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Deal on automatic spending cuts is unlikely

The political standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans could result in the loss of thousands of jobs in Mass.

Secretary of State John Kerry

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John Kerry embarks on inaugural trip in new job

In a nine-nation swing through Europe and the Middle East, a volatile international scene will test the new secretary of state.

Ben Affleck celebrated Sunday night after “Argo” was named best picture at the 85th Academy Awards.

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CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

Best picture win caps Ben Affleck’s resurgence

With his best picture Oscar win for “Argo,” Affleck has gone from the pit of pop scorn to the apex of Hollywood respect.

Female surgeons note gains, subtle gender bias

The operating room is becoming more welcoming to female surgeons, but the experiences of local doctors suggest that full gender equality has not yet arrived.

The Nation

Deal on automatic spending cuts is unlikely

By David Uberti

The political standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans could result in the loss of thousands of jobs in Mass.

John Kerry embarks on inaugural trip in new job

Secretary of State John Kerry

By Matt Viser and Bryan Bender

In a nine-nation swing through Europe and the Middle East, a volatile international scene will test the new secretary of state.

GOP governors up for reelection turn pragmatic

By Ken Thomas

These state leaders are offering greater cooperation on health care and skipping the tough talk on immigration.

The World

Vatican to open an inquiry of British cardinal

By Anthony Faiola

Vatican officials are investigating Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric for engaging in inappropriate behavior with priests.

Kabul bars US special forces from province

President Hamid Karzai

By Matthew Rosenberg

Afghanistan banned US forces from a strategic province, citing complaints that Afghans working for the US have tortured villagers.

Nations sign UN peace deal for Congo

Eleven African countries signed a UN-drafted peace deal to stabilize the troubled Central African country of Congo.

Editorial & Opinion

Kirsten Greenidge

Storm warmings

City dwellers shoveled out buried cars, often leaving chairs to save their spaces, after the blizzard earlier this month.

By Kirsten Greenidge

In ’78, snowed-in neighbors brought meals and cookies; today, the mood is chillier. Has that sense of community disappeared?

Peter Skerry

A path to citizenship — or a maze?

By Peter Skerry

Sending illegal immigrants into procedural limbo is not the way to integrate them into American society.

Opinion | Jennifer Graham

Living under the high-def digital spyglass

The Google Maps iPad app.

By Jennifer Graham

Digital home invasion is nothing new, thanks to Zillow.com and Google Earth, but the creepiness of it seems to expand with the resolution of the images.

Metro

Female surgeons note gains, subtle gender bias

By Liz Kowalczyk

The operating room is becoming more welcoming to female surgeons, but the experiences of local doctors suggest that full gender equality has not yet arrived.

Committee to vote on school assignment plan

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has been pushing for an overhaul of the pupil assignment system among other reforms.

By James Vaznis

A special committee examining changes to how Boston assigns students to schools is expected to vote on its recommendations Monday night.

Tension, then questions, from MIT gunman hoax

Mira Moufarrej and her MIT crew teammates sought refuge in a boathouse.

By Travis Andersen, Evan Allen and Matt Rocheleau

Students were not notified of the threat for more than an hour Saturday, and MIT officials have yet to explain the reason for the delay.

Business ǀ Science

Leica Biosystems plans R&D expansion in area

Leica will develop cancer diagnostics in Massachusetts.

By Karen Weintraub

Leica Biosystems, which quietly moved into the Boston area last fall, is gearing up for significant hiring, the company says.

UMass Boston a new resource for health care firms

William Brah, executive director of UMass Boston’s Venture Development Center, held a meeting in the MD Idea Lab.

By Jay Fitzgerald

The university is playing host to the latest entrant in a growing field of entrepreneurs helping others create cutting-edge healthcare businesses.

Hacks call Twitter’s security into question

By Tanzina Vega and Nicole Perlroth

A recent attack on the accounts of Burger King and Jeep underlines the problems facing the fast-growing advertising venue.

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Innovation Economy

Don’t just leave your car at the airport — rent it

By Scott Kirsner

Tech Lab Plus

This key unlocks extra battery life

By Hiawatha Bray

On trial’s eve, BP talks may yield $16b package

By Barry Meier and Clifford Krauss

Most cruise ships lack backup systems

By Barry Meier and John Schwartz

Obituaries

William J. Gormley; brigadier general in Mass. National Guard

WILLIAM J. GORMLEY

By J.M. Lawrence

Mr. Gormley, 74, helped run security for the Boston visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979.

Kitty Weaver; raised hackles over her books on Soviet children

By Megan McDonough

Ms. Weaver, 102, was a poultry farmer, socialite, and scholar of Soviet-era education who wrote three books on Russian children.

Otis ‘Damon’ Harris; sang with The Temptations

Mr. Harris, 62, was a former member of The Temptations and sang on hits ­including ‘‘Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.’’

Sports

Bruins 4, Panthers 1

Bruins coast by Panthers, sweep in Florida

The Bruins congratulated Tuukka Rask after the team’s win over the Panthers.

By Fluto Shinzawa

After Sunday’s win vs. the Panthers, the Bruins did enough to call their Florida trip a working vacation

Jimmie Johnson gets first Daytona 500 win since ’06

Jimmie Johnson

By Michael Vega

Johnson emerged as the convincing winner of a race that was largely devoid of the problems that pockmarked Daytona’s previous four races.

Trail Blazers 92, Celtics 86

Celtics fizzle at finish against Trail Blazers

Paul Pierce

By Baxter Holmes

Even with all the Celtics’ blunders, they were still in it before falling, 92-86, in Portland.

G: Health

The 85th Academy Awards

‘Argo’ takes top prize at Academy Awards

“Argo” producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, director Ben Affleck, and award presenter Jack Nicholson celebrated.

By Ty Burr

The film won best picture as well as the awards for best adapted screenplay and editing, marking a stunning career return for actor-director Ben Affleck.

TV review

Host Seth MacFarlane balanced class, crass

From left: actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth MacFarlane, and Daniel Radcliffe perform during the Oscars telecast.

By Matthew Gilbert

MacFarlane managed to be both immature and gentlemanly as the host of the Academy Awards, a zany master of voices and a crooner.

Academy Awards

Academy Awards fashions: Pale gowns rule the night

(From left to right) Amanda Seyfried, Octavia Spencer, and Jennifer Lawrence.

By Christopher Muther

There was no escaping the array of pale tones that dominated early and lingered into the night.

More Stories

Health and wellness

Getting your body’s clocks to run on time

By Deborah Kotz

Daily Dose

Helping kids make healthier food choices

By Lara Salahi

In Practice

The guilt of caring for elderly parents

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Nutrition and you!

Can takeout foods help you stay trim?

By Joan Salge Blake

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Monday Night Television

Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

By Matthew Gilbert

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

Best picture win caps Ben Affleck’s resurgence

By Ty Burr

Annie's Mailbox

Ask Amy column

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Music Review

A solid Mahler Sixth from Benjamin Zander

By Jeffrey Gantz

Music Review

Sound Icon’s ecstatic evening at the ICA

By David Weininger

Names

Adam Sandler goes from worst to worst

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Locals get into the Academy Awards spirit

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen support Mario Testino

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

NBC’s Luke Russert has got his suit and tie

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Family of the Year tours late-night shows

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘Dance’ auditions fill the Opera House

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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