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Once dissed and dismissed, the Patriots are back in the Super Bowl

Kansas City, MO - 1/20/2019 - (overtime) New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his reception for a first down on the game winning overtime drive. The Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: James M. McBride, Topic: 21Patriots-Chiefs, LOID: 8.5.157043654.

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After a death-defying comeback, New England will be in football’s biggest game for the third straight year.

// Kamala Harris runs for president after swift rise in national politics

In a Martin Luther King Day appearance on “Good Morning America,” Harris said she will officially launch her campaign next weekend at a rally in Oakland.

Jeneé Osterheldt

// Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t a colorblind dreamer

Martin Luther King Jr. had more than a dream. And it’s way past time to reclaim him as a political thinker rather than a romanticized reverend.

Tom Weber, commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care, said the state’s new system is backed by “research, technical assistance, and the deep experience of licensing experts.”

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/File 2015

With new day-care inspection system, high caseloads and shorter visits

Inspectors were already monitoring two to four times the caseloads specialists recommend.

// The financial strain deepens for furloughed government employees

The federal government shutdown, long past a mere annoyance, is lurching into its fifth week as the human and financial costs on unpaid workers continue to mount.