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Children’s Hospital reports progress on asthma

Hospitalizations for asthma have been dramatically cut by a program that helps families reduce the conditions that trigger attacks.

Banks face backlash as they bid for top sites

Across the region, financial institutions are gobbling up prime commercial spaces, edging out other merchants and sparking protests from businesses, neighbors, and local officials.

Iran heats up foreign policy talk on campaign trail

Iran’s development of a nuclear program, and the stance the US should take, is emerging as a focal point between President Obama and his Republican challengers.

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett took to the practice field yesterday at the team’s new $78 million Fenway South complex in Fort Myers, Fla., as pitchers and catchers reported for spring training.

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On baseball

It’s a start, at least, by Josh Beckett

The Red Sox righthander admitted to lapses in judgment last year but said his biggest mistake was not pitching well down the stretch.

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From depths of the Charles, an endangered species surfaces

An Atlantic sturgeon, an ancient, endangered species of fish, was spotted in the Charles River, delighting aquatic specialists, who said sturgeon are fighting for their survival.