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Winchester police warn residents about mountain lion sightings

Despite the town's stance that a mountain lion is on the loose, state officials remain skeptical.

An architect’s rendering of the Government Center MBTA Station.

Government Center closing for 2 years for upgrades

The T station, which closed Saturday, will reopen in spring 2016 after an $82 million overhaul.

The Ukraine flag flies from a tree in Kiev, whose central square looks like a military encampment.

For Kiev militiaman, battle for his country has just begun

“We can’t budge . . . because if we do, in two days Putin’s tanks will be here,” said Alexander Kononko.

FBI agent cleared in shooting of Todashev

Ibragim Todashev (left) was shot and killed by an FBI agent last year at his apartment in Orlando, Fla.

Left: AP; Right: EPA

The FBI and a Florida prosecutor have cleared an agent in last year’s shooting death, according to two officials.

Rachel Kemp, with Charlie Baker at a preconvention rally in Hyde Park, has been reaching out to communities of color.

Mass. GOP works to broaden its base

The Republican Party is hoping to tap into disaffected voters in urban areas, traditionally a weak spot.

The Nation

US judge voids Mich. ban on gay marriage

The case was brought by April DeBoer (second left) and Jayne Rowse, nurses who each adopted children.

By Erik Eckholm

“The guarantee of equal protection must prevail,” wrote District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman.

Racial disparities remain in schools, federal data show

By Kimberly Hefling

The education system is rife with inequities for blacks and other minority students as well as those with disabilities.

Media shield law has enough votes in Senate, Chuck Schumer says

“There is no First Amendment right for gathering information,” said Senator Chuck Schumer.

By Donna Cassata

The senator also said the bill, which would protect reporters from revealing confidential sources, has the backing of the Obama administration.

The World

For Kiev militiaman, battle for his country has just begun

The Ukraine flag flies from a tree in Kiev, whose central square looks like a military encampment.

By David Filipov

“We can’t budge . . . because if we do, in two days Putin’s tanks will be here,” said Alexander Kononko.

China, Japan, Britain join search for airliner

A crew member on a Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft scanned the ocean  for signs of debris.

By Michelle Innis and Chris Buckley

The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet has fostered an alliance amid regional tensions.

Putin cements control of Crimea, shrugs off fallout

Russian President Vladimir Putin completed the annexation of Crimea.

By Steven Lee Myers and Alan Cowell

The Russian president signed into law bills passed by Parliament reclaiming the contested province from Ukraine.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Oliver Stone and Mark Weisbrot

Obama wrong to isolate Venezuela

An antigovernment demonstrator stood with a ribbon covering her mouth during a protest in front of an office of the Organization of American States in Caracas.

By Oliver Stone and Mark Weisbrot

The Obama administration seems surrealistically unaware that this is a different hemisphere than it was 15 years ago.

Derrick Z. Jackson

A diminished surgeon general post

Dr. Vivek Murthy’s nomination to be US surgeon general is opposed by the NRA.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Since C. Everett Koop, what surgeon general has been allowed to call upon the country for anything?

opinion | Linda Bilmes

Boots on the budget

By Linda Bilmes

Personnel costs need to be part of the equation for cuts to the military’s budget.

Metro

FBI agent cleared in shooting of Todashev

Ibragim Todashev (left) was shot and killed by an FBI agent last year at his apartment in Orlando, Fla.

By Maria Sacchetti and Leon Neyfakh

The FBI and a Florida prosecutor have cleared an agent in last year’s shooting death, according to two officials.

Winchester police warn residents about mountain lion sightings

By Billy Baker and Catalina Gaitan

Despite the town's stance that a mountain lion is on the loose, state officials remain skeptical.

FBI, Florida prosecutor clear agent in shooting of Ibragim Todashev, friend of Tsarnaev, officials say

By Maria Sacchetti

The FBI has cleared a federal agent in Boston in the fatal shooting of a friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev last year in Orlando, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.The same officials said a Florida prosecutor conducting a separate investigation into the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, last May had also concluded that the agent committed no wrongdoing. But hours later, the prosecutor denied that he had made a final decision, though his office said on Thursday that he would release his final report on Tuesday.A spokesman for state prosecutor Jeffrey L. Ashton said Ashton planned to review the investigative materials this weekend and make a decision by Monday.The FBI has cleared a federal agent in Boston in the fatal shooting of a friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev last year in Orlando, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.The same officials said a Florida prosecutor conducting a separate investigation into the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, last May had also concluded that the agent committed no wrongdoing. But hours later, the prosecutor denied that he had made a final decision, though his office said on Thursday that he would release his final report on Tuesday.A spokesman for state prosecutor Jeffrey L. Ashton said Ashton planned to review the investigative materials this weekend and make a decision by Monday.

