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Obama, Boehner trade offers to avert ‘fiscal cliff’

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner exchanged partial proposals in the past two days, officials said, yet the two sides blamed each other for the deadlocked talks.

State hits utilities with major fines over 2011 storms

The state has levied $24.8 in fines on National Grid, NStar, and Western Massachusetts Electric Company for their response to two storms in 2011.

// Cahill co-defendant acquitted of corruption charges

The judge in the corruption trial of former treasurer Timothy Cahill ordered the deadlocked jury to keep deliberating on his charges.

Protesters sat in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich.

Michigan House approves right-to-work

The bill to limit unions’ strength was met with protests by pro-union demonstrators.

Amazon to collect sales tax in Mass.

The online retail giant will begin collecting Massachusetts sales tax starting next fall, according to the governor’s office.

Denise Jackson, a Salvation Army bell ringer, outside the Stop & Shop at Vinnin Square in Swampscott.

Globe Photo by Kevin Cullen

Opinion | Kevin Cullen

Stop and hear the bells

Keith Lane is a high-powered ad executive. Denise Jackson is a disabled Salvation Army bell ringer. One cold night, their paths crossed outside a supermarket in Swampscott.

Assembly Row developer buying Ikea property

The developer of the $1.5 billion Assembly Row project is buying the former Ikea property on the Somerville site, executives said.

Tips to solve all your holiday shopping problems

Tips on shopping for the Hard to Buy For include: buy small but extravagant items; personalize gift cards; and go practical.

Justice in the shadows | Part 3 — Secret courts

// Courts inside prisons, far from public view

Thousands of immigrants find themselves at the mercy of a legal system that, for many, amounts to an assembly line toward deportation.


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