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Foxwoods considers pursuing Fall River casino

Foxwoods has shaken off its referendum defeat in Milford a month ago and is searching for a way back into the Mass. casino sweepstakes.

Children ran from the dining area to the carnival rides at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Sunday during the 25th Christmas in the City celebration.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

Homeless children get star treatment at party

Some 4,000 homeless children attended the 25th Christmas in the City celebration, which also included flu shots and dental checkups.

“I am so deeply clueless about all of this,” said Adrienne Matzen, who says she’s looking for a health plan based on the monthly premium because she has limited income.

Big deductibles in cheaper health plans cause worry

The prospect of sticker shock after the start of the year is seen as a looming problem for the federal health care system.

Boston Medical Center reduces monitor alarms

Boston Medical has provided a national model for other hospitals as new safety rules on “alarm fatigue” take effect Jan. 1.

Senator Elizabeth Warren reflected on her first year in office.

One year in, Warren not shying from populist aims

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s first year has found her in the middle of the debate over the future of both her party and the country.

Kate Baker (left) and Suzanne Schalow are creating a national franchise of specialty beer stores.

Couple has crafted a unique beer business model

Kate Baker and Suzanne Schalow, the founders of Craft Beer Cellar, are creating a national franchise of specialty beer stores.

The Nation

One year in, Warren not shying from populist aims

Senator Elizabeth Warren reflected on her first year in office.

By Noah Bierman

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s first year has found her in the middle of the debate over the future of both her party and the country.

Big deductibles in cheaper health plans cause worry

“I am so deeply clueless about all of this,” said Adrienne Matzen, who says she’s looking for a health plan based on the monthly premium because she has limited income.

By Carla K. Johnson

The prospect of sticker shock after the start of the year is seen as a looming problem for the federal health care system.

Winter roars in with wild mix, killing at least 9

A man cleared a driveway on his all-terrain vehicle Sunday in Milwaukee, as a storm dumped snow across the Midwest.

By Jason Keyser

Storms across the nation knocked out power to 400,000 homes and businesses, and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

The World

US evacuates 15 citizens from South Sudan

By Michael R. Gordon and Isma’il Kushkush

With rebel assurances of safety, the United States evacuated the Americans from South Sudan after drawing fire the day before.

Russian dissident vows to stay out of politics

Mikhail Khodorkovsky with his parents, Marina and Boris.

By Alison Smale

In the museum at Checkpoint Charlie, the man who until Friday was Russia’s most famous prisoner faced reporters for the first time Sunday.

Egyptian court convicts 3 leaders of uprising

Ahmed Maher (right) and Ahmed Douma (bottom left) were sentenced to prison. They were prosecuted under a new law.

By Kareem Fahim

Three activists who played leading roles in the uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak were convicted of participating in illegal protests.

Editorial & Opinion

JAMES CARROLL

Divorce for Catholics?

By James Carroll

Catholics who have divorced and remarried are forbidden to receive communion at Mass, yet under Pope Francis, the church is poised to modify a defining doctrine.

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Budget deal is no goat for GOP

By John E. Sununu

The recent budget deal frees the GOP to focus on the failures of Obamacare, such as higher prices and dropped coverage.

opinion | mike ross

Seeding university communities

By Mike Ross

In Boston, it looks like we might have found an innovative model of our own — one that takes the University of Pennsylvania’s approach to a new level.

Metro

Boston Medical Center reduces monitor alarms

Boston Medical Center fights alarm fatigue

By Liz Kowalczyk

Boston Medical has provided a national model for other hospitals as new safety rules on “alarm fatigue” take effect Jan. 1.

Foxwoods considers pursuing Fall River casino

“We would like to be in Massachusetts. We’re looking at a number of opportunities,” said Foxwoods chief executive Scott Butera.

By Mark Arsenault

Foxwoods has shaken off its referendum defeat in Milford a month ago and is searching for a way back into the Mass. casino sweepstakes.

Fairhaven marine with ever-present smile remembered

School buses were used to shuttle mourners from a nearby parking lot to the funeral home for the wake of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew R. Rodriguez on Sunday.

By Joshua Miller

Hundreds of people filed into Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals to mourn Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Rodriguez.

Business ǀ Science

Black box lets data flow in an emergency

The Mutualink black box allows information gathered in a variety of formats to be translated into a standard format that various first-responder agencies can use.

By Hiawatha Bray

The Mutualink black box allows information gathered in a variety of formats to be translated into a standard format that various first-responder agencies can use.

Federal buyers often blind to factory woes

By Ian Urbina

The best price is usually the primary goal when the US orders garments from abroad.

The Hive

Loan may help vaccines get to crisis areas

Michael Schrader of Vaxess Technologies, which has received a $1 million loan.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has awarded $1.5 million in loans to local startups, including a company that developed a vaccine preservation system.

Obituaries

Edgar M. Bronfman, 84; championed rights of Jews worldwide

We Jews “may not earn the friendship of others, but we will demand their respect,” wrote Edgar M. Bronfman in his 1998 memoir.

By Jonathan Kandell

As chairman of the Seagram Co., the billionaire businessman and philanthropist expanded his family’s liquor-based empire.

John Eisenhower, 91; son of president was historian, diplomat

Mr. Eisenhower, who visited Culzean Castle in Scotland with his father in 1946, spent 35 years in the Army and retired with the rank of brigadier general.

