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.

12/11/14 Boston, MA: Philip Paul is pictured as he referees a basketball game between Holyoke CC and Roxbury CC at the Reggie Lewis Center. (Globe Staff Photo) section:sports topic:Paul in Roxbury NOTE: PHOTOGRAPHER REQUESTS NO CREDIT

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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.

Clinton faces headwinds as Warren rises

Liberal groups’ support for Senator Elizabeth Warren puts pressure on Hillary Clinton to move further to the left.

Kevin Cullen

A prodigal son, back after 23 years

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

Snow falls in Eastern Mass. before a rainy Christmas

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

Florida police officer shot and killed, officials say

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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21: Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots is tackled by inside linebacker David Harris #52 of the New York Jets during a game at MetLife Stadium on December 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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Patriots look to clinch first-round bye against Jets

Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense struggled early in the game against the Jets’ defense.

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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/bryonhefner[1].jpg PR firm reassigns Rosenberg’s partner to Fla.

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/girls14_60.jpg Ten episodes that stood out in 2014

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.

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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.