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Mass. readies 3-month plan for Callahan bypass

After months of number-crunching, state transportation officials believe they have safe alternatives for when the tunnel closes Friday night.

$100 million agreement close in meningitis outbreak case

The owners and insurers of the Framingham pharmacy blamed for the fatal meningitis outbreak will compensate victims and creditors.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/24/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/coakley150-4255.jpg After loss, Coakley prods MBTA board to tighten rules

Attorney General Martha Coakley said she is widening her investigation of the failed $25 million investment.

Ryan Brooker reached out to thank troopers Robert Childs and T.J. Hannon at the hospital Monday.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE GLOBE

His life saved, man reaches out to troopers

Ryan Brooker was stuck in traffic, trying to get to Tufts Medical in time for a heart transplant when State Police came to his aid.

Revere would get $33m in Mohegan Sun deal

Mohegan Sun would pay the city $33 million upfront, as well as minimum annual payments ranging from $25 million to $30 million.

The Nation

Same-sex weddings to continue in Utah

Jax and Heather Collins hugged after getting married at the Salt Lake County clerk’s office on Monday.

By Niraj Chokshi and Carol Morello

A federal judge refused to stay his own ruling and state authorities headed toward an appeal to a higher court.

Ohio judge rejects ban on gay marriage

A federal judge ordered Ohio authorities to recognize gay marriages on death certificates, saying that the state’s ban on such unions is unconstitutional.

Second spacewalk could complete station repair

In Chicago Monday, Spollo 8 astronaut Captain James A. Lovell, Jr. (center) read the broadcast from the day of the spacecraft’s orbit. With Lovell were David R. Mosena, (left) chief executive of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, and  Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

By Marcia Dunn

The Christmas Eve spacewalk planned by NASA at the International Space Station should wrap up repair work on a faulty cooling line.

The World

Assad forces press devastating assault on Aleppo

In an image shot by a citizen, a man carried the body of a child reportedly killed in a Syrian airstrike in Aleppo.

By Abigail Hauslohner and Ahmed Ramadan

The Syrian regime continued its aerial bombardment of the northern part of the country for the ninth straight day Monday.

After months of leaks, Edward Snowden says he’s won

In a 14 hours of interviews, Edward Snowden constantly turned the conversation to surveillance, democracy, and the meaning of the documents he exposed.

By Barton Gellman

In 14 hours of interviews, Snowden constantly turned the conversation to surveillance, democracy, and the meaning of the documents he exposed.

UN seeks more peacekeepers in South Sudan

By Nicholas Kulish and Michael R. Gordon

The United Nations is seeking a near doubling of its forces in the strife-ridden African nation, two UN officials said.

Editorial & Opinion

Elizabeth Bartholet and Daniel Heimpel

Through the cracks

By Elizabeth Bartholet and Daniel Heimpel

Our leaders have chosen policies that systematically favor family preservation, keeping children like Jeremiah Oliver at home even when home represents a serious danger.

TOM KEANE

We’re actually good at driving, so back off

Boston driver test: Scary merge, or a wealth of gaps?

By Tom Keane

Drivers in Mass. have a reputation for being awful and inconsiderate, but the statistics don’t bear that out.

PAUL MCMORROW

Old vs. new Seaport needs public debate

By Paul McMorrow

If the Innovation District and a port can work together, it will only be after serious coordination, and hard conversations about what industry means in the 21st century.

Metro

Revere would get $33m in Mohegan Sun deal

Mohegan Sun proposal

By Mark Arsenault

Mohegan Sun would pay the city $33 million upfront, as well as minimum annual payments ranging from $25 million to $30 million.

Mass. readies 3-month plan for Callahan bypass

Frank DePaola, state highway administrator, at a Callahan briefing. MassDot chief Richard A. Davey is at the left.

By Martine Powers

After months of number-crunching, state transportation officials believe they have safe alternatives for when the tunnel closes Friday night.

$100 million agreement close in meningitis outbreak case

New England Compounding Center

By Todd Wallack

The owners and insurers of the Framingham pharmacy blamed for the fatal meningitis outbreak will compensate victims and creditors.

More Stories

Kevin Cullen

Moving story of a once-homeless veteran

By Kevin Cullen

Globe Santa

Boston schools raise $8,200 for Globe Santa

By Jeremy C. Fox

Business

After loss, Coakley prods MBTA board to tighten rules

Attorney General Martha Coakley said the hedge fund losses are a red flag that there may be other problems in the MBTA retirement board’s operations.

By Beth Healy

Attorney General Martha Coakley said she is widening her investigation of the failed $25 million investment.

SEC official brings a prosecutor’s resume

Paul Levenson, 56, is bringing his criminal-law experience to the SEC’s civil oversight of $8 trillion worth of hedge funds, mutual funds, and brokerages across the region.

By Beth Healy

Paul Levenson, the agency’s new chief in Boston, was an assistant US attorney with 24 years of experience, most recently pursuing white-collar crime.

Cape Wind signs agreement for turbines

Cape Wind

By Jay Fitzgerald

Cape Wind Associates reached a deal to buy equipment and services from the German conglomerate Siemens AG for its 130-turbine wind farm.

Obituaries

Mikhail Kalashnikov, 94; designer and defender of AK-47

Mikhail Kalashnikov’s rifles achieved battlefield ubiquity and became instruments of terrorism, child-soldiering, and crime.

By C. J. Chivers

Born a peasant on the southern Siberian steppe, General Kalashnikov combined innate mechanical skills with the study of weapons.

Sports

Bruins 6, Predators 2

Young Bruins contribute in win over Predators

Carl Soderberg, Ryan Spooner (center), and Patrice Bergeron (right) celebrate a Soderberg goal in the third period against the Predators, his fifth tally of the season.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Bruins picked up a 6-2 victory on the strength of three assists from Ryan Spooner and a goal from Matt Fraser.

Christopher L. Gasper

Win over the Ravens was vintage Patriots

Tom Brady’s stats weren’t great, but with each part of their game clicking the Patriots won Sunday.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The systematic dismantling of the Ravens was reason to believe the Patriots can keep losing players and keep winning games into the new year.

Patriots seek strong finish and high seed

Bill Belichick is already looking ahead to Buffalo.

By Shalise Manza Young

Clinching their fifth straight AFC East title only guaranteed New England one of the top four seeds in the conference.

G: Living

Greetings! Our annual holiday card to readers, in verse

First column: Rob Ford; President Obama. Second row: Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in “Homeland”; Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia; James “Whitey” Bulger. Third row: A still from the movie “Sharknado”; Janet Yellen; Paula Deen. Fourth row: Malala Yousafzai; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, and their newborn son, George; Boston Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh; The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Fifth row: Healthcare.gov; Vegard Ylvisaker of Ylvis; the National Security Agency seal. Sixth row: Detroit Tiger Torii Hunter and Boston police officer Steve Horgan; Jonny Gomes of the Red Sox.

By Joseph P. Kahn

2013 was a year of fear, and cheer.

Frame by Frame

A portal that leads to introspection, questions

By Sebastian Smee

Martin Puryear’s “Confessional,” recently acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, has a door —wooden and very plain, but which suggests some kind of power.

aRT rEVIEW

Barbara Swan exhibit is well worth a reflection

“A Doll Named Keturah” from the show “Barbara Swan: Reflected Self” at Danforth Art.

By Cate McQuaid

Many people plugged into the Boston cultural world will want to see “Barbara Swan: Reflected Self” because Swan, a portraitist, painted family and friends.