House OK’s fiscal deal as GOP resistance wanes

Attempts within the Republican caucus to defeat or change a Senate bill that would lower taxes on virtually all Americans fizzled as the day wore on.

GOP members led by Eric Cantor of Virginia and John Boehner of Ohio headed toameeting to discuss the fiscal cliff deal.


Limited deal does little to ease deficit pressures, analysts say

The net effect of the fiscal bill would be to add nearly $4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade.


People are truly good at heart? Sadly, no

Human nature has an inherently cruel component, and it’s by controlling ourselves that we can create a better world.

Therese Murray planning an ambitious agenda

The state Senate president will offer an agenda that includes an expansion of early voting, welfare changes, and help for the transportation system.

Municipal flags line the Great Hall at the State House, but not all Massachusetts towns are represented.

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More towns designing flags to join State House display

Once flagless towns in the Commonwealth are adopting municipal flags, after a bit of coaxing from constituents and state lawmakers.

Mass. to end placing of homeless in motels

The state government plans to eliminate an emergency shelter program that places about 1,700 homeless families in motels and hotels paid by taxpayers.

Myra Ameigh and her daughter, Marijke, 16, who had pioneering artery surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Novel artery stretching offers way to repair vessel

The surgical procedure being pioneered at Children’s Hospital stretches a child’s blood vessels to provide new material to make repairs elsewhere in the body.

Chinese investment in the US hits record level

Wanxiang Group’s deal with a Cambridge alternative energy firm helped Chinese investment in American businesses hit a record $6.5 billion in 2012.

Cubby Oil’s John Alefantis on a recent delivery. Less than one-third of Massachusetts homes heat with fuel oil, according to census figures.

Fuel oil industry feeling the heat

As more Mass. households convert to cheaper natural gas, many dealers are expanding their services or merging businesses to survive.


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ON FOOTBALL | Midweek Report

Brandon Lloyd beat Miami’s Bryan McCann here, but his route-running has been sloppy.

Patriots offense still has work to do

The Patriots had two terrific second-quarter drives against the Dolphins, but outside of that, New England’s offense was fairly blah.

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