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Cellphone firms regularly give data to law enforcement

The heavy reliance on personal cellphone data as an investigative tool is raising new concerns among lawmakers and privacy groups.

Demonstrators in Kiev pulled down the city’s main statue of Lenin and pounded it to pieces on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets in opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych.

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Kiev crowds topple Lenin statue as rallies grow

Demonstrators pounded the statue to pieces as people filled the streets in opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych.

Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen (left) and Yitz Magence met for taping  “Watch What Happens Live” in New York.

Former Hebrew tutor inspires off-Broadway song

Boston attorney Yitz Magence’s relationship with Andy Cohen, a former Hebrew student who is now the face of the Bravo network, inspired the tune.

Despite Mass. law, sex trade clients seldom punished

A human trafficking law in 2011 increased penalties for men who pay for sex from women, but purported johns are still being treated leniently.

Soaring rents are putting many families in peril

A study found that more than one in four renters in Mass. and nationally must spend more than half their income on housing.

The Road Wars app awards users virtual coins if they do not exceed the speed limit.

Apps try to monitor, tame texting drivers

A growing number of apps are aiming to convert the device that contributes to distracted driving into a tool that combats the problem.

The Nation

Cellphone firms regularly give data to law enforcement

Senator Edward J. Markey said law enforcement “can be tough on crime and tough on privacy.’’

By Bryan Bender

The heavy reliance on personal cellphone data as an investigative tool is raising new concerns among lawmakers and privacy groups.

Storm dumps snow, slows traffic, grounds flights

Cars were stuck and tractor-trailers in the median of I-81 in Hagerstown, Md., as officials urged people to stay off roads.

By Michael Rubinkam

A powerful storm that crept across the country dumped snow, sleet, and freezing rain on the Mid-Atlantic region and headed northeast.

Democrats set to push nominees

Despite last month’s Democratic power play over the filibuster rule, Senate Republicans can slow, though not derail, Obama’s appointments.

By Alan Fram

Despite last month’s Democratic power play over the filibuster rule, Senate Republicans can still slow President Obama’s appointments.

The World

Kiev crowds topple Lenin statue as rallies grow

Demonstrators in Kiev pulled down the city’s main statue of Lenin and pounded it to pieces on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets in opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych.

By David M. Herszenhorn and Andrew E. Kramer

Demonstrators pounded the statue to pieces as people filled the streets in opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych.

In Nelson Mandela prayers, angst suffuses pain

Nelson Mandela was eulogized in Johannesburg Sunday.

By Lydia Polgreen

South Africans began a week of commemorations following the death of Mandela with what officials called a day of prayer and reflection.

Leader moves to calm Thailand political crisis

By Todd Pitman

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call elections in an attempt to calm the country’s political crisis.

Editorial & Opinion

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Democrats will miss the filibuster when it’s gone

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed a rules change that limits filibusters on presidential nominees.

By John E. Sununu

Eliminating the filibuster will make the Senate more partisan and less substantive — in short, more like the House of Representatives.

JAMES CARROLL

A crisis of crises

A Japanese patrol plane flies over the disputed islands in the East China Sea in 2011.

By James Carroll

Our sense of never-ending crisis grows partly from the nature of events overseas, but also from how these events are presented to us.

opinion | Nathaniel P. Morris

A resume too partisan for top US doctor

Dr. Vivek Murthy.

By Nathaniel P. Morris

Should a leading figure of Doctors for Obama, which became Doctors for America, become America’s doctor under President Obama?

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letters | wrangling over casino future in Mass.

351 good reasons to push for ballot question on casino law

letters | wrangling over casino future in Mass.

State suit aims to resolve tribe’s gaming rights

letters | concern over fate of campus school

Moving facility from BC is tantamount to closing it

letters | concern over fate of campus school

A vibrant school community would be missed

Metro

Despite Mass. law, sex trade clients seldom punished

By Jenifer B. McKim

A human trafficking law in 2011 increased penalties for men who pay for sex from women, but purported johns are still being treated leniently.

Former Hebrew tutor inspires off-Broadway song

Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen (left) and Yitz Magence met for taping  “Watch What Happens Live” in New York.

By Christopher Wallenberg

Boston attorney Yitz Magence’s relationship with Andy Cohen, a former Hebrew student who is now the face of the Bravo network, inspired the tune.

Adrian Walker

Nelson Mandela’s vision awaits reality

By Adrian Walker

Mandela’s visit to Boston in 1990 conjured a future that is now closer, but still just beyond our grasp.

Business ǀ Science

Soaring rents are putting many families in peril

A study found that more than one in four renters in Mass. and nationally must spend more than half their income on housing.

By Megan Woolhouse

A study found that more than one in four renters in Mass. and nationally must spend more than half their income on housing.

Apps try to monitor, tame texting drivers

The Road Wars app awards users virtual coins if they do not exceed the speed limit.

By Michael B. Farrell

A growing number of apps are aiming to convert the device that contributes to distracted driving into a tool that combats the problem.

MIT’s Lincoln Lab helps speed space communication

The Lunar Lasercomm Ground Terminal at NASA’s White Sands Complex in New Mexico.

By Michael B. Farrell

NASA and the laboratory have been working together to advance planetary research by getting information to and from space much faster.

Obituaries

Marilyn Kass, 54; chronicled her illness with poignant humor

Ms. Kass, chief executive of tooth+nail, offered advice to those living with cancer at her blog, xoxomomo.com.

By Kathleen McKenna

In the seven years since she was diagnosed with cancer, Ms. Kass became part of an online community via a blog that detailed her experience and offered advice.

Art Kaminsky, 66, top agent for hockey players, broadcasters

Mr. Kaminsky represented coach Herb Brooks and more than two-thirds of the 20-member US Olympic team after it stunned the Soviets en route to a gold medal in 1980.

By Douglas Martin

Mr. Kaminsky was chosen by most of the members of the US hockey team behind the Miracle on Ice to handle contract negotiations and other financial affairs.

Sports

patriots 27, browns 26

Patriots stun Browns, but lose Rob Gronkowski

Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) goes low to bring down Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter; the Patriots star tight end might have suffered a torn knee ligament on the play.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots scored two touchdowns in the last 61 seconds of the game to win, but their star tight end may have a torn right ACL.

A to-do list for the Red Sox

By Peter Abraham

Baseball’s Winter Meetings start Monday in Orlando. Here’s a to-do list for the Red Sox.

Christopher L. Gasper

Losing Rob Gronkowski may be too tough to overcome

Rob Gronkowski, riding with Dr. Thomas Gill, waves as he’s carted off the field after injuring his knee. He was taken to the hospital Sunday and was expected to have an MRI Monday.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Gronkowski waved to the fans as he left the field, but it felt like he was waving goodbye to the Patriots’ plans to win Super Bowl XLVIII.

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patriots notebook

Aqib Talib couldn’t stop Browns receiver Josh Gordon

By Michael Whitmer

Cleveland perspective | Terry Pluto

Browns’ tough defeat hard to accept

By Terry Pluto

BETTOR'S EDGE

These bets were a real snow job

By Ed Ryan

Celtics 114, Knicks 73

Celtics hand Knicks an embarrassing loss

By Baxter Holmes

On basketball

Celtics, Knicks headed in opposite directions

By Gary Washburn

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Quick starts are getting the Celtics results

By Baxter Holmes

Patriot Nation

Tailgater’s grill had most horsepower

By Anthony Gulizia

Offseason breakdown: Catcher

In A.J. Pierzynski, Red Sox see a bridge

By Peter Abraham

49ers 19, Seahawks 17

Late field goal keeps Niners’ division hopes alive

By Janie McCauley

Eagles 34, Lions 20

LeSean McCoy lifts Eagles past Lions

By Rob Maaddi

Ravens 29, Vikings 26

Ravens rally past Vikings in wild finish

By David Ginsburg

Broncos 51, Titans 28

Broncos’ Matt Prater kicks record 64-yard FG

By Eddie Pells

Chiefs 45, Redskins 10

Chiefs regain footing, Redskins take another step back

By Joseph White

Jets 37, Raiders 27

Geno Smith rebounds from rough outing

By Dennis Waszak Jr.

Buccaneers 27, Bills 6

Bills overwhelmed by Buccaneers’ defense

By Fred Goodall

Packers 22, Falcons 21

Packers end 5-game slide, shut out Falcons in second half

By Genaro C. Armas

Chargers 37, Giants 14

Philip Rivers, Chargers thrash Giants

By Bernie Wilson

Cardinals 30, Rams 10

Cardinals end eight-game skid against division foes

By Bob Baum

Cowboys at Bears, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)

Bears, Cowboys get prepped for frigid Monday game

By Schuyler Dixon

Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 2

Bruins’ power play comes alive in win over Leafs

By Amalie Benjamin

Bruins Notebook

Chris Kelly to miss 4-6 weeks with broken right fibula

By Amalie Benjamin

Dolphins 34, Steelers 28

Dolphins survive frantic finish

By Will Graves

G: Health

Health

Comparison shopping for medical procedures

By Liz Kowalczyk

Thanks to a unique state law, millions of patients can now find out in advance how much their medical procedures will cost.

Television Review

The sublime Stephen Sondheim, served six ways

Stephen Sondheim is celebrated in an HBO documentary that focuses on his wildly successful 50 plus-year career in musical theater.

By Sarah Rodman

The composer is celebrated in an HBO documentary that focuses on his wildly successful 50-plus-year career in musical theater.

José Mateo keeps ‘The Nutcracker’ fresh

Peter DiMuro and Amy Chan during dress rehearsal for José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.”

By Karen Campbell

The Globe spoke with Mateo recently about how his production has endured and evolved.

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Nutrition and you!

Three tips for avoiding holiday weight gain

By Joan Salge Blake

Health Answers

How does carbon monoxide poisoning occur?

By Courtney Humphries

A Doctor’s view

Determining the cause of bad behavior

By Dr. Ronald Pies

Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Music Review

Winners fit just right at Boston Music Awards

By Luke O’Neil

Names

Mark Wahlberg screens film in Hingham

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Stephen King decides to join Twitter

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Vince Vaughn, costars party in Kendall Square

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Sweaters get ugly at the Whiskey Priest

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

‘The Sing-Off’ makes a return to NBC

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Kerrys host the Kennedy Center honorees

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein