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Minimum wage battles are shifting to the states

Twelve states, including Mass., will be considering hikes this year through legislation or ballot initiatives.

Study finds long-lasting results from brain exercises

Older adults who engaged in brain training drills retained measurable benefits up to 10 years later.

After boom, 2014 repeat for biotech is uncertain

Drug makers and deal makers are basking in the glow of one of their strongest years financially, but warily looking ahead.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley preached at an ecumenical service at Sudbury United Methodist Church on Sunday in commemoration of Cardinal Richard Cushing’s historic visit to the same congregation (below) a half-century earlier to discuss the Second Vatican Council’s efforts toward Christian unity.

LANE TURNER (above) and DAN SHEEHAN/Globe Staff

Cardinal O’Malley, Methodists building ecumenical bridges

Cardinal Sean O’Malley preached at Sudbury United Methodist Church in commemoration of Cardinal Richard Cushing’s visit a half-century earlier.

A crowd gathered at a sales counter in a Denver marijuana retail shop.

Marijuana advocates lay groundwork for legalization in Mass.

An effort has been launched to both get a question calling for the drug’s legalization on the 2016 ballot and to raise enough money for victory.

The Nation

Minimum wage battles are shifting to the states

By Kimberly Railey

Twelve states, including Mass., will be considering hikes this year through legislation or ballot initiatives.

No timetable for end to West Virginia water ban

Bonnie Wireman of Dry Branch, W.Va, was angered by the spill, but does not blame the coal or chemical industries.

By Mitch Weiss and Brendan Farrington

Governor Earl Tomblin said that the latest water tests have been encouraging following a chemical spill last week.

Desegregation aid could end for Arkansas schools

“Factually, nothing has changed since the last hearing,” said John Walker, a state representative.

By Chuck Bartels

An agreement awaiting a federal judge’s final approval soon could end one of the nation’s most historic desegregation efforts.

The World

Freeze on Iran’s nuclear program to start Jan. 20

“We are clear-eyed about the even greater challenges we all face,’’ John Kerry said.

By Michael R. Gordon and Thomas Erdbrink

Iran and six world powers agreed on details for freezing much of Tehran’s nuclear program next week.

Syrian opposition urged to join talks

A rebel threw a fire ball in the city of Deir Ezzor on Friday. Clashes pitting rebels against rebels have killed hundreds.

By Lara Jakes

Envoys from 11 countries converged to help restore, and test, the credibility of a rebel coalition sapped by vicious infighting and indecision.

Israelis reflect on Ariel Sharon and his legacy

The body of Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister and general, was placed outside Israel’s Parliament building in Jerusalem on Sunday for mourners to visit.

By Jodi Rudoren

Regardless of their political views, many Israelis who came to view his coffin admired Sharon as a bold decision-maker unafraid to take risks.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Mike Ross

Newmarket rising

The Newmarket area in Boston is filled with meatpacking and food-processing wholesalers.

By Mike Ross

What if Boston had a second chance to redefine a place for artists to gather, grow, and thrive?

JAMES CARROLL

Sounding the alarm, then and now

Bonnie and John Raines were part of a group that broke into an FBI office in Media, Pa. in 1971.

By James Carroll

The theft and publication of FBI files in 1971 led to a major overhaul of the bureau and draws similarities to the Edward Snowden case.

jennifer graham

Save money (and sanity) in a gap year

By Jennifer Graham

A break between high school and college is a reasonable rejoinder to the vexing questions raised by higher education today.

Metro

Marijuana advocates lay groundwork for legalization in Mass.

A crowd gathered at a sales counter in a Denver marijuana retail shop.

By Joshua Miller

An effort has been launched to both get a question calling for the drug’s legalization on the 2016 ballot and to raise enough money for victory.

Study finds long-lasting results from brain exercises

By Kay Lazar

Older adults who engaged in brain training drills retained measurable benefits up to 10 years later.