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Bulger defense lawyers charge government $2.7m

By Shelley Murphy and Martin Finucane

Rhode Island speaker’s work, home raided in probe

By Erika Niedowski, David Klepper and Michelle R. Smith

PORTLAND, Maine

Maine tribe unhappy with elver legislation

By David Sharp

Business

Canada OKs Biogen Idec drug for treatment of hemophilia B

Biogen Idec’s Kendall Square headquarters.

By Robert Weisman

The approval by Health Canada sets the stage for an FDA decision on whether to allow Alprolix into the larger US market.

Market showed skepticism toward Globoforce

By Kyle Alspach

The firm cited unfavorable “market conditions” when it said it was shelving this week’s IPO.

Pepe’s pizza could be headed for Boston

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is famous for the white clam pizza.

By Taryn Luna

The New Haven pizza institution is eyeing real estate in Boston and advertising to hire local managers.

Obituaries

Tony Benn, devoted British socialist; at 88

Former Labor politician Tony Benn (seated) attended a protest in central London in 2011.

By Cassandra Vinograd

Mr. Benn irritated and fascinated Britons through a political career spanning more than five decades.

Randolph Thrower, 100; IRS chief under Nixon

Randolph Thrower in 1970, during his time leading IRS.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Thrower clashed with Nixon’s White House over appointments and efforts to punish political enemies.

David Sive, 91; father of environmental law

By Margalit Fox

Well before 1970, Mr. Sive had begun working to preserve wild areas across the country from pollution and development.

Sports

Bruins 2, Avalanche 0

Bruins extend tear, clinch playoff spot

Patrice Bergeron celebrated his goal in the second period.

By Amalie Benjamin

Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg scored the goals against the Avalanche in the Bruins’ 11th straight victory.

Nets 114, Celtics 98

Celtics appear defenseless

Andray Blatche scored over the Celtics in the first half.

By Baxter Holmes

The Celtics lost for the sixth time in seven games, falling to 23-47 for the season after Friday’s game against the Nets.

Christopher L. Gasper

UMass still dancing in the right direction

UMass forward Maxie Esho watched as the seconds tick away on his team’s season.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Making the tournament for the first time since 1998 was a significant step forward for the Minutemen.

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RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Grady Sizemore being seen as an everyday player

By Peter Abraham

TENNESSEE 86, UMASS 67

UMass bounced out of NCAA Tournament

By Michael Whitmer

bruins notebook

Dennis Seidenberg has remote chance at playoff return

By Amalie Benjamin

Hockey East | UMass-Lowell 4, Notre Dame 0

UMass-Lowell clamps down on Notre Dame

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

on basketball

Veteran Nets are peaking at the right time

By Gary Washburn

celtics notebook

Brad Stevens has ties to NCAA darling Mercer

By Baxter Holmes

hockey east notebook

Connor Hellebuyck adds to blank account

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

hockey east | unh 3, providence 1

UNH knocks out Providence

By Michael Vega

Mercer 78, Duke 71

Seniors help Mercer stun Duke

By Joedy McCreary

Stephen F. Austin 77, VCU 75

Stephen F. Austin shocks fifth-seeded VCU in overtime

By John Marshall

NCAA Tournament | Michigan State vs. Harvard, 8:40 p.m. Saturday

Tom Izzo, Tommy Amaker share mutual respect

By Julian Benbow

NCAA WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT

Duke women’s coach feels snubbed by seeding

By Steve Reed

ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kevin Ollie is comfortable replacing a UConn legend

By Joe Sullivan

G: Family

‘Skate & Read’ blends hockey lessons and reading goals

After a Methuen Fun Hockey League practice, Luke Henry and his 6-year-old twin brother, Gavin, look through stack of books brought in by town librarians as part of the league’s Skate & Read program.

By Joseph P. Kahn

The innovative, Methuen-based program combines rigorous but not-too-serious hockey instruction and encourages schoolchildren to read more.

At Oberon, all the world’s a boy band

Anthony Masters, Jacob Sherburne, and Troy Barboza rehearse a dance number from “Sexyback: or what you will.”

By Christopher Muther

“Sexyback: or what you will” is a not-exactly-classic alliance between the music of ’N Sync, New Kids on the Block, and the story of “Twelfth Night.”

Music Review

Much to admire from Mehta

Zubin Mehta led the Israel Philharmonic in Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony on Wednesday.

By Jeffrey Gantz

Zubin Mehta led the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Anton Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony on Wednesday. It didn’t exactly storm heaven, but it did move with a Schubertian grace.

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