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Rob Gronkowski was tackled after making a catch.

Vince Wilfork (right) helped take down the Jets' Percy Harvin.

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Vince Wilfork (right) helped take down the Jets' Percy Harvin.

Tom Brady was sacked by the Jets' defense in the first half.

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Tom Brady was sacked by the Jets' defense in the first half.

Jets center Nick Mangold (second from right) wore an NYPD cap during the coin toss.

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Jets center Nick Mangold (second from right) wore an NYPD cap during the coin toss.

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Patriots in a battle against the Jets

The Patriots took the lead on a touchdown early in the fourth quarter as the team looks to secure a first-round bye.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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After all these years of Boston arguing with New York over which city has the best teams, most of that thrill is gone.

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Incoming state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s partner has been criticized for his social media activity.

Jeff Prokos went through the process of having a tattoo removed by Rob Harris, who runs Disappearing Inc.

Yvonne Abraham

Erasing regret, one dot at a time

This is where mistakes go to die. Or at least to cease proclaiming themselves publicly.

Margaret Burnham, a Northeastern University law professor, supervised a research project into several cases of white conductors in Atlanta killing unarmed black men without repercussions.

A distant mirror to our present pain

Northeastern University students are working to identify every racially linked murder in the South between 1930 and 1970.

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More corporations are enticing employees and former employees to trade their pensions for one-time, lump-sum payouts.

Buzzsaw

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When an episode rewards the scrutiny, it’s a thrill. Here are 10 of Matthew Gilbert’s favorites of the year.

Kate Lynde plays with her children Aria, 3, and Coen, 8 months, in the dining room of their Tewksbury home.

Does anyone use their dining room anymore?

Granny would be intrigued to learn that today’s dining rooms often serve as playrooms, nurseries, or home offices.

Opinion

DANTE RAMOS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/dante_ramos-1175.jpg Rage against the scheduling machine

Relying on faceless algorithms makes it easier for employers to casually jerk workers around.

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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.