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Rice pulls out; talk turns to Kerry

A contentious confirmation process for the next secretary of state, which UN ambassador Susan Rice said she sought to avoid, would be unlikely for John Kerry.

SJC adds protection for young defendants

The state’s highest court upheld the dismissal of a murder indictment against a Lynn teenager, reflecting a growing consensus that defendants’ youth makes them less culpable of their crimes.

Church services for those bereft of holiday joy

“Blue Christmas” services have been proliferating at churches in the Boston area in recent years, offering a respite for those who are grieving, struggling, or just feeling low.

UMass medical student Meg Preissler visited with Jameson Laliberte at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

UMass program connects med students with patients

Medical student Meg Preissler, who had a kidney transplant, is the buddy of 8-year-old Jameson Laliberte, who is awaiting one.

Tim Cahill left Suffolk Superior Court with his with Tina after a mistrial was declared in his corruption case.

Cahill ready to live outside the public eye

Now that his corruption trial has ended in a deadlocked jury, former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill is hoping to resume a quiet life in Quincy.

The Nation

Rice pulls out; talk turns to Kerry

Susan Rice drew fire for her words on the Sept. 11 attack in Libya.

By Bryan Bender

A contentious confirmation process for the next secretary of state, which UN ambassador Susan Rice said she sought to avoid, would be unlikely for John Kerry.

In farewell speech, Snowe pleads for less polarization

Senator Olympia J. Snowe said she remains hopeful that the Senate can overcome excessive political partisanship.

By David Sharp

US Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine pleaded to her colleagues to work together to reach consensus on the ‘‘fiscal cliff.’’

Obama, Boehner meet, no progress reported

House Speaker John A. Boehner accused President Obama of not being serious about cutting spending on Thursday.

By Jonathan Weisman and Jackie Calmes

President Obama called Speaker John Boehner tried to move talks forward as pessimism mounted.

The World

Russia and NATO say that rebels could win in Syria

By Ellen Barry

Representatives asserted that Bashar Assad was losing control of the country after a nearly two-year conflict.

Lawyer: Killed Kremlin critic was UK spy

By Sylvia Hui

Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian agent-turned-Kremlin critic, was a British agent when he was poisoned in 2006.

Historian finds unknown Andersen fairy tale

By Jan M. Olsen

Retired historian Esben Brage said he found the text while searching in the National Archives.

Editorial & Opinion

Joan Wickersham

The homeless beat

By Joan Wickersham

Homelessness isn’t magically fixable. But patiently getting to know the people on the street seems to help disastrous circumstances from becoming an even bigger disaster.

Scot Lehigh

Points of clarity through the fiscal cliff fog

By Scot Lehigh

A few simple truths should serve as a guidepost for the nation’s fiscal future.

Scott Brown

A pleasure and a privilege

By Scott Brown

To all the people of Massachusetts, I count myself in your debt, for the confidence you placed in me, and for allowing me to represent you.

Metro

UMass program connects med students with patients

UMass medical student Meg Preissler visited with Jameson Laliberte at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

By Katheleen Conti

Medical student Meg Preissler, who had a kidney transplant, is the buddy of 8-year-old Jameson Laliberte, who is awaiting one.

Brian McGrory

Coakley, Cahill need to save face after mistrial

By Brian McGrory

Attorney General Martha Coakley and the former state treasurer Tim Cahill need to make this semi-absurd public corruption case go away.

SJC adds protection for young defendants

By Peter Schworm and John R. Ellement

The state’s highest court upheld the dismissal of a murder indictment against a Lynn teenager, reflecting a growing consensus that defendants’ youth makes them less culpable of their crimes.

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Cahill ready to live outside the public eye

By Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman

No one was forced out, Patrick says

By Frank Phillips and Glen Johnson

BOSTON

Man, 23, shot in Dorchester, sustains life-threatening injuries

By Melanie Dostis and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

TAUNTON

Fire in unoccupied motel is investigated

By Melissa Werthmann

GLOBE SANTA

A wish to give children ‘extras’

By John C. Burke

Woman is trapped in wreck for 10 hours

By Melissa M. Werthmann

Business

Amazon leases Kendall Square space

By Jay Fitzgerald and Casey Ross

Amazon.com Inc. will open a large engineering center near other major tech players that have established beachheads in Massachusetts.

