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.

Public employee unions are criticizing a state plan to limit their health insurance options.

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.

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

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.

Passengers boarded the Night Owl Blue Line bus at Government Center in 2005.

Starts & Stops

Free bus service? Only for night owls

The MBTA is (again) considering an overnight bus service — with a twist.

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Driver killed while fleeing traffic stop in Quincy

The man’s car went off Quincy Shore Drive and rolled over the sea wall at Wollaston Beach before coming to a stop.

Investigation continues into Holliston barn fire

The barn in Holliston that burned Sunday was inspected by the state Department of Agriculture and the MSPCA about a week before fire broke out, a blaze that killed several animals of differing breeds.

Lawrence man arrested for fentanyl, cocaine trafficking

Danny Raphael Barias is being held on $50,000 cash bail at Methuen Police Station.

Police arrest man for DUI hit-and-run that injured 3

Police tracked down and arrested Kenneth Harrington, 52, of Middleboro, about a quarter-mile from the crash after he hid in the backyard of a nearby home, police said.

Boston College hockey player assaulted at pizzeria

Kevin Lohan, cousin of actress Lindsay Lohan, is “out indefinitely” after being assaulted at Domino’s on Boylston Street.

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Lottery results from Monday drawings

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.”

Woman ready to give birth in Maine dies in crash on way to hospital

A pregnant woman was driving to the hospital to give birth when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed. She died, and the baby is in critical condition.

Audit says troopers may have been paid for unworked shifts

The internal audit discovered “payroll discrepancies,” State Police said.

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Walsh exploring litigation against pharmaceutical companies for opioid crisis

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said opioid companies have put consumers at risk of addiction and he’s seeking information about possible litigation.

Wakefield fire captain faces assault and battery charges

Captain Christopher J. Smith was placed on paid administrative leave on Jan. 18. He’s set to be arraigned Wednesday.

Periods of light rain will accompany a generally warm Monday.

Monday evening’s dense fog, possible icing to give way to a rainy, windy Tuesday

Periods of light rain will accompany a generally warm Monday in Greater Boston.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrate the teams win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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.

A look at notable hospital donations

A look at some notable hospital donations in recent years, following the $50 million gifts to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital announced Monday.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2018. There are 342 days left in the year.

Green, Orange Lines experience midday delays

The Green Line’s C and D branches are experiencing minor delays due to a power issue, the MBTA announced on its Twitter feed on Monday afternoon.

Gov. Phil Scott delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 in Montpelier, Vt. (Jeb Wallace-Brodeur/The Times Argus via AP)

Marijuana to become legal in Vermont as governor signs bill with ‘mixed emotions’

The state is the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of marijuana by an act of a state legislature.

The Philadelphia skyline.


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.

Governor Charlie Baker

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.

Police nab gas station robber 2 hours after crime

A man who allegedly robbed a Billerica gas station early Monday morning was arrested two hours later in Lowell, according to Billerica police.

Officials identify woman in fatal Tyngsborough car crash

Officials identified the woman who was killed in the two-car Tyngsborough crash as 31-year-old Linsey Putzlocker.

Walker finds body on Salisbury Beach

A walker taking a morning stroll on Salisbury Beach on Monday found a body washed up on shore, Salisbury police said.

The enemy is in the building: Cambridge’s police commissioner is an Eagles fan, police admit

It’s going to be a long two weeks at the department’s headquarters.

Boston Police were on the scene of a shooting by Whittier Street near the Boston Police headquarters.

Boston officials worried about retaliation after four killings in four days

Boston has seen four homicides this month, the most in years, raising concerns about retaliatory violence among the city’s warring gangs, police said.

23artofmarch -- An interactive trove of digitized signs from last year's Women's March in Boston is now available online. (Art of the March)

Digital archive of signs from last year’s Boston Women’s March now available online

Scroll through troves of signs held up by people who attended the massive gathering on the Common last year, after President Trump took office.

Assailant allegedly threw bleach at Cape Cod woman

Dennis police say the alleged attack was not random.

Body of 61-year-old man removed from Chelsea Creek

A 61-year-old male was pulled from Chelsea Creek near the Meridian Street bridge on Sunday night.

Wareham woman, 34, fatally stabbed in New Bedford

The victim was identified as 34-year-old Chantel Bruno who was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford where she was later pronounced dead.

A US Customs checkpoint on the US-Canada border in Jackman, Maine.

Town official in Maine under fire after espousing white supremacist views

Tom Kawczynski recently made public comments bashing Islam and calling for preservation of white European heritage in northern New England.

Bill Cosby.


Bill Cosby rooting for the Eagles in the Super Bowl

The embattled comedian is facing sexual assault-related lawsuits in Mass. and a second criminal trial in Pa.

Edlyn Benoit tried to gain control of her umbrella while walking down Tremont street earlier this month.

Dave Epstein

More rain, melting on tap for Tuesday

Between today’s light precipitation and tomorrow’s though, there may be some icing overnight.

Robert Hale Jr. and his wife, Karen, will donate $50 million for Children’s and $50 million for Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Brigham and Children’s hospitals each get $50m gift

The donation from telecommunications chief Robert Hale Jr. and his wife, Karen, is the largest single gift ever for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and it ties for the largest gift for Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dozens of animals die in barn blaze on Holliston farm

A blaze destroyed a barn, killing most of the animals trapped inside at a Holliston farm Sunday morning, fire officials said.

Woman seriously injured in single-car crash in Bridgewater

Two people were ejected from a car on Route 24 in Bridgewater Sunday in what State Police called a serious single-vehicle crash.

Male body found in Chelsea Creek

A passing tugboat reported the body near the Meridian Street bridge Sunday evening, officials said.

Melissa Willis and Ralph Toney, parents of Kyzr Willis, who drowned in 2016 at a camp run by the city of Boston, stood near lawyers at a press conference in September.

Adrian Walker

Kyzr Willis’s family is still waiting for answers, and for a fair settlement

The 7-year-old boy drowned in 2016 while attending a city-operated day camp in South Boston.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

Tyngsborough crash kills 31-year-old woman

Officials are investigating a two-car crash in Tyngsborough that killed a 31-year-old woman on Sunday afternoon.

Jens and Ursula Dill of Switzerland were unhappy but not entirely surprised that the JFK library and museum was closed Sunday.

Visitors to some historic sites disappointed because of government shutdown

One family after another arrived at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to find an empty parking lot and locked doors.



Roads, parks, and rail trails aren’t the most exciting topics — unless you live near one.

Brookline police investigate fight that left one hospitalized

A fight between two brothers at during a social event at a local veterans’ post Saturday night left one person hospitalized Sunday morning with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police find loaded gun in Roxbury intersection

Boston police say officers found a handgun in the street after a suspect crashed and later abandoned a sedan while fleeing a traffic stop Saturday.

Patriots fans at the Cask ‘n Flagon in Boston cheered as their team rallied.

Patriots fans cheer as AFC championship game begins — and the cheers continue into a close win

“I feel completely stoked,” Melissa Berglund, 38, of East Boston, said inside the The Fours Restaurant and Sports Bar Sunday evening. “We’re going to win our sixth Super Bowl ring.”

Chess notes

The weekly game

This day in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2018. There are 343 days left in the year.

Man killed by train Sunday afternoon in Belmont

The man, whose name and exact age have not been released, was in the vicinity of Brighton Street when he was struck by an inbound Fitchburg Line train around 12:15 p.m., according to a statement from transit police.