By Douglass K. Daniel

Mr. Eisenhower spent 35 years in the Army and retired with the rank of brigadier general.

Kenneth A. Schechter, 83, Korean War pilot landed while blinded

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Schechter, then Ensign Schechter, was at the heart of an astonishing real-life thriller, one of the most electrifying air rescues in American military history.

Sports

Patriots 41, Ravens 7

With AFC East title clinched, Patriots pound Ravens

Patriots defensive tackle Sealver Siliga has Ravens QB Joe Flacco in his clutches in the fourth quarter.

By Shalise Manza Young

The Patriots went into the game as AFC East champions, thanks to a Dolphins loss, and routed the defending Super Bowl champions.

Dan Shaughnessy

2013 season Bill Belichick’s finest coaching job

Bill Belichick and the Patriots thrashed and embarrassed the world champion Baltimore Ravens, 41-7, in their own house Sunday.

By Dan Shaughnessy

The Patriots’ big win over the Ravens reinforces the fact that this 2013 season will stand as Belichick’s masterpiece.

On Football

Patriots’ running backs key to team’s success

LeGarrette Blount breaks through for a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that gets the Patriots off and running to a 7-0 lead.

By Ben Volin

Given their inconsistencies in the passing game, it will be critical to establish the Patriots’ cadre of tailbacks if New England is to win in January.

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Patriots Notebook

Shane Vereen, Devin McCourty leave with injuries

By Michael Whitmer

Baltimore perspective | Mike Preston

Patriots, Ravens going in opposite directions

By Mike Preston

Patriot Nation

Jake n Joes is as close as you can get to game atmosphere

By Andrew MacDougall

Bruins Notebook

Bruins’ Daniel Paille improving from concussion

By Fluto Shinzawa

Panthers 17, Saints 13

Panthers beat the Saints, make playoff leap

By Steve Reed

Cowboys 24, Redskins 23

Tony Romo preserves Dallas’s playoff hopes

By Joseph White

Eagles 54, Bears 11

Eagles blast Bears; both face showdowns

By Rob Maaddi

Giants 23, Lions 20 (OT)

Lions fall to Giants; playoff hopes end

By Larry Lage

Steelers 38, Packers 31

Steelers get wild

By Genaro C. Armas

Chargers 26, Raiders 13

Chargers stay alive in playoff race

By Bernie Wilson

Cardinals 17, Seahawks 10

Cardinals snap Seahawks’ 14-game home win streak

By Tim Booth

Titans 20, Jaguars 16

Nate Washington’s touchdown grab helps lead Titans

By Mark Long

Rams 23, Buccaneers 13

Robert Quinn sets Rams’ franchise record for sacks in a season

By R.B. Fallstrom

Jets 24, Browns 13

Geno Smith leads Jets in home finale

By Dennis Waszak Jr.

Monday Night Football: Falcons at 49ers. 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)

San Francisco closing out Candlestick

By Janie McCauley

Pacers 106, Celtics 79

Celtics fall in Brad Stevens’s return to Indiana

By Baxter Holmes

Offseason breakdown: Bullpen

Backed by Koji Uehara, Red Sox bullpen thriving

By Nick Cafardo

Celtics Notebook

Celtics coach Brad Stevens still getting used to NBA

By Baxter Holmes

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Braintree girls set to script a better ending

By Michelle Fenelon

boys’ basketball preview

Mansfield boys’ basketball ready to make a charge

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs

Broncos 37, Texans 13

Peyton Manning sets TD mark as Broncos clinch West

By Kristie Rieken

Bills 19, Dolphins 0

Bills put Dolphins in a pinch with big win

By John Wawrow

Bengals 42, Vikings 14

Bengals rout Vikings, return to playoffs

By Joe Kay

Colts 23, Chiefs 7

Colts show well in potential playoff preview

By Dave Skretta

Auburn 77, BC 67

Boston College has tough time getting started

By Justin Lee

G: Health

Couple has crafted a unique beer business model

Kate Baker (left) and Suzanne Schalow are creating a national franchise of specialty beer stores.

By Gary Dzen

Kate Baker and Suzanne Schalow, the founders of Craft Beer Cellar, are creating a national franchise of specialty beer stores.

Health

Split liver transplants save two lives

Ian Rutherford, 2, shares a liver with an 18-year-old boy. They received it from the same deceased donor in May 2012.

By Deborah Kotz

A split liver transplant is aimed at spreading the limited supply of organs among more recipients.

Stage Review

‘Adventure’ abounds in Disney on Ice

Little Mermaid in “Passport to Adventure.”

By Terry Byrne

Disney on Ice has returned for its annual holiday visit to Boston with a show called “Passport to Adventure.”

More Stories

Music Review

Vivid ‘French Christmas’ from Boston Camerata

By David Weininger

Book Review

‘A Big Fat Crisis’ by Deborah A. Cohen

By Dennis Rosen

Daily Dose

Dogs, children, and asthma and allergies

By Deborah Kotz

Child in Mind

iPad-attached potty, bouncy seats exploit young

By Dr. Claudia M. Gold

In Practice

Sharing patients’ top five health tips

By Dr. Suzanne Koven

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

Names

‘Mandela’ activist comes to the ICA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Esperanza Spalding joins Stevie Wonder in LA

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Al Plastino comic makes its way to JFK library

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Yo-Yo Ma checks out Christmas Revels

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Bruins goal: a little holiday cheer

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein