Cardinal O’Malley speaks out against pope’s comment to sex abuse victims in Chile

Cardinal Sean O’Malley issued a strongly worded statement reproaching Pope Francis over comments he made in Chile.

A year after the Women’s March, what’s changed?

It was a year that brought women a dizzying array of almost daily humiliations and vindications.

The parks and grounds of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown remained open Saturday but the monument itself is closed.

Tourist sites closed, canceled flyover for Patriots game among local signs of shutdown

Attractions operated by the federal government closed Saturday after Congress failed to pass a budget bill, forcing a government shutdown.

A women’s march and rally drew thousands to Cambridge Common on Saturday.

One year later, thousands gather for second Boston women’s march

In the Boston area and across the country, demonstrators marched in support of women’s rights and other issues.

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A timeline of the Year of Women

The day after President Trump was inaugurated, cities around the world erupt in protest.

Dorchester men arrested on gun, drug charges

The men were arrested Saturday on gun and drug charges after police recovered two loaded handguns, crack cocaine, and marijuana during the search.

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New England news in brief

Providence man, a registered sex offender, charged with child porn

Michael Llorca, 47, who was convicted of child rape in Massachusetts over 20 years ago, was ordered held in federal custody, the US Attorney’s office for Rhode Island said.

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Ethics probe barely alive, as those who spoke up fear Senate reprisals

Only one of the four men who made assault and harassment allegations against the husband of state Senator Stan Rosenberg has spoken to investigators.

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State Police identify victim in fatal Carver crash

Daniel Newcomb, 31, of East Taunton died shortly after a 23-year-old Monponsett man drove his 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant into Newcomb’s vehicle.

The crash spilled bottles of shampoo and other debris for about 300 yards on the highway.

Longmeadow tractor-trailer crash kills driver, injures three

A man who was driving a tractor-trailer filled with shampoo on I-91 Saturday was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Children of today build cities for tomorrow

Middle school students used engineering skills to create model cities as part of DiscoverE’s Future City regional competition.

Shuttle buses will replace early morning train service for a section of the Orange Line on Sunday.

Emergency repairs for Orange Line station scheduled for Sunday

Shuttle buses will run between Sullivan Square and North Station from the start of service at 6 a.m. until 9 a.m.

Dorchester, MA - 9/4/2016 - Cardinal Sean O'Malley talks with reporters about St. Teresa of Calcutta after celebrating family mass at Saint Mother Teresa church in Dorchester, MA, September 4, 2016. (sa

Statement by Cardinal O’Malley

Cardinal O’Malley in Boston released a statement in response to comments by Pope Francis in Chile.

Bird sightings

Bird sightings from the Mass Audubon Society

This day in history

Today is Sunday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2018. There are 344 days left in the year.

Shane looks forward to school every day, building with Legos.

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Sunday’s Child: Shane, 11, loves dogs, going on adventures

Shane, who is legally free for adoption, is a cheerful, sweet and playful 11-year-old boy who enjoys the outdoors..

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu.

Starts & Stops

Amazon may have given New Hampshire’s proposed commuter line a new breath of life

A study of a proposed extension of the commuter rail line from Boston to Manchester and Concord has a surprising new champion.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21, 2015 Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) speaks during an interview in his office on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Drew Angerer for The Boston Globe)

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The omnipresent Seth Moulton is reluctant to explain his NSA vote

Why did Seth Moulton, a consistent critic of President Trump, vote to continue a controversial government surveillance program?

Cape Cod teen charged with impersonating police

Stephen Bobola, , 18, of Centerville Bobola bought a black Crown Victoria and bedecked it with flashing amber strobe lights on its windows and thin blue line stickers on its license plates, police said.

Zoots files for bankruptcy, leaving customers’ clothes locked indoors

The Brockton-based dry cleaning store chain Zoots announced on Facebook Friday that it had filed for bankruptcy, leaving customers’ clothes suddenly locked behind closed doors at its 18 locations.

Caramel the kitty safely returned to MSPCA in Methuen

“She’s healthy and we’re so glad she’s back,” Rob Halpin, an MSPCA spokesman said Friday night.

Firefighters revive 77-year-old Plympton woman from cardiac arrest after crash

The woman was taken by helicopter to Boston Medical Center with “significant” head trauma and possible internal injuries.

Three people were rescued after their snowmobile fell through the ice at Long Pond in Maine.

Maine father, 2 children rescued after snowmobile falls through ice on pond

A man had to swim to the shore with his 12-year-old daughter and her friend after their snowmobile plunged through the ice.

Professor Timothy Jay, an emeritus professor at the Mass. College of Liberal Arts in North Adams is pictured at the college in North Adams on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Jay written extensively on profanity and has some interesting thoughts about the


An expert in the craft examines Oval Office profanities

“Not only it is a swear word, a bad word, but it encapsulates a whole perspective,’’ said Tim Jay, who has long studied cursing.


Lottery results from Friday drawings

The Steamship Authority has voted to prohibit televisions on their vessels from showing national cable news channels from across the political spectrum.

Ferries serving Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard ban cable news

Ferry-goers traveling between Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard will soon be entering a politics-free zone.

A Subaru crashed into the Main Street Post Office in Buzzards Bay, police said.

Subaru crashes into Bourne Post Office

The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and the structure may be compromised.

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Take a look at the areas Amazon is considering for HQ2

Amazon’s short list skews toward the East Coast and Midwest.

A coyote was stuck in this Morton Street fence Friday morning.

