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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 file photo, a flu vaccine injection is administered at the Brownsville Events Center by a pharmacist in Brownsville, Texas. According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, this year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

How dangerous is the flu? We answer your questions about the dreaded winter illness

The deaths have drawn attention, but Massachusetts health officials see no evidence that flu is more severe this year.

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With temperatures climbing into the 50s mixing pelting rains, a new headache is coming: Floods.

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Superintendent Tommy Chang is renewing his push to reduce the variety of schools across the city.

The bronze statue of Shakespeare’s Juliet near the balcony of her house in central Verona, as pictured in 2008.

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How a crude photo from a Boston surgeon roiled the medical world

During a conference speech, a prominent Brigham and Women’s surgeon showed a photo of a famous statue — with the surgeon and a colleague touching her breasts.

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Kyle Draper on what the Cavs shakeup means for the Celtics.

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Millions of Americans will need to use a new Internal Revenue Service tool to ensure their new paychecks are accurate.

The Nation

Missouri governor acknowledges affair, but denies threatening woman

By Jonathan Martin

“This was a deeply personal mistake,” said Eric Greitens and his wife in a joint statement.

political notebook

In blow to Trump, GOP representative will not run for US Senate in North Dakota

Representative Kevin Cramer’s decision not to run for Senate is the latest recruiting setback for President Trump.

Kevin Cramer has been a staunch supporter of Trump dating back to the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump’s ambassadors fan out across the globe. But some powerful countries are still waiting.

K.T. McFarland’s nomination as ambassador to Singapore has stalled over her ties to General Michael Flynn.

By Roxanne Roberts

Aside from the secretary of state, ambassadors are the most visible — and personal — representatives of the president’s foreign policy worldwide.

The World

Paris police hunt for jewels, thieves after Ritz robbery

French police attend the scene outside the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France, after a robbery Wednesday evening.

By ANGELA CHARLTON

Paris police on Thursday recovered most of the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist, but were still searching for two thieves.

US refuses visa for Serbia’s army chief of staff

By DUSAN STOJANOVIC

The U.S.’s rejection of a visa application for the Serbian army chief of staff will have consequences for military relations between the two countries, Serbia’s defense minister warned Thursday.

Study: Warming puts millions more at risk from river floods

By FRANK JORDANS

Global warming will increase the risk of river flooding over the coming decades, endangering millions more people around the world, according to a study published Thursday.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | H.D.S. Greenway

The Pentagon Papers were ‘secret’ — but what made them important?

6/28/1971 Daniel Ellsberg (foreground, right center) pushes through crowd on the way to give himself up at Federal Court on charges related to the leaking of the Pentagon papers. story slug: 08MIT BGL Boston Globe staff photo/William Ryerson Library Tag 08082010 National/Foreign

By H.D.S. Greenway

The astonishing thing about the Pentagon Papers is that such a fuss was made about them.

SCOT LEHIGH

Do we really want elders or amateurs as president?

Howard Schultz and Oprah Winfrey at Starbucks’ 2014 shareholder meeting in Seattle.

By Scot Lehigh

The political times and the political rules are a-changin’.

Opinion | Paul Summergrad and Stephen N. Xenakis

Congress is AWOL on the 25th Amendment

In March 2017, Representative Earl Blumenauer spoke on Capitol Hill about the need to “clarify and strengthen” the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which lays out presidential succession and the steps the executive branch can take to remove a president from office.

By Paul Summergrad and Stephen N. Xenakis

The American public deserves to know that there are agreed-upon mechanisms to handle a crisis in the face of presidential inability.

Metro

KEVIN CULLEN

Herald publisher won’t apologize for walking away with millions

Patrick Purcell.

By Kevin Cullen

The best argument for wanting the Boston Herald to survive was on display when reporter Brian Dowling wrote that story and the Herald courageously printed it.

How dangerous is the flu? We answer your questions about the dreaded winter illness

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 file photo, a flu vaccine injection is administered at the Brownsville Events Center by a pharmacist in Brownsville, Texas. According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, this year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

By Felice J. Freyer

The deaths have drawn attention, but Massachusetts health officials see no evidence that flu is more severe this year.

Middlesex prosecutors told to stop asking for bail in minor cases

Marian Ryan is following the lead of other district attorneys.

By Maria Cramer

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has asked her prosecutors not to request bail in low-level, nonviolent crimes.

Business & Tech

DraftKings plans hundreds of new hires, move to Back Bay

An electronic advertisement for DraftKings hung on the side of Madison Square Garden in New York.

By Andy Rosen

The daily fantasy sports provider will bring its Boston work force to more than 600.

Philips to move company headquarters from Andover to Cambridge

Philips NV said it will lease about two-thirds of a 430,000-square-foot office and lab building at Cambridge Crossing for about 2,000 employees.

By Tim Logan and Robert Weisman

The health care tech giant says about 2,000 employees will work in the new building by 2020.

Brown University to challenge Partners’ merger with R.I. hospitals

Partners HealthCare

By Katheleen Conti

The announcement adds an unexpected wrinkle to efforts by Partners HealthCare of Boston to acquire Care New England Health System of Providence.

Obituaries

Anna Mae Hays, at age 97, Army’s first female general

By Harrison Smith

General Hays was an Army nurse who served in a mud-caked jungle hospital in World War II.

John Running, at 77; noted photographer

John Running on the Colorado River in 2010.

By Felicia Fonseca

Mr. Running was celebrated for the humanity that was showcased in his photographs.

Sports

How a crude photo from a Boston surgeon roiled the medical world

The bronze statue of Shakespeare’s Juliet near the balcony of her house in central Verona, as pictured in 2008.

By Liz Kowalczyk

During a conference speech, a prominent Brigham and Women’s surgeon showed a photo of a famous statue — with the surgeon and a colleague touching her breasts.

Celtics 114, Sixers 103

Celtics drop Sixers with dramatic comeback

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics holds off Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the NBA game between Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers at The O2 Arena on January 11, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

By Adam Himmelsbach

After trailing by 22 points in the second quarter, Boston rallied to win by 11 points in London.

THURSDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

St. Mary’s boys’ basketball holds off Cardinal Spellman

Brockton, MA 1-11-18: Cardinal Spellman's Craig Faria (3,right) comes from behind to block a first quarter shot attempt by St. Mary's Jalen Echevarria (1,left). St. Mary's of Lynn visited Cardinal Spellman in a boy's high school basketball game. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Trevor Hass

Jalen Echevarria scored 29 points to help the Spartans (6-1, 4-0) remain unbeaten in the Catholic Central Large.

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★ ★ ★ ★ Movie Review

Dark designs in superb ‘Phantom Thread’

Vicky Krieps and Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Phantom Thread.”

By Ty Burr

Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, collaborating for what might be the last time, deliver a four-star drama.

Television Review

FX’s great ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ traces the making of a monster

Darren Criss stars as serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

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The new season of “American Crime Story” is a remarkable portrayal of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Sandra Bernhard is bringing her one-woman show to town

Sandra Bernhard will perform in “Sandemonium” at City Winery Jan. 19.

By Terry Byrne

The comedian/actress/singer/author segues from stories to songs in “Sandemonium.”