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Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston.

Chain confirms it was source of breach affecting conventions

The Briar Group, which owns 10 restaurants and bars in Boston, said its systems were infiltrated, affecting customers and convention attendees.

Darlene Boylan of Waltham has lost her job twice in the last three years.

Dina Rudick/Globe staff

Thousands of Mass. residents to lose jobless benefits

When the federal extension program expires Saturday, nearly 60,000 residents will lose unemployment benefits, according to state labor officials.

Teachers union revealed as funder behind pro-Walsh PAC

The American Federation of Teachers funded a political action committee that spent $480,000 in favor of Martin Walsh in the final days of the mayoral race.

State officials say Wynn Resorts, operated by casino mogul Steve Wynn (right), is suitable to hold a Massachusetts gambling license.

Wynn suitable to hold casino license, panel says

Wynn Resorts, which is proposing to build a casino in Everett, has been found suitable to hold a gambling license by the gaming commission.

The Nation

NSA program lawful, rules federal judge

The decision “misapplies a narrow and outdated precedent to read away core constitutional protections,” said Jameel Jaffer, the ACLU deputy legal director.

By Michael S. Schmidt and Adam Liptak

The judge also granted a motion filed by the federal government to dismiss a challenge brought by the ACLU, which had tried to halt the program.

Final report on Sandy Hook school shootings released

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., pictured in an evidence photo released by the Connecticut State Police.

By Matt Flegenheimer

The files provided the most complete account to date for one of the nation’s most wrenching massacres.

Military sex assault reports jump by more than 50 percent

By Lolita C. Baldor

Defense officials say the increase may suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals.

The World

Beirut bomb kills politician who criticized Syria

Friday’s attack occurred near the site of the 2005 bombing that killed former prime minister Rafik Hariri. It dealt a psychological blow to a perennially resilient city.

By Anne Barnard

Mohamad B. Chatah was one of the closest advisers to Saad Hariri, son of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in a 2005 bombing.

S. Sudan agrees to cease-fire, but prospects are uncertain

More than 120,000 people have been displaced and more than 1,000 killed by the fighting, which could go on despite politicians’ announcement of a cease-fire.

By Jason Straziuso and Tom Odula

The government agreed to end hostilities against rebels, but the cease-fire was quickly thrown into doubt because the head of the rebellion was not invited.

Crackdown stirring unrest across Egypt

 A plainsclothes police officer detained a supporter of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on Friday.

By Kareem Fahim

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood marched in cities across Egypt, protesting the government’s decision to declare the group a terrorist organization.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | jennifer graham

But the fire is so delightful!

By Jennifer Graham

With new laws regulating wood stoves, and banning many older models, the venerable fireplace should shiver, as should those of us who enjoy its ambient comforts.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Follow Hungary’s lead on junk-food taxes

By Derrick Z. Jackson

So far, efforts in Massachusetts to tax junk food have gone nowhere, but early evidence from Hungary is promising.

editorial

World must work together to stop violence in S. Sudan

The recent eruption of violence in the world’s newest country stems from a power struggle between two men.

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Metro

Teachers union revealed as funder behind pro-Walsh PAC

The appearance of One Boston-funded ads on behalf of Martin J. Walsh in the final week outraged watchdog groups.

By Wesley Lowery

The American Federation of Teachers funded a political action committee that spent $480,000 in favor of Martin Walsh in the final days of the mayoral race.

Wynn suitable to hold casino license, panel says

State officials say Wynn Resorts, operated by casino mogul Steve Wynn (right), is suitable to hold a Massachusetts gambling license.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Wynn Resorts, which is proposing to build a casino in Everett, has been found suitable to hold a gambling license by the gaming commission.

Connector enrollments up as deadline approaches

By Chelsea Conaboy

By early Friday, more than 2,800 people had used the Massachusetts Health Connector’s insurance marketplace to enroll.

Business

Thousands of Mass. residents to lose jobless benefits

Darlene Boylan of Waltham has lost her job twice in the last three years.

By Edward Mason

When the federal extension program expires Saturday, nearly 60,000 residents will lose unemployment benefits, according to state labor officials.

Chain confirms it was source of breach affecting conventions

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston.

By Deirdre Fernandes

The Briar Group, which owns 10 restaurants and bars in Boston, said its systems were infiltrated, affecting customers and convention attendees.

New charity raises awareness, as well as money

Marla Felcher (center left) spoke with legal counsel Christina Frangos (center right) at a recent Philanthropy Connection event.

By Lonnie Shekhtman

The Philanthropy Connection has completed its first round of grants, awarding $26,000 each to five nonprofits providing services to women, families, children, and young adults.

Obituaries

Mike Hegan, 71; former Yankee, baseball broadcaster

Mike Hegan set a record for most consecutive games at first base without an error.

By Bruce Weber

Mr. Hegan played a dozen seasons in the big leagues and later returned to his hometown of Cleveland to serve as a longtime broadcaster for the Indians.

Tom Laughlin, 82; star of ‘Billy Jack’ movie series

After Hollywood, Mr. Laughlin sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1992, 2004, and 2008.

By Paul Vitello

Mr. Laughlin wrote, directed, and starred in the tales of a tightly wound, half-Cherokee Vietnam veteran who protects Indians, wild horses, and progressive ideals against attack.

Bill Knight, 91; Maine troop greeter featured in documentary

Mr. Knight, a World War II veteran, greeted soldiers at Bangor International Airport, a frequent stop for military members returning from overseas.

Sports

Bruins 5, Senators 0

Bruins keep the power on

Brad Marchand scored an unassisted short-handed goal in the third period.

By Amalie Benjamin

Jarome Iginla’s second-period goal ignited a 5-0 victory for the Bruins over the Senators at TD Garden.

patriots notebook

Tom Brady one of four Patriots named to Pro Bowl team

Tom Brady was named to his fifth straight Pro Bowl and ninth overall, tying a team record.

By Shalise Manza Young

Joining Brady as selections are guard Logan Mankins, cornerback Aqib Talib, and special teamer Matthew Slater.

All quiet on the Red Sox front

Manager John Farrell (left) and GM Ben Cherington may see a 2014 roster that’s quite similar to that fielded last season.

By Peter Abraham

As January approaches, big news isn’t expected. The Red Sox could enter the spring with the current roster and wait until closer to the season to make adjustments.

G: Family

Drink local: A dozen notable Mass. breweries

Backlash Beer of Boston has an urban vibe, a complex range of beer, and a great logo.

By Gary Dzen

Home to 51 craft breweries and counting, Massachusetts has become one of the country’s most exciting locations for beer.

Massachusetts beer guys

Tree House Brewing Company in Brimfield.

Following are the members of the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, a craft-beer industry association.

From the Archives

Boston’s South Station

By Leanne Burden

On January 1, 1899, South Station opened to the public as one of the world’s largest rail stations. It became one of the busiest in the country in the early 1900s.