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Mass. population growth is tops in N.E.

According to new US Census Bureau estimates, Massachusetts’ population grew by 0.72 percent, outpacing every other state in New England.

Police, fire, and other personnel were at the scene on the Meridian Street bridge after a woman was killed.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

Woman killed when bridge shuts on top of her

A woman walking on the Meridian Street Bridge in East Boston was crushed to death when the bridge was closed on top of her.

Jonathan Pollard was sentenced in 1987 to life in prison and is being held in a federal penitentiary.

Case of jailed spy looms over Kerry Mideast trip

Israel has demanded the release of Jonathan Pollard from a US prison in return for continuing with the peace process.

Isabel Lord, 16, of Boston, took in a skating performance at the colorfully lit Frog Pond during the city’s 38th First Night celebration.

Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

Boston greets new year with First Night

The night’s events and activities were capped by midnight fireworks over Boston Harbor.

South African President Nelson Mandela

A salute to 2013’s departed

A year-end round-up of notable people who passed from the scene in 2013.

Transit users suffer a cut in US tax benefit today

A tax benefit for people who take public transportation is set to shrink after Congress failed to renew a package of federal subsidies.

The Nation

Case of jailed spy looms over Kerry Mideast trip

Jonathan Pollard was sentenced in 1987 to life in prison and is being held in a federal penitentiary.

By Bryan Bender

Israel has demanded the release of Jonathan Pollard from a US prison in return for continuing with the peace process.

Justice delays health law’s birth control mandate

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor pushed the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball in Times Square on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

By Jesse J. Holland

A Supreme Court justice blocked part of the law that would have forced religious groups to provide health insurance that includes contraception.

Mayor in N.D. seeks change in how oil is shipped

Crude oil tanker cars continued to burn at the site of an oil train derailment near Casselton, N.D., a town of 2,400.

By Dave Kolpack

A North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil exploded.

The World

Old rivalries reignited a fuse in South Sudan

By Nicholas Kulish

The fighting now tearing at the seams of this nation broke out in a military barracks in Juba, the capital, on Dec. 15.

Uighur Muslims released by US after 10 years

By Adam Goldman

The detainees were transferred to Slovakia from Guantanamo, the last members of the ethnic group released.

Putin breaks silence, condemns bombings

President Vladimir V. Putin promised to keep fighting terrorists following the deadly bomb attacks in Volgograd.

By Steven Lee Myers

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the twin bombings in Volgograd were “inhumane terrorist acts.”

Editorial & Opinion

nathaniel p. morris

Happy holidays, but I can’t help you yet

By Nathaniel P. Morris

I’ve been in medical school for 16 months, and people think I know what I’m talking about. (I don’t.)

SCOT LEHIGH

Walsh’s education test

By Scot Lehigh

Martin Walsh’s stance toward education will be illuminated by decisions he makes regarding schools and teachers.

JEFF JACOBY

Four resolutions for the media

H.L. Mencken

By Jeff Jacoby

Bad media habits can be broken, even if they appear to be deeply ingrained.

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Metro

Transit users suffer a cut in US tax benefit today

By Martine Powers

A tax benefit for people who take public transportation is set to shrink after Congress failed to renew a package of federal subsidies.

Woman killed when bridge shuts on top of her

Police, fire, and other personnel were at the scene on the Meridian Street bridge after a woman was killed.

By Meghan E. Irons, Maria Cramer and John R. Ellement

A woman walking on the Meridian Street Bridge in East Boston was crushed to death when the bridge was closed on top of her.

Mass. population growth is tops in N.E.

By Joshua Miller

According to new US Census Bureau estimates, Massachusetts’ population grew by 0.72 percent, outpacing every other state in New England.

Business

A bull-market year ends; a hazier one begins

The Dow rose past 14,000 for the first time in February, and past 15,000 in May. It ended the year at 16,576.66.

By Jay Fitzgerald

Predicting how stocks might perform in 2014 depends on what prognosticators believe moved the market so much higher last year.

Boston foreclosure activity plummets

By Deirdre Fernandes

Foreclosure activity fell to its lowest level in a decade in 2013 as the local economy strengthened and housing prices rebounded.

Target reveals gift card glitch

Thanksgiving Day shoppers at a Target store in Chicago. The retailer said it will honor an unidentified number of improperly activated gift cards.

By Anne D’Innocenzio

The nation’s second-largest discount retailer said an unidentified number of gift cards sold over the holidays were not properly activated.

Obituaries

Johnny Orr, 86; basketball coach at Michigan

Michigan coach Johnny Orr (right) complains to an official about his player being knocked to the floor during the 1976 NCAA Championship game. Michigan lost to Indiana.

By Luke Meredith

Mr. Orr, the fist-pumping basketball coach, led Michigan to the national title game and Iowa State into national prominence.

John Cordice, 95; helped save Martin Luther King

Surgeon John W.V. Cordice removed a letter opener from Martin Luther King Jr. after he was stabbed.

By David B. Caruso

Dr. Cordice, a New York City surgeon,was part of the medical team that saved Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958.

Wilbur Thompson, 92; won shot put title at ’48 Olympics

At the 1948 London Games, Mr. Thompson threw a career-best mark of 56 feet, 2 inches, breaking the Olympic record by more than 3 feet.

Sports

On Football

Grading the Patriots on the regular season

Aqib Talib (center) covered the top receiving threats and shut down many.

By Ben Volin

A quick look at the Patriots’ roster, how each unit performed this season, and where they stand entering the playoffs.

islanders 5, bruins 3

Islanders rally for win at TD Garden

Frans Nielsen scored against Tuukka Rask in the second period, with Thomas Vanek watching.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Islanders scored four power play goals and came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Bruins.

HAWKS 92, CELTICS 91

Celtics lose to Hawks after leading by 18

Atlanta’s Louis Williams gets off a second-quarter shot, though Celtics guard Courtney Lee does his best to defend.(Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)

By Baxter Holmes

Kelly Olynyk had 21 points off the bench but Jordan Crawford missed a midrange jumper at the buzzer that would have won it.

G: Food

A salute to 2013’s departed

South African President Nelson Mandela

By Joseph P. Kahn

A year-end round-up of notable people who passed from the scene in 2013.

Longevity in a nutshell

Business is brisk at Fastachi nut shop in Watertown. Decades after nuts were cut out of diets for being too fattening, studies are showing the product’s health benefits, which include a reduced risk of heart disease.

By Valerie Ryan

A recent health study indicates that eating nuts regularly improves health and wards off disease. Can it really be that simple?

Thick and creamy fish chowder, from Jimmy’s Harborside

This thick bowl, with smoky overtones from bacon, begins with a whole haddock.

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Getting a taste of Japanese comfort food

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After the holidays, try spicy chicken meatballs

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick

food | travel

Prairie Canary is a great find in Iowa

By Jane Dornbusch

Galleries

‘This Land’ is small land

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘The Little Demon’ by Fyodor Sologub

By Colin Fleming

A Tank Away

Norwalk, Conn., is good as gold

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio