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Obama, Boehner meet to discuss ‘fiscal cliff’

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met as the White House and Congress try to find a way to stop impending tax increases and spending cuts.

Two teenagers killed, four others injured in Taunton crash

Two 18-year-olds were killed in the crash, which occurred before 12:30 a.m., and four others were taken to a hospital, according to the Taunton Police Department.

Soldiers were on guard as protesters stood on top of cement blocks near the presidential palace in Cairo Sunday.

Egyptian opposition calls for more protests

The opposition was not satisfied after the president made a concession but refused its main demand that he rescind a draft constitution.

Justice in the shadows | Secret criminals

Many freed criminals avoid deportation, strike again

The US prison system for immigrants, stymied when it tries to deport some criminals, has quietly released thousands, including killers, a Globe investigation shows.

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// Crimes by ex-cons who couldn’t be deported

A look at the crimes committed by convicts whose home countries rejected them.

Samuel Kabeya, 11, sprinted down the pitch during a rugby tournament on Saturday at Joe Moakley Park in South Boston.

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Middle schoolers entertain a new pitch: rugby

Organizers of a middle school rugby tournament in South Boston said the sport is the perfect extracurricular for public school students in the city.

// Elizabeth Warren is prepared to pick her spots

The senator-elect said she will choose her tactics carefully, keeping quiet when it suits her objective and making noise when she sees the need.

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8 great spots for urban birding in Boston and beyond

Grab your jacket and your binoculars. Even as temperatures drop, Boston’s rife with places to see some fascinating avian species.

To stop the Texans Monday night, the Patriots will likely need to curb the NFL’s top rushing/receiving duo. As they did in 2010, Houston’s Andre Johnson (left) and Arian Foster lead the league in combined yards from scrimmage.

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Balanced Texans have what it takes to beat Patriots

To stop the Texans Monday, the Patriots will likely need to curb the NFL’s top receiving/rushing duo of Andre Johnson and Arian Foster.

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// The attack on Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor left over 2,400 dead, 68 of them civilians, after waves of Japanese carrier-based fighters and bombers turned the naval base in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor into an inferno.

Diversity Boston

Diversity Boston

Photographed in Boston’s Paul Revere Park, the Rev. Eric Markman of Hartford Street Presbyterian Church (left), Priti Rao of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and Ed Walker of Independent Consultants of Education are among a devoted group of diversty champions.

Diversity champions

From fields as different as banking, education, politics, health care, and the clergy, these men and women are passionately committed to leveling the playing field for all in Massachusetts.


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Miri and John Parrucci made fruit kabobs for ruwenzori longhaired fruit bats at the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday. They later visited a bat lab at Boston University.

Bat fan visits Boston to learn about disease

Miri Parrucci, a third-grader from Havertown, Pa., who is worried about white-nose syndrome in bats, visited the Kunz Bat Lab at Boston University and Franklin Park Zoo.

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sat next to Vice President Nicolas Maduro, right, and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello during a national broadcast.

Hugo Chavez says he needs cancer surgery again

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez named his vice president as his successor and was heading back to Cuba on Sunday after announcing his cancer had returned.


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Chemist Nick Bencivenga worked in Ariad’s Cambridge lab, testing samples for purity.

Ariad readies for launch of first cancer treatment

Cambridge biotech company Ariad Pharmaceuticals is focusing on sales — along with science — as its promising first therapy awaits approval.