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Oscar nominations 2015: Six snubs and surprises

The announcement of this season's Oscar nominations from on Thursday offered its share of expected honorees ("Boyhood, "Birdman") and plenty of other unexpected ones. Who was in that observers thought would be out, and vice versa? Here are a half-dozen of the most notable snubs and surprises.<p><b>The</b> …

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US to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba as countries seek to normalise relations

Slew of changes – from reversing the ban on foreign ships entering US waters to allowing travelers to return with $100 worth of cigars – will take effect on Friday<p>Decades of punitive US sanctions on Cuba will be rolled back as early as Friday, in a move to swiftly normalise relations between the …

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Key events in Paris newspaper attack and hostage-takings

PARIS (AP) — For three days, two al-Qaida-linked brothers and an associate who seized a kosher grocery, terrorized France and shook the world.<p>The …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

The Men Who Protect the Man

Corey Linsley has a theory about offensive lines. He stumbled onto it this fall, in his first few weeks as the Packers’ starting center. The rookie …

Bush blasts off

The Republican’s 2016 moves put pressure on rivals, energize vaunted family network.<p>In the spring of 1978, as he traveled the country contemplating the presidential campaign he’d long itched to run, a retired Republican politician named George H.W. Bush dashed off a quick letter to his second son, …

The Transcendent Style of David Bowie

On his 68th birthday we looked back at David Bowie's style and examined what it might have meant.<p><b>When David Bowie first found</b> acclaim with his novelty single "Space Oddity" in 1969, few fans could imagine what would come next. That's because what came next was totally novel, strangely beautiful, …

U.S. Spies Say They Tracked ‘Sony Hackers’ For Years

American spies have detailed dossiers on the North Koreans who the U.S. says were behind the Sony attack. But the still-secret evidence likely won’t …

New Year's Resolutions for the Cincinnati Reds in 2015

The dropping of the crystal ball signaled the start of 2015, officially designating the disastrous season of 2014 as last year's news.<p>When we discuss the Cincinnati Reds from this juncture, we discuss a new product. The Reds lack the potent starting rotation they once had, but they do offer some …

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Breaking Down the MLB Offseason's Best and Worst Entering 2015

Nothing marks the dawn of a new year quite like listing good and bad things from the previous year.<p>Maybe everyone just thinks too much about Santa Claus' naughty or nice lists around December because the Internet devolved into a wasteland of "best" or "worst" of 2014 lists. Much like baseball's …

Right balance of player ages gives Red Sox better chance in 2015

<i>Alex Speier joins the Globe as a sports reporter in 2015 after 13 years covering the Red Sox for the Boston Metro, New Hampshire Union Leader, and</i> …

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Quick Hits: Red Sox, Maurer, Reds

• The <b>Red Sox</b> have made an effort to add more regulars between the prime ages of 26-30 over the last several months, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe …

Best of the Best in Photos 2014: Part 2

Best of the Best in Photos 2014, Part 1

The Ultimate Guide to Totally Nailing Every One of Your Resolutions

No matter how you feel about resolutions, chances are most of us are looking to kick off 2016 on a good note. To help you get started, we've compiled …

From Giza to Vegas: Our Favorite Pyramid Pictures From Around the World

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

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