Gold Star families say they want to move past politics

President Trump reportedly told Myeshia Johnson (center), widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, a combatant killed this month in Niger, that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

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Families who have lost loved ones in combat are asking America’s politicians on both sides of the aisle to stand down.

// Charlie Baker slams Trump over comments on fallen soldier

The governor said the exchange president had with the family of Sgt. La David Johnson and the follow-up “was incredibly disgraceful and discouraging and depressing.”

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Photo of black child leashed by white students prompts apology from Bridgewater officials

School officials in Bridgewater apologized Thursday after a classroom photo that appeared to show two white third-graders holding a black child by leashes caused outrage.

// Watertown-based athenahealth laying off about 500 employees

The company said the job reductions would amount to 9 percent of its workforce, but it did not say how many of the cuts would come from Watertown.

// George W. Bush’s unmistakable takedown of Trump

Speaking at the George W. Bush Institute in New York, the former president didn’t use President Trump’s name, but his target was clear.

// Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear

‘‘Some of the politics we see now we thought we put that to bed,’’ President Barack Obama said. ‘‘That’s folks looking 50 years back. It’s the 21st century, not the 19th century.’’

Fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal

Allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Weinstein were disclosed this month in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

‘I knew enough to do more than I did’

Quentin Tarantino now feels ashamed he did not take a stronger stand towards Harvey Weinstein and stop working with him, he said in an interview.

// ‘Me Too’? It was started by her.

To see her life’s work, the “Me Too” movement, displayed on millions of profiles across social media, has left Tarana Burke in awe.

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Teens have a hard time putting down their phones—even behind the wheel. To change this, one driving course is showing just how hazardous taking your eyes off the road can be.

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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, file photo, a child plays with an iPad in his bedroom. Parents of small children have long been hearing about the perils of “screen time.” And with more screens, it’s only getting worse. But working, taking care of children and remembering to eat is exhausting. Parents need those minutes of quiet. So maybe it’s time to relax a little. (AP Photo/, File)

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My own iPad? Yeah, I’ve got that, say 42 percent of American kids

While kids, on average, are spending about the same amount of time with screens as they did in 2011 — about 2 hours and 20 minutes — the big change is which screen they’re watching.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Host Chris Gasper joins Pete Abraham to discuss the search for the new Red Sox manager and presents a special report on corruption in the NCAA.

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// White nationalist Richard Spencer drowned out by protesters

Counter demonstrators greatly outnumbered white nationalist Richard Spencer’s supporters on Thursday at the University of Florida.

// Trump on his Puerto Rico response: ‘I’d say it was a 10’

President Trump said that a ‘‘fantastic job’’ was done under the circumstances: ‘‘I would give a 10,’’ he repeated.

Brookline, MA -- 10/19/2017 - Amaia Andino Garcia looks up at her dad, Kelvin Garcia, inside her host family's home in Brookline. Amaia was rushed out of Puerto Rico to undergo lifesaving surgery at Children's Hospital. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 20baby Reporter:

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A Puerto Rican family gets sick baby to Boston for treatment

Amaia Isabel Garcia Andino, 14 months, arrived in Boston Friday to undergo treatment for a serious heart ailment at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Ted Cruz to Bernie Sanders during CNN debate: ‘Curb your enthusiasm’

“And some day, you may also have somebody impersonate you. You got to work on it, Ted,” Sanders shot back.

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// They raised $24,000 for a friend with cancer. Turns out, she wasn’t actually sick

When a Brookline woman told her friends and family she had cancer, they mobilized, at one point raising $24,000 for her. But it turns out she made it all up.


// The sweet, long life and sad, inevitable death of Elwood Adams Hardware

The city of Worcester is pulling out all the stops to lure Amazon here. But there are no tax breaks, no big wet kiss, for the Elwood Adams hardware store. And so it will close.


// TNT covered Gordon Hayward’s injury with utmost professionalism

TNT brought the viewer into the arena and captured the emotions of those in the building.

David Ortiz (right) was more amused here than he was by Alex Rodriguez’s recent prank.

Alex Rodriguez tried to put a Yankees jacket on David Ortiz. It didn’t go so well

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez may be colleagues now, but Ortiz has no intentions of supporting his former rival’s team any time soon.

// Forecasters expect a warm New England winter. But what about precipitation?

Warmer than average temperatures are more likely this winter in New England, federal forecasters said Thursday. But it’s not clear whether it will be wetter.


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// Nurse’s aide plays video games while a vet dies at VA hospital

The Bedford VA hospital admitted its care for Bill Nutter was not “up to our standards,” but the reality was uglier. Now, the FBI is investigating.

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// As Trump retreats from the world, China is ready to step in

He is giving Beijing exactly what it wants.

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An open letter to the owner of Amazon, proposing a true partnership that rewrites the relationship between a city and the big companies that call it home.


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Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl