Moratorium on National Grid gas hookups lifted

The move could boost projects that have been stalled for months, but the state is imposing some restrictions on the utility.

// Trump declares victory in Syria; US will withdraw troops

President Trump said the US has ?defeated ISIS in Syria? and the White House announced that it has begun withdrawing troops.

// Opponents of local pot shops say Leicester?s traffic nightmare proves their point

The transportation snarls after Leicester?s marijuana store opened have reverberated across the state, changing the debate in communities where pot stores are proposed.

// Woman fatally shot in Everett

A police dispatcher confirmed officers were on scene on Central Avenue, where the victim had been shot.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: U.S. President Donald Trump leads a roundtable discussion on school safety and the new Federal Commission on School Safety report, with family members of shooting victims, state and local officials, in the Roosevelt Room on December 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Short-term budget deal gains steam after Trump backs off border wall demand

Mitch McConnell said he will introduce a bill to avoid a partial shutdown after President Trump backed off his demand for border wall funding.

// Investigators trying to determine if toxic exposure played role in death of 11-year-old Haverhill girl

Grief counselors will be at a Haverhill elementary school Wednesday to help students and staff deal with the loss of an 11-year-old girl described by a school official as ?beautiful and well-loved.?

A view of the loading dock where Marie gave birth.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Under a dark sky, a baby is born

The baby was born on a concrete loading dock in Chinatown in a frigid wind, the outside world visible just above the lip of the dumpster at the edge of the dock.

// ?Arguably you sold your country out.? Judge?s rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing

A postponement gave Michael Flynn a chance to continue cooperating with the government in hopes of staving off prison and proving his value as a witness.

// Capuano suggests voter anger came from young people who ?don?t have a clue what happened yesterday?

Outgoing Congressman Michael Capuano suggested in an interview Tuesday that young voters were taking a short-term view when they elected Ayanna Pressley.

// Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel, and the first ride is a bit rough

Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the subterranean tube.

For What She is Having column: Cafe St. Petersburg in Newton Center. For appetizers: Blini with salmon caviar. In rear is a beef kholodetz. Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe.

Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe

What she?s having

Maybe we should eat more blini

Café St. Petersburg reminds us that Russian food is ready for its moment.

Penny Marshall.


Penny Marshall and the lasting impact of ?A League of Their Own?

The film has visceral connections to what women are capable of, what women were once denied, what women can overcome, and how women can connect.

Fed chairman Jerome Powell will be watched closely when he explains the Fed?s thinking on interest rates.

Talking Points AM | Larry Edelman

What the Fed does next could save your 401(k) ? or drive it even lower

The Federal Reserve is expected to nudge interests higher Wednesday. But what policy makers say about next year is more important and will set the tone for the stock market.

Boston, Ma, Nov. 21. 2018-Stan Grossfeld/ Globe Staff---Traffic on the Southeast Expressway as the Thanksgiving exodus begins.

Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe, file

Here?s when holiday traffic will be the worst in Boston, according to AAA

Good luck out there, travelers.

// Trade war hangs over ceremony celebrating completion of new MBTA subway cars

New Orange Line cars are rolling out of a Springfield factory as officials with the Chinese-owned manufacturer lobby the Trump administration for tariff exemptions.

12/05/2018 Stow Ma- Jack Smith (cq) ,spent some time walking among the Christmas trees, at Honey Pot Hill Orchards, while visiting with his family. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

Dave Epstein

This year, the start of winter will feel like the middle of spring

Have you heard how warm it?s going to be on Friday?

// In hacked cables, EU frets over Russia, China and Trump

Hackers infiltrated the European Union?s diplomatic communications network for years, downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about a swath of international topics.

// Rats are everywhere; even on the White House lawn

A Fox News reporter spotted one scurry across his path on Monday while setting up to film a news segment on the White House lawn.


// Trump and McConnell get something right: criminal justice reform

It?s a rare day when both Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell earn praise for pushing forward bipartisan legislation.

In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo,

Mark Lennihan/AP

Ideas | Kory Stamper

Language nerds worked really hard on that ?Words of the Year? list

Crunch the data on the most looked-up words and hope for something meaningful. Ignore the reality that, by mid-January, all this crunching and consideration will be forgotten.

 29OhHello John Mulaney, left, plays George St. Geegland and Nick Kroll, right, plays Gil Faizon in ÒOh, HelloÓ Photo credit: Luke Fontana

Multiple celebrities actually want to host the Oscars. But will any of them get the gig?

It?s been nearly two weeks since Kevin Hart stepped down as host of the 91st Oscars. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still hasn?t found a replacement.


Special reports

// After suicides in Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow

The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? Why? When will it stop?


// Court Sense

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The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Globe staff photos of the month: November 2018

Here?s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a colorful sunrise, Christmas tree lightings, and high school sports.


// Recovery experts set up new ?religion? in Maine that may skirt drug laws

The Church of Safe Injection illegally distributes clean syringes. Branding as a ?religion? may offer some legal protection.

Love Letters: The Podcast

// Love Letters: Until next year, my sweetheart

In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and ?Wet Hot American Summer? creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

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