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Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke in Boston on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Warren says she’s not seeking presidency

The US senator, the center of speculation that she might run for president in 2016, said she would finish her term that ends in January 2019.

Gambling panel chair to recuse self from Everett site review

Stephen Crosby said he withdrew from next week’s casino land review to preserve public trust in the process.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Stephen Crosby says that he is a former business partner of Paul Lohnes, co-owner of the 29-acre Everett site, and that they’ve known each other since the 1970s.

Harvard, other schools still fighting grade inflation

Harvard College is earning a new round of disapproval, and even ridicule — more than a decade after professors pledged to combat grade inflation.

The Nation

Elizabeth Warren says she’s not seeking presidency

Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke in Boston on Wednesday.

By Noah Bierman

The US senator, the center of speculation that she might run for president in 2016, said she would finish her term that ends in January 2019.

Newtown’s 911 calls reveal a nightmare

CDs of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook school shootings were made available Wednesday in Danbury, Conn.

By Michael Wilson

The release of the recordings comes a little more than a week after the release of the findings of the police investigation into the massacre.

Engineer in ‘daze’ before NYC train crash, lawyer says

By Jim Fitzgerald and Jennifer Peltz

Engineer William Rockefeller experienced a nod like road fatigue or the phenomenon sometimes called highway hypnosis, said his attorney.

The World

College debt varies by school, region, study finds

By Richard Pérez-Peña

Rising student debt has become a national concern, but it is far from uniform, with students at some colleges borrowing 10 times as much as others.

NATO urges US-Afghan deal

By Alissa J. Rubin

International officials signaled new urgency Wednesday for the United States and Afghanistan to reach agreement on a long-term security deal.

Stolen radioactive shipment found in Mexico

Police cordoned off an area in Hueypoxtla, Mexico, on Wednesday. Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime vigil guarding a rural field where thieves abandoned a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60.

By Olga R. Rodriguez

A missing shipment of cobalt-60 was found near Hueypoxtla, an agricultural town of about 4,000 people.

Editorial & Opinion

joan vennochi

Deval Patrick’s casino confusion

By Joan Vennochi

The governor wants to block a casino on Martha’s Vineyard by the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, although he supports a casino by the Mashpee Wampanoag in Taunton.

alex beam

Francis gives other denominations a case of ‘pope envy’

Pope Francis smiled on Wednesday, after his weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square.

By Alex Beam

Pope Francis’s refreshing approach seems to have adherents of other religions wishing they had a pope of their own.

NICHOLAS BURNS

Diplomacy to the rescue

By Nicholas Burns

Negotiations with Iran are a chance for diplomats, rather than the military, to be first responders for the US.

Metro

Gambling panel chair to recuse self from Everett site review

Stephen Crosby said he withdrew from next week’s casino land review to preserve public trust in the process.

By Andrea Estes and Mark Arsenault

Stephen Crosby says that he is a former business partner of Paul Lohnes, co-owner of the 29-acre Everett site, and that they’ve known each other since the 1970s.

Cultural leaders happy with Martin Walsh’s rhetoric

Mayor-elect Martin Walsh narrated “Twas The Night Before Christmas” for conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on Wednesday night.

By Geoff Edgers

Leaders in the arts community are eager to get started on Walsh’s vision, one in which “artists will have a true partner and advocate in City Hall.”

Harvard, other schools still fighting grade inflation

By Marcella Bombardieri

Harvard College is earning a new round of disapproval, and even ridicule — more than a decade after professors pledged to combat grade inflation.

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Yvonne Abraham

A credit crisis for specialty grocer

By Yvonne Abraham

Business

Providence Journal up for sale

By Callum Borchers

The A.H. Belo Corp., which also owns The Dallas Morning News, hired a firm to solicit offers on the 184-year-old Journal.

Tech Lab

Xbox One is more than a game, but less than ideal

You can control the Xbox One experience with voice commands, sort of.

By Hiawatha Bray

While the system is nowhere near perfect, Microsoft is well on its way to building a true home entertainment hub.

Saudi energy company opens Cambridge center

By Erin Ailworth

Saudi Aramco opened a research center in Kendall Square, the first of three new US research facilities the global energy giant will set up by the end of next year.

Obituaries

John Shaughnessy Sr., 86, of Milton; crane magnate

Jack Shaughnessy founded a crane firm and ran his family’s transport company.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Shaughnessy, former president and chief executive of his family’s businesses, used his good fortune to become one of Boston’s most generous philanthropists.

Judy Rodgers, 57; chef of refined simplicity

Judy Rodgers (left) made Zuni Cafe in San Francisco a social and culinary hub for artists, pols and food pilgrims.

