The shutdown is over, but debate on Dreamers isn’t

Democrats relented Monday, allowing passage of a bill to end the three-day federal government shutdown.

Tsunami warning issued for Alaska, British Columbia

It comes in the wake of a magnitude-8.2 earthquake off Alaska’s coast early Tuesday.

The Betsiamites River winds through forests and mountains to the Bersimis-1 dam in Quebec.

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Tribes in Québec hold breath over Mass. decision

The state might buy more hydropower from Canada, but indigenous peoples are protesting. “Hydro-Québec has destroyed our territories,” said a chief.

// Baker’s State of Commonwealth speech will sound familiar

The governor will address his bread-and-butter issues: fighting the scourge of opioid overdoses, investing in education, and holding the line on taxes.

// State panel under fire after it restricts insurance options

Unions representing state employees said they received little or no notice that three health plans were being dropped.

// Audit says troopers may have been paid for unworked shifts

The internal review discovered “payroll discrepancies,” State Police said.

Driver killed while fleeing traffic stop in Quincy

The man’s car went off Quincy Shore Drive and rolled over the sea wall at Wollaston Beach before coming to a stop.

Employees and internal documents have blamed problems on a new inventory system.

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‘This is going to be Amazon’s retail version of Vietnam’

The shelves are bare at Amazon-owned grocer Whole Foods, and customers are turning elsewhere.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

//[1]-5809.jpg They called Sean, and their consumer problems were solved

The lights are still on in Keh-Jiann Pan’s office. Marjan Sadegh has a beautiful new deck on the back of her house. Denise Roney is on the road again after settling with the T.

// Baker concerned over probe into Senate leader’s husband

The governor said he is worried that some people who accused Bryon Hefner of sexual assault don’t want to speak with investigators, for fear of retribution.

// Neil Diamond of ‘Sweet Caroline’ fame says he has Parkinson’s

The crooner, who was in the middle of his 50th anniversary tour, said he’d no longer perform in public.

// Here’s another reminder: Don’t eat the laundry pods

Wentworth Institute of Technology warned its students as the “Tide pod challenge” craze continues.

// Parents accused of torture sheltered kids from family, neighbors

In one instance, a girl tried to run away but was returned to her home by someone who lived nearby.

Super Bowl LII: Patriots vs. Eagles

// With head injuries like Gronk’s, it’s a waiting game

That the Patriots star walked off the field under his own power is good news, but concussed persons can regress in the following days.

The Philadelphia skyline.

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To Philly, with love (no, really)

It’s a confident enough place to re-invent itself while respecting its history. And Philadelphians are the only folks who swear more than Bostonians.

// Eagles fans are ‘a little more rough around the edges’ — to put it mildly

Philadelphia fans have a reputation for being . . . slightly aggressive.

// Bill Cosby performs in public for the first time since 2015

The embattled comedian, who is facing sexual assault-related lawsuits in Mass., is rooting for his hometown Eagles in the Super Bowl.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

// Are workers already benefiting from the tax cuts?

Since the overhaul, some companies have doled out bonuses and announced new investments, but it’s too soon to tell if the moves amount to more than PR.

// City officials worried about retaliatory killings

Four people were killed in a four-day stretch this month, and police are worried about how warring gangs may react.

An accusation of sexual misconduct against comedian Aziz Ansari by an anonymous woman has divided feminists.

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Amid Aziz Ansari accusations, singles say these are scary times to be dating

In the wake of sexual misconduct accusations against the comedian, lots of people are questioning what it means to say yes — or not say yes.


// Brian Boyle really does believe in miracles

In his own battle with cancer, the Devils center draws inspiration from what he considers his father’s miraculous cure.


// ‘And the worst actor award goes to . . . Mark Wahlberg’

The Dorchester native was “honored” for his roles in “Transformers” and “Daddy’s Home 2: with a Razzie.


// UFC boss Dana White is a big tipper

His largesse stunned the staff at Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge in the Seaport.

// Skating at the Children’s Museum: no skates or ice required

All it takes is a slippery floor, a thick pair of socks, a big imagination and you’re sock skating.


// Recovering addict Nan Goldin calls on Harvard to reject money from family tied to OxyContin

The celebrated photographer, who’s been drug-free for 10 months, is taking on the Sackler family.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

// A not so self-driving Cadillac

Testing the Cadillac new self-driving system is like that first drive by your teenager, expecting to grab the wheel when he does something crazy.

// The Season Ticket podcast

NFL reporter Ben Volin joins host Chris Gasper to break down yet another Tom Brady comeback and Super Bowl berth.

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Opinion & Ideas

Opinion | David M. Shribman

// Boston’s going to the Super Bowl, but Pittsburgh will win Amazon

The editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette throws cold water on Boston’s Amazon plans.


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Abdulkader Hayani put his daughter Ameenah to bed.

The Last Refugee: A three-part series

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

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// Experts struggle to predict clinical trial outcomes

Researchers might not be as great at determining the likelihood of a clinical trial’s success as they think they are.

Real Estate

Newton couple moves three doors down, makes radical change

Empty-nesters in their 50s were tired of their big Victorian, so they built a contemporary. Read more Design New England stories at