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The Bay State ranks fifth in the nation among the most caring states, a United Way national index said. The United Way used 35 indicators in six areas to rank the states: economic and financial well-being, education, health, volunteerism-charity-civic engagement, safety and the environment. Minnesota ranked first. – STAFF

Hobbits may rule movie theaters this year, but when it comes to video games, fans want all Jedi, all the time. yesterday handed its Game of the Year honor to  “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic,” which is available for Xbox systems and personal computers. – REUTERS

Last-minute gift wrappers who feel buried under all the paper can call a toll-free hotline for tips on how to lessen the load. Call the Scotch Brand Gift Wrapping Tips Hotline today between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 866-HOW-2-WRAP and speak with gift-wrapping experts about how to cover up those tricky items. – STAFF

Boston ranked fourth of seven cities in its ability to force corporations to respect community and individual rights, a survey by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said. San Francisco ranked first. – STAFF

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