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Electing a new pope

Conclave begins; no pope after first vote

Black smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel, signifying that no pope has been elected after the first round of voting in the conclave.

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley tweeted from a laptop last year.

Cardinal O’Malley a hit in Rome

The Boston archbishop has emerged as an unlikely star amid the drama unfolding in Rome.

FAA approves Boeing plan to fix Dreamliner’s batteries

Extensive testing will be needed on the redesigned lithium-ion batteries before the planes can fly passengers again.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.


Mars rover shows planet could have supported life

An analysis of rock from Mars showed it contained essential chemical ingredients for life.

As NFL free agency begins, Patriots tender Hoomanwanui

There was no word on Patriots free agents Wes Welker, Aqib Talib, Sebastian Vollmer, and Julian Edelman.

Maine Governor Paul LePage.

Maine governor reconsiders opposition to Medicaid expansion

Republican Paul LePage has entered discussions with the Obama administration over the possibility of accepting billions in federal funding.

// Coakley asks Northeast Utilities to disclose chief’s pay

The utility has refused to reveal chief executive Thomas J. May’s pay for overseeing the company’s merger with NStar.