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Obama defeats Romney for 2d term

President Obama, appearing with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters Sasha and Malia, declared that “the best is yet to come” for the nation.

By Michael Kranish, Matt Viser and Brian MacQuarrie

Swing states propelled President Obama to reelection after a formidable challenge by former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

News Analysis

Economy kept Obama afloat, blocked Romney win

President Obama reelected

By Christopher Rowland and Scott Helman

In the end, the rising economy secured President Obama a second term.

Captain testifies general threatened to kill her

The details are the first public narrative of the allegations against Jeffrey Sinclair.

By Michael Biesecker

A female Army captain testified that her commanding general initiated a sexual affair during a combat tour in Iraq and threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone.

The World

Diplomatic efforts have little impact in Syria

A Syrian soldier patrolled on Tuesday in an area of southern Damascus where signs of the conflict were evident.

By Neil MacFarquhar

Disjointed diplomatic maneuvering on the Syria crisis by top foreign officials seemed to underscore the lack of any coherent international effort to end the fighting.

Egyptian officer shot in Sinai region

By Ashraf Sweilam

A senior Egyptian police officer was shot and wounded in the second recent attack of its kind on security forces in the country’s turbulent northern Sinai region.

Gaza crew drains pond to capture escaped crocodile

A 5-foot-9-inch crocodile that escaped its zoo enclosure two years ago was captured by a Gaza policeman and others in a sewage pond and returned to its cage Tuesday.

By Diaa Hadid

A 5-foot-9-inch crocodile that escaped its zoo enclosure two years ago was captured and returned to its cage.

Editorial & Opinion

joan vennochi

Romney fails the trust test

By Joan Vennochi

Americans need to believe in a basic reliability in the person they send to the White House, and that was Mitt Romney’s downfall.

Joanna Weiss

Fox News provided the evening’s entertainment

By Joanna Weiss

On a night of far less tension than expected, Fox News offered the high emotions.

Jeff Jacoby

Obama wins an ugly victory

By Jeff Jacoby

President Obama may have eked out a victory, but he won it ugly, and his first term will go down as one of the great lost boons in American political history.


Brian McGrory

Wouldn’t it be great...

Supporters cheered at President Obama victory speech in Chicago.

By Brian McGrory

Wouldn’t it be great if the nation learned a few hard-won lessons from the campaign that just ended, decency and commonality and the art of compromise?

Kennedy wins in the 4th, returning the family to power

Joseph P. Kennedy III with mother Sheila Rauch (left) and fiancee Lauren Birchfield at Tuesday’s rally.

By Mark Arsenault

Joseph P. Kennedy III won a decisive victory in the race to fill the open congressional seat left vacant by the retire­ment of Barney Frank.

Rep. Tierney hangs on to win Sixth District

John F. Tierney, with his wife, Patrice, spoke to supporters early Wednesday in Salem.

By Eric Moskowitz

Rep. John Tierney held on to win a ninth term, beating Republican Richard Tisei by the narrowest margin since his first victory.

More Stories

Mass. voters OK marijuana for some medical conditions

By Chelsea Conaboy and Zachary T. Sampson

Elizabeth Warren defeats Scott Brown

By Noah Bierman and Frank Phillips

Election day in Mass.

Heavy Mass. voter turnout rivals record pace of 2008

By Peter Schworm


Bulger returns to jail after hospital stay

By Travis Andersen


Man charged in assault on boy, 11

By Travis Andersen

Massachusetts Legislature

Democrats keep majority of Senate seats

By Andrea Estes

the wait

At Mass. polls, long lines and ballots

By Billy Baker


Maine voters back legalizing same-sex marriage

By Martine Powers

Maine Senate race

King wins Maine seat in party fight for US Senate

By Donna Cassata


Obama wins N.H.; Hassan elected governor

By Sarah Schweitzer


Entrepreneurs team up to open big data center

By Michael B. Farrell

The group has raised $1 million for a Cambridge facility meant to ensure that the region remains a hotbed of research on the so-called big data tech revolution.

Many say they’ll spend more for holiday gifts

At the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, a shopper looked at Macy’s Christmas display. Retailers anticipate greater holiday sales this year.

By Erin Ailworth and Laura Finaldi

Boston-area consumers plan to spend significantly more on gifts than other US shoppers this holiday season.

Upper Crust’s staff due $850,000, US says

By Jenn Abelson

The bankrupt gourmet pizza chain accused of exploiting workers owes employees about $850,000 in back wages and damages, according to court records.


Elliot Carter, 103; top US composer, prolific to the end

Mr. Carter was already in his 80s when he took on his most expansive work, “Symphonia.”

By Jeremy Eichler

The most respected American composer of the late 20th century, Mr. Carter wrote 158 works and was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Jim Durham, 65, NBA game announcer for ESPN


Mr. Durham, the lead play-by-play commentator for NBA games on ESPN Radio, has died.


Female ex-hockey star now walking cop’s beat

Ex-Providence College star Stephanie O’Sullivan directs a practice at the O’Sullivan Hockey Academy at Devine Rink.

By Stan Grossfeld

After a successful hockey career, Stephanie O’Sullivan’s love of the action continues, as a member of the Boston police department.

Patriots historically tough to beat after bye

Predictably, Bill Belichick has no theories on his second-half success. He just takes things one game at a time.

By Shalise Manza Young

As they head into the season’s 2nd half, the Patriots carry a 9-3 post-bye record under Bill Belichick, and an impressive 86-23 mark in November and December.

Kevin Garnett says Celtics need more work

Kevin Garnett will continue to exhort his fellow Celtics to get their system down.

By Frank Dell'Apa

The Celtics have shown somewhat shocking signs of vulnerability in getting off to a 1-2 start, but Garnett has been seeing progress.

G: Food

It’s tailgate time. ’Cue the veggies

Vegetarian chili.

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick

A Sunday afternoon game party or tailgating picnic should have a few nonmeat options, for the sake of the guests and for the sake of some waistlines.

Recipe for all-bean vegetarian chili

Vegetarian chili.

Recipe for all-bean vegetarian chili

More Stories

Cookbook Review

The popular blog Smitten Kitchen becomes a book

By T. Susan Chang

Sunday Supper & More

Braised crispy chicken one night, chicken and rice bowls the next

By Sally Pasley Vargas

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Movie Review

In ‘Skyfall,’ James Bond fights irrelevance

By Wesley Morris

Book Review

‘How the SEC Became Goliath ’ by Ray Glier

By Julian Benbow


Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Critic’s corner

By Matthew Gilbert


Lansdowne Street next up for music marker

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Cambridge police thank author Patricia Cornwell

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Patriots QB Tom Brady talks politics

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Chefs coming together to host Red Cross fund-raiser

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Seth Meyers checks out screening of ‘Skyfall’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Hadassah benefit held at the Mandarin Oriental

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Peter Chiarelli makes the scene at hospital party

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein


Actor John O’Hurley gets a bite at Bond

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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