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Buses return, but city stays wary

A one-day strike by school bus drivers was halted Wednesday as buses rolled throughout Boston, but city officials warned that the labor dispute remained volatile.

Labor disputes land like 1-2 punch in Boston mayor’s race

The simmering disputes cast a spotlight on state Representative Martin Walsh, the longtime union leader turned mayoral candidate.

Shutdown splits foes of medical device tax

While Mass. congressional delegation members are against the federal medical device tax, they won’t break ranks with President Obama to repeal it.

Harvard chemistry professor Martin Karplus was one of the three to receive the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

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Harvard professor’s lifelong curiosity leads to Nobel Prize

It was the simple parental desire to avoid having two boys blow stuff up in the basement of their Newton home that helped set Martin Karplus on a path that culminated Wednesday in science’s most prestigious prize: the Nobel. After Karplus begged his parents for a chemistry set like the one his brother, Robert, was using to create all kinds of awful smells and small explosions, they gave him a microscope instead.

Peter Thiel offers $100,000 to young achievers to hone their ideas with his organization.

At MIT event, group entices students to ditch school

A group started by PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel wants to persuade budding entrepreneurs that college is a waste of money and they should start businesses instead.

The Nation

Study seeks to predict climate tipping points

By Justin Gillis

Scientists calculated that by 2047, plus or minus five years, the average temperatures will be hotter at any time in the past.

Charity to pay benefits to families of service members killed

By Jennifer Steinhauer

The Pentagon said it would contract with a charity group to provide benefits to the families of service members killed in action.

In Ohio, abortion restrictions add up

A patient recovered at Preterm, a nonprofit abortion clinic, in Cleveland. A series of new laws in Ohio aim to discourage abortions without violating Supreme Court guidelines.

By Erik Eckholm

Ohio has become a laboratory for passing rules designed to push the boundaries of Supreme Court guidelines on abortion without flagrantly violating them.

The World

Trial of Egypt’s Morsi to start in November

By Sarah El Deeb

The charged trial of Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi will begin Nov. 4, almost four months after the country’s first democratically elected president was toppled, authorities said.

Kerry pledges US support for Southeast Asia

Secretary of State John Kerry appeared with Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his wife Queen Saleha.

By Anne Gearan

Secretary of State John Kerry apologized Wednesday for President Obama’s absence at a gathering that has become a testing ground for US outreach to Southeast Asian nations.

Political drama plays out in public in Iran

By Ali Akbar Dareini

A cascade of events suggested there was no end in sight to the ideological skirmishes following President Hassan Rouhani’s outreach to the US.

Editorial & Opinion


Shutdown diminishes US as a global power

By Nicholas Burns

We are a great nation with a historic role in the world. But we won’t be great if we consign ourselves to not being fully ready to conduct business here and abroad.


The two David Kochs

David Koch

By Joan Vennochi

David Koch wept for researchers in need of day care at MIT as he donated millions to the school, but he doesn’t seem to care about people in need of medical care.

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Do all doggies go to heaven?

A dog attended a service before getting blessed in British Columbia on Sunday.

By Alex Beam

Do animals have souls? Religious authorities disagree. But sometimes our animals are welcomed in church all the same.


Menino takes what could be a last stand

Mayor Thomas M. Menino made it known that while his tenure at City Hall may be nearing an end, he remains fully in charge.

By Michael Levenson

Mayor Tom Menino stormed back into public view this week with characteristic bully-pulpit belligerence, sending the message that he remains fully in charge.

Yvonne Abraham

An unstable living situation

By Yvonne Abraham

If only Olnick Organization were as nice to Mary Eisenhart, 91, and residents of Warren Hall in Brighton as it is to a wealthy, ethically iffy congressman from Harlem.

Voter registration drive targets homeless

At the Pine Street Inn, Daniel Farquharson, 58, registered to vote for the first time in his life.

By Jeremy C. Fox

Advocates for the homeless are working to ensure that voters with no permanent address make their voices heard.

