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Israel readies Gaza invasion as Hamas rockets zero in

Israeli armored vehicles massed near the border with Gaza on Friday.

RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

Israel prepared for a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip Friday as Hamas militants continued to lob rockets into Israel.

Joseph Kennedy III tried to blend in at orientation.

Latest link returns Kennedy name to D.C.

Marking the return of a political dynasty, the 32-year-old Joseph Kennedy III is determined to make his own mark.

Mass. tax hike on the table for roads and transit

Nearly six years after a bipartisan commission sounded the alarm about the transportation system, Governor Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to solve the problem.

President Obama, with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio (left) and Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Leaders hopeful fiscal cliff can be averted

Top congressional leaders emerged from a meeting with President Obama trying to project bipartisan confidence that they could avert a potential economic catastrophe.

A Hostess store’s shelves in Malden were nearly stripped bare on Friday.

Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

With Hostess closing, gold rush is on for endangered Twinkies

A run on the cream-filled golden sponge cakes was prompted by the news that Hostess Brands was shutting down after a crippling labor dispute.

The Nation

Leaders hopeful fiscal cliff can be averted

President Obama, with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio (left) and Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

By Matt Viser and Christopher Rowland

Top congressional leaders emerged from a meeting with President Obama trying to project bipartisan confidence that they could avert a potential economic catastrophe.

Latest link returns Kennedy name to D.C.

Joseph Kennedy III tried to blend in at orientation.

By Tracy Jan

Marking the return of a political dynasty, the 32-year-old Joseph Kennedy III is determined to make his own mark.

Petraeus says terrorists’ role was withheld to avoid tip-offs

Dianne Feinstein (left) defended Ambassador Susan Rice, who used talking points without references to terrorists. John McCain’s effort for more investigation was rejected.

By Kimberly Dozier and Nedra Pickler

Intelligence showed the Libyan attack was by terrorists but the administration withheld the suspected role of Al Qaeda to avoid tipping them off.

The World

Israel readies Gaza invasion as Hamas rockets zero in

Israeli armored vehicles massed near the border with Gaza on Friday.

By Karin Brulliard

Israel prepared for a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip Friday as Hamas militants continued to lob rockets into Israel.

$500 million agreement settles Calif. slaughterhouse abuse case

By Tracie Cone

A landmark agreement has settled a slaughterhouse abuse case that led to the biggest meat recall in U.S. history in 2008.

Angry Jordanian protesters urge ouster of king

Police and protesters clashed in Amman, Jordan, in demonstrations Friday over higher fuel and gas prices.

By Jamal Halaby

Calls for the ouster of Jordan’s King Abdullah II grew Friday, as thousands of protesters packed the streets.

Editorial & Opinion

Joseph Aoun

A shakeup of higher education

By Joseph E. Aoun

Massive open online course sites will change universities — but how?

Lawrence Harmon

Foxborough’s drinking problem

 Kenny Chesney fans raise beer bottles to the singer at an August concert in Foxborough.

By Lawrence Harmon

It’s not illegal to be intoxicated in Massachusetts. But it’s overreaching if Foxborough police put people in protective custody who aren’t incapacitated.

Editorial

Petraeus and Gmail: Tips for the nation’s top spy

The Petraeus saga might actually prompt some productive discussion about the relative weakness of e-mail security.

Metro

Adrian Walker

From bad to worse for a bitter Mitt Romney

By Adrian Walker

Once, Romney was a moderate. Later he was a “severe conservative.” Now, apparently, he is a bitter elitist. Perhaps he can become a defeated but gracious statesman.

Mass. tax hike on the table for roads and transit

By Eric Moskowitz

Nearly six years after a bipartisan commission sounded the alarm about the transportation system, Governor Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to solve the problem.

Beverly woman returns bag containing $11,000

Cheryl Gavazzi said she feared the money she found in a department store was connected to drug dealers, and ‘I’m going to get killed.’

By Katheleen Conti

Cheryl Gavazzi found the bag at a Swampscott store and returned it to police, who determined the money was the proceeds from a fund-raiser.

More Stories

Brookline High employee faces child porn charges

By Martine Powers and John R. Ellement

Ameridose must remain shut down

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Names

Turmoil on Aerosmith tour?

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Brockton

Man indicted in high-speed chase that killed one

By Derek J. Anderson

Woman is accused of harming her pet dog

By Melissa M. Werthmann

Reading

Robber targets convenience stores north of Boston

By Melissa M. Werthmann

Business

With Hostess closing, gold rush is on for endangered Twinkies

A Hostess store’s shelves in Malden were nearly stripped bare on Friday.

By Jenn Abelson and Laura Finaldi

A run on the cream-filled golden sponge cakes was prompted by the news that Hostess Brands was shutting down after a crippling labor dispute.

Fidelity plans to move Boston headquarters

The Fidelity headquarters in Boston is moving.

By Beth Healy

Fidelity Investments plans to move its Boston headquarters to 245 Summer St., eventually vacating its offices on Devonshire Street.

Mass. approves hike in health insurance rates

By Robert Weisman

Rates will rise an average of 3.6 percent for small businesses and individuals in early 2013.

Obituaries

Peggy McCarter; activist took soft-spoken approach

By Alli Knothe

Mrs. McCarter, 86, was an activist for about 50 years and had lived in Westport.

Martin Fay, Irish violinist with the Chieftains

The Chieftains in 1996 featured (from left) Matt Molloy, Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, Paddy Moloney, Sean Keane, and Martin Fay. Moloney and Fay were original members.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Fay, 76, was a classically trained violinist who helped revive traditional Irish music as a founding member of the Chieftains.

Bertram Wyatt-Brown, 80; historian of ‘Southern Honor’

BERTRAM WYATT-BROWN

By Matt Schudel

Dr. Wyatt-Brown was a leading historian whose influential book ‘‘Southern Honor’’ illuminated the ethics and fear of shame that defined the moral code of the old South.

Sports

Yale at Harvard | Saturday, noon

John Collins, Harvard ready for 129th clash against Yale

The No. 6 jersey of fellow senior Brian Owusu was a stretch, but senior offensive lineman John Collins has been a good fit for the Harvard football team.

By Craig Larson

The Harvard football team still can earn a share of the Ivy League title with a win over Yale Saturday.

Justin Francis can make a big impression with Patriots

Defensive lineman Justin Francis, seen roughing up Eli Manning in preseason play, is busy soaking up everything in his rookie season.

By Michael Whitmer

Time was, the rookie defensive lineman couldn’t play, even when he wanted. Now that he can, he’s making up for lost time.

BC 4, Merrimack 3

No. 1 Boston College rallies to beat Merrimack

Steven Whitney was wide open after scoring, to the dismay of Merrimack’s Jordan Heywood.

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

Steven Whitney scored two goals, including the game-winner, and the Eagles overcame a three-goal deficit to win.

G: Family

Do you repeat the same wardrobe mistakes year after year?

By Beth Teitell

The challenge posed by the seemingly simple act of purchasing clothing is so enormous that clinical psychologist Jennifer Baumgartner has written an entire book on the subject.

Five ways to break free of your clothing rut

By Beth Teitell

Clinical psychologist and author of “You Are What You Wear: What Your Clothes Reveal About You,” says there are small steps you can take to vary your look, even if only slightly.

Stage Review

‘Betrayal’: The end, the beginning, and the space in between

“Betrayal” at the Huntington Theatre Company is a subterfuge that will collapse with one wrong move, charged with an undercurrent of questions about who knew what and when.

By Don Aucoin

At the Huntington Theatre Company, the play casts a refracted, subtly illuminating light.