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Hospital charges bring a backlash

Patients, angered by surprise surcharges hospitals tack on bills for visits, are challenging these fees — sometimes even refusing to pay.

No fixed standards for gun permits in Mass.

Decisions about who can carry a concealed and loaded handgun vary widely within the state and from police chief to police chief.

New flight paths southwest of Boston are designed to be more efficient and save fuel, but they concentrate air traffic.

Noise worry holds up Logan flight path plans

A Logan flight path, currently spread out over 3 miles, will become much narrower under a proposed plan, and residents under it are worried about noise.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley had a laugh on Sunday while leading Mass at the Santa Maria Della Vittoria in Rome.

Chris Helgren/Reuters

As papal selection nears, O’Malley’s name on many lips

Boston’s archbishop has emerged as a popular favorite, even as many still doubt the princes of the Roman Catholic Church are ready to name an American as pope.

Nara Williams worked in the window seat of her tiny house on the campus of Hampshire College.

In a tiny house, large lessons about life

A Hampshire College senior is spending this semester in a 130-square-foot house to raise questions about ownership, consumption, and sustainable living.

The Nation

Obama hopes to rescue deficit-cutting deal

By Richard W. Stevenson

White House aides have not ruled out some money-saving structural reforms to Medicare that Republicans favor.

Head of New York City Council launches mayoral bid

Surrounded by family and supporters, Christine C. Quinn spoke to the media at the announcement of her mayoral run.

Sunday’s announcement was essentially a formality for Christine C. Quinn, who has spent years preparing a bid for mayor.

Studies tie stress from storms, war to heart risks

Disasters and prolonged stress can raise “fight or flight” hormones that affect things that make heart trouble more likely.

The World

As papal selection nears, O’Malley’s name on many lips

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley had a laugh on Sunday while leading Mass at the Santa Maria Della Vittoria in Rome.

By Lisa Wangsness

Boston’s archbishop has emerged as a popular favorite, even as many still doubt the princes of the Roman Catholic Church are ready to name an American as pope.

Karzai accuses US of destabilizing Afghanistan

Sharp words: President Hamid Karzai accused the United States of trying to keep Afghanistan unsteady to justify a continued US military presence.

By Alissa J. Rubin and Thom Shanker

The Afghan president’s sharp words came after weeks of incidents he views as an affront to the country’s sovereignty.

Syrian regime bombs rebel-held city, killing 14

The UN’s top official for refugee affairs said the number of people fleeing Syria could triple if the war does not end.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | JAMES CARROLL

What Chavez meant to the poor

A woman holds a photo of Hugo Chavez as she waits in line to see his body in Caracas on Thursday.

By James Carroll

Neither Hugo Chavez’s excesses nor his death can disprove what he was right about: the need to grapple with the horrors of mass poverty.

Opinion | JULIETTE KAYYEM

Safety vs. recovery after disasters

Tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

By Juliette Kayyem

As Japan marks the two-year anniversary of the tsunami that brought down a nuclear power plant and left 20,000 dead, there is a strong movement to get all of the country’s nuclear plants working again.

Opinion | Jennifer Graham

Milk’s enablers

By Jennifer Graham

The public continues to support dairy because of the perceived wholesomeness of its wares.

Metro

No fixed standards for gun permits in Mass.

By Brian MacQuarrie

Decisions about who can carry a concealed and loaded handgun vary widely within the state and from police chief to police chief.

Hospital charges bring a backlash

By Liz Kowalczyk

Patients, angered by surprise surcharges hospitals tack on bills for visits, are challenging these fees — sometimes even refusing to pay.

Noise worry holds up Logan flight path plans

New flight paths southwest of Boston are designed to be more efficient and save fuel, but they concentrate air traffic.

By Martine Powers

A Logan flight path, currently spread out over 3 miles, will become much narrower under a proposed plan, and residents under it are worried about noise.

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Adrian Walker

A taxing time for many at UMass

By Adrian Walker

30-40 Plum Island homes vulnerable

By Gal Tziperman Lotan

Westford

Snowboarding teen injured at ski area

By Sarah N. Mattero

Lowell

Police investigate suspicious death

By Sarah N. Mattero

Manchester, N.H.

Car chase ends as suspect runs out of gas

By Jaclyn Reiss

New Bedford

Woman found dead; man arrested

By Evan Allen

Boston

Fire displaces Dorchester residents

By Matt Rocheleau

Science in Mind

Could a bitter compound give clues about asthma?

