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Elizabeth Warren’s ‘A Fighting Chance’: An exclusive excerpt on the foreclosure crisis

Senator recalls an unsettling conversation from the depths of the mortgage crisis.

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Make a great home brew and become a pro

Several local contests are giving home brewers the chance to put their batches up for some serious critique.

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Session IPAs just in time for warmer weather

This summer, several major breweries are releasing session IPAs marketed as hoppy, flavorful beers you can take to the beach or drink with lunch.

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Boston firefighters would see 18.8% pay hike

The six-year pact, which firefighters are expected to vote on next week, would cost the city $92.4 million, according to officials.

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AG hopeful has promoted online gambling

As he seeks the Democratic nomination for attorney general, Warren Tolman talks about his working-class roots, his two prior runs for statewide office, and his tenure in the Legislature.

What does not come up as often is the work he did for roughly two years promoting technology that would make betting more appealing to young people.

On Monday morning, Tolman was listed as director of business development at Fast Strike Games, which specializes “in the design of interactive games that are fun, easy to play and offer large prizes.” The Quincy firm promotes its games as playable on social media and mobile devices. It hopes to join with state lotteries to run cash-payout fantasy sports games.

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Demise of 5 cherished ducks brings a trail of human turmoil

A complicated saga has ensued after N.H. state representative David Campbell ran over a flock of ducks at a Nashua hotel.

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Hacker group Anonymous targets Children’s Hospital

The hospital was hit by a series of attacks apparently in response to its involvement in the Justina Pelletier custody case.

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Top grads from Boston art schools

A look at some of the most promising of this year’s master of fine arts candidates from local programs.

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Afghan election brings fresh hope

After 12 years of poor leadership, corruption, and violence, Afghanistan is getting a badly needed second chance.

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Measles off to a fast start, as cases trend up

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are worried about recent US measles outbreaks that so far have caused more illnesses than at the same point of any year since 1996.

Authorities say 129 cases in 13 states were reported by mid-April, the bulk of them in California and New York City. Most were triggered by travelers who caught the virus abroad and spread it in the United States among unvaccinated people. Many of the travelers had been to the Philippines, where a recent measles epidemic has caused at least 20,000 illnesses.

The U.S. numbers remain relatively tiny, but officials are worried to see case counts growing.

Since 2000, the highly contagious disease has been considered eliminated in the United States, aside from occasional small outbreaks sparked by overseas travelers. For most of the last decade, the nation was seeing only about 60 cases a year.

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SEC urges Nevada judge to move TelexFree case to Mass.

The bankruptcy case involves a Marlborough company that is accused of running a $1 billion Ponzi scheme.

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‘As You Like It’ a comic ramble in the woods

Robert Walsh directs a fluid, funny production of “As You Like It” in Medford by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project.

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Dream big, but get investors

The Cambridge “Shark Tank” tryout was a reminder that capital for business innovation often occurs far beyond the confines of venture capital and traditional banking.

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Companies try to cash in on natural beverage boom with maple water

Businesses saw coconut water explode into a $150 million a year phenomena. Now they are banking on maple water as the next big thing.

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Israel walks away from peace talks after Palestinian overture to terrorist group

In another major setback for Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s peacemaking efforts in the Middle East, the government of Israel on Thursday broke off US-brokered talks after Palestinian leaders announced a “unity pact” with one of the leading anti-Israel terrorist groups. The surprise Israeli move was the most ominous sign yet that Kerry’s nine-month attempt at personal diplomacy, which faces a crucial deadline next week, may founder.

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Debate simmers over whether to retire New Bedford elephants

Many cannot imagine Buttonwood Park Zoo without Ruth and Emily, but advocates want the Asian elephants to live out their lives in a sanctuary.

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Boston Board of Health votes to close city-run methadone clinic and transfer patients

More than 400 opiate addicts in Boston who receive daily doses of methadone from a city-run clinic on Frontage Road will be steered to a private, for-profit facility by summer.

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In ‘Sila,’ perspectives on climate change inspired by the Arctic

The world premiere of the first of Chantal Bilodeau’s planned eight-play cycle opens at the Central Square Theater.

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Northeastern to offer business innovation degree

Northeastern University is launching a one-year graduate program focused on business innovation that working professionals can take on weekends.

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Soprano Voigt forges her own path forward

Deborah Voigt is still an opera singer, yet she’s entered a phase in which opera performance is taking something of a back seat to other projects.

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