Cardinal O’Malley, Methodists building ecumenical bridges

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley preached at an ecumenical service at Sudbury United Methodist Church on Sunday in commemoration of Cardinal Richard Cushing’s historic visit to the same congregation (below) a half-century earlier to discuss the Second Vatican Council’s efforts toward Christian unity.

By Lisa Wangsness

Cardinal Sean O’Malley preached at Sudbury United Methodist Church in commemoration of Cardinal Richard Cushing’s visit a half-century earlier.

Business ǀ Science

After boom, 2014 repeat for biotech is uncertain

By Robert Weisman

Drug makers and deal makers are basking in the glow of one of their strongest years financially, but warily looking ahead.

Genzyme, Alnylam team up on rare diseases

Alnylam’s John Maraganore described the Genzyme deal as “transformational.’’

By Robert Weisman

The Cambridge-based biotech will pay $700 million to buy a chunk of Alnylam and tap its pipeline of rare disease drug candidates.

3-D scans add a new dimension to preservation

Mystic Seaport historians used a 3-D scan during renovation work on the historic Charles W. Morgan whaling vessel.

By John Dyer

Experts say the images have been helpful in millions of dollars’ worth of renovation work in New England and beyond.

Obituaries

Irving Fishman, 92, state lawmaker, early voice against Vietnam War

Mr. Fishman was a jazz musician before his political tenure and a real estate lawyer and developer in the decades after.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Fishman was a pioneering public voice against the war among the Commonwealth’s elected officials.

Dale Mortensen; helped unravel complexities of unemployment; at 74

Mr. Mortensen “combined sophisticated economic theory and careful empirical work in ways that will continue to inspire economic researchers for decades to come,” University of Chicago professor Robert E. Lucas said.

By Hilary Stout

Mr. Mortensen and two other economists developed a model to help explain why even in times of economic health it can be hard for unemployed people to find work.

Thomas Melady, 86; key figure in Vatican’s recognition of Israel

Dr. Melady also served as US ambassador to Burundi and Uganda.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Melady began his career in the 1950s as an authority on emerging independence movements in Africa.

Sports

Christopher L. Gasper

It was always going to be Broncos vs. Patriots

Peyton Manning and the Broncos are the final barrier for Tom Brady and the unsinkable Patriots.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The AFC Championship couldn’t have come down to two other teams or two other quarterbacks.

Broncos 24, Chargers 17

Peyton Manning leads Broncos to AFC title game

Wes Welker hauls in a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Peyton Manning in the second quarter that helped the Broncos to a 14-0 lead.

By Theresa Smith

After their victory over the Chargers, the Broncos will now host the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship game.

Broncos become focus of Patriots’ preparations

Peyton Manning hasn’t faced the Patriots in the playoffs since the 2006 AFC title game.

By Shalise Manza Young

The AFC Championship will be the 15th Tom Brady-Peyton Manning matchup, fourth in the playoffs.

G: Health

71st Golden Globe Awards

At Golden Globes, surprises all around

Golden Globe Awards hosts Amy Poehler (right), winner for best actress in a TV comedy, and Tina Fey.

By Sarah Rodman

“American Hustle” was the night’s biggest winner on the film side, while on the TV side, there were some expected and unexpected winners.

A tragedy recast in ‘Triangle’

Jamie Moore (left, with Stephanie Richards) is one of the puppeteers in the performance.

By Jeremy D. Goodwin

The NEC performance revisits the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 through opera, drama, and puppetry.

Music Review

At 19, Jake Bugg displays charm and chops

Promoting his second album, “Shangri La,” Jake Bugg (pictured in Norway last month) played to a notably diverse crowd at the House of Blues Saturday.

By Franklin Soults

Promoting his second album, “Shangri La,” Bugg played to a notably diverse crowd at the House of Blues Saturday.

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Health

We need more sleep

By Karen Weintraub

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Can meditation top medication?

By Deborah Kotz

Daily Dose

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MD MAMA

Recognizing symptoms of the flu

By Dr. Claire McCarthy

Health Answers

Does eating late really make you gain weight?

By Courtney Humphries

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Alternative therapies and placebos

By Karen Weintraub

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Chess Notes

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By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase

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