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Another juror dismissed in Moore trial

For the second time in a week, a juror has been dismissed in the murder trial of Dwayne Moore, forcing the jury to restart deliberations again.

Boehner says Obama risking fiscal cliff stalemate

In remarks to reporters, House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama has not been serious about cutting spending.

Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Russia, NATO chief say Assad losing control

Syria’s most powerful ally and the secretary general of NATO said separately that Syrian rebels are getting closer to winning the country’s civil war.

Suffolk Country Sheriff Andrea Cabral in January.

Four to leave Patrick’s cabinet

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral will join the Patrick administration as the state’s public safety secretary.

// Cahill outcome’s effect uncertain for Coakley

Political and legal analysts are debating how the Cahill mistrial will affect Attorney General Martha Coakley’s political ­career.

Tom Brady (12) showed his experience Monday night, Matt Schaub his lack of it.

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Tom Brady again proves why Patriots thrive

Brady’s performance, and Matt Schaub’s disappearing act, in the rout of the Texans showed why New England is perennially in contention.

// ‘Lincoln,’ gets a leading 7 Globe nominations

The Civil War epic led the Golden Globes nominees in this morning’s announcement.

Tech Lab

// In time for the holidays, the year’s best gadgets

Of the dozens of consumer tech products Hiawatha Bray has tested in the past 12 months, here are the ones he’d consider buying as gifts.

Brent Anderson is operations manager at a Wanxiang solar facility in Illinois.

A123 buyer quietly built presence

The Chinese company slated to buy Waltham battery maker A123 Systems has been a fixture in the US for two decades.

Western Mass. viewed as territory for fracking

Massachusetts may hold deposits of shale gas, raising the possibility of hydraulic fracturing for the state.


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Bill Belichick has led the Patriots to 13 straight wins in December.

Patriots’ December dominance rolls on

New England is riding a 13-game winning streak in the year’s final month, a streak that has allowed it to seize prime playoff position in recent years.


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Movie Review

Martin Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of director Peter Jackson’s new Tolkien trilogy.

‘Hobbit’ has striking visuals, slow pace

“An Unexpected Journey” — the first in a planned trilogy for J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” — feels like an overproduced amble.