State, city wary about City Council pay hike

A proposal by City Council President Bill Linehan seeks to give himself and fellow councilors a 29 percent pay increase this year.

Detective Matt Denis of the Vermont State Police, left, and Trooper Charles Bergeron of the Rhode Island State Police and the search dog Zeus were in the woods near the Higgins Pool in Lawrence.

Search for boy, missing for 38 years, resumes in Lawrence

Authorities conducted the most methodical canine search to date in Lawrence for Andy Puglisi, who was 10 years old when he disappeared in 1976.

City program will boost men, boys of color

Mayor Martin Walsh is introducing Boston’s version of “My Brother’s Keeper.”

4 from New England get MacArthur Foundation grants

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2014 MacArthur Fellows, a prize often referred to as a “genius grant.”

Scott Brown welcomed Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey at the GOP field office in Salem, N.H., on Wednesday before the two hit the campaign trail together. Christie endorsed Brown in his race with Jeanne Shaheen.

Scott Brown receives Christie’s backing in N.H.

Chris Christie offered effusive praise for the US Senate candidate while in New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Judicial nominee Joshua Wall.

Judicial nominee Joshua Wall faces questions at hearing

The Superior Court nominee is opposed by defense attorneys and prisoners rights groups.

Despite recent troubles, state hospital remains accredited

The national agency that accredits mental health facilities has decided not to downgrade Bridgewater’s professional status.

Judge in Sampson case could issue sanctions against lawyer

Gary Lee Sampson’s defense lawyer, Danalyn Recer, is accused of violating a previous court order in the high-profile case.

// Blackstone officials to discuss fate of squalid home

Town officials are scheduled to meet next week to discuss the fate of the squalid residence.

Leadership changes announced at Sex Offender Registry Board

In an abrupt move, the state shook up the top leadership of the board Wednesday.

Abby Hernandez might have been held in this container unit next to Nat Kibby’s home in Gorham, N.H.

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Ways of N.H. kidnapping suspect remain under scrutiny

Nat Kibby has had numerous run-ins with the law, and also has a personal history of erratic behavior.

Workers attended to horses at Suffok Downs.

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As Suffolk Downs winds down, an end to a way of life

Many of the people who work at the track can’t imagine doing anything else. But now they’ll have to.

Two Fitchburg residents watched the activity before a race at Suffolk Downs, which is expected to close after the Gaming Commission chose rival Wynn Resorts for a Boston-area casino license.

For Suffolk Downs, days are numbered

The track’s fate was sealed earlier this week when the state’s gambling commissioners chose a rival plan in Everett over the proposal to save the track with a casino.

Wynn’s team officially signed the contract Wednesday morning.

Mohegan Sun says licensing process was ‘defective’

Mohegan Sun said the gaming panel gave Wynn more chances to address deficiencies in its casino proposal.

Martin Walsh was given a framed genealogist report on his family heritage by Rachel Kelly, the founder of ifest, an Irish festival that is coming to Boston.

‘The mayor is coming!’ Ireland relishes visit by Walsh

Martin Walsh will return to Ireland Friday for his first visit since being elected mayor of Boston.

Caption: Adult males from the Ngogo community in Uganda, studied since 1995, listening to vocalizations from distant members of a rival community.

Study suggests violence is an evolutionary adaptation

Chimpanzee research suggests the unsavory side of human nature appears to be something we share with our closest ape relatives.

American journalist James Foley was killed by Islamic State militants.

Kerry vows better treatment for families of hostages

The family of an American hostage killed by Islamic militants said the US government offered little active support.

Lauren Leeman, at left, sought out undecided voters in Scotland.

Massachusetts native stumps for ‘Yes’ vote in Scotland

Lauren Leeman moved to Edinburgh because she fell in love with the place, and is now pushing for independence.

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The 2014 race for governor

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Arrest of Aaron Hernandez



Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is charged with the murder of Dorchester man Odin Lloyd, whose body was found near Hernandez’s home.