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One last day for a fiscal deal

Eleventh-hour negotiations in the Senate made little to no progress Sunday as lawmakers brought America to the very edge of the fiscal cliff.

Massachusetts plan to burn waste is opposed

A state plan to loosen a nearly quarter-century moratorium on new waste incinerators is renewing a long-simmering trash war in Mass.

The Appleton Tracy pocket watch, serial number 50141, was a rare size 20, rather than the more common size 18.

Watch collector’s find brings a Lincolnesque journey

After Paul Mellen purchased a pocket watch manufactured in 1862 on eBay, he soon discovered that the timepiece may have been at the deathbed of Abraham Lincoln.

Patriots Derrick Martin (left) and Justin Francis celebrated one of the team’s season-high seven sacks in a 28-0 win over the Dolphins in Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

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Patriots 28, Dolphins 0

Patriots claim 2d seed, earn a bye

The victory over the Dolphins, coupled with a Colts’ win over the Texans, gives New England a week to rest for the divisional round on Jan. 13.

Challenges to inmates’ gender cases costly to Bay State

The state may face legal bills of roughly $2 million for unsuccessfully challenging what three prisoners say is their right to treatment for gender disorders.

The Nation

One last day for a fiscal deal

Senate majority leader Harry Reid is locked in talks with Republicans.

By Christopher Rowland

Eleventh-hour negotiations in the Senate made little to no progress Sunday as lawmakers brought America to the very edge of the fiscal cliff.

Obama makes gun-limit law 2d term priority

Students and families from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., stood on the field before the New York Giants game against the Philadelphia Eagles in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday.

By Michael Schwirtz and John M. Broder

The president said he wants legislation limiting access to some types of firearms passed within the first year of his second term.

War of 1812 naval relic still stored in N.Y. shed

The hull of the Ticonderoga is deteriorating, but the village of Whitehall is unable to come up with the money to properly preserve it.

The World

Leader of English church steps down

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams delivered his final sermon at Canterbury Cathedral Sunday.

The head of the Church of England will leave office Monday after a decade as the spiritual leader of the world’s 80 million-strong Anglican Communion.

Body of rape victim brought home to India

Protesters lifted candles during a rally in New Delhi following the cremation of the woman who was gang-raped.

By Heather Timmons and Anjani Trivedi

The body of a young woman who was raped in New Delhi this month by several men in a moving bus was brought home Sunday.

Al Qaeda offers bounty for US ambassador in Yemen

Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the US ambassador in Sana.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion

A 2012 dictionary (abridged)

America’s most controversial reality TV star this year was a 7-year-old beauty-pageant contestant from rural Georgia whose real name is Alana Thompson.

By Globe Staff

One way to remember a year is through the vocabulary it left behind.

editorial

Next year, customers should be able to order bubbly directly

It’s time for Beacon Hill to stop putting the interests of liquor stores ahead of consumers in banning out-of-state wineries from shipping directly to customers.

editorial

On domestic violence in Mass., an encouraging trend emerges

Jane Doe Inc. members Mary R. Lauby and Craig Norberg-Bohm received a proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick during the 5th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day in May. The event encourages men to take a stance against domestic violence towards women.

In 2012, the number of domestic-violence deaths in Massachusetts dropped significantly, but more vigilance is necessary to address a problem that remains epidemic in American society.

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letters | the massachusetts stake in the firearms industry

State pensions can be force for good

letters | the massachusetts stake in the firearms industry

Scrutiny of state pension fund’s gun stocks is just a start

letters | holding universities accountable for their graduates?

Students fail for many reasons, and colleges shouldn’t pay the price

Metro

Massachusetts plan to burn waste is opposed

By Beth Daley

A state plan to loosen a nearly quarter-century moratorium on new waste incinerators is renewing a long-simmering trash war in Mass.

Challenges to inmates’ gender cases costly to Bay State

Michelle Kosilek, a convicted murderer, sued for a sex change operation. Her defense team is seeking legal fees.

By Milton J. Valencia

The state may face legal bills of roughly $2 million for unsuccessfully challenging what three prisoners say is their right to treatment for gender disorders.

Watch collector’s find brings a Lincolnesque journey

The Appleton Tracy pocket watch, serial number 50141, was a rare size 20, rather than the more common size 18.

By Bryan Bender

After Paul Mellen purchased a pocket watch manufactured in 1862 on eBay, he soon discovered that the timepiece may have been at the deathbed of Abraham Lincoln.

Business ǀ Science

New flexible sensors on skin yield crucial data

NASCAR driver Paulie Harraka helped test a sensor (on forearm) from MC10 Inc., of Cambridge, that monitors fluid levels.

