For third straight time, Earth sets hottest year record

Scientists mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared.


// New England Aquarium CEO to leave the job this spring

Nigella Hillgarth’s abrupt decision represents a surprising turn for the aquarium at a time when it is negotiating over a proposed tower next door.

// R.I. woman charged with taking her children can return to Texas

A woman who is facing charges for disappearing with her two daughters decades ago will be able to return to leave the Ocean State while her case is pending.

// ‘Everything is on the table’ in review of alcohol rules

Massachusetts is about to embark on its most extensive rethinking of alcohol regulation since the end of Prohibition.

State’s highest court orders prosecutors to drop weak Dookhan cases

The court declined to order a wholesale dismissal of the more than 24,000 cases believed to have been affected by Annie Dookhan’s mishandling of drug evidence.

// Boston Globe to President-elect Trump: Don’t jail and deport immigrants in secret

Making immigration records public would be a historic step that would shine light on a deeply controversial system.

// What you can do to keep your pet safe during coyote breeding season

Pet owners are urged to take precautions after a puppy was killed by a coyote in Gloucester over the weekend.


// MIT to pay $750m for Volpe site in Kendall Square

The university will likely build a mixed-use development on the 14-acre property.

// State Street to pay $64m in penalties to settle trading case

The fraudulent trading involved billions of dollars for at least six of the Boston firm’s overseas clients.

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The transition: Obama to Trump

CLIMATE CHANGE: In this Thursday, May 12, 2016 photo, coal miner Scott Tiller walks through the morning fog before going underground in a mine less than 40-inches high in Welch, W.Va. For over a century, life in Central Appalachia has been largely defined by the ups and downs of the coal industry. There is a growing sense in these mountains that for a variety of reasons, economic, environmental, political, coal mining will not rebound this time. Coal's slump is largely the result of cheap natural gas, which now rivals coal as a fuel for generating electricity. Older coal-fired plants are being idled to meet clean-air standards. According to the Labor Department, there were 56,700 jobs in coal mining in March, down from 84,600 in March 2009, shortly after President Barack Obama entered office. There are stark differences between the two parties on energy and environment issues that underscore the sky-high stakes for both sides of the debate in the 2016 presidential race. Many environmental groups and Democrats fear a potential rollback of the Obama administration’s policies on climate change and renewable energy under a Republican president. Republicans all support coal production and enthusiastically back nuclear energy. They along with business groups are eager to boost oil and gas production following years of frustration with Obama. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Perspective | Magazine

Forget coal mining. This is the economic future we should fight for.

President Trump must encourage the entrepreneurs who will build the jobs of tomorrow.

// Al Franken skewers Betsy DeVos on basic education policy question

“It surprises me that you don’t know this issue,” the Minnesota Democrat said.

// 8 rich people own as much wealth as half the world

The eight richest people in the world, all men, together own about $426 billion.

AFC Championship: Steelers at Patriots

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, right, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, visit on the field after an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. A clip from Showtime's

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Ben Roethlisberger speaks with admiration for Tom Brady

The rivalry between the Steelers and Patriots runs deep, but so does the mutual respect between their quarterbacks.

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Love Letters

// Her BFF disliked the BF. Now they’re both gone.

She took her friend’s advice, but now she’s more alone than ever.


Opinion | Scott Gilmore

// Theresa May’s open marriage fantasy on Brexit

Is the prime minister trying to have her cake and eat it, too?


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// Why was Obama so divisive?

These are President Obama’s last few days in office, and so conservatives are dusting off their favorite critique.

Special reports

// As Obama departs, black youth question place in Trump’s America

Black youth in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Boston are confronting the paradox of President Obama’s historic ascension and the start of the Donald Trump era.

Life sciences

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The Desperate and the Dead | Part 7

// The San Antonio solution

One Texas city took on mental health as a community and became a national model. Why can’t Mass. do the same?

The story behind ‘Spotlight’

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.