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Appeals Court rules that father who physically abused former wife should get custody of children

The court said the case was not about punishing past bad deeds, but about doing what was best for the children.

Crime-spree suspect from Southbridge returning to Mass.

Gregory Lewis went on a cross-country crime spree before being captured in upstate New York.

In Providence, Obama plugs policies for women

President Obama said policies that ease financial and other burdens on women will help make the economy stronger overall.

Six Mass. hospitals agree to handle Ebola patients

The hospitals have agreed to treat Ebola patients should any with the virus surface in the state, officials said.

Helicopter intercepted in restricted R.I. airspace

The helicopter was out of communication and flying in airspace that was restricted because of a visit by President Obama, officials said.

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Across the city, tears and memories of Menino flow

Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina, left, hugged city hall employee Nicole Leo in the Council offices.

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To many Bostonians, Thomas Menino had seemed invincible, a fighter who repeatedly survived serious illnesses.

Yvonne Abraham

// Tom Menino was a master of the heart

His greatness was in the follow-through after critical moments.

Adrian Walker

// Menino went from accidental mayor to transformative figure

Menino became acting mayor by the slimmest of margins, winning the job as council president by a mere vote.


// In Hyde Park, memories of Menino’s empathy for the fringe

Neighbors talked about him like he was one of the few people with real power who really cared about them.

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The 2014 election

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Kevin Cullen

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Thomas Farragher

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// Patrick’s legacy shows dents

As the candidates running for governor try to match his electoral success, Deval Patrick gets mixed reviews from voters.

Special Report: The Longest Road


At 17, the shadow fell: a devastating diagnosis of mental illness. Trouble, hospital, home, into the depths again. Now, he aims to make his way back.

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.