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Fearing fiscal mess in Washington, businesses hold back

Spending on new plants and equipment, which led the rebound from the recession, has slowed amid fears Congress will be unable to avoid a fiscal disaster.

Kayak cofounder Paul English shaped apps that compare travel searches.

The Boston Globe

Priceline makes a $1.8 billion deal for Kayak

Kayak, the New England company known for its quirky office culture and speedy travel searches, will be acquired by the online travel booking giant.

Elizabeth Warren said she needed to be more discreet on issues now that she is preparing to become a US senator.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Elizabeth Warren holds back with reporters

The senator-­elect brushed aside several questions, including ones about the looming “fiscal cliff,” in her first official press conference after winning.

Medical marijuana that was packaged for sale in 1-gram packages at a facility in Seattle. Massachusetts is grappling with implementing its own law.

Medical marijuana law will challenge overseers

Approval of medical use of marijuana is already prompting questions about the readiness of beleaguered state health regulators, local communities, and police.

Canton students to be trained to counter shooters

In Canton and schools nationwide, ­officials are training teachers, staff, and eventually even students that in some cases they should fight against armed attackers.

The Nation

Loughner gets life for Arizona rampage

Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly left court. The former congresswoman did not speak at the sentencing.

By Fernanda Santos

Jared Loughner, who pleaded guilty to an Arizona shooting spree that wounded then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was sentenced Thursday.

Federal judge urged to approve BP settlement

By Michael Kunzelman

BP and attorneys for businesses and people who lost money in the Gulf oil spill urged a federal judge Thursday to give his final approval to a class-action settlement.

Iowa parents accused of locking teens in basement

A mother and father have been charged with false imprisonment after their adopted teenage children told authorities their parents locked them in the basement of their home for weeks.

The World

Iranian warplanes fire on US drone in Persian Gulf

By Rick Gladstone and Thom Shanker

Iranian warplanes fired at an unmanned US military surveillance drone in international airspace over the Persian Gulf last week.

S. Africa leader faces no-confidence bid

By Carley Petesch

Opposition parties submitted a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma, saying that corruption and unemployment have risen, the justice system has been politicized, and the economy has weakened.

Malawi stops enforcing antigay laws

By Raphael Tenthani

Going against a trend in Africa, Malawi’s government is moving to suspend laws against homosexuality.

Editorial & Opinion

Scot Lehigh

The GOP’s election-denial disorder

By Scot Lehigh

A bad case of political denial is infecting conservatives nationwide.

Carlo Rotella

Should I let my 12-year-old daughter read the ‘Twilight’ books?

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in the 2012 film

By Carlo Rotella

A parental debate on whether to allow a preteen to read Stephenie Meyer’s vampire love stories is a sign of the overprotective times.

Editorial

Writer Jane Holtz Kay chronicled Boston, the ‘joy in city making’

Photo from the book “Lost Boston” by Jane Holtz Kay.

Neighborhood-focused development in Boston, Kay argued, proved that change could be “a creative act.”

Metro

Brian McGrory

Elizabeth Warren a woman of few words

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren and Governor Deval Patrick held a press conference at the State House Thursday.

By Brian McGrory

The people of Massachusetts want their senator to be open and honest about the issues on everyone’s mind, discretion be damned.

Elizabeth Warren holds back with reporters

Elizabeth Warren said she needed to be more discreet on issues now that she is preparing to become a US senator.

By Noah Bierman and Michael Levenson

The senator-­elect brushed aside several questions, including ones about the looming “fiscal cliff,” in her first official press conference after winning.

Medical marijuana law will challenge overseers

Medical marijuana that was packaged for sale in 1-gram packages at a facility in Seattle. Massachusetts is grappling with implementing its own law.

By Chelsea Conaboy

Approval of medical use of marijuana is already prompting questions about the readiness of beleaguered state health regulators, local communities, and police.

Business

Fearing fiscal mess in Washington, businesses hold back

By Megan Woolhouse

Spending on new plants and equipment, which led the rebound from the recession, has slowed amid fears Congress will be unable to avoid a fiscal disaster.

Priceline makes a $1.8 billion deal for Kayak

Kayak cofounder Paul English shaped apps that compare travel searches.

By Katie Johnston and Michael B. Farrell

Kayak, the New England company known for its quirky office culture and speedy travel searches, will be acquired by the online travel booking giant.

Marlborough lands new Boston Scientific headquarters

Boston Scientific is moving 800 employees to Marlborough, where it already has operations, and developing its headquarters there.

By Casey Ross

Boston Scientific will add a headquarters building and sell its Natick complex to MathWorks Inc. in a deal that will bring new jobs to both communities.

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Boston Capital

Financial industry’s risky election wager

By Steven Syre

EU bank chief lauds progress on fiscal crisis

By Jack Ewing and Julia Werdigier

Obituaries

Dave Davis, 80; diversified hiring at Massport

Dave Davis pushed for noise abatement at Logan Airport.

By Bryan Marquard

Among his accomplishments at Massport were tackling the challenge of reducing noise levels for neighborhoods near Logan Airport and increasing ­racial and gender diversity at the agency.

Frank J. Prial, wine critic, at 82

By Eric Asimov

Frank J. ­Prial, whose Wine Talk column in The New York Times introduced many Americans to the world of wine in the 1970s, died on Tuesday.

Theodore Jones, 68; judge on New York’s top court

THEODORE JONES

By Michael Virtanen

Judge Theodore T. Jones Jr., one of seven jurists on New York’s top court, has died.

Sports

Notre Dame at BC

Brian Kelly has Notre Dame back in the hunt

Coach Brian Kelly has led the Irish to a 9-0 record in his third season at South Bend.

By Amalie Benjamin

The No. 4 Irish, once kings of college football, are 9-0 and back in the national title conversation for the first time in a long time.

Julian Edelman’s role not clear now

Julian Edelman’s season was derailed Sept. 23 when he suffered a hand injury.

By Michael Whitmer

The receiver seemed to be ahead of Wes Welker on the depth chart before a September injury. Now, his place is uncertain.

Christopher L. Gasper

Aqib Talib worth the gamble for Patriots

By Christopher L. Gasper

Barren of talent at cornerback, the Patriots’ spending of a fourth-round pick on a troubled player with a high ceiling makes sense.

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Men’s Basketball preview

BC basketball finds help in Canadian Olivier Hanlan

By Amalie Benjamin

Sports Media

NESN adds Leah Hextall as newest reporter

By Chad Finn

Celtics still finding identity

By Frank Dell'Apa

red sox notebook

Deck may be cleared for Jose Iglesias

By Peter Abraham

patriots notebook

Patriots in a rush to stop Bills’ ground game

By Michael Vega

Downs & Distance

Kenjon Barner making late Heisman push

By Jim McBride

Colts 27, Jaguars 10

Andrew Luck leads Colts past Jaguars

By Mark Long

College hockey notes

BU rookies making an impact

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

High School Football Advance

Natick football looks to rebound against Walpole

By Andy Deossa

On Baseball

Red Sox need to win the winter this year

By Nick Cafardo

School Roundup

Roundup: Barnstable girls advance in volleyball

By Ayoub Kourikchi

G: Arts & Movies

MOVIE REVIEW

‘Lincoln’ carries the weight of history

Daniel Day-Lewis (center) reinvents Abraham Lincoln as a canny politician hiding behind a folksy, godlike exterior.

By Ty Burr

Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner — with help from Daniel Day-Lewis — tell one of our country’s greatest stories using dialogue filled with ideas.

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on ‘Lincoln,’ the movie and man

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin collaborated with Steven Spielberg on his new film “Lincoln.”

By Joseph P. Kahn

An entire wall in Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s home library in Concord is lined with books about Abraham Lincoln.

MOVIE REVIEW

Sean Penn hits right notes in ‘This Must Be the Place’

Sean Penn as Cheyenne, a retired rock star who goes searching for his father’s tormenter.

By Ty Burr

It’s a charmingly oddball fable about a former rock star traveling across America seeking revenge on an ex-Nazi.

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Noisy Neighbors

Skipp Whitman, ‘5 AM’

By Martín Caballero

Night Watch

Middle School Dance T.G.I.F at Good Life

By Jessica Teich

Photography review

‘An Elevated View: The Orange Line,’ at the BPL

By Mark Feeney

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Dining

Dining tip: 75 on Liberty Wharf

By Devra First

MOVIE STARS

Movie capsules

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Music Review

Trifonov melds technique with personal flair

By Jeremy Eichler

Names

Gucci benefit for Boston Children’s Hospital

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Boston Ballet debuts new costumes

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Kara DioGuardi teaching hits at Berklee

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein