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Perry says he regrets calling for elimination of Energy Department

Rick Perry says that after being briefed on ‘‘so many of the vital functions’’ of the department, he regrets his earlier recommendation.

Pruitt, testifying to lead EPA, criticizes environmental rules

Pruitt criticized federal rules protecting air and water and addressing climate change, and forcefully advocated a states’ rights approach to environmental regulation.

Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward

A study could take up to two years, but the study notice can be withdrawn if Boasberg were to eventually rule that ETP has permission for the crossing, Army attorneys said.

Earth sets heat record for third straight year

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that’s now gone.

Denver starts work on allowing pot in public, a first in US

Denver is starting work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the nation to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries.

Trump budget nominee failed to pay $15,000 in taxes related to household employee

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the White House budget office, Representative Mick Mulvaney, failed to pay more than $15,000 in state and federal employment taxes for a household employee, according to a disclosure form obtained by The Washington Post.

JFK: 50 Years Later

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A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Globe Investigations

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FILE - This Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, shows a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline under construction near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the oil pipeline, asked a a federal judge on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Federal study on Dakota Access pipeline to move forward

A study could take up to two years, but the study notice can be withdrawn if Boasberg were to eventually rule that ETP has permission for the crossing, Army attorneys said.

Gay marriage in the US

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In the early 1970s, there were zero states banning or allowing same-sex marriage. Now it’s legal nationwide, and all bans have been overturned.

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A live stream of Instagram posts from The Boston Globe photo department.