US stocks surge in best rally in 10 years

The Dow spiked more than 1,000 points in the best day in 10 years for Wall Street as stocks rallied back from a Christmas Eve beating.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet members of the military at a hangar rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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In Iraq, Trump defends decision to withdraw from Syria

During his first visit to a troubled region, President Trump also said he has no plans to withdraw US forces from Iraq.


// After 40 years, the Back Bay restaurant L?Espalier is closing

Synonymous with fine dining in Boston, the restaurant helped usher in the farm-to-table movement and introduce the city to a new level of service.

// Fall River mayor says he won?t resign, setting up recall election

A onetime political wunderkind elected as the youngest mayor in Fall River?s history, Jasiel Correia II was arrested in October on charges of defrauding investors in his tech startup.

Ella May Broaddusx, 83, sat in her Academy Homes apartment with a space heater to keep warm while she watched TV. Approximately 500 residents of the Roxbury housing development have been living without gas service.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Still without gas, Academy Homes residents bundle up over a cold Christmas

Crews from National Grid have been going door to door replacing the approximately 450 gas valves throughout the Roxbury complex.

// Boston police officer charged in off-duty shooting that wounded his wife

A Boston police officer is facing criminal charges in an off-duty shooting incident on Christmas Eve that left his wife with a non-life-threatening wound, Boston police said.

// Owen Labrie is behind bars in N.H. prison

Owen Labrie, the former St. Paul?s School student convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on campus in 2014, began his nine-month prison term Wednesday.

// Victims of Christmas house fire in Avon are identified

Family members mourned Wednesday outside the home where a two-alarm blaze claimed the lives of an elderly father and his son, who tried desperately to save him.

Officers who responded to fatal Canton crash failed to spot body

Police in Massachusetts are trying to figure out how the body of a man who died in a car crash on Christmas Eve went undiscovered for nearly two hours.

Foxboro-12/26/18 The Patriots practiced at their practice field at Gillette Stadium. QB Tom Brady warms up with Brian Hoyer(rt) during practice.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

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Ben Volin | On Football

Is Tom Brady injured? It sure looks that way

The Patriots quarterback is bailing on a lot of passes at the first sign of a rush, and he?s not always stepping into his throws.

Boston College running back AJ Dillon (2) scores a touchdown ahead of Boise State cornerback Tyler Horton (14) during the first half of the First Responder Bowl NCAA football game Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Boston College?s bowl game is canceled due to lightning

The Eagles were leading Boise State, 7-0, in the First Responder Bowl when the game was first delayed, and eventually canceled due to lightning.

Houston, TX: 10-18-18: Red Sox manager Alex Cora, whose team could punch their ticket to the World Series with a victory tonight on his birthday, has a laugh as he chats with former major leaguer Jose Cruz, Jr. around the cage during batting practice. The Boston Red Sox visited the Houston Astros for Game Five of their ALCS baseball matchup at Minute Maid Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)


It?s worth repeating: Alex Cora has a challenge ahead

There are some areas of concern for the manager in defending the Sox? World Series title.

Matthew Gilbert | Your TV GPS

// Your guide to the TV marathons airing over the holiday week

Looking for shows to binge between Christmas and New Year?s? These networks are airing marathons of South Park, Friends, Law & Order, and more.

// A rare glimpse inside Graves Light

The owners of Graves Light recently posted a holiday video that provides a rare glimpse into their historic lighthouse that sits on a rocky ledge in Boston Harbor.

// The lasting images of the year in Boston sports

Globe reporters and photographers had all of the big moments covered in 2018. Here?s a look back.

// 10 things we learned about romance this year, from big breakups to the royal wedding

From a royal wedding to arguments about what the #MeToo movement means for dating to the revival of the romantic comedy, a lot has happened in the world of relationships in 2018.

The interior of Chickadee in Boston?s Seaport.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

The 2018 Boston-area restaurant awards

From a restaurant pushing the Seaport?s boundaries to a Peruvian party in Somerville to an adult snack bar near Fenway Park, these are the places that stood out this year.

Love Letters

// I feel like I?m dating my future husband. Is this the real deal?

A twentysomething dater worries she?s setting herself up for heartbreak.

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AP/Adobe/Globe Staff Photo

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

The Grinch, the wall, and the high cost of Trump?s ineffective border policy

Congress should know that border security and immigration aren?t solved by a wall, but by sensible, bipartisan immigration reform.

Vanessa Wruble, an early organizer of the Women's March on Washington, at her home in New York, Dec. 12, 2018. Wruble was pushed out of the Women?s March organization shortly after the march, and she now asserts that her Jewish identity played a role. (Kholood Eid/The New York Times)

Kholood Eid/The New York Times


Be careful who you?re marching behind at the next Women?s March

Troubling charges of anti-Semitism have been lodged against Women?s March leaders.

(left) Paul Bernon (left), and Jay Ruderman (center) of the Ruderman Family Foundation, were honored with the Visionary Leadership Award for their work on Disability Advocacy by the Jewish Community Relations Council (Executive Director Jeremy Burton pictured at right) on Thursday night, February 26, at the Massachusetts State House. (handout) (right) In this May 14, 2018 file photo Bethenny Frankel poses at the Entertainment Weekly and People 2018 Upfronts Celebration in New York. Authorities are investigating the suspected overdose death at Trump Tower of a man romantically linked to the reality TV personality. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)


Bethenny Frankel posts Christmas photos with Boston producer Paul Bernon

It looks like the ?Real Housewives? star has bounced back after a terrifying ordeal that landed her at a local hospital for two days.

The Big Picture


The Big Picture

The year 2018 in pictures: Part II

Photographs from July to December on a range of topics from around the world.

Special reports

Shannon Goyette (left) and Cynthia Pierce became friends when their children were in kindergarten. Both mothers lost a son to suicide.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

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?


// Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

The story of a profoundly troubled young man and the ugly underside of America?s most popular sport.


// Court Sense

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Real Estate

Proposed New Hampshire bill would clarify rules for tiny homes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ? A New Hampshire legislator wants to make regulations more clear for those interested in the so-called tiny home movement. Republican state Rep. Dave Testerman tells New Hampshire Public Radio he wants to sponsor legislation to clarify municipal regulation of the structures.


// We wish we?d written that: our favorite stories of 2018

It?s been a busy 2018 at STAT, but we still have found the time to see what other journalists are writing ? and get jealous we didn?t do it ourselves.

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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