Brutality alleged in N.H. teen’s kidnapping

The suspect is accused of repeatedly raping the girl, forcing her to wear a shock collar, and controlling her with a stun gun.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tsarnaev150-7698.jpg 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.

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 worker removed a poster for the movie

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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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/conig150-7703.jpg Charges in pharmacy case indicate US sees crime ring

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/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/truck150-7712.jpg Tractor-trailer crash in Westford causing traffic delays

A Market Basket truck crashed and rolled onto its side early this morning on Route 3.

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.

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.

//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

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.

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.

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.

Opinion

editorial

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/714aa68a7be8429fb8b0e73dba976af7-bfe95ddbfc44479abb93b96c9918d93d-0.jpg New US approach on Cuba is a welcome turning point

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.