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US joins mounting effort for Israel-Hamas truce

Smoke rose over Gaza City Tuesday night after an apparent Israeli air strike on the deadliest day of the fighting.

MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS

The struggle to achieve even a brief pause in the fighting emphasized the obstacles to finding any lasting solution.

Governor Deval Patrick said he is encouraged by the state’s talks with Amazon. But “I’m just not sure that we’re going to have an agreement in place in time for the holidays.”

Mass. prods Amazon to collect sales taxes

The Patrick administration is pressing Amazon.com Inc. to begin collecting sales taxes from Mass. customers as early as next year.

Barry Cadden of the now-closed New England Compounding Center invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions.

Pharmacy case may see call for jail time

The top executives of the Framingham pharmacy that has been linked to a meningitis outbreak are likely to be criminally prosecuted on federal charges.

Irma Morales and Sonam Dorjee assembled pies at Whole Foods’ bakery.

At bakeries, it’s all about the pies for Thanksgiving

It’s peak pie season for bakeries, including the Whole Foods Bread and Circus Bakehouse, where a 38-person pastry team churns out 80,000 pies for the holiday.

Mass. medical researchers’ funds at risk

Hospitals and research universities face a double-barreled threat from cuts in federal funding if a plan to curb the national debt is not reached by the end of the year.

The Nation

Texas woman gets 80 years in deadly day-care fire

Jessica Tata, shown after her sentence was announced, will have to serve 30 years before she is eligible for parole.

By Juan A. Lozano

Jessica Tata was sentenced to 80 years in prison in connection with a fatal fire that broke out at her in home day care center while she was out shopping.

Doctors back over-the-counter birth control pills

By Lauran Neergaard

The nation’s largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter.

Driver in Texas parade crash is an Army veteran

By Betsy Blaney

A 50-year-old Army veteran was driving a parade float that investigators say edged across a railroad crossing despite signals of a fast approaching train, killing four and injuring 16.

The World

US joins mounting effort for Israel-Hamas truce

Smoke rose over Gaza City Tuesday night after an apparent Israeli air strike on the deadliest day of the fighting.

By David D. Kirkpatrick and Ethan Bronner

The struggle to achieve even a brief pause in the fighting emphasized the obstacles to finding any lasting solution.

Britain gives recognition to Syria coalition

By Hania Mourtada and Neil MacFarquhar

A Syrian opposition coalition gained official recognition from Britain and showed off one of its largest hauls of heavy weapons from a captured government base.

13 shot, shops razed in Kenyan town

By Daud Yussuf

More than a dozen people were shot and hundreds of shops were burned in the eastern Kenyan town of Garissa amid rising Somali-Kenyan tensions.

Editorial & Opinion

jeff jacoby

A vast moral difference

An Israeli couple watched the Gaza Strip in the background as they stood on a hill at the Israeli town of Sderot on Tuesday.

By Jeff Jacoby

An unbridgeable cultural abyss divides Israel and Islamic jihadists.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Retailers shouldn’t open on Thanksgiving

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Many big box retailers are rendering Black Friday obsolete this year by opening their doors Thanksgiving night as early as 8 p.m.

Carlo Rotella

The doomsayer in his hot tub

The wooden foreparts of Viking ships are thought to have been carved in dragon shapes to ward off sea monsters.

By Carlo Rotella

A new book can evoke an old one and illuminate for a reader how he came to be the way he is.

Metro

Pharmacy case may see call for jail time

Barry Cadden of the now-closed New England Compounding Center invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions.

By Kay Lazar

The top executives of the Framingham pharmacy that has been linked to a meningitis outbreak are likely to be criminally prosecuted on federal charges.

Mass. medical researchers’ funds at risk

By Tracy Jan

Hospitals and research universities face a double-barreled threat from cuts in federal funding if a plan to curb the national debt is not reached by the end of the year.

Kraft Group sued over deaths after tailgating

Alex Latteo (left) and Debra Davis were killed in a car accident in Wrentham on July 26, 2008.

By Brian Ballou

Lawyers for the Kraft Group and the family of a car-crash victim argued over a lawsuit that faults the Gillette owners for the fatal accident.

Business

Mass. prods Amazon to collect sales taxes

Governor Deval Patrick said he is encouraged by the state’s talks with Amazon. But “I’m just not sure that we’re going to have an agreement in place in time for the holidays.”

By Michael B. Farrell

The Patrick administration is pressing Amazon.com Inc. to begin collecting sales taxes from Mass. customers as early as next year.

At bakeries, it’s all about the pies for Thanksgiving

Irma Morales and Sonam Dorjee assembled pies at Whole Foods’ bakery.

By Sarah Shemkus

It’s peak pie season for bakeries, including the Whole Foods Bread and Circus Bakehouse, where a 38-person pastry team churns out 80,000 pies for the holiday.

Business leaders offer suggestions on budget crisis

By Beth Healy

Locally and nationally, business leaders are mulling how they would tackle the slew of tax increases and expense cuts set to take effect in the new year.

Obituaries

Leah Gottlieb, 94, renowned designer of women’s bathing suits

Miriam Ruzow and her mother, Leah Gottlieb, in the swimwear company Gottex’s New York showroom, in 1979.

By Douglas Martin

Leah Gottlieb, who started with a single sewing machine in a refugee camp in the new nation-state of Israel, died Saturday at her home in Tel Aviv.

Warren Rudman, former N.H. senator, fought to balance budget

In 2002, Warren B. Rudman spoke during a hearing on US response to terrorism prior to the Sept. 11. 2001, attacks.

By Adam Clymer

Mr. Rudman, who adhered to a ­belief in compromise as the underpinning of good government, died in Washington. He was 82.

Former Mouseketeer Bonita Lynn Fields Elder dies at 68

By Rick Callahan

Bonita Lynn Fields Elder, an agile dancer who showcased those skills on ‘‘The Mickey Mouse Club’’ and later performed on Broadway, died in Indiana.

Sports

On Football | Midweek report

Pressure from Patriots defense may be short-lived

Colts QB Andrew Luck (12) tries to get off a pass Sunday while under pressure from Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes.

By Greg A. Bedard

While the Patriots found success pursuing Andrew Luck, they may not continue that trend, which can be a boon to the secondary.

Remembering the first high school football games

The surviving members of the Oneida team at the Nov. 21, 1925, dedication of the marker on Boston Common, where they played football (top) and descendants of the players at the marker last month, with Oneida club president Tom McGrath (third from right).

By Bob Holmes

The first games were played in Boston 150 years ago — the start of a great American tradition that endures today.

Celtics’ Leandro Barbosa made easy switch from soccer

Celtic Leandro Barbosa made his mark on the international scene as a 19-year-old at the 2002 FIBA World Championships in Indianapolis, and the next year he started his NBA career in Phoenix.

By Frank Dell'Apa

It is difficult to overstate the importance of SC Corinthians and soccer in the life of the Brazil native and Celtics guard.

G: Food

15 Boston restaurant dishes to give thanks for

Lobster roll at Olives in Charlestown.

By Devra First

With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s time to reflect on the larger things for which we are grateful, but the smaller pleasures are worth remembering, too.

Chef Bill Brodsky’s turkey tips

By Matt Barber

Brodsky shares advice on carving your Thanksgiving turkey.

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