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FILE - In this April 21, 2014 file photo, from left, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, former Mayor Thomas Menino, and four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers walk past the finish line before the start of the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Boston. He was 71. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Tom Menino, elected five times as Boston’s mayor, dies at 71

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, who gained support from working-class neighborhood “townies” and corporate chieftains alike during his 20 years in office and presided over a steel-and-glass economic boom in one of America’s most historic cities, died yesterday in Boston. He was 71. Hugely popular in his home town, where he easily won five straight nonpartisan mayoral elections before retiring from city hall, Menino, who was a liberal Democrat, surprised Boston in March with his disclosure that he had been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer just weeks after completing his final term. Doctors said they were unsure where in his body the disease …

Iraqi peshmerga force enters Kobani

Friday, October 31, 2014

A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of 150 fighters that the Kurds hope will turn back an offensive by militants of the Islamic State group. The deployment, accompanied by 50 members of the Free Syrian …

Jerusalem: Israel closes holy site after shooting

Friday, October 31, 2014

Israel closed all access to Jerusalem’s most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police. The Palestinians accused Israel of a “declaration of war,” deepening a crisis …

From job to job to job, a life lived – and lost

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fumes poured from the Kia SUV as soon as an emergency medical technician broke one of the rear windows. Inside, the body of a dark-haired young woman reclined in the driver’s seat, keys dangling from the ignition. But …

Small business view: Ebola, energy and elections

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Small-business owners have their fair share of issues they need to stay on top of. These days they can add a couple of more to the list. Here’s a look at each: Ebola Craig Beal has had three …

How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

Saturday, October 25, 2014

For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help. The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the …

U.S. regions differ on quarantines for medical workers coming from West Africa

Saturday, October 25, 2014

One day after governors in New York, New Jersey and Illinois imposed a mandatory 21-day quarantine on medical workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, public health officials in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia did not follow suit yesterday, intensifying a national debate over how …

Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero yesterday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school. First-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger intervened in the …

Climate change drawing lots of money, but gaining little traction, in Senate race

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ronald West considers himself the swing vote of his Concord household. He is a registered independent and cares about issues like the economy and national security. But recently another issue has cracked his top-five list: climate change. “It’s pretty important,” West said. If legislators can ignore the science …

Ebola quarantine for doctors, others ordered by N.Y., N.J.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York yesterday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with …

GOP candidates tread gingerly on climate

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Republicans in competitive races are treading gingerly around climate change this campaign season, often saying they are not in a good position to make a judgment on the issue, then pivoting quickly to express concern for the environment, …

Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay acknowledges. The Church of Jesus Christ of …

No terror link seen in NYC police hatchet attack

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, the …