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Buses return, but city stays wary

By James Vaznis and Meghan E. Irons


Yellen’s nomination signals continuity

Janet Yellen, if confirmed by the Senate, would become the first woman to head the Federal Reserve.

By Megan Woolhouse

Janet Yellen, vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve since 2010, is a key architect of the extraordinary steps taken by the Fed to spur the economy.

Ariad curtails leukemia drug trial on clot risk

By Robert Weisman

Shares of the biotech company tumbled nearly 66 percent after it disclosed that data showed some patients suffered blood clots in an earlier trial.

Tech Lab

New Kindle Fire a cozy option for book lovers

The Kindle Fire HDX’s smartest feature, Mayday, delivers an instant cry for help to Amazon tech support.

By Hiawatha Bray

For casual users, the Fire HDX’s walled garden of carefully chosen apps and services will feel warm and cozy, like Downton Abbey at Christmas.

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Men’s Wearhouse shuns $2.3b deal

By Anne D’Innocenzio

around the region

Verax raises $12m for platelet test

By Chris Reidy

Health care law deadline updated

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar


Padraic Spence, 70; was a teacher in and out of class

Mr. Spence rode his bike on the Tour de France routes after serving in the Army.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Spence, of West Stockbridge, must have been the only Harvard graduate driving an 18-wheel milk tanker truck around the Berkshires in the early 1970s.

Andy Pafko, 4-time baseball all-star; at 92

Mr. Pafko was a teammate of Jackie Robinson with Brooklyn from 1951 to ‘52.

By Dinesh Ramde

Mr. Pafko was the famously forlorn outfielder who watched Bobby Thomson’s ‘‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’’ sail over the wall.

Patrice Chereau, 68; was French opera, theater director

Mr. Chereau’s production of ‘‘Elektra’’ is scheduled for the 2015-16 Met season.

Mr. Chereau was renowned for his cutting-edge productions.


on baseball

A’s or Tigers - which is better matchup for Red Sox?

Whether the Red Sox end up facing Detroit or Oakland, one thing is for sure — take regular-season statistics and toss them.

By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox will face stiff challenges from either Oakland or Detroit when the ALCS begins on Saturday evening.

Tom Brady and Drew Brees set for faceoff

The numbers for the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Saints’ Drew Brees are similarly great, but the comparisons don’t end there.

By Michael Whitmer

The star signal-callers, who meet Sunday in Foxborough, have a lot in common. Above all else, though, they win.

Hockey East preview

BU hockey coach David Quinn has mighty opportunity

Coach David Quinn is at home at his alma mater.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

The former Terriors standout knows what he’s getting into succeeding hockey coaching legend Jack Parker.

G: Style

A Boston collector launches an online sneaker museum

By Christopher Muther

Rick Kosow’s Sneaker Museum offers a virtual trip through his staggering collection of 1,000 pairs.

Movie Review

Tom Hanks is captivating in ‘Captain Phillips’

“Captain Phillips” stars Tom Hanks (right) as the title character, a container ship skipper whose vessel is boarded by Somali pirates.

By Ty Burr

The extraordinarily gripping movie, based on events on the container ship Maersk Alabama in April 2009, both sticks to the American Hero playbook and subtly departs from it.

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Television Review

‘Wonderland’: Down the digital rabbit hole

By Matthew Gilbert

The week ahead: Music

By James Reed

The week ahead: Family events

By Milva DiDomizio


Mark your calendar

By June Wulff

Ask Martha

Repainting wood furniture

By Martha Stewart


Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Handyman on Call

Are their gutters causing a ceiling leak?

By Peter Hotton


Kevin Garnett puts his Concord crib on the market

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Liz Brunner leaving Channel 5

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Brian Lesser goes underground to open Tunnel

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Courtney Lee puts art background to work in Roxbury

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


‘Chasing Life’ in Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Ellen Pompeo talks Boston upbringing

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein