State bond rating downgraded in blow to Baker, Mass. politicians

S&P Global Ratings said Friday it is reducing the state?s rating one notch, to the third-highest tier.

Child struck, killed by commuter rail train in Salem

The incident occurred around 8 p.m., officials said.

// Medical examiner testifies no conclusive evidence Bella Bond died from punch to stomach

The biological father of Bella Bond also resumed testifying Friday about how he learned from Rachelle Bond that the toddler was dead.

// House will remove 1-word impediment to pregnancy rights legislation

The House, facing blowback over a controversial one-word change in a pregnant workers? rights bill, has backed down.

Starts & Stops

// MBTA is looking into late-night service?again

The T is taking steps that could bring late-night service back ? albeit in a very different format.

// ?I love you. Kill yourself.?

To prosecutors, Michelle Carter transformed words of affection into a brutally cold directive to Conrad Roy III.

Opinion | Douglas Murray

// Britain?s young vote for the future by voting for the past

The young were the future once. Not anymore.

Quick Study | Evan Horowitz

// Winners and losers in Thursday?s UK election

Pundits and participants are still trying to gauge the full fallout from the vote, but here are some preliminary thoughts.

// Hikers looking for UFOs get lost in Blue Hills

Around 10 p.m. Thursday, the Massachusetts State Police received reports that a group of hikers got lost in the Milton reservation.

MIT president L. Rafael Reif (left) chatted with Tim Cook during the procession Friday.

Apple CEO to MIT grads: ?Don?t listen to trolls, and for God?s sake don?t become one?

Apple?s Tim Cook urged MIT graduates to infuse their work with human values.

// $1M lottery prize split 42 ways? About $16K a piece

Persistence has paid off for a group of Massachusetts factory workers who have been purchasing lottery tickets together since 1999.

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Custom builders share insider tips, from how to pick the perfect neighborhoods and views to implementing design.

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The Trump presidency

President Donald Trump.


?It?s a disaster zone,? says presidential historian

Donald Trump is only four months into his young presidency. He?s politically wounded and faces a minefield of Russia-related investigations ahead.

// Trump says he would deny under oath pressuring Comey

President Trump reacted to James Comey?s comments in a news conference Friday with the president of Romania.

// 3 headlines out of Trump?s news conference with the Romanian president

President Trump talked about James Comey, NATO, and Qatar during a Friday press conference.

Ground Game

// At Romney?s elite summit, the establishment could strike back

On one level, it?s a gathering of the rich and powerful. On another, the gathering in Utah is America?s establishment acting like it?s supposed to act.


// Provincetown community rallies around seasonal workers

When a restaurant fire left three dozen workers unemployed, many from overseas, the Cape Cod community stepped up to wash the anxiety away.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson spoke at a public hearing on Friday.

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Officials, residents pack State House hearing to debate immigration bill

The hearing focused on a controversial immigration bill called the Safe Communities Act.

// For Natick?s Change the World Club, a sobering lesson

A group of idealistic high school students wanted to bring five Gambian girls to Natick for a benefit concert. But the US State Department denied the girls? visas.


// Jackie Bradley Jr.?s homer in eighth lifts Red Sox

His two-run blast to right field capped a three-run rally that knocked off the Tigers.

// Just 43 percent of MLB teams hold Pride events, but Red Sox are one of them

A ceremony preceded Friday?s game as part of Boston Pride Week.

// DEA seizes 50 kilograms of fentanyl precursor in Northborough valued at $570 million

?It is believed that this represents the DEA?s largest seizure of a fentanyl precursor in the New England Region in recent years,? the US attorney?s office says.

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Opinion & Ideas


// Theresa May?s Trump problem

The British election holds consequences, including for Washington.

Special reports

Spotlight follow-up

// Whistle-blower files suit over alleged double-booked surgeries

A former MGH anesthesiologist charges in a lawsuit that orthopedic surgeons at the hospital put patients at risk and defrauded the government.


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// Advice on taking real estate photos from a Pulitzer-winning photographer

In America, everyone who has a cellphone thinks they are a professional photographer. They are not.


// Documenting Hate: Submit an incident you know about

If you have been a victim or witnessed a hate incident, share your information here so we can investigate.


// ?Part of the new reality?: Despite confusion, Zika warnings are here to stay

Public health authorities are grappling with how to get the message about the risk the virus poses out to pregnant women.

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