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Teen charged in shooting death of younger brother in Mattapan

Police investigating the fatal shooting of a Mattapan boy outside the Morton Street home where he was shot.

A 9-year-old boy was killed by his 14-year-old brother who was playing with a gun inside the family’s home.

Search for solutions focuses on getting guns off streets

With another child shot to death in Boston, officials, ministers, and activists are grappling with what, if anything, can be done to stop the shootings.

Thousands of employees affected by Harvard tax mistake

Officials said that a mistake led some employees to pay taxes on income they did not receive — to the tune of millions of dollars.

A clock at the MBTA’s Mass. Avenue Orange Line station lets riders know how long it will be until the next train arrives.

Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe

Timing is right for T riders, businesses

Countdown clocks give commuters an idea of whether they have time to stop by food and coffee shops.

The Nation

NSA collection of phone data on the decline

The National Security Agency program began without court or congressional approval after the 9/11 attacks.

By Ellen Nakashima

The explosion in cellphone use was cited by current and former US officials as a reason behind the drop.

Mother’s half-sister charged with taking baby in Wis.

The infant was found in single-digit temperatures in a storage crate at an Iowa gas station.

By Todd Richmond and Ryan J. Foley

Police discovered the infant in a storage crate outside an Iowa gas station, alive and well in single-digit weather.

Obama signs $956b farm bill, lauds rural gains

By Michael D. Shear

President Obama said the legislation would give more Americans “a shot at opportunity” in the years ahead.

The World

Syrian government says it will stay in peace talks

At least 58 people, mostly women, children, and the elderly, were evacuated from a neighborhood in Homs on Friday.

By Ben Hubbard and Rick Gladstone

The announcement came as civilians trapped in a rebel-controlled part of Homs began trickling out under a deal negotiated by the UN.

Would-be hijacker captured after trying to divert to Sochi

The man detained in the hijack attempt shouted that he had a bomb on the plane.

By Suzan Fraser

A Ukrainian man was arrested after a negotiator persuaded him to first allow women and children to be evacuated, officials said.

US insists on Ukraine reforms

Antigovernment protesters attended a Mass in Kiev’s Independence Square on Friday.

By Jim Heintz

Washington is willing to consider financial aid only if the country undertakes reforms, a top US diplomat said.

Editorial & Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

CVS tobacco ban just the start. Next: soda

CVS has announced it will no longer sell tobacco products.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

There are other dangerous products that should go behind the counter when the wall of cancer sticks comes down.

LAWRENCE HARMON

Treating gang violence as mental illness

By Lawrence Harmon

What exactly is the mental process that drives young men to kill and maim on the streets of Boston?

JOAN WICKERSHAM

The hands that hold us up

By Joan Wickersham

The aides: We don’t think about them until we need them. Then we think about them all the time.

More Stories

letters | Fontbonne Academy rescinds job offer to gay cook

Discrimination against gays betrays church’s social values

letters | Fontbonne Academy rescinds job offer to gay cook

Catholic schools have the right to uphold Catholic beliefs

letters | Fontbonne Academy rescinds job offer to gay cook

End tax breaks for groups that violate basic norms of humane treatment

letters | next stop, Dukakis Station?

Rail station’s name a link to history

letters | next stop, Dukakis Station?

Please, no more confusing names

Metro

Teen charged in shooting death of younger brother in Mattapan

Police investigating the fatal shooting of a Mattapan boy outside the Morton Street home where he was shot.

By Peter Schworm, Meghan Irons and Maria Cramer

A 9-year-old boy was killed by his 14-year-old brother who was playing with a gun inside the family’s home.

Search for solutions focuses on getting guns off streets

By David Abel

With another child shot to death in Boston, officials, ministers, and activists are grappling with what, if anything, can be done to stop the shootings.

Timing is right for T riders, businesses

A clock at the MBTA’s Mass. Avenue Orange Line station lets riders know how long it will be until the next train arrives.

By Martine Powers

Countdown clocks give commuters an idea of whether they have time to stop by food and coffee shops.

More Stories

SAUGUS

Body is discovered in Saugus River

By Jacqueline Tempera

Business

Weak US jobs report still provides cause for hope

Job seekers lined up to meet prospective employers at a career fair last month in Dallas.

By Christopher S. Rugaber and Paul Wiseman

Solid hiring last month in manufacturing and construction point to underlying strength in the economy.

In Boston speech, Volcker takes aim at income inequality

By Beth Healy

Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker said the gap in earnings presents one of the economy’s greatest challenges.

Senate panel to question Deloitte, state officials on IT contracts

By Megan Woolhouse

Deloitte, a New York firm, has built troubled computer systems for the state.

Obituaries

Maxine Kumin, 88; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Poet Maxine Kumin was content in her garden at her New Hampshire home in 1999.

By Bryan Marquard

The then-Newton resident was awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for “Up Country.”

Rene Ricard, poet, critic, and general bon vivant; 67

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Ricard was known for his wickedness and his wit, and his astute and perfervid opinions on art and literature.

Arthur Rankin Jr., 89; brought Rudolph, Santa to TV

The classic “Animagic” special featured the voice talents of Burl Ives and Gene Autry.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Rankin created a canon of children’s holiday television, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Sports

Hannah Kearney, the gold standard in moguls

Hannah Kearney finished first in the qualifying for moguls Thursday. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

By Shira Springer

The Vermont native, a model of consistency, is favored to repeat her success from the last Winter Games.

Olympic notebook: NHL must give its answer on 2018 soon

A Czech Republic men's hockey player guided the puck around the goal during a training session Saturday. The IOC wants to know soon whether the NHL will allow its players to participate in the 2018 games.

By John Powers

The IOC wants to know whether the world’s elite players will participate in South Korea in 2018.

Roundup: Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth tied for lead at Pebble Beach

Jimmy Walker hits out of the bunker on the 14th hole at Spyglass Hill during his bogey-free round of 3-under 69.

A pair of Texans thrived Friday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, despite a deluge of wind and rain.

G: Family

A geek’s guide to Valentine’s day

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Here are some tips for gamer nerds and fandom freaks on going out, staying in, and gifts.

From the Archives

The Boston, Revere Beach, and Lynn Railroad

By Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

On Jan. 27, 1940, the Boston, Revere Beach, and Lynn Railroad ended its service after 65 years of moving passengers along the coastline.

Photography reviews

At UMass Amherst, rooms with a view

Photographs by Lynne Cohen in her “False Clues’’ show include “Untitled (Astroturf).”

By Mark Feeney

Lynn Cohen’s images at UMass captivate with secrets that they refuse to reveal.