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Obama’s nuclear plan tangled in election politics

A review of the president’s promised plan to reduce America’s nuclear arsenal is nearing completion, but Obama and his advisers are weighing its political consequences.

Mass. DA balks as trial in Ecuador nears end

Ecuadoran officials are pressing forward with the trial of a Mass. fugitive accused of a double murder, even as Plymouth DA Timothy J. Cruz continues to fight for his extradition.

N.H. Episcopalians may elect 2d gay bishop

The Rev. William W. Rich, a married gay man, is one of three priests nominated by a Diocese of New Hampshire search committee to succeed Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who is retiring.

Nikki Gibbons and Travis the llama paid a visit to Gert Diette, a resident at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, in Littleton.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Part 2

Finding alternatives to potent sedatives

A growing number of nursing homes are treating the agitation and disruptive behavior that often accompany dementia without resorting to antipsychotics.

Principals’ efforts found key to fixing ailing schools

A motivated principal is a major factor in helping underperforming Mass. schools, but there is no sign that replacing half the teaching staff makes a difference, according to a report.