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Turnpike toll workers, set to lose jobs, to get pay increases

The agreement will also allow the workers to retire with higher pensions, adding $11 million in costs to the state’s pension system, officials said.

Duck hunting season coincides with deadly cold water, and there have been three deaths already this year.

David L. Ryan/Globe staff

For duck hunters, winter water often means certain death

Three recent deaths of duck hunters highlight how quickly the icy water temperatures can create havoc on the human body.

Kosilek, now in her early 60s, was born Robert Kosilek, but by 1990 was transitioning to a female identity. She strangled her wife, Cheryl, in Mansfield that year.

Court upholds inmate’s right to sex change

In the first decision of its kind, an appeals court said that convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek is entitled to the taxpayer-funded surgery.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. disclosed that sales of its pioneering hepatitis C drug were falling faster than anticipated, prompting the company to shed 15 percent of its workforce on the eve of moving to a gleaming new headquarters and research center on the South Boston Waterfront (above).

Risk of failure leads biotech firms to seek new strategies

Those who attended the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference were reminded that making high-tech drugs is a high-risk enterprise.

Mitt Romney was surrounded by family and aides after the second debate.

Netflix

New film shows flawed, human Mitt Romney

The up-close look, with the intimate feel of home movies, reveals the Romney that voters rarely, if ever, saw.

The Nation

New film shows flawed, human Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney was surrounded by family and aides after the second debate.

By Matt Viser

The up-close look, with the intimate feel of home movies, reveals the Romney that voters rarely, if ever, saw.

President offers plan to curtail surveillance

“The power of new technologies means that there are fewer . . . technical constraints on what we can do,” said President Obama.

By Mark Landler and Charlie Savage

President Obama proposed significant changes on Friday but left in place many other pillars of the nation’s intelligence programs.

Facing intense drought, Calif. declares state of emergency

Images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show California’s Sierra Nevada range covered in snow in January 2013 and mostly dry this week.

By Norimitsu Onishi and Malia Wollan

The water shortage has residents trying to deal with problems that usually arise midsummer.

The World

Pope defrocked 400 priests in 2 years

By Nicole Winfield and John Heilprin

A document obtained by the Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for sexually molesting children.

Chechen militant who targeted Olympics is dead, Kadyrov says

By Ilya Arkhipov

Doku Umarov, a militant who claimed responsibility for attacks in Russia, has been ‘‘eliminated’’ during an anti-terror operation, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said.

Syria proposes cease-fire in Aleppo

By Ben Hubbard

The Syrian government said it was willing to exchange detainee lists with the opposition to pave the way for a possible prisoner exchange.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | H.D.S. Greenway

Obama’s generals

Marine Corps General James E. Cartwright participated in a briefing at the White House in 2010.

By H.D.S. Greenway

Robert Gates’s memoir gives insight into President Obama’s political courage.

editorial

Obama chooses to tweak NSA, rather than embrace reform

President Obama announced changes to the NSA’s authority but left the basic structure intact.

President Obama left the basic structure of the intelligence-gathering apparatus intact.

RENÉE LOTH

Somerville — the little city that could

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone is behind the city’s 20-year plan.

By Renée Loth

The city has developed a comprehensive master plan — called SomerVision — to manage its robust growth.

Metro

Turnpike toll workers, set to lose jobs, to get pay increases

Turnpike toll workers will lose their jobs in 2016 when the state moves completely to electronic toll taking.

By Michael Levenson

The agreement will also allow the workers to retire with higher pensions, adding $11 million in costs to the state’s pension system, officials said.

For duck hunters, winter water often means certain death

Duck hunting season coincides with deadly cold water, and there have been three deaths already this year.

By Billy Baker

Three recent deaths of duck hunters highlight how quickly the icy water temperatures can create havoc on the human body.

Court upholds inmate’s right to sex change

Kosilek, now in her early 60s, was born Robert Kosilek, but by 1990 was transitioning to a female identity. She strangled her wife, Cheryl, in Mansfield that year.

By Milton J. Valencia

In the first decision of its kind, an appeals court said that convicted murderer Michelle Kosilek is entitled to the taxpayer-funded surgery.

More Stories

Man dies in shucking machine accident in New Bedford

By Maria Sacchetti and and Catalina Gaitan

Business

Risk of failure leads biotech firms to seek new strategies

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. disclosed that sales of its pioneering hepatitis C drug were falling faster than anticipated, prompting the company to shed 15 percent of its workforce on the eve of moving to a gleaming new headquarters and research center on the South Boston Waterfront (above).

By Robert Weisman

Those who attended the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference were reminded that making high-tech drugs is a high-risk enterprise.

Biotech executives make connections

By Robert Weisman

The J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference allowed industry officials to link up, and much of the action took place after hours.

Joanne Goldstein to step down as state labor secretary

Joanne Goldstein (left) is taking a job at Northeastern University, and Rachel Kaprielian, the Registry chief, will be her successor.

By Megan Woolhouse and Beth Healy

Goldstein will be succeeded by Rachel Kaprielian, chief of the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Obituaries

Ken Landwehr, 59; played key role in capture of BTK killer

Lieutenant Landwehr (above) and Dennis Rader had been exchanging coded messages in newspapers when the detective tricked Rader into using a floppy disk.

By Bruce Weber

Lieutenant Landwehr spent more than 20 years in pursuit of the culprit before tracking down Dennis Rader in 2005.

Ruth Robinson Duccini, 95; last surviving ‘Oz’ female Munchkin

 Munchkins from “The Wizard of Oz”  included Jerry Maren (second from left) and Ruth Duccini (third from right), the last surviving female member.

Ms. Duccini traveled to California with a troupe, and was cast in the MGM fantasy movie starring Judy Garland. She was 4 feet tall.

Suchitra Sen, 82, leading actress in Bengali films

Ms. Sen acted in 57 Bengali and seven Hindi films.

By Manik Banerjee

Ms. Sen was known for her memorable roles in both Bengali-language and Hindi Bollywood films.

Sports

Lakers 107, Celtics 104

Rajon Rondo back, but Celtics fail to close out Lakers

Rajon Rondo’s 3-point attempt with 1 second left didn’t connect.

By Baxter Holmes

Rondo missed a game-tying 3-pointer with one second left, and the Lakers finished the game on an 11-0 run.

Ryan Mallett really getting into act

As the backup, Ryan Mallett’s job on the scout team was to prepare the Patriots defense by imitating Peyton Manning.

By Michael Vega

The Patriots backup quarterback has spent the week simulating Broncos signal-caller Peyton Manning.

Christopher L. Gasper

Upon his reflection, Kraft sees big picture

Robert Kraft (right) and departing owner James Orthwein shook hands on Jan. 21, 1994, after the news conference to announce the team’s sale.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Tuesday marks 20 years since Bob Kraft bought the Patriots and kept them in town, and he’s seen it all.

G: Family

New Year’s resolutions unresolved

By Beth Teitell

Fewer than one in 10 people make good on the promises to themselves. How, exactly, do resolutions go bad?

Stage Review

Role-playing gets real in charged ‘We Are Proud . . .’

Jesse Wood (as Actor 1/White Man) and Marc Pierre (as Actor 4/Another Black Man) in the production by ArtsEmerson and Company One Theatre.

By Don Aucoin

Director Summer L. Williams keeps her energetic, excellent cast of six in constant motion in the Paramount Center.

Book REview

‘In Saints of the Shadow Bible’ by Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin.

By Daneet Steffens

The 19th in a series starring detective John Rebus showcases the quality of Rankin’s writing.