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Obama, Congress prepare to focus on ‘fiscal cliff’

President Obama planned to cut his Christmas break short and Congress was set to return to work Thursday with no resolution to an impasse on taxes and spending cuts.

// Man who killed 2 firemen left note on killing plan

Police in Webster, N.Y., said 62-year-old ex-convict’s note said he wanted to ‘‘do what I like doing best, killing people,” as they found human remains in his home.

// In Newtown, Christmas and mourning converge

‘‘Today is the day we begin everything all over again,” the Rev. Robert Weiss told parishioners, just 11 days after the Connecticut school shooting.

Five sparkling wines, each under $25.

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A bevy of bubbles to toast the new year

Five sparkling wines to ring in the the new year and make party guests feel instantly welcome, all under $25.

Chicken souvlaki with fries is one of the highlights at Dimitra Tsourianis’s Daddy Jones.

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Daddy Jones serves fine cocktails and Greek fare

In a corner of the Somerville known for pubs, pizza shops, and Chinese take-out, owner Dimitra Tsourianis saw an opportunity for a Greek cocktail bar.

Celtics 93, Nets 76

// Celtics rout Nets in Christmas matinee

With strong contributions from the bench, the Celtics ran away from the Nets in Brooklyn to jump above .500 and into a second-place tie.


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A sample of the corroded framework that held panels in the Callahan Tunnel.

Loose panels removed from Callahan Tunnel

A state highway crew removed 117 loose panels from the walls of the tunnel, following an emergency inspection after a panel fell into the roadway late last week.

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Afghan policemen watched from top of the Kabul police headquarters following the killing of an American adviser.

Woman who killed American is Iranian, Afghan official says

The policewoman who killed an American contractor in Kabul is a native Iranian who came to Afghanistan and displayed ‘‘unstable behavior,’’ an official said.