President Trump ordered special counsel Robert Mueller?s firing but was refused

The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel.

FILE - In this July 25, 2016 file photo, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Joseph P.

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Joe Kennedy to deliver Democratic response to State of the Union address

For many Americans, it will be their first introduction to the latest Kennedy on the political scene.

Andover High School hockey players at a game on Thursday night.

Details emerge on why Andover High hockey coaches were placed on leave

Students were allegedly denied food and water as punishment for losing, leading to three coaches being put on leave amid a state investigation.

// Linda Dorcena Forry to leave state Senate

The Boston Democrat?s surprise decision to take an executive post at Suffolk Construction will leave the Senate with no black members.

// Trump proposes path to citizenship for 1.8m

The White House says President Trump is proposing to provide a path to citizenship for 1.8 million younger immigrants living in the US illegally.

// First lady Melania skips Davos with Trump

Melania Trump?s office said Tuesday she would not be able to make the trip as planned, citing unspecified scheduling and logistical issues.

CAMBRIDGE, MA- JANUARY 25, 2018- : Mila Kunis, center rides with Roasters, Amira Weeks, left, and Jacques Berguig during the during the Hasty Pudding parade through Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA on January 25, 2018. Mila Kunis was awarded the Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Woman of the Year. (The event included Ms Kunis leading a parade through the streets of Cambridge, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals hosted a celebratory roast for the actress and presented the Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding's historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888.) (Craig F. Walker / Globe staff) section: metro reporter:

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Two reasons to celebrate at Hasty Pudding

Harvard?s Hasty Pudding Theatricals announced Thursday it will begin casting women in its shows next year.

Family says elderly patient left alone in hospital lobby after heart surgery

The family of an elderly patient said the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center didn?t tell them their father was being discharged after heart surgery.

Manchester, NH- August 04, 2017: Whistle bowers Ed Kois , left, (head of Manchester VA's spinal cord clinic) and Stewart Levenson (retired chief of medicine at the Manchester VA hospital), prepare to depart after talking with the media outside the VA Medical Center in Manchester, NH on August 04, 2017. (CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF) section: metro reporter:

Manchester VA?s problems not taken seriously until after Globe reports, officials say

Doctors at New Hampshire?s only hospital for veterans had long complained about problems there.

// State to rethink unpopular health coverage changes

The state commission is under fire for making drastic changes to public employee health benefits with little notice, possibly violating Mass. open meeting law.

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Shannon Mulaire and Phil Lipof anchor the NBC10 Boston newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Who won and who lost the local news war when NBC broke up with WHDH

Was NBC?s decision to drop Ed Ansin?s WHDH-TV as its Boston affiliate a big mistake?

// Boston?s national women?s soccer team is folding

The Boston Breakers finished ninth out of 10 teams last season.

Boston Bruins centre Tim Schaller (59) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators with defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)


Fill-ins help keep Bruins on a roll

Danton Heinen, Tim Schaller, and Jake DeBrusk handled Brad Marchand?s roles quite well.

// Kyrie Irving reportedly needs minor knee surgery, which he used to force trade from Cleveland

The procedure is apparently still necessary, if not pressing.

// Trumps asked to borrow Van Gogh for White House. The Guggenheim offered a gold toilet instead

The 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet is an interactive work entitled ??America?? that critics have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country.

// Judge hints at taking up Trump foreign payments case

US District Judge Peter Messitte expressed skepticism about the government?s defense of the president?s handling of his expansive business interests.

Eagles fans celebrate on south Broad St. near Shunk after their team defeated the Vikings in the NFC Championship game Sunday January 21, 2018. (Elizabeth Robertson/Philadelphia Inquirer)

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In Philly, an unusual development: happy sports fans

Here, the last football championship came seven years before the first Super Bowl was played. And fans are hungry.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long (56) walks on the sidleline during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Win-win situation for Chris Long

Even though he?s playing less, he feels his skills are better utilized ? and he?s back in the Super Bowl.

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LeGarrette Blount is in ?enemy mode?

According to ESPN, Blount even stopped texting his former fellow running backs this week.


// ?The Two Bills? doesn?t shy away from touchy subjects

The ESPN documentary on the complex relationship between Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells is superb in several ways.

// Sally Coxe Taylor, widow of former Globe publisher, dies at 82

Mrs. Taylor died Thursday of complications from a fall after suffering a head injury a day earlier while walking her dog.

Talking Points

// Eversource wins a huge state contract it helped design. Let the protests begin

Governor Charlie Baker is making a big bet on Northern Pass.

Opinion | Cheyenne Montgomery

// Cheyenne Montgomery: ?Call Me by Your Name? is a dishonest, dangerous film

The movie falsely romanticizes an exploitative relationship between a grown man and a teenager.

The Weddings Issue

// Eight new bridal gown styles feature clean lines and romantic details

The latest dresses make a statement with slim shapes and accents that range from bohemian to edgy.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Yankees GM Brian Cashman talks about New York?s offseason and the rejuvenated Red Sox-Yankees rivalry and Pete Abraham weighs in on the Hall of Fame class.

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Opinion & Ideas


// Mass., other states, must fight back on net neutrality

Maura Healey has staked out an important leading role, but that needs to be followed by action in the Mass. legislature.


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Special reports

Abdulkader Hayani put his daughter Ameenah to bed.

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A series of occasional articles on the Syrian refugee families resettling here, and the local people assisting them.

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// Why do hospitals bare butts when there are better gowns around?

Hospitals have been slow to replace traditional tie-in-the-back gowns with less embarrassing designs.

Real Estate

Tips to prevent a carbon monoxide tragedy

Carbon monoxide is invisible to the senses, and every year, the poison endangers thousands statewide. The top culprit? Your home heating system.