Politics and Society
Lotto fever runs rampant as Mega Millions jackpot soars -- but the odds aren't exactly in your favor
Some 400 million $1 Mega Millions tickets are expected to be sold by the time the Mega Million lottery drawing is held Friday night. There's $640 million up for grabs, but the odds of winning that amount aren't particularly good. In fact, the average American is more likely to die in a car accident, than win the jackpot.
The Boston Globe's photography critic, Mark Feeney, looked at the photo of the Miami Heat wearing hoods, which LeBron James posted on his Twitter account this week, and was struck by the emotion and stillness of the image, calling it an insight into the morality and the grief the shooting of Trayvon Martin has inspired....
The leaders of a military coup in Mali have issued a new constitution for the country while thousands of their supporters rally in the capital Bamako and protest foreign interference....
Marco Rubio, the popular, first-term U.S. Senator from Florida, endorsed Mitt Romney for president in an appearance on a Fox News TV program Wednesday night. It's just the latest endorsement as Romney's candidacy begins to take on an air of invincibility — at least among the Republican candidates....
Solitary confinement was designed to separate volatile inmates from the rest of the prison population. Today however, many prisons exploit solitary confinement as a tool of punishment, critics say. Recent high profile cases and policy changes in Mississippi have shed new light on solitary....
Bill Lee, the Sanford police chief under fire for his department's reaction to the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin, has stepped down, temporarily he said, so as not to be a distraction as the investigation moves forward....
As Republicans struggle over presidential nomination, declining influence of party elders is on displayThis election cycle, most of the party's elites are lined up behind Mitt Romney. But Romney, though ahead in the delegate count, has struggled to unify the base of the party in a way that will force his challengers out of the election. It shows how far the influence of those elites has fallen....
The Republican presidential election marched on Wednesday with Mitt Romney winning the Illinois Republican Primary Tuesday night. Pundits said Rick Santorum will face must-win contests in April....
In the 2012 election, the Republican primary contest has shifted to Illinois. It's the latest state where voters are trying to choose from among the four, remaining mainstream Republican candidates, including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul....
President Barack Obama's energy policy is described by his energy as an all-of-the-above policy, but by his critics as more of a none-of-the-above. This week, Obama is visiting four states to defend his plan as his re-election bid looms....
- In Tornado Alley, weathercasters admired for keeping communities safe
- Spaniards outraged by new, strict EU regulations on olive oil
- James Rosen case prompts frank discuss about balance between First Amendment, national security
- Syrian mother struggles over whether to return to husband, home as civil war rages
- Deadly tornado rips through Oklahoma City suburbs, killing dozens
- Syria’s civil war ends long quiet in Israeli-controlled Golan Heights
- American diplomat expelled from Russia for spying evokes memories of Cold War
- While 11 million people may live in U.S. illegally -- the impact extends to millions more
- Tel Aviv offers insights as Boston prepares permanent memorial to Boston Marathon victims
- Police in Cleveland trying to figure out how man hid abducted women for a decade
- Catholic priests in Philippines bring Mass to shopping malls to meet the people
- Among Myanmar's large Buddhist population, monks, monasteries play important role
- 'I am a Mormon' campaign launches in London, in response to play's debut
- Yangon Muslims watch nervously as violence spreads in Myanmar
- New Pope Francis gets less than warm greeting from Venezuela
- New book seeks to guide Orthodox Jewish newly weds in sexual intimacy
- Latino Catholics in the U.S. embrace Catholic Church's new Argentinian pope
- Argentina's Dirty War revisited after new pope is elected
- Catholic Church unveils Pope Francis as next leader
- Bulgaria chooses new religious leader -- with complex past
- States consider reforms to help domestic workers move out of shadows
- Ukraine’s Asgarda martial arts program recasts Amazon warrior women
- Undocumented immigrant caregiver tells story from inside invisible workforce
- Meat processing across the Midwest largely done by immigrants
- China's hukou system puts migrant workers at severe economic disadvantage
- Ethnic Karen refugees from Myanmar find foothold in North Carolina
- Pakistani women have new tools to fight disfiguring acid attacks
- Some immigrant women, victims of domestic violence, afraid to seek help
- Grand jury will convene to consider more charges in Ohio rape case
- Congress holds hearing on changing how military handles sexual assault cases