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Menino takes on Boston buildings’ energy use

Mayor Thomas M. Menino is proposing a new law that would require commercial building owners to report annual energy and water use to the city.

Patrick Burke’s group You Can Play recruits athletes to fight gay bashing.

Group hopes to take homophobia out of sports

Boston-based You Can Play wants to make sports a friendlier place for gay athletes by fighting the acceptance of homophobic slurs.

Mass. man fights UK extradition in poisoning

A 21-year-old from Princeton is fighting extradition to the United ­Kingdom for allegedly trying to murder a fellow student at Scotland’s prestigious St. Andrews University.

At least three car bombs, including one near the downtown headquarters of President Bashar Assad’s ruling party, exploded in the Syrian capital on Thursday.

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At least 72 are killed in Damascus car bombings

At least three car bombs, including one near the downtown headquarters of President Bashar Assad’s ruling party, exploded in the Syrian capital Thursday.

Maura McCormick visits a Salem Five branch; some customers rely on call center staffers like Jennifer Silveira.

Seeking a higher rate? Bank won’t always steer you online

Salem Five is one of more than a dozen banks across the country that have separate Internet banking units that offer sharply higher savings account rates online.

Edward J. Markey says the US Constitution must be amended to void the Citizens United decision.

Edward Markey holds firm on his analogy to slavery ruling

Several black ministers called the Senate candidate’s comments inappropriate, but said they wouldn’t judge him solely on the remarks.