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Obama seeks $2 billion for clean car technologies

President Obama is pushing Congress to authorize $200 million a year for research into technologies that can wean automobiles off oil.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (left) visited a shantytown in Buenos Aires in an undated picture.

Vatican slams critics of Pope Francis’s actions in ‘dirty war’

The Vatican lashed out at ‘‘defamatory’’ comments about the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s actions during Argentina’s military junta.

John Hancock faces lawsuits on life insurance payouts

The lawsuit alleges John Hancock failed to promptly pay beneficiaries, though it promptly halted annuity payments.

Six arrested, several hurt in melee at UMass Amherst

Several students were hospitalized during a riot involving over 2,000 students at an off-campus outdoor party known as the “Blarney Blowout.”

Jared Sullinger.

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Could Jared Sullinger be the heir to Kevin Garnett?

Though back surgery interrupted his promising debut, the Celtics have high hopes for “the steal” of the 2012 draft.

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// Patriots’ problem is still leaky defense

The real question isn’t how the Patriots will replace Wes Welker, it’s how will they stop receivers like him?

Down and out pattern: Welker apparel to clearance rack

If you think the Patriots undervalued receiver Wes Welker, you should see the price the team just placed on his jersey.

John Willis may be sentenced to over 10 years.

Chinatown gang leader ‘White Devil John’ facing prison

John Willis, 42, was a white man from Dorchester who was introduced to Chinatown’s underworld at age 12 and quietly emerged as a leader of Asian gangs.


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Bruins 4, Panthers 1

Zdeno Chara’s first-period goal was a welcome sight to rookie Dougie Hamilton (right).

Bruins do enough to defeat Panthers

The Bruins picked up a solid win despite being what Tuukka Rask said was “just pretty bad out there.”


Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is the sponsor of the bill to reinstate a ban on assault weapons.

Senate panel backs bill to reinstate weapons ban

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval is the first congressional vote on the issue since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004.


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The film centers on Vegas magicians played by (above, from left) Steve Buscemi, Steve Carell, and Olivia Wilde and their competition, a “street magician” played by Jim Carrey (below).

Only thing incredible about ‘Wonderstone’ is the hair

“Burt Wonderstone” is a lazy, underwritten imitation Will Ferrell movie — an “Anchorman” rip about a fatuous boob who gets humbled in time for the end credits.