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Obama’s health care turnabout perplexes insurers, policyholders

The move to allow substandard insurance policies to remain on the market for now triggered chaos and confusion for insurance companies and consumers.

The first significant change to Boston’s floop maps in decades would affect the Institute of Contemporary Art, which moved to this building in the Seaport District in 2006.

Institute of Contemporary Art/File

FEMA’s new flood map reaches deep into city

The new map expands areas considered at high risk of flooding, which could force thousands of property owners to purchase expensive insurance.

Dr. Vivek Murthy stood among other bystanders during the first day of legal arguments over the Affordable Care Act outside the Supreme Court in 2012.

High praise at home for surgeon general nominee

Supporters of Dr. Vivek Murthy hope that his record stands out as he heads into a potentially difficult confirmation process before the Senate.

A rendering shows the proposed entrance to the Milford casino.

Foxwoods

Milford casino plan passes state background check

A Foxwoods-backed partnership has passed its mandatory state background check, clearing a regulatory hurdle days before the project goes before Milford voters.

Edwin Alemany was arraigned in the murder of Amy Lord at West Roxbury District Court in August.

Man accused in Amy Lord’s murder indicted

The Suffolk DA said Edwin Alemany had “an unmistakable clarity of mind” when he allegedly killed Lord.

Tickets to get into Fenway Park for games in 2014 may cost you more, depending on the team’s new variable pricing program.

After World Series win, Sox raise ticket prices

The team introduced a variable pricing program that increases ticket prices for its 32 most popular games and reduces ticket prices for the 32 least desirable dates.

The Nation

Postal Service reports $5b loss

The Internet has shrunk the volume of first-class mail, but online shopping has been a boon to the Postal Service.

By Sam Hananel

Postal officials again urged Congress to pass legislation to help the beleaguered agency solve its financial woes.

LAPD held back paramedics after fatal shooting at airport

The delay by the LAPD has raised questions about a lack of coordination between police and fire officials and if it prevented speedy treatment for the shooting victims.

By Tami Abdollah

It would be 33 minutes before a TSA officer who was shot would be wheeled out by airport police to an ambulance, officials said.

‘Revenge porn’ victims pursue new laws, but ACLU urges caution

By Anne Flaherty

An increasing number of states are considering whether to make it illegal to post any sexually explicit image online without that person’s permission.

The World

China’s reforms alter two longtime policies

By Chris Buckley

The government will ease its one-child family restrictions and abolish “re-education through labor” camps, the Communist Party said.

Toronto mayor vows suit

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

By Rob Gillies

Embattled Mayor Rob Ford vowed Friday to take the City Council to court after it voted overwhelmingly to strip him of some of his powers.

Philippine aid on hold as bodies retrieved

By Austin Ramzy

A team of volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross searched for bodies, a task that has consumed much of aid workers’ time.

Editorial & Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

An Olympic-size illusion

A pedestrian passed in front of the Olympic rings up the street from Turner Field, which originally opened as the 85,000-seat main stadium for the 1996 Olympics.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Before Boston drinks the Kool-Aid for a 2024 Olympic bid, it should consider what’s happening in Atlanta.

opinion | Martin F. Nolan

Boston helped build JFK

President Kennedy attended Boston College graduation ceremonies in 1963, at which he gave the address.

By Martin F. Nolan

Those who knew John F. Kennedy seldom called him sentimental, except when he talked about his home town.

The Podium

Simple, enforceable laws for gun owners

While state law requires a gun license application to be processed in 40 days, in reality, it takes an average of four to six months.

Metro

Amherst College facing 2 sexual assault complaints

Angie Epifano spoke to students and faculty last summer about her college experiences.

By Shaina Mishkin and Daniel Rodriguez

Two former students filed federal complaints against the prestigious college, saying administrators trivialized their sexual assault reports and worked to isolate them both.

Mayor Thomas Menino raises cane, with pride

Mayor Menino is now sporting a “bat cane.” He attended a ribbon cutting Friday at the Mission Hill School.

By Andrew Ryan

Friends of the mayor have provided Menino with a personalized cane, crafted from a Louisville Slugger baseball bat.

Fla., Okla. weigh murder cases against Bulger

Roger Wheeler was gunned down outside a Tulsa, Okla., country club in May 1981.

By Shelley Murphy

A retired investigator said it would be a travesty if James “Whitey” Bulger isn’t tried for the 1981 slaying of an Tulsa, Okla., businessman whose death shattered that city.

More Stories

Man accused in Amy Lord’s murder indicted

By Maria Cramer and John R. Ellement

High praise at home for surgeon general nominee

By Patricia Wen and Noah Bierman

Small plane crashes at Marshfield Municipal Airport

By Melissa Hanson and Martin Finucane

WOBURN

Charges upgraded to murder in Rakes slaying

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Business

FDA likely to delay decision on Genzyme MS drug

Lemtrada was once seen as key to the future of Genzyme.

By Robert Weisman

An inconclusive series of votes by a medical advisory panel could prompt regulators to demand further work from the manufacturer.

