In defeat, state GOP wrangles over the future

Amid soul-searching over their Election Day losses, Mass. Republicans face an immediate internecine battle over the direction of their party.

As details emerge about Commander of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Davis Petraeus' extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, including a second woman who allegedly received threatening emails from the author, members of Congress say they want to know exactly when the now ex-CIA director and retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren't told sooner.

Petraeus began affair after taking CIA job, former aide says

The ex-CIA director’s affair with his biographer ended four months ago, a friend and former top aide said.

During a rally Thursday of immigration rights organizations in front of the White House, activists called on a newly reelected President Obama to fulfill his promise of passing comprehensive immigration reform.

Cliff Owen/Associated Press

Pressure mounts for immigration reform

Advocates believe the election gives them the best shot in years to fix an immigration system widely seen as inadequate for the modern economy.

Research institute in Watertown on verge of closing

The Boston Biomedical Research Institute will soon start shutting down if corporation members follow the trustees’ recommendation.

Francesco Bongiorni for The Boston Globe

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Malfunctioning body clock hinders sleep for many blind

A rare condition affecting those unable to perceive light is characterized by a body clock that is out of synch with the 24-hour cycle of the Earth day.

Juliette Kayyem

Bring veteran services into the future

What’s needed is some concerted and creative thinking about how to serve the needs of veterans in 2036, not just 2012.

// Holocaust survivor unites with family of benefactor

Stephan Ross, 81, was able to thank the family of a late soldier who showed him compassion during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp.

“I’ll take any win. I’ll take any win,” said coach Bill Belichick, whose Patriots have arrived at 6-3 unevenly.

Christopher L. Gasper

Patriots are simply untrustworthy

The Patriots want to be dependable, but their maddening inconsistency, even with a 6-3 record, means fans shouldn’t trust them as true contenders.