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Report: GM and Chrysler
reopen merger talks
The ailing automakers have restarted talks to combine, The Wall Street Journal reported today. US car sales have hit their slowest rate in 26 years. (AP, 1:24 a.m.)
A year without a must-have gift
You won't have to worry about fighting crowds to snag that one hot gadget or toy before it sells out. (Boston Globe)
Power crews race with next storm
Crews are rushing to restore power to residents in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, ahead of a heavy snowstorm expected tomorrow. (Boston Globe)
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Madoff scandal casts a shadow on Boston hospitals' charity galas
Hospitals have often hosted lavish events in Palm Beach, Fla., seeking donations from rich donors, many of them northern transplants. Now, with many out millions, that strategy is being reevaluated. (Boston Globe)
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Ten condos are on the market at Boston's Mandarin Oriental. None are selling for less than original purchase price. (Boston Globe)
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Top holiday TV episodes
They can be kooky and snarky and even subversive, providing a great antidote to the commercialization and forced joy of the season. Remember this "Friends" episode (left)?
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