Coyote rescued after getting stuck in fence in Dorchester

The animal was stuck in a fence on Morton Street in Boston Friday morning, but animal control and the fire department helped set it free.

3 arrested, 2 guns recovered, in incidents in Roxbury and South End

Boston police arrested a 15-year-old boy in Roxbury with a loaded handgun on Thursday and later arrested two men with a loaded pistol in a separate South End incident that day.

This day in history

Today is Saturday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2018. There are 345 days left in the year.

This season, the flu is already the most widespread nationally since public health authorities began tracking it more than a dozen years ago.

With flu hospitalizations up again, MGH turns to Gatorade in place of IVs

Significant numbers of extra patients are showing up with flu-like illnesses, stretching the hospital thin.

On Friday afternoon, half of New England was hanging on Tom Brady’s every finger.

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Is Tom Brady shilling Uggs for hands? And other thoughts on his injury

This is far from the first time in history we’ve all been fixated on a particularly notable set of digits.

Christa McAuliffe and six other crew members were killed in the Challenger explosion on Jan. 28, 1986.

NASA astronauts to teach lessons that Challenger victim Christa McAuliffe planned to give in space

A nonprofit is teaming up with NASA to honor the New Hampshire teacher killed in the Challenger explosion.

Brighton man convicted of murder in 2012 shooting

Patrick Malone, who was 21 at the time he shot LeRoy Cooper to death, is facing a mandatory life sentence.

Route 24 to close during afternoon commute to repair power lines damaged in morning crash

A two-car crash sent three people to the hospital, including a woman taken by medical helicopter to Boston.

Fatal New Bedford fire caused by ‘improper use of smoking materials’

Agnes Leite, a 56-year-old New Bedford resident, died in an apartment fire caused by improper use of smoking materials.

Diana McEvoy gave a victim impact statement in September at the sentencing hearing of Carlos Hunter, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal fentanyl overdose of McEvoy's son, Joshua Miller.

Mass. high court rules judges must consider victim’s viewpoint in sentencing

The court concluded that expanding victims’ roles does not violate constitutional bans on excessive or cruel punishment.

FILE - In this March 7, 2016, file photo, gymnast Aly Raisman poses for photos at the 2016 Team USA Media Summit in Beverly Hills, Calif. Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman’s gymnastics career has set the stage for what she believes is the next chapter in her life: as a spokesperson for victims of sexual abuse. The 23-year-old detailed her own history of abuse by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor in her recently released autobiography. Raisman says the book is just the beginning in her quest to bring change to her sport.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Read Aly Raisman’s full statement to her abuser

Read what Raisman had to say to Larry Nassar, who sexually abused her and many others.

15lawlor - (Boston, MA 12/14/16) Craig Lawlor stands during his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on manslaughter related charges stemming from an alleged drunk driving crash. Wednesday, December 14, 2016. (John Wilcox/POOL)

Man convicted of manslaughter in 2016 Sumner Tunnel crash

Craig Lawlor was convicted of vehicular manslaughter for the 2016 drunk driving crash that killed his friend, 24-year-old Dillon Cohen.

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain appointed a minister for loneliness Wednesday, calling it a “sad reality of modern life.”

A minister of loneliness? Cambridge expert welcomes British focus on public health issue

A Cambridge psychiatrist who’s an expert on loneliness said the United States needs to pay attention to the issue, too.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

With shutdown looming, Baker anticipates minimal Mass. disruption

“If this is a short shutdown, I don’t believe there will be much disruption of any kind,” Baker told reporters.

Owners of Lowell condo complex built on top of old dump could collect damages, SJC rules

Some owners of the Grand Manor condominium in Lowell on Friday got another chance to collect millions of dollars they say the city owes them for allowing their homes to be built on top of a dump the city closed some 60 years ago.

According to a 33-page civil complaint, there were only about 455 right whales in 2016, and at least 17 died last year, “pushing the species even closer to the brink of extinction.”

Federal government failing to protect right whales from destruction, lawsuit alleges

The whales are not protected from from getting tangled in lobster gear, a leading cause of death, the suit says.

“As a book lover, my heart goes out to him,” Stephen King told the Bangor Daily News about the destruction at Gerald Winters’s book shop. “I will eventually reach out and see if I can help in any way.”

Stephen King manuscripts recovered from flooded Maine bookstore

It could have been worse for the keeper of a collection of Stephen King’s original manuscripts.

The show must go on. The audience lit the stage with their smartphones when the lights cut out during a middle school play in Hamilton.

When the lights went out at this school play, the audience lit the stage with their phones

The student actors never skipped a beat, continuing their theatrics in the pitch black — then help from the audience arrived.

In an effort to save millions in labor costs, the Baker administration put MBTA bus maintenance work at three garages out to bid last summer.

MBTA, maintenance workers reach contract amid outsourcing dispute

But both parties refused to discuss details of the agreement, and it is unclear how it will affect the agency’s proposal to outsource up to three garages that service buses.

Former Olympians Aly Raisman, left, and Jordyn Wieber in the courtroom.

Needham Olympian Aly Raisman addresses her abuser

She called the abuse of gymnasts by their team doctor the “worst epidemic of sexual abuse in the history of sports.”

Ice james blocked the Millers River by the Main Street Bridge in Athol:

Ice jam problems keep Athol bridge closed

Ice on Millers River broke up and formed a dam that damaged several steel fasteners on a water main that runs underneath the Exchange Street.