Government shutdown ends as Democrats relent

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaves the Senate chamber after the final senate vote to end the shutdown of the federal goverment January 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. The U.S. Senate has voted to end the shutdown, and Congress will now need to wait for the House of Representatives to approve the legislation. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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President Trump signed a bill to fund the government for three weeks, and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said he would hold a debate on immigration.

// Public employee unions cry foul after state cuts health insurance options

Health plans from Tufts Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, and Fallon Health no longer will be available.

Neil Diamond sings


Neil Diamond says he has Parkinson’s, retires from touring

Neil Diamond, noted for “Sweet Caroline” and other songs, is retiring from touring after he says he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.


// Why does Trump get a pass, but not Elizabeth Warren?

Nothing matters for Donald Trump, but when it comes to Elizabeth Warren, everything matters.

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//[1]-5809.jpg After they decided they’d better call Sean: A look at consumer problems solved in 2017

The lights are still on in Keh-Jiann Pan’s office, Marjan Sadegh has a beautiful new deck on the back of her house, and Denise Roney is on the road again after settling with the MBTA.

// Governor, Senate leader differ over potential for success of probe into alleged sexual assaults

The governor said he is worried by reports that people who wish to tell their story are skittish to do so because they fear their identities will be revealed.


// 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.

// Wentworth tells its students not to eat those laundry pods

The Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston is warning its students not to participate in the “Tide pod challenge.”

// 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.

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In Quebec, it’s power versus a people on hydroelectricity

As state officials plan to announce whether they will buy more hydropower from Canada, the indigenous peoples of the region are worried about the impact of that additional energy to be exported across the border.

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

Supporters of the Eagles, who are awaiting their team’s Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots, have been known to commit their own unnecessary roughness.

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// 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.


// To Philly, with love (no, really)

This is more about Philly than Eagles fans. It’s a confident enough place to re-invent itself while respecting its history. And they’re the only folks who swear more than Bostonians.

Comedian Aziz Ansari performs during a community concert at the Obama Foundation Summit Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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

As the news supplies a steady diet of sexual misconduct accusations, those in the dating world find themselves navigating especially perilous terrain.

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 27: Brian Boyle #11 of the New Jersey Devils looks at his wife and son during warmups prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the Prudential Center on November 27, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


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.

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// 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.

// Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy is treated for heart abnormality

The rookie defenseman had an arrhythmia that is not considered dangerous, and he is expected to miss two weeks.

Opinion & Ideas

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// 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

What your money rents in Cambridgeport

A sampling of the market in this neighborhood between Harvard and MIT includes a condo with high ceilings and an apartment with river views.