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Ferguson gives thanks after a quiet night

Local residents painted murals over boarded up businesses in Ferguson, Missouri. Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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For many residents, Thanksgiving brought a moment to reunite with one another after an anxious week.

Joseph P. Kennedy III says the holiday season is “a juggling act.”

Holidays a ‘juggling act’ for Mass. Congressional delegation

For members of Congress, visiting family comes as they try to reach last-minute budget deals and shore up votes on the last bills of the year.

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N.J. Gov. Christie vetoes politically charged pig crate bill

Christie vetoed a bill that would ban the use of small crates for pregnant pigs, which are used widely in Iowa.

Official Christmas tree arrives at White House

The tree will be trimmed in the Blue Room, where it will stand as the main attraction throughout the holiday season.

NY boys rescued from snow bank aided by air pocket

Two boys were building a snow fort Wednesday night when a plow operator clearing a parking lot unknowingly pushed snow over them.

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JFK: 50 Years Later

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A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Globe Investigations

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

Gay marriage in the US

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In the early 1970s, there were zero states banning or allowing same-sex marriage, and no states offered civil unions or domestic partnerships.

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A live stream of Instagram posts from The Boston Globe photo department.