Go ahead and press that pedestrian button if it makes you feel good

Waiting to cross the street? Press all you want, or don’t — it doesn’t matter either way.

The John Adams Courthouse (at left), where the state Supreme Judicial Court is located.

Court officers can ignore federal requests to detain immigrants, SJC rules

Mass. court officers will no longer honor federal immigration agents’ requests to hold people for up to 48 hours after they appear in court for criminal cases.

As Waltham fire smolders, building method questioned

No injuries were reported in a massive blaze at an apartment complex under construction. Explosions occurred, officials said, and five buildings collapsed.

After 2 years, USS Constitution floats on its own

The historic ship, which has undergone a 26-month restoration, began moving toward the harbor at 11 p.m. Sunday.

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Massive Waltham blaze does not appear suspicious, fire chief says

An estimate of the cost of the fire damage is not yet available and the cause remains under investigation.

Worcester police investigate shooting

A 22-year-old man suffered a non-life threatening wound, Worcester police said.

Rainy and cool days ahead for Greater Boston

Rain and temperatures in the 60s are on tap for Tuesday, forecasters said.

Sandwich woman charged in road rage incident

Susan Kettell, 39, was arrested for drunk driving and other violations, police said.

Parking meter price hikes across most of Cambridge

Most rates will increase by 25 cents, to $1.25 per hour, the city said.

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

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School bus route cuts in Boston mean longer trips for most students

Many students will see longer rides — some will see shorter ones, though. The district hopes to save up to $5 million.

Charlestown woman ordered to repay $1.8 million in tax fraud scheme

Claudia Toribio, 35, was also sentenced to six months in prison and three years of supervised release, the US Attorney’s office said.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

Arraignment continued for Lowell man shot by Chelmsford police

The arraignment of William Santiago on Monday was halted due to a medical episode, prosecutors said.

Boston, MA - 7/10/17 - The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, which is slated for replacement, photographed on Monday, July 10, 2017. The bridge is scheduled for a two month closure which will cause severe delays, the Mass. Department of Transportation has warned. (Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe)

Race to fix Commonwealth Avenue bridge is about to start

The bridge project will massively disrupt commuters, officials say, but it should be over by mid-August.

Cape attorney James McMahon plans to announce his bid for attorney general this week. Maura Healey (above) has not said if she’ll seek a second term.

Republican lawyer to announce run for attorney general

Cape Cod attorney James “Jay” McMahon plans to kick off his campaign this weekend at an appearance in Westport.

Man killed in Foxborough motorcycle crash identified

Stephen Boyd, 56, of Millis, died after the Harley Davidson Road King he was driving struck a car, State Police said.

Alameda County prosecutors unveiled mughots of Billy DeVincenzi and Cheryl Drace after they were recently sentenced to 15 years to life for the 1990 murder of Drace’s ex-husband Steve Rudiger near Oakland. DeVincenzi, 53, a career criminal from East Boston, was the poster boy for the federal Witness Protection Program after he helped authorities solve a string of robberies and a murder in Boston in the early 1980s.

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Billy DeVincenzi takes another wrong turn

A cold case from 1990 has caught up with East Boston’s “Baby Driver.”

Helen and John Kelly celebrated their 75th anniversary Tuesday at the Natick nursing home where they live.

What makes a marriage last 75 years? This couple spilled the beans

In Natick, John and Helen Kelly shared their secrets of what makes a relationship last.

Political Happy Hour: July 24, 2017

Political Happy Hour: Blockbuster SJC immigration decision | T mulling more privatization | Maine pooch lives to see another dog day

Brockton woman faces murder charge after boyfriend’s body found in closet

A Brockton woman is facing a murder charge after her boyfriend’s body was found hidden in the closet of her apartment Friday night, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said.

Name That City Square: Louisburg Square

In the first of a series on the stories behind local squares in Boston, we take a look at this area of Beacon Hill.

Police take down armed suspect during Roslindale convenience store holdup

Boston police arrested a man Saturday evening while we was holding up a Roslindale convenience store.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, July 25, the 206th day of 2017. There are 159 days left in the year.

On a day when rain is pounding the sidewalk and winds are whipping across the city, etiquette might not be the first thing on the minds of many Bostonians.

Don’t poke people in the eye with that %$#&* golf umbrella — and other tips for a rainy day

Stormy weather is no excuse to forget your manners on the sidewalk. Particularly when it comes to that umbrella.