By Eric Asimov

Ms. Rodgers’ San Francisco restaurant helped transform the way Americans think of food through its devotion to local, seasonal ingredients meticulously prepared.

Ahmed Fouad Negm, Egypt’s top satirical poet, dies at 84

By Hamza Hendawi

Mr. Negm was the country’s “poet of the people,” and his sharply political verses in colloquial Arabic inspired protesters from the 1970s through today.

Sports

Dan Shaughnessy

Jacoby Ellsbury’s exit is no big surprise

Jacoby Ellsbury will trade in his Red Sox jersey for Yankees pinstripes next season.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Ellsbury never pretended that staying in Boston was a priority. For him, it was always about the money.

Carl Soderberg now contributing to the Bruins

Carl Soderberg (left) is happy to have countryman Loui Ericksson around when a word in Swedish is needed.

By Amalie Benjamin

It wasn’t until this past month that the Bruins finally saw a return on their long-ago investment in Soderberg.

Harvard 72, Northeastern 64

Wesley Saunders fuels Crimson’s surge

Harvard’s Evan Cummins goes up to block a shot from Northeastern’s Scott Eatherton at Matthews Arena.

By Julian Benbow

Saunders’ play helped the Crimson withstand a late push from host Northeastern, as Harvard left Matthews Arena with a victory.

G: Style

Stage Review

A pair of mesmerizing performances in ‘Mies Julie’

Hilda Cronje and Bongile Mantsai in “Mies Julie,” presented by ArtsEmerson.

By Don Aucoin

In her mostly taut adaptation of August Strindberg’s “Miss Julie,’’ Yael Farber has transposed the action from 19th-century Sweden to post-apartheid South Africa.

Book Review

‘Vatican Waltz’ by Roland Merullo

Roland Merullo brings readers along on the journey of a young woman from Revere to the Vatican.

By Matthew Gilbert

A bland character is often doomed to be a bland read, but the Massachusetts author manages to create a surprisingly absorbing portrayal of such a woman.

Chanel expands on Newbury Street

Chanel’s new location includes  art alongside its merchandise.

By Christopher Muther

The move to 6 Newbury St. gives Boston the fourth-largest Chanel store in the country.

Globe North

Clark, Addivinola face off in congressional race

State Senator Katherine Clark visits a class at the Perkins School for the Blind.

By Joshua Miller

Those who go the polls will have a stark choice: On the most potent political issues, Katherine Clark and Frank Addivinola stand in diametric opposition.

17 nonprofits eye medical marijuana dispensary licenses

By Steven A. Rosenberg

The Department of Public Health, which announced the group of 100 finalists late last month, is slated to select the license holders in January.

Everett

Troubles continue for Everett state representative

WAYNE MATEWSKY

By Kathy McCabe

Two former campaign workers have filed legal complaints against Representative Wayne Matewsky seeking payment for services provided during his campaign.

Globe South

Malls in the south suburbs pull out stops to draw foot traffic

A  Cessna 150 two-seater plane is on display for the holidays at the Hanover Mall, promoting flying lessons offered by a Plymouth firm.

By Cara Bayles

With online sales continuing to rise, malls south of Boston are doing what they can to draw people in.

sUBURBAN dIARY

For many in Brockton area, Christo’s was their ‘Cheers’

The Gold Room at Christo’s in Brockton and, right, co-owners Gigi Johnson and her sister Maria Samson.

By Rich Fahey

Gigi Johnson, who co-owns the restaurant with sister Maria Samson, announced that the restaurant will close on Dec. 31 after almost 50 years of operation.

Duxbury

Duxbury Town Meeting could cast ballots electronically

By Jean Lang

Duxbury is coordinating with Orlando-based company to hold a trial run of its hand-held electronic balloting devices at the March 8 Town Meeting.

Globe West

After food stamps are cut, families turn more often to pantries

Food pantry volunteers Joan Sutherland left, Janet Cusano and Rose Hall hand out goods at the Sacred Heart Church in Walthan.

By Kathleen Burge

With recent cuts in benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, strapped families have even less money to buy groceries.

Finalists for medical marijuana licenses await state decision

By Evan Allen

One hundred finalists, announced at the end of November, are vying for licenses to open up medical marijuana dispensaries across Massachusetts.

Plans aired for marathon center in Hopkinton

Plans for an international marathon center in Hopkinton were aired Dec. 2 before the town's Planning Board.

By Ellen Ishkanian

The town’s Planning Board enthusiastically endorsed the concept of a museum that will showcase the sport and its history.