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Scandal widens to ensnare another general

The sex scandal that felled former CIA Director David Petraeus widened to ensnare the top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen.

State pharmacy officials knew convict led oversight firm

Three officials knew the head of a company chosen to monitor the Framingham firm implicated in the meningitis outbreak was convicted of fraud.

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, left, and Senator-elect and current Representative Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. walked together Capitol Hill.

Warren returns to Washington as senator-elect

Elizabeth Warren kept a low profile at the US Capitol, where she attended an orientation for incoming senators.

// Reports of Kerry as possible defense secretary puzzle some

Reports that President Obama is considering John Kerry to run the Pentagon has puzzled many longtime defense watchers who assumed Kerry was on the short list to be secretary of state.

Charlie Mahoney for The Boston Globe

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In Marblehead, Italian food and an intimate setting

At Yannalfo’s Ristorante, the kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, but continues serving drinks and dessert until midnight.

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// Farmstead Table shines in Newton

Showcasing local, seasonal ingredients, Farmstead Table is better than it is big.

Common crackers are a staple in traditional stuffing recipes.

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Milton cracker company going strong since 1801

G.H. Bent Co. bakes and sells old-fashioned crackers, including some that are considered necessary ingredients in Thanksgiving stuffing recipes.

Boston Capital

Big Bay State players may face showdown

The fiscal cliff drama may pit two of the state’s biggest economic engines — the defense industry and the health care establishment — against one another.

The Podium

Colleges can help battle global warming

Bill McKibben, founder of, and Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, urge colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuel stocks.