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Backlog follows parole overhaul

Governor Patrick’s revamped Parole Board has voted to grant early release to 17 serious criminal offenders, but has not notified any of the inmates or the victims’ families.

Cardinal heads to a changing Cuba

When Cardinal Sean O’Malley first visited Cuba in the early 1980s, he made sure to meet with priests in loud, crowded areas, knowing that the government had likely bugged rooms in the church. Outside of the elderly, anyone who tried to attend church services would receive a swift and sure warning to reconsider. “Police would tap you on the shoulder and say ‘I don’t think this is a good idea,’ ’’ O’Malley recalled this week. “They made life impossible for you.’’

A vehicle crossing in Kyrgyzstan has monitors to detect nuclear materials that could fall into the hands of terrorists.

Nuclear security effort faces uncertain future

Obama administration officials want to cut funding for a major nuclear smuggling project by 65 percent.

Amanda Johnson at her workstation at the TripAdvisor office in Newton.

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Many employees abandon sitting while working

Once quirky outliers in the office, employees who prefer to stand at their desks and in meetings are multiplying in corporate America, and companies that supply office goods are reporting sales of height-adjustable furniture up significantly. Office workers who stand up report improved posture, increased productivity and a stronger body core, and recent studies found that desk workers who stood during the workday had less stress and increased flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.

Foxborough, Krafts battle over billboards

A dispute over who controls two billboards near Gillette Stadium has damaged the 27-year relationship between the town’s government and The Kraft Group.