Man accused of punching woman 39 times at N.H. gym arrested

Jordan Lamonde of Portsmouth snuck up behind the 18-year-old and later threw her to the ground, police said.

In this  image of the moon, colored areas indicate elevated water content compared with surrounding terrains. Yellows and reds indicate the richest water content, researchers say.

Brown researchers say evidence found of water in moon

Data collected by a lunar probe suggests that the moon’s mantle, the layer between the core and the crust, contains water.

Graphics: Opioid-related overdose deaths in Mass.

These graphics show the latest data on opioid-related deaths across the state.

Radoslaw Czerkawski appeared in July 2015 at Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham in a separate case.

‘Puppy Doe’ trial delayed after prosecutor has emergency surgery

The trial of Radoslaw Czerkawski, accused with the vicious torture of a dog, was slated for Tuesday.

The White Mountains in New Hampshire.

N.H. officials urge public to take care of wounds after hiker contracted flesh-eating bacteria

Doctors told the Associated Press that being stricken with the flesh-eating disease through blisters is exceedingly rare.

East Brookfield man identified as person shot by Spencer police

Walter H. Lynde, a 49-year-old East Brookfield man, was identified as the person fatally shot by a Spencer police officer Sunday night.

Police in Rochester, N.H., arrested Joanne Shaw Saturday.

Woman who allegedly kidnapped infant from car has mental health issues

The Rochester, N.H., woman recently lost custody of her own 6-month-old.

A voter cast her ballot at a polling station in Cambridge in 2012.

Judge rules state’s voter registration deadline is unconstitutional

A law establishing a voter registration deadline of 20 days prior to an election denies qualified citizens their right to vote, a judge said.

A woman used a shopping bag to protect her hair Monday while walking near Faneuil Hall.


Winter in July? System brings cool weather to New England

The good news is this abnormal pool of cool air will only stick around for a couple of days before being replaced by much warmer conditions.

Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett spoke at a press conference last year.

Essex DA to lead national prosecutors group

Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett was elected president of the National District Attorneys Association.

A van crashed into the side of a home in Malden.

Van crashes into Malden home, trapping residents

A white van plowed into a Malden house around 9 a.m. Monday morning on Salem Street, trapping three residents upstairs.

Woman dies in Fall River house fire

A woman died in a house fire that engulfed a three-story home in Fall River Sunday.

6:25 a.m. Fairmount line train canceled

Service on the commuter rail line has been frequently canceled.

The USS Constitution faced its first day in the water following repairs and maintenance that kept the vessel in dry dock for two years.

USS Constitution is almost home

Old Ironsides is expected to return to its usual spot by Aug. 1.

Recent figures show that volume and travel times in some Boston locations are significantly up from just a few years ago.

‘You think you are leaving early, but it is never early enough’

The endless lines of brake lights are striking earlier and staying later. In Boston, you just can’t beat the traffic.

‘We have a male party down, one gunshot wound to the back’

A man was fatally shot by Spencer police Sunday as he allegedly tried to enter a home that had earlier been the site of a domestic violence call.

Man dies in house fire in Manchester, N.H.

The fire was was fueled by hoarding in the home, Manchester Fire Marshal Peter Lennon said.

For the 8th time, parole is denied for killer in 1978 Cape murder

Edward Chisholm is serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of Albert Mullen, whom he fatally stabbed and bludgeoned on June 29, 1978.

Medical marijuana is rolled into a joint in Belfast, Maine.

Grass for trash: Marijuana business offers free weed on cleanup day

Dennis Meehan, the owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, offered residents who collected trash in Gardiner Saturday some free flower.

Photos: Old Ironsides floats out of dry dock

The ship has been undergoing a 26-month overhaul.

Spencer police officer shoots, kills man

The suspect pointed a pellet gun at the officer, police said.

Police in Rochester, N.H., arrested Joanne Shaw  on Saturday.

Man offers woman a ride. Police say she tries to kidnap his baby

The suspect tried to unbuckle the 1-year-old while the car was moving, police said.

Girl killed by passing car on I-90 in Upton

The girl had gotten out of a disabled vehicle that had been pulled onto the median.


Lottery results from Sunday drawings

New England news in brief

A Leominster man was arrested and charged with murder Sunday morning after his girlfriend was found dead at his apartment.

20bps - co-founders, Kristen and Kirsten. (Handout)

A fresh start for Boston school lunches

The city’s new school meal vendor is focused on providing healthy, all-natural meals that students will actually eat.