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Sides meet on shutdown with no sign of yielding

President Obama and top congressional leaders are meeting at the White House, but neither side has indicated a willingness to back down.

// Exchanges hampered by problems

For the second day, overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers who tried to sign up for health coverage.

// One arrested in N.Y. motorcycle, SUV skirmish

A New Jersey man was charged with unlawful imprisonment and reckless driving in the incident.


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Opus in Salem offers small plates with wildly diverse flavors overseen by chef Blake Straubel. Pictured, Opus's bouillabaisse.

Salem's evolving dining scene is good news for locals and visitors. In recent months, two new restaurants opened blocks apart on Washington Street

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At Opus, samosa-esque turnovers are filled with curried potato.

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Duck poutine is among Opus’s diverse offerings.

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Down the street is gastropub Naumkeag Ordinary featuring comfort food based around local, seasonal ingredients. Pictured, baked brie.

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Naumkeag Ordinary offers a taco of the day. A recent version features pork belly on a flour tortilla.

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It’s an appealing menu, if not a groundbreaking one. Pictured, deviled eggs have tangy, creamy yolks.


With two new restaurants, Salem’s dining scene evolves

As people in search of spirits fill the streets of Salem, the restaurant scene adds eateries Naumkeag Ordinary and Opus.

Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in “Gravity.”

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Strap in for the astonishing ride that is ‘Gravity’

Director Alfonso Cuarón’s movie is a visually painstaking state-of-the-art production that advances what the cinema can show us.

Rob Gronkowski tells reporters Wednesday that all is well between him and the team, and his return date remains uncertain. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Gronkowski insists he and Patriots are ‘on the same page’

Rob Gronkowski tried to put to rest reports that he and the team were at odds over when he should return.


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// The ACA’s crucial prevention component

The Affordable Care Act’s funding for public health and prevention is a necessary part of a wide-ranging health effort.


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New England Patriots' Julian Edelman, left, celebrates with teammate Tom Brady, right, after catching a touchdown pass during a game against the Buffalo Bills in September.

Tom Brady impressed with the Bengals defense

“They play well. They’re good. I know the guys on defense really respect their offense and what they’re able to do, they’re explosive,” Brady said Wednesday.

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