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Science in Mind

How the brain changes under anesthesia

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

More celebrity news

‘Oz’ is great at box office

Business ǀ Science

Making bread safe for celiacs

Dr. Alessio Fasano, Victoria Kennedy, Dr. Ronald Kleinman, and Dr. Peter Slavin have their picture taken by a Mass. General staff photographer at the Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

By Alix Stuart

Local research is zeroing in on a vaccine to cure the disease, which is triggered by gluten proteins and affects some 3 million Americans.

Tech Lab Plus

Conclave app is popcorn for pope watchers

By Hiawatha Bray

In honor of the first papal conclave of the smartphone era, a developer has cobbled together a new app to let us track the proceedings from start to finish.

N.H. start-up lets users create mass prayers, do fund-raising

Adam Coughlin (left) and Jamie Coughlin are the founders of PlusGrace, a for-profit company that charges 5 percent on donations above $10. Prayer-seeker campaigns are free.

By Michael B. Farrell

The Manchester, N.H., start-up PlusGrace lets users broadcast prayer requests, in hopes that people from around the world will offer their own.

Obituaries

Sophina Coty, 99; Rockport artist was known for her gallery

Mrs. Coty operated her Rockport art gallery for more than 30 years.

By Emma Stickgold

An artist popular for her still-lifes, Mrs. Coty painted, sketched, and drew well into her 90s.

Princess Lilian, 97; waited 33 years to wed Swedish prince

Welsh-born Princess Lilian, shown in 2005, was married to a British actor when she met Prince Bertil in 1943.

By Karl Ritter

Welsh-born Princess Lilian’s decades-long love story with the king’s uncle was one of the better kept secrets of the Swedish royal household.

Jerome Savary, 70; icon of French theater

Mr. Savary led the Opera Comique and the Theatre National de Chaillot.

Mr. Savary, a director who broadened the appeal of theater to French audiences, helped popularize musicals.

Sports

David Ortiz likely to start season on DL

David Ortiz will sit out 5-7 days, calling further into question whether the DH will be ready for Opening Day.

By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox said Ortiz will be shut down for at least five days to allow inflammation in his heels to calm down.

Dan Shaughnessy

Carl Crawford never had it bad in Boston

Carl Crawford complained about treatment from the media in Boston before he was traded to the Dodgers.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Crawford complained that the media was too tough on him in Boston. But he’s wrong. If anything, we went too easy on him.

Jack Parker to step down at BU

Jack Parker has been a coach at BU for 40 years.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

After 894 wins in 40 years, Parker will leave as men’s hockey coach at BU, where a sex-fueled scandal hung over his final season.

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thunder 91, celtics 79

Celtics get dose of reality vs. Thunder

By Baxter Holmes

Celtics Notebook

Kevin Garnett falters vs. Thunder

By Baxter Holmes

red sox notebook

Another good sign for Daniel Bard

By Peter Abraham

Red Sox 6, Rays 2

Red Sox rally to beat Rays

By Peter Abraham

Northeastern 69, George Mason 67

Northeastern moves on after thriller

By Michael Vega

State DivISION 1 Girls’ hockey semifinals

St. Mary’s wins in shootout

By Pat Bradley

super 8 first round

St. John’s Prep bounces Central Catholic

By Alex Hall

Bruins notebook

Bruins’ power play looking much better

By Jason Mastrodonato

BU 5, Northeastern 2

BU women claim Hockey East title

By Barbara Matson

G: Health

Health

Facing the puzzling urge to injure

By Kay Lazar

Despite its prevalence, little is known about why so many young people cut, burn, or otherwise harm themselves to cope with emotions.

Daily Dose

Four ways to use exercise to boost your brain power

By Deborah Kotz

A new study finds that a short burst of exercise right before a mental challenge can significantly boost performance.

Daily Dose

Solution for better sleep: exercise, at any time of day

By Deborah Kotz

The survey of 1,000 adults found vigorous exercisers were almost twice as likely as sedentary people to report that they had a good night’s sleep.

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Health Answers

How much sleep do I need?

By Courtney Humphries

Short White Coat

Reducing health costs: A bitter pill, chewable for doctors

By Dr. Ishani Ganguli

Music REview

Keyboard extremes balanced at early music festival

By Matthew Guerrieri

Album review | ROCK

David Bowie marches to his own beat in ‘The Next Day’

By Sarah Rodman

ALBUM REVIEW | POP

Devendra Banhart, ‘Mala’

By James Reed

Album review | Pop

Megan Hilty, ‘It Happens All the Time’

By Marc Hirsh

Album review | Rock

Bon Jovi, ‘What About Now’

By Scott McLennan

Album review | SOUL

The Delfonics, ‘Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics’

By Martín Caballero

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Monday night television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Chess Notes

Movie Stars

Movie Stars

Dance review

A dance-theater take on noir thriller

By Karen Campbell