Missing Afghan soldiers detained at Canadian border

The three men went missing from a training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod over the weekend.

 Governor Deval Patrick, shown Monday at an early childhood learning center in Quincy, defended his decision to remove two members of the Sex Offender Registry Board.

Patrick ousts two, with the motive partly personal

Governor Deval Patrick said the sex offender registry officials’ problems included the handling of a case involving his brother-in-law.

Casino law ad focuses on jobs

The first television spot defending the state casino law debuts Tuesday and highlights the benefits of a casino in Springfield.

Grants for research get scarcer

With federal research funding flat lining even the best in their fields have to court new sources of support.

Delay in marijuana outlets is decried

Some seeking access to medical marijuana said they may sue the state government over delays in opening dispensaries.

Scott Brown attacks Jeanne Shaheen in new TV spot

Brown argues that Shaheen is not properly engaged on one of the major foreign policy issues of our time: the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Lauren LaFortune (left) of Winchester sailed off North Beach in Chatham. Kate E. Iaquinto (right), a marine biologist at the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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On Monomoy Beach, it’s kiteboarders vs. piping plovers

Federal authorities want to ban the sport on the beach, saying the plovers perceive the kites as predatory birds, prompting them to abandon their eggs.

Carlos Ramos (left) and Francisca Alvarado, immigrants from El Salvador, have permission to stay in the United States, but immigration officials are trying to deport their son Carlos (with his back to camera).

US deporting children of parents allowed to stay

The Obama administration is deporting the children of adults they have allowed to remain in the United States.

Charlie Baker calls for Roger Goodell to quit

After days of criticism from Democrats for failing to take a strong position, Charlie Baker called for the NFL commissioner to resign.

The fire in Hyannis where an 8-year-old child died.

Boy, 8, is killed in shed fire in Hyannis

Authorities don’t believe the fire to be suspicious and said the death was likely an accident.

Tony Woo was killed in 2011.

Defendant in slaying in Ipswich pleads guilty

One of three men accused of stabbing an Ipswich restaurant owner to death in 2011 pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two other charges.

 Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s visit to Ireland was heralded with signs such as this one displayed in the village of Rosmuc in County Galway in Ireland. Walsh’s father was born here.

Walsh to import Ireland’s heritage tourism model

Mayor Martin Walsh of Boston that he wants to increase tourism in Boston by replicating Ireland’s commitment to its cultural heritage.

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.

The 2014 race for governor

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