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FDA moves to ban trans fat as threat to health

Under the proposed regulation, partially hydrogenated oils, a type of trans fat, would be dropped from the agency’s list of safe ingredients.

Martin J. Walsh spoke of his priorities.

Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe

Walsh sees stronger role for City Council

“I’m not afraid of having them as a partner in government,” Martin Walsh said, noting that Boston’s legislative body is often overlooked.

Walsh expected to bring new team of advisers

With the first major overhaul in City Hall in two decades, Mayor-elect Martin Walsh is expected to usher in an entirely new team.

Stunning views are attracting well-heeled buyers, including from abroad, to Downtown Crossing.

David L. Ryan/ Globe Staff

Downtown Crossing becoming exclusive address

The average sales price in the area, $1.3 million, has exceeded the Back Bay’s by about $100,000 this year, according to a Boston-based brokerage firm.

Scott Brown, shown in Nashua in April, has been coy about his political plans.

Scott Brown gets a plea to run in N.H.

National Republicans have been trying to persuade former Mass. Senator Scott Brown to run for Senate in New Hampshire.

The Nation

Senate passes gay rights bill for workplace

The first openly gay senator, Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, called the vote a ‘‘tremendous milestone.’’

By Donna Cassata

Advocates hailed the bipartisan vote as a historic step, but Speaker John Boehner has signaled that the Republican-led House is unlikely to even vote on the measure.

Testimony wraps up in Detroit bankruptcy trial

By Ed White

The city must prove to a judge that it is eligible for Chapter 9 by passing several key steps, including evidence of good-faith talks with creditors early last summer.

NTSB criticizes US inspectors

The National Transportation Safety Board highlighted a tour bus crash with eight deaths that occurred in Southern California in its investigation of a federal inspectors.

By Joan Lowy

Federal accident investigators called for an inquiry into the government agency charged with ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles.

The World

Limited deal takes shape in Iran nuclear talks

By Michael R. Gordon

US officials signaled that the United States is prepared to offer limited relief from economic sanctions if Tehran agrees to halt its nuclear program and reverse part of it.

Kerry presses Israel over peace negotiations

“The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos. I mean, does Israel want a third intifada?” said Secretary of State John Kerry.

By Matthew Lee

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a stark warning to Israel, saying it faces isolation and a possible explosion of violence if it does not make progress in peace efforts with the Palestinians.

Chemical arms sites in Syria destroyed, group says

By Alan Cowell

International inspectors said they had verified the destruction of all but one of 23 chemical weapons sites declared by Syrian authorities.

Editorial & Opinion

editorial

Surprise victory in east Congo a credit to muscular UN force

Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz led the UN unit.

The “intervention brigade,” composed of about 3,000 troops from Tanzania, Malawi, and South Africa, is almost unprecedented in the history of UN peacekeeping.

editorial

Boston schools: Fiasco avoidance starts early

In rolling out the new school assignment plan, the Boston Public Schools seem better prepared than the federal government.

editorial

Lou Reed’s enduring appeal: Remembering the wild side

The gritty New York that Reed captured in his songs barely exists today, but his vision continues to resonate with listeners.

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letters | As millennials make their way

Baby boomers have saddled their kids with the bill

letters | As millennials make their way

‘Emerging adults,’ ever hopeful, can do without ridicule

letters | As millennials make their way

A big ‘harumph!’ directed at youth

letters | As millennials make their way

From tech to philanthropy, Generation Y shaping society

Metro

Prosecutors recommend life sentence for Bulger

James “Whitey” Bulger was convicted in August of killing 11 people in the 1970s and 1980s and operating a racketeering enterprise that was involved in drug trafficking, extortion and money laundering.

By Shelley Murphy

James “Whitey” Bulger “has no redeeming qualities” and should be sentenced next week to life in prison, federal prosecutors said.

Walsh sees stronger role for City Council

Martin J. Walsh spoke of his priorities.

By Andrew Ryan

“I’m not afraid of having them as a partner in government,” Martin Walsh said, noting that Boston’s legislative body is often overlooked.

Kevin Cullen

Languishing in Lawrence

By Kevin Cullen

Dan Rivera is such a decent guy that he thinks everything is on the up and up. I wish I shared his idealism, but, hey, this is Lawrence we’re talking about.

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Walsh expected to bring new team of advisers

By Stephanie Ebbert and Jim O’Sullivan

Business

Mass., US show unexpected economic growth

A covered vehicle at a paint shop at a Chrysler assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Mich.

By Megan Woolhouse

The state economy grew at a 3.5 percent annual rate from July through September, according to a new report.

Shirley Leung

What if we legalized gambling, but end up with no casinos?

(Clockwise from top) Proposed casinos in Milford, Springfield, and Everett.

