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In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.  (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

Friday, December 19, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court yesterday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. Security was tight at the federal courthouse in Boston for Tsarnaev’s final …

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Friday, December 19, 2014

The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, the Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced …

Normalizing relations could take awhile

Friday, December 19, 2014

How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba. It won’t happen overnight. Some of the likely …

Sex assaults heighten college admissions fears as deadline looms

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Michelle Casey, a high school senior applying to college, is steering clear of party schools, which she said she fears will put her at higher risk for sexual assault. So, Casey, 17, is passing up the flagship University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst after reading online about its …

Alzheimer’s tests present dilemma of knowing the future

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Before Alzheimer’s begins to steal the mind, hints of the disorder circulate in the blood, potentially giving people a way to find out whether they’ll fall victim to the disease years in the future. The question is: Would you want to know? This year, research teams announced blood …

What just happened in Congress?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Late Thursday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to fund the government through September, which the Senate is expected to pass within days. The bill, which passed 219 to 206, averts a major political confrontation – …

3 victims conscious in shooting near Oregon school

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A shooter wounded two boys and a girl outside an alternative high school in Portland, Ore., yesterday in what is believed to be a gang-related attack, the police said. The victims apparently are students at Rosemary Anderson High …

Report: CIA medics aided, complained about tactics

Saturday, December 13, 2014

From the early stages of the CIA’s brutal interrogations of terror detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas …

Japan runs short of butter as dairy farms dwindle

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When Japanese pose for pictures, instead of saying “Cheese!” some say “Butter!” These days, butter is more likely cause for frowning, since it is rationing that comes to mind. As the Christmas Eve cake rush approaches, grocery stores …

Christmas tree shopping: Cost vs. convenience

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Some consumers are going over the internet or through the woods to find fresh Christmas trees this year, taking advantage of shopping options at opposite ends of the cost spectrum. In one camp are thrifty folks paying as …

Woman in deadly bike crash to plead guilty

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The unlicensed New Hampshire driver charged with plowing into a group of bicyclists last year, killing two Massachusetts women, said in a court filing yesterday that she plans to plead guilty to some of the charges against her. The police said 20-year-old Darriean Hess of Seabrook was ticketed …

Most college students have no idea how much they’re paying to go to school

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A majority of first-year undergraduates can’t correctly estimate how much student loan debt they’re taking on. More surprising, among college freshmen who have taken out federal student loans, 28 percent don’t think they have any federal debt, and 14 percent don’t think they have any debt at all. …

Congress losing last WWII vets, a Tea Party fave

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Congress is saying farewell to its last two veterans of World War II, the member whose lodgings inspired Amazon’s Alpha House show, a founding firebrand of the Tea Party, the senator dubbed “Dr. No” and a few dozen …