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Romney and a revived Obama spar in 2d debate

Mitt Romney and President Obama spoke over each other at times Tuesday night in a face-off that was far more spirited than their first debate.

President Obama and Mitt Romney delivered punches and counterpunches on the economy, foreign policy, and social issues.

Maine earthquake rattles residents around Boston

A 4.0 magnitude quake struck about 30 miles outside of Portland on Tuesday night, officials said, shaking the ground throughout New England.

Annie Dookhan contacted Norfolk Assistant District Attorney George Papachristos often and in a familiar way. Her husband tried repeatedly to contact a startled Papachristos.

Chemist often called, wrote to prosecutor

Annie Dookhan carried on an unauthorized correspondence with a prosecutor whose drug evidence she analyzed.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Audience questions underscore nation’s wounds

The self-styled “Town Hall” debate is likely to be remembered for the pain expressed by so many of the questioners, testimony to the fallout of the Great Recession.

A123 makes advanced battery systems.

Failure of A123 Systems becomes part of fray

The bankruptcy filing of A123 Systems thrusts the Waltham company into the middle of the presidential debate over energy and economic policies.

Matthew Spencer still suffers from occasional headaches.

CHERYL SENTER FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Fungal infection poses challenges to patients, officials

With the expanding fungal meningitis outbreak, officials are dealing with a disease difficult to diagnose, and with treatment risky and arduous.

The Nation

Romney and a revived Obama spar in 2d debate

Mitt Romney and President Obama spoke over each other at times Tuesday night in a face-off that was far more spirited than their first debate.

By Brian MacQuarrie and Matt Viser

President Obama and Mitt Romney delivered punches and counterpunches on the economy, foreign policy, and social issues.

Americans’ cholesterol levels falling, review finds

Peter D’Amato of Hazelton, Pa., at a cholesterol screening there. US levels dropped an average 5 percent since 1988.

By Deborah Kotz

Despite an increase in obesity-related diseases, cholesterol levels among adults in the US have taken a turn downward.

Curb on antigay church protests OK

By Jim Salter

A St. Louis suburb can enforce a funeral protest ordinance aimed at preventing picketing by an antigay Kansas church, a federal appeals court ruled.

The World

Cuba to scrap exit visas for travel abroad

By Damien Cave

Cuba will eliminate its exit visa requirement, allowing citizens to depart with only a passport and a visa from the country where they plan to go.

Man shoots guard at Canada border

The Peace Arch crossing on the US-Canada border in Blaine, Wash., was closed Tuesday after a man driving a van with Washington state plates shot a Canadian guard in the neck and then apparently killed himself, a police official said.

Afghans deny killer of 2 US troops was intel agent

By Amir Shah

Afghanistan’s security service denied claims that a suicide bomber who killed two US troops and four Afghans in an attack was a member of the country’s intelligence agency.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | renee loth

A spirited night for both Romney and Obama

By Renée Loth

After 90 minutes of animated, not to say aggressive, policy discussion, few voters watching last night would confuse Mitt Romney and President Obama.

bill aulet and fiona murray

Not all jobs are created equal

By Bill Aulet and Fiona Murray

Small businesses are a vital part of our economy, but they often employ only a few workers, while innovation-driven companies generate many more jobs and exports.

Jeff Jacoby

What about do no harm?

By Jeff Jacoby

Suicide is not health care, and prescribing death is not a doctor’s role.

Metro

Maine earthquake rattles residents around Boston

By Travis Andersen, Derek J. Anderson and Melanie Dostis

A 4.0 magnitude quake struck about 30 miles outside of Portland on Tuesday night, officials said, shaking the ground throughout New England.

Fungal infection poses challenges to patients, officials

Matthew Spencer still suffers from occasional headaches.

By Liz Kowalczyk

With the expanding fungal meningitis outbreak, officials are dealing with a disease difficult to diagnose, and with treatment risky and arduous.

Chemist often called, wrote to prosecutor

Annie Dookhan contacted Norfolk Assistant District Attorney George Papachristos often and in a familiar way. Her husband tried repeatedly to contact a startled Papachristos.

By Andrea Estes and Scott Allen

Annie Dookhan carried on an unauthorized correspondence with a prosecutor whose drug evidence she analyzed.

Business

Failure of A123 Systems becomes part of fray

A123 makes advanced battery systems.

By Erin Ailworth

The bankruptcy filing of A123 Systems thrusts the Waltham company into the middle of the presidential debate over energy and economic policies.

A123 is latest aid recipient to file bankruptcy

A123 Systems financial slide followed the high-profile collapse of Solyndra, a Fremont, Calif., solar panel maker.

By Beth Healy

The bankruptcy filing marks another blemish on President Obama’s record for investing US dollars in alternative energy start-ups.

New development coming soon to Pier 4

A rendering shows The Hanover Co.'s planned apartment and retail tower at the entrance to Pier 4 along Northern Avenue.

By Casey Ross

Construction will begin next month on a massive mixed-use complex that will eventually displace well-known Boston restaurant Anthony’s Pier 4.

Obituaries

Bill Ezinicki, 88; ex-Bruin preferred putting greens

In 1960, Mr. Ezinicki won the Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine opens.

By Marvin Pave

Before joining the Bruins, Mr. Ezinicki played right wing for the Maple Leafs on three Stanley Cup-winning teams, but his heart was always in golf.

Jackie Guthrie, 68, married to folk singer Arlo 43 years

Abe, 4, Arlo, and Jackie Guthrie attended a rally in 1974 to try to save a church in Washington, Mass.

Jackie Guthrie had inoperable cancer and died Sunday at the couple’s winter home in Sebastian, Fla.

George Friedman; marketed fragrances for Ralph Lauren

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Mr. Friedman, 77, helped develop and market perfumes named for fashion designers like Ralph Lauren, Paloma Picasso, and Gloria Vanderbilt in the 1970s and ’80s.

Sports

On football | Midweek Report

Patriots coaches dropped the ball in Seattle

Bill Belichick and the Patriots coaches struggled in Seattle.

By Greg A. Bedard

The Patriots players did well enough to beat the Seahawks, but some critical mistakes and risky decisions were made by New England’s coaches.

Tigers 2, Yankees 1

Justin Verlander comes up aces again for Tigers

Justin Verlander was a striking figure, allowing three hits and one run in 8‚ innings as the Tigers pushed the Yankees to the brink of elimination in the ALCS with a 2-1 victory.

By Peter Abraham

Verlander allowed three hits and one run in 8 1/3 innings as the Tigers pushed the Yankees to the brink of elimination in the ALCS with a 2-1 victory.

On Baseball

Brad Ausmus is the best choice for Red Sox

Everyone who ever has come in contact with Brad Ausmus will tell you he was born to manage.

By Nick Cafardo

Ausmus, a former catcher who was born to manage, is interviewing with the Red Sox Wednesday to replace Bobby Valentine.

G: Food

The new tastes of New England

At Hugo’s in Portland, Maine, a salad of ark clams, matsutake, apple, tarragon, and fried bread.

By Jonathan Levitt

As chefs elevate humble ingredients that have always grown here, expect more menus to have a more specific expression of New England’s seasons, landscape, and culture.

Recipe for turnip soup with yogurt

Make this soup with small Hakurei turnips, which are sweet and mild. Use those or another mild variety, each about the size of an egg.

Dining Out

Vejigantes brings San Juan to South End

Shrimp in Creole sauce with rice and beans.

By Devra First

Vejigantes’ dishes may not always hit the mark, but the restaurant offers a welcome taste of Puerto Rico.

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