By Adam Sege

Cambridge firm MC10 Inc. is developing flexible electronics for a variety of applications, from the medical world to athletics.

Game maker puts Hollywood pro’s 3-D skills to work

LiquidBits’ Toppal Act 1: Hungry Bird is based on Jenga, a popular block-stacking game.

By Michael B. Farrell

In creating the first mobile game for Cambridge start-up LiquidBits Inc., Haggai Goldfarb used the 3-D animation skills he honed during his decorated film career.

US, banks near deal on foreclosure abuses

By Jessica Silver-Greenberg

Regulators are close to a $10 billion settlement with 14 banks that would end the government’s efforts to hold lenders responsible for foreclosure abuses.

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Innovation Economy

A heart rate sensor that’s easy to wear

By Scott Kirsner

Tech Lab Plus

Meet the scale that talks to your phone

By Hiawatha Bray

White Coat Notes

A glimpse of what’s ahead in medicine

By Chelsea Conaboy

Deal may keep lid on the price of milk

By Mary Clare Jalonick and Alan Fram

Firms step in as deposit guarantee is scaled back

By Nathaniel Popper and Jessica Silver-Greenberg

Obituaries

Nat Hewitt, a free spirit sailing or fiddling; at 54

Along with the fiddle, Mr. Hewitt played other instruments, including banjo and mandolin.

By Melissa M. Werthmann

Mr. Hewitt, who established his reputation for musicianship while playing for contra dances throughout the region, died Nov. 23.

Rita Levi-Montalcini, 103, Nobel scientist who defied Fascists

Dr. Levi-Montalcini’s work increased understanding of many conditions, including tumors and senile dementia.

By Frances D’Emilio

Dr. Levi-Montalcini’s work increased understanding of many conditions, including tumors and senile dementia.

Jeffrey Potter, 94; helped revive interest in Jackson Pollock

At first, Jeffrey Potter had hoped to write a novel based on the life of his friend and neighbor.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Potter was an aspiring writer working as a building contractor in the Hamptons in 1949 when he developed a friendship with the influential painter.

Sports

Patriots 28, Dolphins 0

Patriots claim 2d seed, earn a bye

Patriots Derrick Martin (left) and Justin Francis celebrated one of the team’s season-high seven sacks in a 28-0 win over the Dolphins in Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

By Shalise Manza Young

The victory over the Dolphins, coupled with a Colts’ win over the Texans, gives New England a week to rest for the divisional round on Jan. 13.

Christopher L. Gasper

Worth the risk to play Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski scored a touchdown for the Patriots in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The tight end was less than 100 percent Sunday, but the reward is that he won’t need a can of Rust-Oleum before the playoffs.

On football

Patriots defense looks ready for playoffs

Justin Francis celebrates a first-quarter sack with Chandler Jones (95) and Tavon Wilson (27). Francis had three sacks in the game and the Patriots seven overall in their shutout.

By Greg A. Bedard

The defense has improved since bottoming out Nov. 11 against the Bills, thanks to adherence to Bill Belichick’s season-long game plan.

G: Health

G Cover

Practical tips for a healthier 2013

By Globe Staff

Rather than simply resolving to be healthier this year, take some tips from experts on how to have a healthier 2013 — and beyond.

Music Review

Mighty Mighty Bosstones throw down at House of Blues

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones performing at the House of Blues during their Hometown Throwdown on Saturday.

By Scott McLennan

Opening night of the band’s 15th Hometown Throwdown was as much a love letter to Boston and its music scene as it was a ska-core blowout.

Hometown Heroes: the best local albums of 2012

By Globe Staff

Our critics picked the 10 best local albums of 2012, including Atwell Baker's “Snifter” and David Wax Museum’s “Knock Knock Get Up.”

More Stories

Music Review

Tom Rush celebrates 50 years with his friends

By Joseph P. Kahn

Daily Dose

The FDA approves several new drugs

By Deborah Kotz

Mortal Matters

The gift of conversation about a topic rarely discussed

By Dr. Lachlan Forrow

REFLECTIONS FROM RESIDENCY

Making the most of bedside manner

By Dr. Kiran Gupta

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff

Health Answers

What are gallstones and how are they treated?

By Courtney Humphries

Names

On the town with BostonTweet’s Tom O’Keefe

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Boston designer Erin Gates goes from blog to book

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Movies shot in Mass. will be out soon

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Matt Damon bought Ben Affleck ‘stock very low’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

PSY celebrates his 35th in Vegas style

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Celebrities spotted out and about around town

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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