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Sides appear closer to tax deal in fiscal cliff talks

While an agreement on taxes appears to be close, a major hurdle reportedly remains whether to postpone scheduled spending cuts.

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Sumner Tunnel panels removed

Officials said they have removed 26 panels from the tunnel after they were found to be loose and at risk of falling.

// Blaze hits vacant Brockton building

It was unclear whether the fire was related to a series of suspicious fires south of Boston.

The Appleton Tracy pocket watch, serial number 50141, was a rare size 20, rather than the more common size 18.

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Watch collector’s find brings a Lincolnesque journey

After Paul Mellen purchased a pocket watch manufactured in 1862 on eBay, he soon discovered that it may have been at the Abraham Lincoln’s deathbed.

Justin Francis celebrates a first-quarter sack with Chandler Jones (95) and Tavon Wilson (27). Francis had three sacks in the game and the Patriots seven overall in their shutout.

Patriots 28, Dolphins 0 | On football

Patriots defense looks ready for playoffs

The defense has improved since bottoming out Nov. 11 against the Bills, thanks to adherence to Bill Belichick’s season-long game plan.

Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown for the Patriots in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins.

Christopher L. Gasper

Worth the risk to play Rob Gronkowski

The tight end was less than 100 percent Sunday, but the reward is that he won’t need a can of Rust-Oleum before the playoffs.

Artist Pat Oleszko helped Osmar Ramos-Caballero of Holyoke with his costume of a BP employee being eaten by a shark.

Revelers ripe for day of fireworks and ice

First Night festivities are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and culminate with fireworks at midnight over Boston Harbor.


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NFL’s ‘Black Monday’

Andy Reid lost his final game as Eagles coach 42-7 to the Giants on Sunday.

Andy Reid, Lovie Smith among NFL firings

Reid, the NFL’s longest-tenured coach, joined Smith (Bears), Romeo Crennel (Chiefs), Chan Gailey (Bills), and Pat Shurmur (Browns) on the cut list.