Independent voters key in N.H. GOP primary

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush talled with N.H. Secretary of State Bill Gardner as he arrived to file his papers to be on the primary ballot.

Jim Cole/AP

New Hampshire’s large number of independent voters have contributed to its reputation as a mercurial swing state.

// Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving

Black Friday used to kick off the holiday shopping season, but now Thanksgiving Day is the new tradition for some shoppers.

Partners jumps into the software business

GeneInsight is software that digests mountains of genetic data and breaks it into bite-sized information to help doctors treat their patients.

Dry cask storage was used to store spent fuel at the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

The long road to decommissioning a nuclear power plant

Vermont Yankee estimates it will cost more than $1.2 billion and take until 2075 to fully decommission the plant.

// Could Polito be the one to break the curse?

Massachusetts lieutenant governors often dream of becoming governor. Very few ever do.

Lunch Break

// New Boston Public Market fills appetites, coffers

Visitors gobbled up 30,000 warm cider doughnuts from the Red Apple Farm stall in its first five days at Boston Public Market.

Jephthe Chery was shot and killed outside of a Fenway bar Thursday morning.

Jan Ransom/Globe Staff

Shots outside Fenway take a cherished son

Boston’s top police official described the man who was killed as “an innocent” who got caught in crossfire.

Ali Al Jundi, with his sons Mohaned and Mohammed, found a home in Waltham.

Keith Bedford/Globe Staff

From Syria to Waltham, from despair to hope

For Ali Al Jundi, the month of November will always be full of celebration.

// Chip-ready credit card machines hard to find

Three in five Americans are now carrying a chip-embedded credit or debit card. The only problem? Where to use it.

Judy Foreman

Baker’s opioid plan gets it only half right

We are dealing with the well-publicized problem of opioid abuse and the under-publicized epidemic of chronic pain.

// 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor in altercation outside Boston nightclub

TMZ Sports reported Philadelphia’s rookie center got violent in front of Storyville in Boston, though no arrests were made.

//[1][1].jpg Ex-Millis cop accused of fake bomb threat, shootout found dead

There were no signs of foul play and the death is not being investigated as a homicide.

//[1].jpg Music gift guide: box sets

A look at a few of the boxes vying for your holiday dollars including collections from Bruce Springsteen and Neko Case.

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Carpenters union targets Braintree school site

A union is using its political connections to help turn the heat up on the project’s framing contractor and subcontractor.

The Confident Cook

Turkey is what’s left and pot pie is the logical next dish

Our meat pies are largely spin-offs from the British, who know how to repurpose a holiday roast.

New England Patriots defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard (93) tackles Buffalo Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) in the second half of an NFL football game, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Run or pass, Jabaal Sheard has it covered on the D-line

In his first year with the Patriots, Sheard is making a good impression as he continues to make important stops.

Boston MA 11/26/15 Needham High Joe Gowetski (58) celebrates with teammates after an interception for a touchdown against Wellesley High during second quarter action at Fenway Park on Thursday November 26, 2015. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: Reporter:

Christopher L. Gasper

High school football at Fenway should be a tradition

The scenes at Fenway will be unforgettable for all involved.

// BC’s trying season hasn’t hurt the bond between the Addazios

Father Steve and son Louie are in many ways mirror images, and their passion for football shone through this season.

Ground Game

Ground Game

// Who will be next to drop out of the presidential race?

The signs point to two US senators: Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham.

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Globe Santa delivers holiday gifts to local children in need.

Globe investigations

// Globe investigations and Spotlight reports

A look at high-impact investigations from The Boston Globe, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning report on abuse in the Catholic Church.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

People in need around the globe

People are in need, from Boston to places around the world, and many others have offered contributions.

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An investigator wearing a hazmat suit worked in front of Brussels’ Great Mosque on Thursday.

Belgium lowers terror attack alert level for Brussels

Belgian officials Thursday reduced their assessment of the threats facing Brussels, five days after saying that the risk of a terrorist attack was “serious and imminent.”