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House OK’s fiscal deal as GOP resistance wanes

Attempts within the Republican caucus to defeat or change a Senate bill that would lower taxes on virtually all Americans fizzled as the day wore on.

Myra Ameigh and her daughter, Marijke, 16, who had pioneering artery surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Novel artery stretching offers way to repair vessel

The surgical procedure being pioneered at Children’s Hospital stretches a child’s blood vessels to provide new material to make repairs elsewhere in the body.

Christine Richards and a colleague designed Peru’s flag.

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More towns designing flags to join State House display

Once flagless towns in the Commonwealth are adopting municipal flags, after a bit of coaxing from constituents and state lawmakers.

Mass. to end placing of homeless in motels

The state government plans to eliminate an emergency shelter program that places about 1,700 homeless families in motels and hotels paid by taxpayers.

The Nation

House OK’s fiscal deal as GOP resistance wanes

House majority leader Eric Cantor said he did not support the bill. Speaker John Boehner (rear) voted in favor.

By Christopher Rowland

Attempts within the Republican caucus to defeat or change a Senate bill that would lower taxes on virtually all Americans fizzled as the day wore on.

Sandy Hook students set to head back to school

Twenty-six stars were installed on the roof of the Sandy Hook fire station to commemorate the shooting victims.

By John Christoffersen and Pat Eaton-Robb

Classes resume Thursday for pupils of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., nearly three weeks after the shooting rampage.

Chief Justice John Roberts stresses courts’ frugality

By Robert Barnes

In his annual year-end Report on the Federal Judiciary, Roberts said the federal courts already are doing their part in holding the line on spending.

The World

2 aid workers, 5 teachers shot dead in Pakistan

By Rebecca Santana

Gunmen on motorcycles sprayed a van carrying employees from a community center with bullets Tuesday, killing five female teachers and two aid workers.

Stampede after fireworks kills 61 in Ivory Coast

Police said most of those killed at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium were between 8 and 15 years old.

By Inza Bakayoko

A crowd stampeded after leaving a New Year’s fireworks show in Ivory Coast’s commercial center, killing 61 people and injuring more than 200.

Thousands march in protest over Hong Kong’s leader

Hong Kong police said 26,000 people joined the march at its peak Tuesday, while organizers said 130,000 took part.

By KELVIN CHAN

Tens of thousands of people marched in Hong Kong on New Year’s Day to call for the city’s Beijing-backed leader to step down.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Priyanka Borpujari

Deadly savings

A Bangladeshi Army soldier walked through rows of burnt sewing machines after a November factory fire killed 112 workers.

By Priyanka Borpujari

US corporations are risking foreign workers’ lives — and then evading the blame.

JEFF JACOBY

People are truly good at heart? Sadly, no

By Jeff Jacoby

Human nature has an inherently cruel component, and it’s by controlling ourselves that we can create a better world.

Swanee hunt

For the sake of democracy, elect women

By Swanee Hunt

Women are a necessary part of a well functioning government, something the Republican party needs to do a better job of understanding.

Metro

More towns designing flags to join State House display

Christine Richards and a colleague designed Peru’s flag.

By Noah Bierman

Once flagless towns in the Commonwealth are adopting municipal flags, after a bit of coaxing from constituents and state lawmakers.

Novel artery stretching offers way to repair vessel

Myra Ameigh and her daughter, Marijke, 16, who had pioneering artery surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

The surgical procedure being pioneered at Children’s Hospital stretches a child’s blood vessels to provide new material to make repairs elsewhere in the body.

Therese Murray planning an ambitious agenda

Senate President Therese Murray is expected to return to the welfare issue in a speech to the Senate Wednesday. It is an issue that made her a force in the chamber in the 1990’s.

By Noah Bierman

The state Senate president’s agenda will include early voting, welfare, and transportation.

Business

Mass. to end placing of homeless in motels

By Jenifer B. McKim

The state government plans to eliminate an emergency shelter program that places about 1,700 homeless families in motels and hotels paid by taxpayers.

Tool OK’d to help find all cancerous breast tissue

The MarginProbe system already is used in Israel, Germany, and Switzerland to ensure all cancer cells are found in breast surgery.

By Robert Weisman

Dune Medical’s new instrument enables surgeons to determine immediately whether they have removed all of the cancer tissue during lumpectomy procedures.

Fuel oil industry feeling the heat

Cubby Oil’s John Alefantis on a recent delivery. Less than one-third of Massachusetts homes heat with fuel oil, according to census figures.

By Erin Ailworth

As more Mass. households convert to cheaper natural gas, many dealers are expanding their services or merging businesses to survive.

Obituaries

Harold Miller, former CEO of Houghton Mifflin Co., 89

HAROLD T. MILLER

By Bryan Marquard

To many in the city’s corporate and literary communities, Mr. Miller was a steward of Boston’s intellectual soul.

Mike Auldridge, 73; bluegrass artist revitalized Dobro guitar

Mike Auldridge, with his distinctive Dobro guitar in 2011.

By Terence McArdle

Mr. Auldridge, a bluegrass musician whose broad knowledge of many musical forms helped redefine and modernize the steel guitar, died Saturday.

Mike Hopkins, 53, sound editor for ‘Rings’ trilogy

Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn on Oscar night.

The Oscar-winning sound editor, who worked on the ‘‘Lord of the Rings’’ trilogy and other Peter Jackson films, died Sunday in a rafting accident.

Sports

ON FOOTBALL | Midweek Report

Patriots offense still has work to do

Brandon Lloyd beat Miami’s Bryan McCann here, but his route-running has been sloppy.

By Greg A. Bedard

The Patriots had two terrific second-quarter drives against the Dolphins, but outside of that, New England’s offense was fairly blah.

Red Sox starting pitchers still a concern

The Red Sox are counting on Jon Lester (left) and John Lackey to have bounce-back years.

By Peter Abraham

For all of the moves made in the offseason, only 16 percent of the money spent has gone to improve the team’s greatest weakness: the starting rotation.

grizzlies at celtics | 7:30 p.m.

Celtics’ Avery Bradley ready to return

After rehabbing from surgery on both shoulders, Celtics guard Avery Bradley is eager to show his moves in games again.

By Jason Mastrodonato

The guard is set to make his season debut tonight at TD Garden after having spent seven months rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulders.

G: Food

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Letter from Farm School

At The Farm School in Athol, student farmer Sarah Habeck of Middletown, N.J., fed hay to Patience, a Jersey cow, during a morning milking in October.

By Erik Jacobs

A city dweller gets lessons in planting, harvesting, milking — and in the meaning of life.

Dining out

In Copley Square, Fogo de Chão is carving meat

Servers at Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian steakhouse.

By James Reed

Fogo de Chão is a churrascaria, meaning servers bombard you with meat still on the roasting skewers, and carve it for you tableside.

Cheap Eats

A banh mi crawl leads to some sumptuous Vietnamese sandwiches

A classic banh mi at West Roxbury’s Banh Mi Ngon.

By Sheryl Julian

Heat, juicy meat, crusty bread, crisp vegetables, creamy mayo, hot chilies, and spicy sauce make for an addictive combination.

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