Boston among cities on short list for Amazon headquarters

Amazon has released a short list of 20 cities that it will consider for its second headquarters, including Boston.

// Amazon is still considering Somerville, too

Proposals from both the city of Boston itself and from Somerville will move on to the next phase of the selection process, an Amazon spokesman said.

// Here’s the list of cities Amazon will consider

In a press release, Amazon said it had reviewed more than 200 proposals from across North America.

// House Freedom Caucus will back bill preventing shutdown, all but assuring House OK

Passage in the House appeared likely Thursday evening, but odds were rising against approval by the Senate.

Texas outlaws allegedly came to Boston for Celtics game — and stayed to commit crimes

A band of Texas outlaws allegedly traveled to Boston for a playoff game, then launched a crime spree, stealing safes and ATMs.

// Beloved Swampscott teacher dies after flu complications

Three elementary schools will be closed Friday after Phyllis Gotlib, a beloved music teacher, died this week.

// ‘I did something bad’: Boy apologizes to Somerville police

When a Somerville boy got caught and the police came knocking, he knew it was time to come clean. Here’s his letter.

// Brookline police chief retiring after nearly 23 years in the job

Brookline Police Chief Daniel O’Leary’s last day on the job is Jan. 19.

// Another bald eagle sighting on the Charles River

Once devastated by DDT, bald eagles are making a comeback.

Historic beer hall Jacob Wirth Co. in Boston.

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Historic Jacob Wirth Co. restaurant up for sale

The historic beer hall was founded by a German immigrant in 1868.

// The history of Jacob Wirth Co.

Here’s how the historic beer hall — one of Boston’s oldest restaurants — got its start.

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Year One of Trump is over. Here’s what changed

One year after Donald Trump upended the political world, 10 experts grapple with his presidency.

// Tom Brady attends practice, but does not participate

The quarterback was seen wearing a red glove on each hand after injuring his throwing hand the day before.


// In Tony Romo, a star was born on CBS football broadcasts

The first-year analyst, who will work another Patriots game this weekend, was an instant and colossal hit this season.

// The Season Ticket podcast

Chris Gasper goes behind enemy lines and talks to Jaguars reporter Gene Frenette ahead of the AFC Championship game.

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving named All-Star Game starter

It will be the guard’s fifth All-Star selection and third as a starter.

// Alex Cora eager to get started with Red Sox

The team’s new manager has been busy meeting with players as spring training approaches.

// Samantha Bee on #MeToo backlash: ‘It doesn’t have to be rape to ruin your life’

‘‘We know the difference between a rapist, a workplace harasser, and an Aziz Ansari,’’ she said. ‘‘That doesn’t mean we have to be happy about any of them.’’


// Daily performers revealed for Boston Calling

Eminem performs Sunday, if you were wondering.

Sierra Hull

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Berklee grad Sierra Hull is a species all her own

When the mandolinist and singer arrived at Berklee, she was already playing with a successful touring band — and she couldn’t read a note of printed music.


// Mark Wahlberg linked to alleged steroid distributor

Richard Rodriguez says the actor was one of his clients.

// USA Gymnastics ends agreement to train at Karolyi Ranch

The decision came three days after Simone Biles expressed dismay at having to attend camps there, where Biles says she was sexually abused by a former national team doctor.

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// Why it’s time to mandate retirement, especially in leadership

Congress outlawed forcing people to leave their positions, but we’re living much longer, and it’s preventing new leaders from emerging.

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// Trump supporters need to confront his racism

He’s your president, Donald Trump supporters. You need to speak up about his racism.


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// Will Trump’s ‘incredible genes’ keep protecting his health?

His genes might explain why he’s healthy despite getting little sleep and eating a high-fat, low-fruit-and-vegetable diet.