Patriots 27, Steelers 24

Pittsburgh, PA - 12/17/2017: Eric Rowe celebrates with Devin McCourty after Rowe tipped a pass in the end zone leading to interception securing Patriot's victory. The New England Patriots vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Jim Davis / Globe staff

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Patriots survive a wild finish and clinch AFC East

New England took over the No. 1 seed in the AFC thanks to some late heroics.

Dan Shaughnessy

// When will Patriots’ opponents learn?

When you are the Patriots, you always prepare for the inevitable moment when the opponent loses his mind.

Tara Sullivan

// This game had everything. Including Gronk

Fresh off a forced respite, Rob Gronkowski was a one-man wrecking crew Sunday.

Chad Finn

// That was one of the most thrilling wins in years

It wasn’t quite the equal of the Super Bowl comeback, but it was close.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

// When ‘public’ buildings cease being fully public

Under regulations that took effect Nov. 20, you need a driver’s license, passport, or state or college identification card to enter a 21-story tower next to the State House.


// What’s fair in breaking up the empire of ‘the Codfather’?

Carlos Rafael’s crimes are well known. How to break up the huge New England fishing empire he created is less clear.

// MBTA extends shuttle busing stints on Red, Green lines

A protest and wintry weather forced the transit agency to cancel weekend work projects this fall.

// MSNBC paid woman who said Chris Matthews harassed her

The company declined to identify the comments, other than to say they were sophomoric, inappropriate, made in poor taste and never meant as propositions.

// Prince Harry interviews Obama for BBC radio show

In a video clip on the BBC website showing Harry and Barack Obama warming up ahead of the chat, Obama joked: ‘‘Do I need a British accent?’’

Cavaliers 106, Wizards 99

// LeBron James’s night: triple-double, mismatched sneakers, and Trump talk

James made a statement with his shoes — one black, one white, with the word “equality” in capital gold letters on the back of each.

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// Sixty years ago a $1 Globe Santa gift made news

“I hope I will help a small girl or boy,” read the letter from the 10-year-old and her mother, published in the Globe on Dec. 9, 1957.

// Christmas in the City brings joy to homeless children

Applause, cheers, and high-fives greeted children as they gamboled down a red carpet, through a tunnel of twinkling lights, and into a hangar-like space filled with tables.



// Pregnant women who need medications face a risky guessing game. A federal task force is now trying to help

Few drugs have been approved as safe and effective to use during pregnancy, and most of those are for conditions specific to pregnancy.

Mayor Walsh signs ban on plastic bags for Boston

Anticipating a ban, Deborah Branting of the Back Bay has been stockpiling plastic bags.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Marty Walsh said he signed the bill despite concerns about the ban’s impact on the city’s low-income residents and seniors. The ban goes into effect next year.

// Troubled contractor for T’s paratransit service gets ax

“We need to move past the existing contract,” said MBTA general manager Luis Ramirez.

// Sudden power outage creates ‘nightmare’ at Atlanta airport

The outage halted all outgoing flights, and arriving planes were held on the ground at their point of departure.

// Outage also impacts flights at Logan

Nearly two dozen flights between Boston and Atlanta were canceled Sunday.

Nearby residents call it an eyesore, but Richard and Lola Eanes are happy with the energy savings their solar setup delivers.

John Tlumacki/Globe staff

‘Solar monster’ sparks suburban scrap

A Beverly couple’s ground-mounted grid of energy-soaking panels has pitted neighbor against neighbor.

// US soldier ambushed in Niger fought to the end

An American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades wasn’t captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range.

// President Trump says he’s not planning to fire special counsel Mueller

The president did add to the growing conservative criticism of Mueller’s move to gain access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump transition officials.

// John McCain returning home to Arizona, will likely miss tax vote

His daughter Meghan McCain tweeted Sunday: ‘‘My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona.’’

// Collins says tax reform includes proposals she fought for

Senator Susan Collins says the tax reform overhaul now contains proposals she backed concerning state and local taxes, retirement savings and medical expenses.

This year, First Night festivities will be broadcast live on NBC Boston, NECN, and Telemundo Boston.

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First Night’s midnight harbor fireworks show is back

The midnight show will return after being scrapped last year for lack of funds.

// A marijuana salve won best in show at a cannabis convention

Over 70 submissions, entered by more than 50 growers, were judged on their aroma, ash, effect, appearance, cure, and taste.

// Boston parents demand delay in implementing earlier school start times

Parents angry over earlier start times planned for dozens of Boston’s public schools gathered at a West Roxbury tree lighting Sunday to protest and demand that city officials postpone the changes.

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Three Boston mixologists shake-up and share their favorite holiday cocktails

A twist on spiked cider. A true hot, buttered rum. A drink made with quince? Make these recipes and cheers to good cheer.

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// The Season Ticket podcast

Guest host Chad Finn chats with NFL analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

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Opinion | Margery Eagan

// A figure-skating redneck hungry for acceptance

Redneck resentment is nothing new.


// Truth and Consequences

Opinion columnist Michael Cohen takes a candid and no-holds-barred look at the current political moment. Sign up now.

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One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra.

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// In wake of #MeToo, a new spotlight on harassment in biomedical science

Dr. Reshma Jagsi published a survey last year on harassment in the lab, and has found her research has gotten a second life.