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Electing a new pope

Cardinals enter Sistine Chapel to begin conclave

Led by prelates holding a crucifix and candles, the 115 scarlet-robed cardinals chanted the Litany of Saints as they filed into the Sistine Chapel.

Guns on display at a store in Phoenix.

Senate panel OK’s expanded gun background checks

A divided panel approved a Democratic bill to expand checks for nearly all gun purchases.

Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, presented his budget plan during a press conference at the US Capitol on Tuesday.

GOP budget takes aim at domestic programs

The budget outline released by Paul Ryan aims to repeal universal health care and cut programs ranging from Medicaid to college grants.

SJC justice to review drug lab scandal cases

The state’s top court may take up complex constitutional questions raised by the drug lab scandal.


Classes prep card dealers for casino economy

Students in the inaugural class of the New England Casino Dealer Academy are hoping to find work in the emerging Massachusetts casino industry.

Paper tax returns for 2012 are piling up in the Data Integration Bureau of the Department of Revenue in Chelsea.

Mass. seeks to get all taxpayers to file returns online

With only 6 percent of users filing with paper forms, officials are trying for hefty savings by prodding everyone to file electronically.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick will be looking to fill many holes in his roster during free agency.

On football

Patriots’ shopping list for free agency

Here’s a prioritized checklist for where the Patriots should concentrate on spending when free agency opens Tuesday.

English novelist Barbara Pym

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Barbara Pym fans converge on Boston

She may be one of the most famous 20th-century British writers Americans have never heard of. But she has fans in the US, and they’ll gather in Boston to mark the centenary of her birth.


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