Four Americans killed in Syria blast weeks after withdrawal announcement

The situation calls into question President Trump’s claim that ISIS has been defeated in Syria — his stated reason for pulling 2,000 American troops out of the country.

Mass. state payroll climbs to $7.2 billion in 2018

The number of state workers earning six figures also grew by about 14 percent.

// Pelosi asks Trump to reschedule State of the Union

Shutdown pressure on President Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address.

// Representative Seth Moulton to speak in N.H., restarting buzz he may run for president

The Salem Democrat will travel to New Hampshire in two weeks, sources familiar with the planning told the Globe.

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Talking Points AM/Larry Edelman

Want a recession? Let this shutdown drag on

There will be significant consequences for businesses and investors.

Dave Epstein

// Snow arrives Friday, and another system is on the way for Sunday

Many of us should at least see the ground covered in white, come Friday.

// Mother of infants found dead in Blackstone home faces June murder trial

More than four years after police found the skeletal remains of two infants and a fetus inside a local home in a case that shocked the public, the mother of the children will stand trial for murder.

Boston College High School.

BC High revises letter about abusive priests, suspends scholarship named for accused Jesuit

A letter informing Boston College High School about 16 Jesuits who worked there and have been credibly accused of child molestation initially misstated how many of the men are still alive.

OxyContin pills.

Five things you should know about the Mass. suit targeting OxyContin maker

Here are five takeaways from reporting on Purdue Pharma, the OxyContin maker accused of misleading doctors and patients about the addictive painkiller.

// Marijuana products improperly dumped behind Framingham lab, police say

A marijuana testing lab is under investigation this week after Framingham police accused the lab of improperly throwing hundreds of vials of cannabis products into an unlocked dumpster.

Foxborough, MA - 1/13/2018 - Tom Brady congratulated after scoring Patriots third touchdown on pass to Dorsett during the second quarter. The New England Patriots host the Los Angeles Chargers during the divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

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Tom Brady and the Patriots as scrappy underdogs? Give me a break

Brady’s comment about being disrespected played well locally, but it was the ultimate straw-man knockdown.


// Two men dished up meals in D.C. this week. One fed furloughed workers. The other is the president

President Trump wasted no time congratulating himself for serving up fast food at the White House during the shutdown. But a D.C. chef is trying make sure furloughed workers don’t go without.

// For the first time, Massachusetts cellphone users can text 911

The connection between text messaging and 911 had a “soft rollout” last month but is now fully functioning statewide, according to the State 911 Department.

Companies are plastering the Boston accent all over ads, and some locals have had enough

On billboards and subway placards across the city, brands peddling everything from bourbon to cold medicine are dropping their r’s in the name of sales — and drawing the ire of locals.

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Ideas | Joshua Macht

How the podcast juggernaut took off

Podcasting was the province of earnest public radio nerds. But the economics are suddenly right for a media format that fits easily into our lives

Karen Cosmas, Tanisha M. Sullivan, and Cindy Rowe

// Women in Massachusetts march forward

On Saturday, the women’s march will be held on the Boston Common.

Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird in SMILF (Season 1, Episode 8). - Photo Credit: Claire Folger/SHOWTIME. - Photo ID: SMILF_108_1634.R.jpg

Frankie Shaw and Rosie O’Donnell address ‘SMILF’ misconduct allegations

Shaw, a Boston native, told the “Today” show that she is “really grateful” that she can “take these lessons of being a more aware and attuned showrunner moving forward.”

// Say hello to Remy, Harvard’s cat-in-residence

Popular with students and faculty alike, an orange tabby from Cambridge who prowls Harvard’s campus has become a mini-celebrity with a devoted online fan base.


// Steve Carell starring in, executive producing workplace comedy about ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, creators of “The Office,” are producing a space workplace comedy for Netflix.

FILE - In this April 19, 2010, file photo, Jill Abramson attends the 2010 Matrix Awards presented by the New York Women in Communications at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Abramson, the former editor of The New York Times, says that Fox News took her criticism of the newspaper's Trump coverage

New book by former New York Times editor Jill Abramson sparks online chatter

“Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts” has drawn intense attention.

Christopher Muther

// The backlash to the Gillette ad is exactly why it’s needed

Do you know who isn’t taking to Twitter to complain about the Gillette ad? Those of us who have been bullied, beat up, and sexually victimized. When I watched it, I saw myself.

Miss Conduct

// Advice: At family gatherings, do kids have to give hugs and kisses?

Some parents force their children to be affectionate with near strangers, which is awkward for everyone.

Special reports

Boston, MA - 1/16/1919: Looking across North End Park on Jan. 16, 1919, the day after a giant tank at the Purity Distilling Co. on Commercial Street collapsed, sending a wave of an estimated 2.3 million gallons of molasses through the streets of Boston. The great molasses tank was located in the center of this picture. Sections of the metal may be seen at the extreme left and right in the picture. Twenty-one people perished, including two 10-year-olds, Pasquale Iantosca and Maria Distasio, who were collecting firewood near the molasses tank while home from school for lunch. (Boston Globe Archive/) --- BGPA Reference: 150115_MJ_001

Boston Globe Archive

Globe Magazine

The day Boston was swamped by a deadly wave of molasses

One hundred years ago today an enormous steel tank ruptured, sending a torrent of brown syrup on a deadly path through the North End.

The Big Picture

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The best Globe staff photos of 2018

Our photographers share the stories behind what went into making the year’s best photos, as selected by the editors of the Globe Magazine and photo department.


// 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

What the government shutdown means for your mortgage

The partial federal government shutdown is complicating the already complicated process of getting and managing a mortgage. For one thing, the political storm is like severe weather at a major airport: You can expect minor delays or worse.


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VW, Ford team up on pickups, explore deal on electrics

Volkswagen and Ford say they're forming a global alliance in which they will work together to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups while exploring broader cooperation on battery-powered and autonomous vehicles


// Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin

Mass. AG Maura Healey filed a revised complaint Tuesday with new details about Purdue’s promotion of OxyContin.

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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