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What’s likely to make news in 2012

First Night fireworks exploded over the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common last night.

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From culture to politics, technology, the economy, sports, and casinos — a range of topics could be newsworthy this year.

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Among those who died was Apple’s Steve Jobs.

A look back at 2011’s notable departures

A round-up of the many notables who died in 2011, from national and world affairs to sports, business, science, the arts, and the local scene.

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Momentum in Iowa tilting toward Romney

Iowa voters may deliver a caucus plot twist Tuesday that seemed unlikely just a few short weeks ago: propelling Mitt Romney toward the Republican presidential nomination.

Laden with baggage, Newt Gingrich tries to defy odds

As Gingrich seeks the GOP presidential nomination, he is fighting not just for the country’s future, as he often proclaims, but also against his past.