By Shirley Leung

Could we have crafted a more perfect Massachusetts moment in showing the world just how difficult it is to do business here?

Twitter takes off on first day of trading

By Michael B. Farrell

Twitter’s stock started trading 73 percent above its initial public offering price of $26. At the end of the day, it was valued at $24 billion.

Obituaries

Edward J. Shea, 91; former district court judge

As a judge, Mr. Shea took a compassionate and understanding approach.

By Marvin Pave

Before serving as a presiding judge, Mr. Shea handled media relations for college sports programs at Tufts University and UMass Amherst.

Ace Parker, 101; was oldest football Hall of Famer

Ace Parker played three sports at Duke, then starred with the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers, winning the MVP in 1940.

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Parker starred in the National Football League’s early era, days of leather helmets and 60-minute men.

Chris Chase; actress turned to writing later in life

Mrs. Chase appeared in “All That Jazz” and Kubrick’s noirish “Killer’s Kiss.”

By Paul Vitello

Mrs. Chase’s later works includes co-authoring autobiographical books about Rosalind Russell, Josephine Baker, and Betty Ford.

Sports

Bruins 4, Panthers 1

Brad Marchand ends slump as Bruins defeat Panthers

Brad Marchand scored a goal in the third period.

By Amalie Benjamin

Marchand scored a goal in the third period, his first since the second game of the season, after some good work by Loui Eriksson.

on hockey

Loui Eriksson is regaining confidence

LOUI ERIKSSON: Gaining coaches’ trust

By Fluto Shinzawa

The second-line winger is contributing after his return from a concussion that could have had far worse results.

Men’s college basketball preview

BC toughens schedule to enhance tournament chances

Coach Steve Donahue, keeping a close eye on sophomore Joe Rahon, knows BC needs to schedule much tougher foes, starting Friday at Providence.

By Michael Vega

Some experts say the Eagles’ slate is the fourth toughest in the country.

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patriots notebook

Isaac Sopoaga happy to be in Foxborough

By Shalise Manza Young

the bettor’s edge

Dallas Cowboys are the best team vs. the spread

By Ed Ryan

Downs & Distance

Southern Cal players are feasting on success

By Jim McBride

sports media

Mike Lynch, Bob Lobel to team up on Ch. 5

By Chad Finn

High school football

Holliston hopes to avenge loss to Westwood

By Andrew MacDougall

Boys’ soccer: St. John’s Prep 1, Madison Park 0

Eagles end MP’s long streak

By Ryan Butler

college hockey notebook

BU’s Garrett Noonan looking forward to BC game

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

bruins notebook

Claude Julien pushes back against Tim Thomas talk

By Amalie Benjamin

G: Arts & Movies

Boston Comedy Festival: 9 days, 96 comics, 1 survivor

By Nick A. Zaino III

The career of a stand-up comedian is a matter of breaks both big and small, and the stand-up competition has the potential to offer both.

Marc Maron: Boston Comedy Festival’s Comedian of the Year award

Marc Maron worked a series of food service jobs as a fledgling comic in Boston, but has not worked a day job since  placing second at a local comedy competition

By Eugenia Williamson

Maron worked a series of food service jobs as a fledgling comic in Boston, but has not worked a day job since placing second at a local comedy competition.

Stage Review

‘Make Up Your Mind’ feels like a mishmash

Tracy Goss, Ross Bickell (standing), and Barlow Adamson in SpeakEasy Stage’s “Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind.’’

By Don Aucoin

Imagine a “Saturday Night Live’’ skit elongated to 90 minutes and you’ve got “Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind” at SpeakEasy Stage Company.

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Stage REview

‘We Will Rock You’? Oh no you won’t

By Don Aucoin

Stage Review

‘Normal Heart,’ uncommon heartbreak

By Terry Byrne

Classical Notes

Ensemble Evolution brings treetop sounds to arboretum

By David Weininger

Television Review

‘Killing Kennedy,’ a flimsy historical walkthrough

By Sarah Rodman

Album Review

Gaga packs a punch on ‘ARTPOP’

By James Reed

Scene & Heard

Michael Christmas lets his inner average guy out

By Martín Caballero

Noisy Neighbors

N.B.S., ‘The Smokefest’

By Martín Caballero

Night Watch

SPF 5000 at The Pill

By Vanessa Fernandes

Book REview

‘One Summer’ by Bill Bryson

By David M. Shribman

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Dance review

Step Afrika! creates own body music

By Jeffrey Gantz

Names

Next 26, Improv Asylum laugh strong for Boston

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Song inspired by Raynham family wins song of the year at CMAs

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Gisele Bundchen is an innovator in New York

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Alejandro Sanz picks up a degree at Berklee

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein