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US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

President Trump declared after his historic summit in June that with President Kim Jong Un there was ‘‘no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.’’

In key campaign role, Katherine Clark helped Democrats regain House

US Representative Katherine Clark in May.

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/File

Representative Clark, vice-chairwoman of recruitment for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, played an instrumental role in helping Democrats gain control of the House last week.

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Playing Christmas music? In November?

The jack-o’-lanterns might still be perched atop doorsteps. Thanksgiving might still be weeks away. But for a collection of holiday enthusiasts, the Christmas music is already blaring.

Members of the Catholic church gather for an opening session during the annual US Conference of Catholic Bishops November 12, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Bishops were ready to vote on accountability. Vatican said to wait

The Vatican asked US prelates to delay their decision on new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis ahead of a global meeting of church leaders in Rome in February.

Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops general assembly, listened during a press conference Monday  in Baltimore.

THOMAS FARRAGHER

A day of reckoning postponed

Humility. Courage. That is exactly what the Catholic church was seeking at their bishops conference in Baltimore this week. Turns out, that will have to wait.

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was helped off the field after being injured during a game against the Arizona Cardinals in 2012. Dr. Thomas Gill, the Patriots team physician during Hernandez’s career, is on the left.

In jail calls, Aaron Hernandez discussed NFL’s reliance on painkillers with former teammates

Recorded jail calls provide an unfiltered opportunity to hear professional football players talk openly about managing their pain.

The Nation

In key campaign role, Katherine Clark helped Democrats regain House

US Representative Katherine Clark in May.

By Victoria McGrane

Representative Clark, vice-chairwoman of recruitment for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, played an instrumental role in helping Democrats gain control of the House last week.

Death toll in Northern California fire is raised to 42

Chris and Nancy Brown embrace while searching through the remains of their home, leveled by the Camp Fire, in Paradise, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. As the fire approached, Nancy Brown escaped from the home with her 2-year-old and three dogs. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

By Jack Nicas, Thomas Fuller and Thomas Fuller

The fire in Paradise is the deadliest in the state’s recorded history. Fires also are burning near Los Angeles.

Political Notebook

Democrats’ House takeover sparking K Street lobbying reshuffle

In a weekend interview, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the controversial video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta holding onto a microphone was ‘‘sped up.’’

As Democrats emerge from eight years in the minority, companies and trade groups are searching for experienced hands to tackle a new agenda that could win bipartisan support.

The World

Israel, Palestinians exchange fire after botched Israeli raid

A picture taken on November 12, 2018 shows a ball of fire above the building housing the Hamas-run television station al-Aqsa TV in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike. - Israel's military said it was carrying out air strikes

By David M. Halbfinger

The fighting threatened to scuttle months of multilateral talks aimed at calming the Israel-Gaza border, where protests since March have been met with a lethal Israeli response, killing some 170 unarmed Palestinians and wounding thousands more.

US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

Kim Jong Un and President Trump

By Matthew Lee

President Trump declared after his historic summit in June that with President Kim Jong Un there was ‘‘no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.’’

Taliban slaughter elite Afghan troops, and a ‘safe’ district is falling

A commando (right) is treated at a hospital in Sang-e-Masha, Afghanistan, alongside citizens wounded in fighting.

By Rod Nordland

Four days earlier, the soldiers had been airlifted in to rescue what is widely considered Afghanistan’s safest rural district, Jaghori, from a determined assault by Taliban insurgents.

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Trump renews attacks on NATO and trade imbalances

By Eileen Sullivan, Maggie Haberman and Jack Ewing

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

After delaying bishop vote, can Vatican be trusted to right its own ship?

A protester holds a document during the annual US Conference of Catholic Bishops November 12, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

By forcing US bishops to delay a vote on reforms, the Vatican dashed any remaining illusions that it was capable of imposing accountability within on the sexual abuse crisis.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Wynn v. Wynn: In conflict or in cahoots?

Medford, MA - 3/15/2016 - Steve Wynn speaks to reporters about a planned casino in Everett during a press conference in Medford, MA March 15, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: 16wynn Reporter:

By Joan Vennochi

Steve Wynn looks like he’s in conflict with his old company. But might they really be working together?

Opinion | James Alan Fox

Keeping guns away from dangerous individuals is easier said than done

Credit: Lesley Becker/Globe Staff; Adobe

By James Alan Fox

Most will find a way no matter what roadblocks are placed in their path to destruction.

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Opinion | David Daley

One thing voters agree on — they hate gerrymandering

By David Daley

Opinion | John L. Allen Jr.

Catholic bishops’ missed opportunity on clergy sex abuse scandal

By John L. Allen Jr.

Metro

In jail calls, Aaron Hernandez discussed NFL’s reliance on painkillers with former teammates

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was helped off the field after being injured during a game against the Arizona Cardinals in 2012. Dr. Thomas Gill, the Patriots team physician during Hernandez’s career, is on the left.

By Andrew Ryan and Bob Hohler

Recorded jail calls provide an unfiltered opportunity to hear professional football players talk openly about managing their pain.

‘Black Panther,’ ‘SNL’ actors come together for a celebration of immigrants at JFK Library

Sayu Bhojwani, Bambadjan Bamba, and Horatio Sanz at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. (Christopher Baldwin)

By Kevin Slane

“Our forefathers had foreseen what immigrants bring to a society, bring to this nation. And we have continued to bring that spirit to the United States.”

Bishops were ready to vote on accountability. Vatican said to wait

Members of the Catholic church gather for an opening session during the annual US Conference of Catholic Bishops November 12, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

By Brian MacQuarrie

The Vatican asked US prelates to delay their decision on new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis ahead of a global meeting of church leaders in Rome in February.

Business & Tech

Plans for two towers above the Mass. Pike move forward

A rendering of two proposed Back Bay buildings, as seen from Boylston Street.

By Tim Logan

The cost of the complicated Back Bay project has been pegged at about $350 million.

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

$5.7b deal brings some measure of stability to athenahealth

Paul Singer, founder and CEO of hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation. Elliott acquired a bunch of athena shares in early 2017, presaging Jonathan Bush’s exit.

By Jon Chesto

At least for now, this deal could bring a measure of stability to athenahealth.

Amazon ready to announce new headquarters sites, report says

Amazon is expected to establish new corporate headquarter sites in New York City and Northern Virginia.

By Jeremy C. Fox and Tim Logan

Amazon appears to be poised to announce as early as Tuesday that it will establish new corporate headquarters in New York and in Northern Virginia.

Obituaries

Stan Lee, colorful catalyst for comic-book industry’s rise, dies at 95

Mr. Lee posed with Lou Ferrigno (right) and Eric Kramer, who portrayed the Hulk and Thor, respectively, in a TV movie.

By Jonathan Kandelland Andy Webster

As chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics, Mr. Lee helped create some of the most enduring superheroes of the 20th century.

Francis Lai, film composer who won Oscar for ‘Love Story’ score, dies at 86

Mr. Lai was a prolific composer of soundtracks that were unabashedly romantic and melodic.

By Matt Schudel

Mr. Lai composed the music for more than 100 films, including the 1966 hit French film ‘‘A Man and a Woman.’’

Sports

JIM McBRIDE | PATRIOTS FILM STUDY

How Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson kept Josh Gordon in check

Nashville TN 11/11/18 New England Patriots Josh Gordon is tackled by Tennessee Titans Adoree' Jackson for no gain during first quarter action at Nissan Field. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Jim McBride

The second-year Titans cornerback had things covered against the Patriots receiver.

Craig Kimbrel declines $17.9m qualifying offer — but could still re-sign with Sox

Boston, MA 10/14/18: Red Sox pitcher Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning. Boston Red Sox hosted the Houston Astros in Game Two of ALCS at Fenway Park Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

By Peter Abraham

The closer has a 2.44 ERA in 187 games over three seasons with the Red Sox and has 108 saves, third in team history

NFL NOTEBOOK

Bills release turnover-prone QB Nathan Peterman

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans scores on an intereption as Nathan Peterman #2 of the Buffalo Bills is late on the coverage at NRG Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Peterman threw seven interceptions in four appearances this season, and 13 overall in nine career games.