The transition to Trump

Exxon CEO is said to be Trump’s top choice for secretary of state

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Rex Tillerson, the president and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has extensive experience working with foreign leaders, including Russian officials.

BATON ROUGE, LA - DECEMBER 9: President-elect Donald Trump tosses a 'Make America Great Again' hat into the crowd while speaking at the Dow Chemical Hangar, December 9, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Trump is in Louisiana to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Kennedy. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

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Trump team disputes Russian influence on US election

Donald Trump’s transition team on Saturday challenged US assessments that Russia tried to tip the election in Trump’s favor.

// Trump’s labor pick is controversial because of ads about women

For years, Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, has faced staunch criticism for racy advertisements.

President-elect Donald Trump.

Trump tweets he will not let new ‘Apprentice’ conflict with presidency

Trump accuses CNN of reporting ‘‘rediculous’’ fake news.

Two women die in fiery crash on Route 2 in Templeton

The women died when their vehicle veered off the road, hit a bridge abutment, and burst into flames.

Freedom House in Falmouth where a resident was shot in the hip by police Friday night, Dec. 9, 2016. (Vincent DeWitt for the Boston Globe)

Police shoot man who pointed handgun at officers in Falmouth

A man who had been threatening suicide suffered a non-life threatening injury Friday night when police shot him after he pointed a handgun at officers.

Police canine units search Belle Isle Marsh, where body was found Friday

A decomposed body was discovered after sunset Friday, prompting a search of the area during daylight Saturday.

The two-hour “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” features 30 performers.

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‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ casts a strange but hard-to-resist spell

A bizarre, hyperactive mashup of elements can’t obsure the circus artistry on display.

Snow is expected late Sunday afternoon, then rain into Monday morning

Up to 3 inches of snow for the Boston area is forecast to begin late Sunday afternoon, followed by rain by Monday morning.

Cars at a commuter rail crossing on Brighton St. in Belmont on Friday, December 9, 2016. A commuter train hit a car earlier at the crossing. (Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe)

Car that was struck by train was said to have been hemmed in by traffic

A woman’s car was on the tracks, hemmed in during Friday morning’s rush hour. And train was approaching, with one child still in the vehicle.


// The Patriots have been calling more run plays. And LeGarrette Blount has capitalized

New England has called run plays 44.3 percent of the time this year, its highest percentage since the 2010 season.

// How the Red Sox made the Chris Sale trade happen

We take a detailed, day-by-day look at how Boston and Chicago reached an agreement at the winter meetings.

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Should we still believe David Ortiz will stay retired?

Ortiz has dropped hints about returning, and the Red Sox haven’t acquired anyone to replace his major league-leading 1.021 OPS. Does this mean anything?

// Protected bike lane pilot launches in Cambridge

Orange cones and fresh road striping appeared along two stretches of Massachusetts Avenue this week.

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Renée Graham

‘Moonlight’ in Donald Trump’s America

“At some point, you gotta decide who you gonna be,” says a line in “Moonlight.” Exactly.

Holidays in the time of Trump. Even the gifts have been weaponized.

Tensions are running so high that even the world’s blandest gift -- a candle -- threatens to become a flash point.

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 27, 2016 shows a view of the remains of Arch of Triumph, also called the Monumental Arch of Palmyra, that was destroyed by Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in October 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, after government troops recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from the Islamic State (IS) group. Jihadist fighters of the Islamic State group on December 10, 2016 re-entered Syria's famed ancient desert city of Palmyra from which they were driven out eight months ago, a monitor said. / AFP PHOTO / Maher AL MOUNESMAHER AL MOUNES/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants re-enter Syria’s historic Palmyra

Activists said the Islamic State has re-entered Palmyra nine months after their fighters were expelled by Syrian and Russian forces.

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Every doctor told the Lacey family their son would die — except one

Pat and Dina Lacey had been parents for only a few months when doctors discovered a tumor in their new baby’s chest. Told to take their son home to die, they put their faith in a young doctor who wouldn’t accept death as the answer.

Opinion & Ideas


// Protest that goes beyond political theater

In recent months protest movements are being defined by new urgency –and efficacy.

Life sciences

STAT, a national publication from Boston Globe Media Partners, covers health, medicine, and life sciences.


The Desperate and the Dead

// The hidden cost when mental illness meets homelessness

Everyone knows David, and wants to help, as he bounces between shelters, hospitals, jail. He is among the many homeless people with mental illness who find no care system to address their desperation.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

// Boston Globe coverage and the movie ‘Spotlight’

“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry, center, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeierz.

Kerry, diplomats seek support for Aleppo’s opposition

US Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats are trying to find solutions for Syria’s desperate opposition, as Syrian government forces squeeze rebels out of Aleppo after a devastating blitz.