Top Republicans don?t rule out backing Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at a campaign event this week.

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Few Republicans appear ready to swear off supporting Donald Trump in a general election.

Report of baby thrown into Merrimack River was a hoax

Authorities were earlier investigating a report that someone may have thrown an infant into the Merrimack River.

City ordered to give detectives 28% raise over 6 years

An independent arbitrator on Tuesday ordered the city to give Boston police detectives a considerable raise: 28.4 percent over six years.

Philadelphia taxi drivers protested Uber X and Lyft ride services on Dec. 16.

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opinion | Anthony D. Galluccio

Uber is getting a free ride

We have to level the playing field before the taxi industry is decimated.

Amid abuse claims, new rules for student restraint

New statewide regulations will limit how children can be physically restrained in Massachusetts public schools.

Gas tanker truck fire kills more than 100 people in Nigeria

A gas tanker truck ignited an inferno at a crowded industrial gas plant on Thursday.

Snow blanketed Easton, Maine, 400 miles north of Boston, on Wednesday.

The Boston Globe

For a white Christmas, you?ll have to look afar

Heading away from balmy Boston in a determined search for a white Christmas? Don?t bother looking in the Berkshires, or even Buffalo.

Brandon and Chelsey Huffman are parents to 5-month-old Oliver, who had six hours of surgery to repair an incomplete esophagus.

Surgery marks a turning point for infant?s first Christmas

Two days before Christmas, five-month-old Oliver Huffman had a surgery that should allow him to feed for the first time.

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// Donors deliver joy to 35,000

Globe Santa helped bring smiles to some 20,000 homes across Eastern Massachusetts.

// A Christmas quiz: Match the letters to the landmark

Can you guess which Boston locations these letters come from?

Laurie Pant, center, of Burlington, and other members of the Tremble Clefs performed at the Back Bay Chorale's Christmas concert on Sunday.

A joyful noise rises from singers with Parkinson?s disease

The Tremble Clefs sing to fight the voice-dampening effects of an incurable disease.

// Golf on Christmas Eve? Yes.

It was easier to find an open golf course than a ski trail in Massachusetts on Christmas Eve because no ski resorts were open Thursday.

Pope Francis led the midnight Christmas Mass in Saint Peters Basilica.

Pope contrasts Jesus? birth, excess in Christmas Eve homily

The pope counter-weighted his joy with a lament for people?s excesses and what he described as a ?culture of indifference.?

Susanna Moy

Sunny San Diego was a hotbed of hockey talent for local colleges

Harvard?s Tyler Moy, BC?s Thatcher Demko, and BU?s Nik Olsson all sprang from the same area.

Peter Marciano (far right) led Brockton High School to a state Super Bowl title in 1984. In college, he played for the University of Iowa.

Brockton?s Peter R. Marciano, a nephew of the boxing great, dies at 48

He built his own legend as an athletic star and civic leader in his hometown.

Sarah Rodman

The most overlooked albums of 2016

Critic Sarah Rodman picks five of the year?s most overlooked albums, including releases by Erykah Badu, Shawn Colvin, and Jesse Malin.

Movie Review

// Tarantino goes west with crazy ?Hateful Eight?

Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to bury a plea for interracial brotherhood inside a bloody, nearly three-hour revenge western.

Love Letters

// Single on Christmas

How does a 38-year-old survive being alone during the holidays and start fresh in the coming New Year?

Ground Game

ground game

// Things are not going well for the Carson campaign

After several confounding statements on foreign policy and then fighting claims he made about his own life for weeks, Ben Carson?s poll numbers have tanked.

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//[1] Donate to Globe Santa

Globe Santa delivers holiday gifts to local children in need.

Globe investigations

// Globe investigations and Spotlight reports

A look at high-impact investigations from The Boston Globe, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning report on abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

 A Lebanese woman wearing a Santa Claus costume sings during a Christmas event, in downtown Beirut on Dec. 19. (Hussein Malla/Associated Press)

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The Big picture

Santas everywhere

They come in all shapes and sizes, donning the iconic red suit and hat that symbolize modern-day Christmas.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ?Spotlight?

?Spotlight? is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.