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2012 was warmest on record for the United States

Last year was the warmest on record in the US and brought the second most extreme weather in more than a century.

Rep. Edward Markey’s campaign account has helped him hold his House seat for 37 years, scaring off potential challengers.

Media giants big donors to Rep. Markey

From 1987 to 2008, Rep. Edward Markey’s perch atop the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications helped him build what is now a $3.1 million war chest.

Children’s Hospital to help form diagnostics company

The company will develop tests for pediatric diseases and interpret results.

Patricia Cornwell says her financial management firm is guilty of negligence.

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Mystery novelist accuses her manager of betrayal

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell is suing her former financial management firm for negligence, in a case that has all the drama and ­intrigue of one of her novels.

Former state lab chemist Annie Dookhan appeared at Middlesex Superior Court with her attorney, Nick Gordon, on Wednesday.

Ex-chemist’s husband warned prosecutor she was a liar

The warning came two years before Annie Dookhan was finally caught removing drug evidence from a state lab.

The Nation

Most teens who attempt suicide got treatment first

Researchers found that 15 percent of female and 9 percent of male teens experienced some suicidal thoughts.

By Benedict Carey

A study determined that most suicidal US teenagers receive some mental health treatment, a finding that counters assumptions about lack of access to care.

Colo. detectives say James Holmes’s behavior strange

By Dan Elliott

It was just hours after a deadly theater shooting, and Holmes was not acting like a man accused of methodically planning the attack and booby trapping his apartment.

Ohio man sentenced in rape of child

By Dan Sewell

A western Ohio man pleaded no contest to one count of child rape involving the adopted son of a man who had earlier admitted to raping three boys in his care.

The World

One of few suspects held in Benghazi attack released

US officials have lamented the lack of cooperation with the governments of the region after the attack that killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

By Bouazza Ben Bouazza and Paul Schemm

Tunisia released one of the few suspects in the fatal September attack on the US consulate in Libya, saying evidence was lacking.

Cooling eases Australian fire threat

By Rod McGuirk

Temperatures cooled from record highs across much of southern Australia, reducing the danger from scores of wildfires that have blazed for days.

US could pull out of Afghanistan entirely

The Obama administration gave the first explicit signal Tuesday that it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014.

Editorial & Opinion

Scot Lehigh

Winter etiquette on Boston’s streets

Items such as sawhorses are commonly used by shovelers in Boston to save parking spaces, but many wait days to remove those objects.

By Scot Lehigh

Just in case it ever snows again, let’s review our rules for neighborly winter living in the city.

Derrick Z. Jackson

All of earth now a mercury hotspot

By Derrick Z. Jackson

A first-of-its-kind report found mercury levels in fish and human hair samples from around the world that exceeded guidelines set by the EPA.

JEFF JACOBY

‘Pledge’ didn’t make Warren-Brown race less nasty

By Jeff Jacoby

When candidates try to muzzle citizens with strong views about politics, things usually go wrong. The Mass. Senate race was no exception.

Metro

2012 was warmest on record for the United States

By Beth Daley

Last year was the warmest on record in the US and brought the second most extreme weather in more than a century.

Media giants big donors to Rep. Markey

Rep. Edward Markey’s campaign account has helped him hold his House seat for 37 years, scaring off potential challengers.

By Michael Levenson and Noah Bierman

From 1987 to 2008, Rep. Edward Markey’s perch atop the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications helped him build what is now a $3.1 million war chest.

Mystery novelist accuses her manager of betrayal

Patricia Cornwell says her financial management firm is guilty of negligence.

By Milton J. Valencia

Crime writer Patricia Cornwell is suing her former financial management firm for negligence, in a case that has all the drama and ­intrigue of one of her novels.

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Health care expert may run for Mass. governor

By Noah Bierman and Michael Levenson

Adrian Walker

Mayor Menino at a crossroads

By Adrian Walker

BOSTON

Man and women arrested after short car chase in Boston

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

BOSTON

Halifax man wins $10m Mega Cash prize

By Todd Feathers

Fuel leak delays Dreamliner Tokyo flight at Logan

By Eric Moskowitz and Katie Johnston

Business

Children’s Hospital to help form diagnostics company

By Robert Weisman

The company will develop tests for pediatric diseases and interpret results.

Mass. employers’ jobless costs may stand

Governor Patrick’s proposed rate freeze could save employers $500 million this year.

By Megan Woolhouse

Governor Patrick’s proposal would save employers about $500 million this year.

A123 Systems deal hangs on federal panel

In September, President Obama ordered China’s Ralls Corp., led by Wu Jialiang (left), to drop interest in wind farm projects near a Navy base. But Wanxiang America president Pin Ni (right) appears confident that his company will get the OK to buy A123 Systems.

By Erin Ailworth

A Chinese firm’s purchase of the battery maker needs approval from a US panel that is taking a harder look at foreign interest in American companies.

Obituaries

David R. Ellis, 60; directed ‘Snakes on a Plane’

David Ellis (right), with Samuel L. Jackson, the star of his “Snakes on a Plane.”

By Christopher Torchia

Mr. Ellis, who worked as an actor and stuntman earlier in his career, was found dead in the bathroom of his hotel room in Johannesburg.

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

A Hall of Fame ballot without a whiff of PED usage

Curt Schilling tipped his cap to the Fenway crowd on Oct. 25, 2007, after leaving Game 2 of the World Series.

By Dan Shaughnessy

If you fail a drug test, or admit to PED usage, you don’t get my vote. In addition — even if it’s unfair — you don’t get my vote if you look dirty.

On Football | Midweek Report

How the Texans can upset the Patriots

The Gillette Stadium field was prepared with a playoff logo on Tuesday for Sunday’s game against the Texans.

By Greg A. Bedard

Houston needs QB Matt Schaub and coordinator Wade Phillips to have the game of their lives, only neither has shown any glimpse that they will.

Brandon Spikes ‘focused’ for Patriots playoff run

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who doesn’t chat with media very often, did talk on Tuesday.

By Shalise Manza Young

The linebacker has participated in the playoffs in each of his first three NFL seasons, and he relishes the chance to do so again Sunday.

G: Food

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Birth of a food business

After clearing hurdles, local company Lil Foodie is set to deliver fresh organic meals to babies.

By Jane Dornbusch

Lil Foodie of Boston is the area’s first fresh organic baby food delivery service.

dining out

At BoMA in the South End, a surprise on your plate

At BoMA Restaurant + Bar in the South End, kale, mesclun greens, and shaved fennel salad.

By Anne V. Nelson

You may think that the food here is going to be predictable, but there’s a surprise on almost every plate. Somebody in the kitchen is having fun.

Tasters evaluate 7 brands of canned light tuna

By Debra Samuels

Because of its mercury content, the fish is controversial. The FDA recommends canned light tuna.

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Sunday Supper & More

North African spices flavor chicken stew, then soup

By Molly Kravitz

Book Review

‘Let the Meatballs Rest’ by Massimo Montanari

By Ted Weesner Jr.

Galleries

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

By Cate McQuaid

A Tank Away

Newmarket, N.H., offers an eclectic mix

By Eric Wilbur

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Critic’s corner

By Matthew Gilbert

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

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Dropkick Murphys celebrate new album

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Hot 96.9 launches its dance music format

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Seth Rudetsky to speak at Boston Children’s Theatre

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Bruins great Bobby Orr to tell his story

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Celtics see stars during New York win

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Burns says no Hall of Fame for Clemens, Bonds

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Actor Zachary Quinto visits Grafton Street

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein