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Campaign winds down with swing state trips

President Obama embraced his wife, Michelle, during the night’s last rally, in Des Moines. Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, at a rally at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.

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The country heads into an Election Day in which the outcome between President Obama and Mitt Romney remains too close to call.

Long campaign punctuated with turning points

The presidential election’s outcome will hinge more centrally on crucial turning points and surprises over the course of a multiyear campaign.

The convention center Monday was a hive of activity both inside and out.

JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

Republican side ready for a big party in Boston

Depending on the results Tuesday night, Mitt Romney’s Seaport District soiree could either be a raucous celebration or a subdued gathering.

Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren made frantic final appeals to a few of those key areas Monday, hugging babies and holding rallies in places such as Framingham, Worcester, and Fall River.

Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren stake out vital turf

The Mass. Senate race has its own crucial communities that Senator Brown and Warren will be counting on to help them roll to victory.

The Nation

Campaign winds down with swing state trips

President Obama embraced his wife, Michelle, during the night’s last rally, in Des Moines. Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, at a rally at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.

By Matt Viser

The country heads into an Election Day in which the outcome between President Obama and Mitt Romney remains too close to call.

Long campaign punctuated with turning points

By Christopher Rowland, Brian MacQuarrie and Michael Kranish

The presidential election’s outcome will hinge more centrally on crucial turning points and surprises over the course of a multiyear campaign.

Normalcy cruelly eludes New York, commuters

A fallen tree near Public School 195 was only one of the challenges in the Manhattan Beach section of Brooklyn Monday.

By Vivian Yee

Many schools had no heat as students returned to class in New York, which is still struggling with fuel shortages and overloaded public transit after last week’s hurricane.

The World

Palestinians joining the fray in Syria

A rebel had just fired a missile toward a building housing army troops in Aleppo. Fighting was also intense in Damascus.

By Barbara Surk

Infighting flared in Syria’s civil war, with rebel groups clashing and Palestinian supporters and opponents of the regime doing battle.

Iran not cooperating on nuclear weapons, UN official says

The UN nuclear chief said Monday that Iran is not cooperating with an investigation into suspected secret work on nuclear weapons.

Britain orders inquiry into new abuse claims

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron ordered an investigation into newly raised allegations related to a major child abuse scandal in north Wales in the 1970s and 1980s.

Editorial & Opinion

farah stockman

Activists no more

The Rev. Ralph Abernathy led a mule-drawn wagon at the head of Martin Luther King’s last campaign.

By Farah Stockman

Young people once led the fight to vote; today they barely cast their ballots.

joanna weiss

A hurricane, a blackout, and an election

By Joanna Weiss

The New York blackout, and the attendant darkened screens, showed the nature of our modern binary lives and election choices.

paul mcmorrow

R.I. and Mass. are in a gambling arms race

By Paul McMorrow

As states pile into the casino gambling market, they’re finding that the only way to deliver on the promise of money and jobs is in amping up their gambling operations.

Metro

Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren stake out vital turf

Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren made frantic final appeals to a few of those key areas Monday, hugging babies and holding rallies in places such as Framingham, Worcester, and Fall River.

By Noah Bierman and Michael Levenson

The Mass. Senate race has its own crucial communities that Senator Brown and Warren will be counting on to help them roll to victory.

Neighbors’ political differences don’t show signs of strife

Campaign signs claim equal attention on the same corner on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.

By Stephanie Ebbert

Across the region, many who live on either side of the hedges live in domestic harmony while advertising their differing political views.

Opening arguments are made in Tim Cahill trial

Former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill awaited the start of his trial on public corruption charges Monday in Suffolk Superior Court.

By Peter Schworm

Prosecutors said the former state treasurer “reached into the lottery’s pocket” for an ad blitz to boost his candidacy for governor in 2010.

Business

Republican side ready for a big party in Boston

The convention center Monday was a hive of activity both inside and out.

By Katie Johnston

Depending on the results Tuesday night, Mitt Romney’s Seaport District soiree could either be a raucous celebration or a subdued gathering.

Lafayette Center set to get major makeover

By Casey Ross

The owner of one of the largest commercial buildings in Downtown Crossing is seeking to refresh the complex with new and larger retail stores, a redesigned lobby, and restaurants.

How Boston area executives plan to vote

(Left to right) Seth Priebatsch, chief executive of Scvngr; Veronica Turner, executive vice president of the Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union; and Scott Griffith, chief executive of Zipcar Inc.

By Beth Healy and Steven Syre

As with voters across the country, local business leaders are making their election choices based on what they see as the most pressing issues.

Obituaries

Frank Lewenberg, 67; lawyer wrote book about life after cancer diagnosis

FRANK LEWENBERG

By Bryan Marquard

To help others and raise money for research, Mr. Lewenberg turned experience into a memoir, “Interesting Times: The Story of My Battle With Brain Cancer.”

Millie Parsons, FBI’s longest-serving employee; at 99

Mrs. Parsons also posed as the date of an undercover agent.

By Emily Langer

Mrs. Parsons — who never once called in sick during her record-breaking 62 years, nine months, and two days as an FBI secretary — died Oct. 21.

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

The Patriot way is only about winning now

Aqib Talib is undeniably talented on the field, and troubled off it.

By Dan Shaughnessy

There was a time when the Patriots’ standards for player conduct seemed to be different from other NFL franchises. But now, they are only concerned with winning.

Michael Hoomanawanui not just a catchy name

Michael Hoomanawanui has toiled in relative anonymity as the fourth tight end — except for  his polysyllabic surname.

By Michael Vega

The Patriots’ big man has toiled in relative anonymity as the fourth tight end — except for his polysyllabic surname.

Patriots Notebook

Bill Belichick not talking much about Aqib Talib

There was no official announcement from the team, no quote from Bill Belichick on what former first-round pick Aqib Talib might add to an oft-maligned secondary.

By Shalise Manza Young

In his first talk with reporters since the Patriots acquired the cornerback, Belichick didn’t say much about why he pulled the trigger on the trade.

G: Living

G Cover

Anti-sitting movement gaining followers

Sherry Pagoto, associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, at her standing/walking desk.

By Beth Teitell

What started as an office trend is moving to parties, meetings, and elsewhere, as more people embrace standing over sitting.

Book Review

‘Bruce’ by Peter Ames Carlin

“Bruce,” a new biography, looks at Bruce Springsteen, the enduring rocker and charismatic leader of the E Street Band.

By Ian Crouch

“Bruce,” a new biography, looks at Bruce Springsteen, the enduring rocker and charismatic leader of the E Street Band.

Q&A

NOVA host hopes to generate buzz about science

By Karen Weintraub

David Pogue is the new host this season for NOVA scienceNOW, a PBS program that aims to make cutting-edge science entertaining.

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