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The year in photographs
A Sudanese refugee (left), a Chilean volcano, and a Swiss "rocket man" are among the subjects.
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Antique with flair
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Worst red carpet looks
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Today in History - Dec. 17
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Body found in Scituate blast
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A body has been found in the ruins of a Turner Road house that was destroyed today by an explosion that damaged seven other houses.(Boston Globe)
Chrysler closing all plants for one month
Chrysler said today that it is closing all 30 of its manufacturing plants for a month starting Friday. (AP)
AG to drop Big Dig manslaughter charge
Powers Fasteners, charged in connection with the 2006 fatal Big Dig tunnel collapse, says it has agreed to pay $16m to have the charge dismissed. (Boston Globe)
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Madoff under house arrest
The financier (left) will wear an electronic ankle bracelet and be confined to his Manhattan home. He's charged with defrauding clients of $50 billion. (Reuters)
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Boston Fed chief raises institution's profile
As president, Eric Rosengren has boosted efforts to address foreclosure prevention, skilled worker shortages, and poverty.
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Top holiday TV episodes
They can be kooky and snarky and even subversive, providing a great antidote to the commercialization and forced joy of the season. Remember this "Friends" episode (left)?
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