Cape Cod train set to roll by summer

Riders await the arrival of the train to Cape Cod at the Bridgewater depot. June 29, 1984

By Sarah Shemkus

Starting next May, visitors will be able to avoid short tempers and long lines of brake lights by taking a new weekend-only train between South Station and Hyannis.

Boston Capital

A sobering assessment of the job market

By Steven Syre

After a year of can-do campaign promises, the Federal Reserve delivered a tough reminder about jobs.

Obituaries

Peter Dews; studied effects of medicine on behavior, 90

PETER DEWS

By Kathleen McKenna

In the 1950s, Dr. Dews helped lay the groundwork for the emerging field of behavioral pharmacology with his series of articles “Studies on Behavior.”

N. Joseph Woodland, 91; helped invent the bar code

Mr. Woodland with a diagram of a supermarket check-out station in 1974 at an IBM laboratory in Raleigh, N.C.

By Margalit Fox

Six decades ago, Mr. Woodland drew a set of lines in the sand and in the process conceived the modern bar code.

Spain Rodriguez, seminal underground cartoonist, 72

SPAIN RODRIGUEZ

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Rodriguez was a cartoonist whose radical politics and hyperbolic macho imagery, presented with sly humor, were influential elements in the rise of underground comics.

Sports

Red Sox add Ryan Dempster to rotation

Ryan Dempster, who split last year with the Cubs and Rangers, is an innings eater.

By Nick Cafardo

The Red Sox desperately needed another, and Dempster has been a workhorse his entire career. But is he suited for the American League?

Hunting incident has ex-Bruin Stan Jonathan facing jail

Stan Jonathan’s bruising style made him a fan favorite, and he epitomized the hard-hat style of the “Lunch Pail’’ Bruins of the ’70s.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Once a member of the 1970s “lunch pail” Bruins, Jonathan now faces a prison stint in Ontario after allegedly shooting a fellow hunter to death.

Dan Shaughnessy

Tom Brady is now underrated

Tom Brady spent time congratulating Logan Mankins in the final minutes of Monday’s win.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Brady is having another MVP-caliber season, and even if he isn’t the favorite to win that award he is poised to win the Super Bowl that eluded him last year.

G: Arts & Movies

At Yale, it all adds up to a new frame for art

The renovation project at the Yale University Art Gallery adds almost 30,000 square feet of exhibition space.

By Geoff Edgers

The Yale University Art Gallery has completed a 14-year, $135 million renovation and expansion project.

Stage REview

Performances drive ‘Memphis’ at reopened Colonial Theatre

Felicia Boswell as Felicia and Bryan Fenkart as Huey sing a song in “Memphis.”

By Terry Byrne

The high-caliber performers in this touring production give more than 100 percent.

‘Central Park Five’ a lesson in injustice

Antron McCray, one of the suspects in a 1989 rape of a woman in Central Park, walks to the courthouse with his mother, Linda.

By Wesley Morris

This singeing documentary reconstructs the notorious events that occurred in 1989 after a young white investment banker was beaten and raped in Central Park.

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MOVIE REVIEW

Not much to cheer in this banal ‘Wedding’

By Wesley Morris

Critic’s Notebook

‘Homeland’ rushes toward the finale

By Matthew Gilbert

Scene & Heard

Cam Meekins graduates from frat rap

By Martín Caballero

Noisy Neighbors

EvillDewer, ‘Soul De Rey 2’

By Martín Caballero

Night Watch

HIGH FIVE: Winterbloom

By James Reed

Classical Notes

John Cage’s silent 4’33” still inspires tributes

By David Weininger

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Classical music

By Jeremy Eichler

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Music Review

Concrete Blonde opens the Sinclair in style

By Sarah Rodman