Logan Airport installs runway scanning system

Sensors mounted on both sides of Logan’s busiest runway detect debris almost instantaneously.

By Katie Johnston

The Boston airport is the first in the US to scan runways for foreign objects that can cause deadly crashes — bits of shredded tires, nails, chunks of asphalt.

Internet top shopping destination for holiday season

By Taryn Luna

Deloitte Consulting polled 5,018 consumers, including 500 in Greater Boston, to see where they’d spend their cash this year.

Obituaries

Mike McCormack, Pro Football Hall of Famer; at 83

USA Today called Mr. McCormack one of the three best NFL tackles ever.

By Steve Reed

Mr. McCormack played on championship Cleveland Browns teams in the 1950s and later helped bring professional football to the Carolinas.

Glafcos Clerides, 94; former Cyprus president

Glafcos Clerides was the fourth president of Cyprus.

By Menelaos Hadjicostis

Mr. Clerides dedicated most of his 50 years in politics to trying to reunify the ethnically split island, and played a part in negotiations leading to independence from Britain.

Sports

Trail Blazers 109, Celtics 96

Young Celtics given a lesson by Trail Blazers

Celtics big men Jared Sullinger (left) and Kelly Olynyk appeared helpless in attempting to stop Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard on a second-half drive.

By Baxter Holmes

A better, more talented Portland team played up to its abilities and soundly defeated the Celtics at TD Garden.

Senators 4, Bruins 2

Lackluster third period costly for Bruins

The Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron and the Senators’ Kyle Turris faced off in the second period.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins came up short Friday night and watched their 2-1 lead rapidly collapse into a 4-2 loss to the Senators.

Marquice Cole excels at backing people up

Patriots’ Marquice Cole works hard to get a leg up on the competition.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots defensive back has excelled on special teams, too, giving him more changes to be on the field.

More Stories

College hockey: Boston College 2, UMass 2

Eagles, Minutemen skate to a tie

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

patriots notebook

Rob Gronkowski apologizes for video comments

By Michael Whitmer

bruins notebook

David Krejci avoids concussion

By Kevin Paul Dupont

div. 1 boys’ soccer: W. Springfield 1, Somerville 0

West Springfield takes state title

By Nick Ironside

Div. 1 Girls’ soccer: Newton North 1, Minnechaug 0

Katie Nugent’s goal lifts Newton North to title

By Cat Calsolaro

on basketball

Celtics’ confidence takes a beating

By Gary Washburn

DIVISION 3 NORTHWEST: Melrose 31, Woburn 7

Division 3 Northwest: Melrose slams Woburn

By Taylor Snow

Division 2 south: Mansfield 41, Barnstable 16

Division 2 South: Mansfield overwhelms Barnstable

By Eric Russo

Division 5 North: Bishop Fenwick 43, Northeast 6

Division 5 North: Fenwick’s speed too much for Northeast

By Andrew MacDougall

Division 3 Southeast: Plymouth South 7, Plymouth North 6

Division 3 Southeast: Plymouth South wins in-town battle

By Peter Cappiello

DIVISION 3 SOUTHWEST: Stoughton 16, Oliver Ames 14

Division 3 Southwest: Stoughton wins on late field goal

By Stephen Sellner

DIVISION 4 SOUTH: Dennis-Yarmouth 26, Holliston 7

Division 4 South: Dennis-Yarmouth shuts down Holliston

By Zac Vierra

CENTRAL/WESTERN MASS. FOOTBALL

Drew Smiley, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) upend Leominster

By Jim Wilson

DIVISION 5 SOUTH: Abington 47, Old Rochester 20

Division 5 South: Opportunistic Abington takes title

By Greg Joyce

Division 6 South: Cohasset 14, Millis-Hopedale 8

Division 6 South: Cohasset tops Millis-Hopedale

By Lorenzo Recupero

DIVISION 2 NORTH: Waltham 34, Lincoln-Sudbury 7

Division 2 North: Waltham dominates Lincoln-Sudbury

By Anthony Gulizia

N.C. State at Boston College, 12:30 p.m. (NESN)

In home finale, BC seniors want to go out in style

By Michael Vega

College football

Kicker Dylan Rushe gives Endicott a leg up

By Craig Larson

G: Family

Award-winning filmmaker finds the subject he was born to

“We started talking on FaceTime, which she calls Facelift, and she loved it,” says Joshua Seftel.

By Beth Teitell

After his father’s death, a filmmaker turned to FaceTime to keep up with his mother in Florida and hold on to bits of wit and wisdom.

Quinn’s view of the Constitution includes a bill of wrongs

“I think what we have to realize is the Founding Fathers were brilliant and we’re not,” Colin Quinn says of his approach to “Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional.”

By Nick A. Zaino III

Comedian Colin Quinn believes the Constitution was a blueprint for the fractious state of political discourse.

BOOK REVIEW

‘Rob Delaney’ by Rob Delaney

Rob Delaney tells his tales from the bottom with humor.

By Matthew Gilbert

The comic takes a redemptive tone in the sometimes potent but stunted memoir.