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Obama: Haul for health law hits 8 million

Younger sign-ups surged, repeal bids futile, he says

Subscriber onlyEight million people signed up for insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the law’s first year, President Barack Obama said Thursday, declaring that Republicans should stop trying to repeal the measure and work to improve it instead. Continue reading...

Russia agrees to pact on de-escalating crisis

Subscriber onlyThe United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement Thursday that calls for armed pro-Russian bands to give up the government buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine and outlines other steps to de-escalate the crisis. Continue reading...

Chelsea Clinton’s first child on way

Subscriber onlyChelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year. Continue reading...

Suicide ate more ‘pot’ than advised

Subscriber onlyDENVER — A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show — a finding that came as concern increases about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “This planet really reminds us of Earth.” Thomas Barclay, one of a group of astronomers who announced that a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is the closest match of our home world yet discovered Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyDavid Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyBeau Biden, 45, Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son, said he has decided not to seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year and instead plans to run for governor in 2016. Continue reading...

Scientists find possible ‘Earth cousin’

Subscriber onlyIt is a bit bigger and somewhat colder, but a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is otherwise the closest match of Earth yet discovered, astronomers announced Thursday. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “With the marathon coming, our officers are taking it seriously. The safety of the public is utmost.” Boston Police Superintendent Randall Halstead, the day after officers arrested a man who they said was carrying a rice cooker in a backpack near the marathon’s finish line Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyMiley Cyrus has canceled another concert and remains hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A representative for the 21-year-old singer said in a statement that Cyrus canceled her Wednesday performance at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyRobert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who was convicted in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the city, was ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million and sentenced to 12 years in prison by Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who told him, “You did some very, very bad things for a very long time.” Continue reading...

Bostonians remember

Year after marathon blasts, city resolute

Subscriber onlySurvivors, first responders and relatives of those killed gathered Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Continue reading...

Detroit fire, police pension deal emerges

Subscriber onlyDetroit has reached a deal with retired police officers and firefighters that would preserve current pensions but trim annual cost of-living payments — the first major agreement with retirees in the city’s bankruptcy case, mediators announced Tuesday. Continue reading...

Supremacist draws Kansas murder counts

Subscriber onlyThe white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City made his first court appearance Tuesday. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong.” Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on the first anniversary of the marathon bombing that killed three and injured 260 Continue reading...

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