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Eli Izaias, visiting from Brazil, waited in line outside Target in Somerville. The store opened at 1 a.m. Friday.

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Diehard Black Friday shoppers fuel retail sales

One shopper spent 31 hours in line at Target — all for a deal on a TV.

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Personal items belonging to convicted crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger could soon be sold at auction, with proceeds going to families of his victims.

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Mery Daniel, who was badly wounded in the Marathon bombings, feels stronger and better now than she did before the blast.

UMass Lowell’s growth has city asking for return

International students Moses Chilingwa (left) of Zambia and Vishal Bavishi of India waited for their appointments last month in the lobby of the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

The university has expanded its footprint throughout Lowell, causing city officials to ask for voluntary payments.

“One of the wonderful things about being a scientist . . . is when things affect you, you can go after them,” said Melissa Moore, who posed with her daughter, Anna Loomis.

Chance meeting leads to novel preeclampsia treatment

Fate kept throwing scientist Melissa Moore and Dr. Ananth Karumanchi together until they teamed up to study preeclampsia, a complication of pregnancy.

The Nation

White House expects to meet health site deadline

The president says the health care law “is going be a legacy I am extraordinarily proud of.’’

By Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein

The Obama administration is preparing to announce Sunday it has met the Saturday deadline for improving its beleaguered HealthCare.gov website.

Both parties recruiting veterans to run for House in 2014

Republican Martha McSally pushes Air Force values in her second run in Arizona.

By Kevin Freking

Democrats and Republicans are looking for candidates who appear to be antidotes to partisan Washington.

Top medal sought for forerunner of CIA

General William Donovan (second from right) led the OSS.

By Chris Carola

Legislation would collectively award the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Office of Strategic Services.

The World

Chinese jets dispatched to find US planes in zone

A visitor walked near an aircraft on display at a museum in Beijing on Friday. China’s military scrambled jets Friday to enforce its recently-declared air defense zone.

By Jane Perlez

The scrambling of the jets was the first move announced by China showing it was enforcing the air defense zone that it established last weekend.

US-led coalition apologizes after strike kills child

By Tim Craig

The civilian casualties come at a difficult time for US diplomats, who have watched with dismay as Afghan President Hamid Karzai appeared increasingly dismissive of a security deal.

EU leaders, Ukraine split over Russian influence, accords

Police in Kiev broke up an antigovernment demonstration early Saturday, injuring many.

By David M. Herszenhorn

Leaders had to settle for preliminary agreements with Moldova and Georgia and were left grappling with how best to deal with a challenge from Russia

Editorial & Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

A wing and a prayer

Declining: Brown thrashers disappeared entirely from the Lower Berkshire Hills.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

The more recent dicing up of grasslands and woods for new developments has 40 percent of bird species in the state on the decline.

Derrick Z. Jackson

An ominous warning about a regional icon

Declining: The common loon increased their breeding distribution, but chick survival rate is low.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

It is a mystery why, despite “record levels of management,” according to biologist Harry Vogel, the chick survival rate is low among loons.

lawrence harmon

Boston teacher ratings don’t add up

By Lawrence Harmon

Student test scores on standardized exams, for the most part, don’t reflect the sky-high reviews of their teachers.

Metro

Chance meeting leads to novel preeclampsia treatment

“One of the wonderful things about being a scientist . . . is when things affect you, you can go after them,” said Melissa Moore, who posed with her daughter, Anna Loomis.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Fate kept throwing scientist Melissa Moore and Dr. Ananth Karumanchi together until they teamed up to study preeclampsia, a complication of pregnancy.

Living stronger by the day, Marathon victim aims for big ride

Marathon bombing survivor Mery Daniel rode her handcycle in September as part of a Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital group that took part in the local stage of a Boston-to-Philadelphia charity ride.

By Eric Moskowitz

Mery Daniel, who was badly wounded in the Marathon bombings, feels stronger and better now than she did before the blast.

Just the thing if you’re dreaming of a ‘Whitey’ Christmas

Books were among items seized when police arrested James “Whitey” Bulger in Santa Monica, Calif.

By Shelley Murphy

Personal items belonging to convicted crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger could soon be sold at auction, with proceeds going to families of his victims.

Business

Diehard Black Friday shoppers fuel retail sales

Eli Izaias, visiting from Brazil, waited in line outside Target in Somerville. The store opened at 1 a.m. Friday.

One shopper spent 31 hours in line at Target — all for a deal on a TV.

Boston group urges extension of homeowner aid

By Michael B. Farrell

Boston Community Capital said that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, set to expire Dec. 31, is still needed even as the foreclosure crisis has subsided.

Black Friday shoppers out in force

Cathy Xu, 9, and her mother, Susan Xu, bought a red Polar Slider sled at the L.L. Bean store in Dedham.

Take a look at local scenes as bargain hunters swarmed malls and stores across Greater Boston.

Obituaries

Alec Reid, 82; priest was conduit for the Irish peace accord

The Rev. Alec Reid (right) and Rafael Larreina spoke in 2007 with reporters in Vitoria, Spain.

By Douglas Dalby

The Rev. Reid played a quiet but crucial role in clandestine negotiations that led to the historic Good Friday peace accord in Northern Ireland.

Herbert DeSimone, former R.I. attorney general; at 84

Mr. DeSimone also headed the state’s Department of Transportation and twice ran unsuccessfully for governor.

Sports

Patriots Notebook

Aqib Talib: We won’t be overlooking 2-9 Texans

By Michael Whitmer

“Just because they’re 2-9 doesn’t mean they’re going to come and hand us the win,” Talib said Friday.

Dane Fletcher makes most of his opportunity

DANE FLETCHER

By Shalise Manza Young

Fletcher, who tore an ACL in the 2012 preseason opener, saw an uptick in snaps after Dont’a Hightower was benched during the Broncos game.

BRUINS 3, RANGERS 2

Bruins battle to a win over Rangers

Zdeno Chara celebrated after scoring the go-ahead tally in the third period.

By Amalie Benjamin

Zdeno Chara capped a two-goal rally in the third period as the Bruins rebounded from an ugly loss at Detroit two days earlier.

G: Family

Stage Review

A ‘Camelot’ with too few shining moments

Erica Spyres as Guenevere and Benjamin Evett as Arthur.

By Terry Byrne

The current New Repertory Theatre production of “Camelot” is a mishmash of uneven talent and uncertain direction.

Book Review

‘At Night We Walk in Circles’ by Daniel Alarcón

Peruvian native Daniel Alarcón’s work recalls Bolaño or even Borges, with surreal touches amid seeming realistic scenes.

By Clea Simon

When the line between role and reality becomes blurred, an actor’s life may be at risk in Alarcón’s new novel.

Liberace exhibit a trove of glittery memorabilia

The Cosmopolitan casino is displaying artifacts of Liberace (pictured in 1987).

By Hannah Dreier

A Las Vegas Strip casino is bringing some of Liberace’s most decadent possessions back into the public eye.