Mayor Walsh signs ban on plastic bags for Boston

Marty Walsh said he signed the bill despite concerns about the ban’s impact on the city’s low-income residents and seniors. The ban goes into effect next year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryan_tgm3_met.jpg MBTA to remove troubled contractor for the Ride

Nearly from the start, Global Contact’s takeover was marked by delayed pickups, missed trips, and a customer support network that was overwhelmed by complaints.

A huge solar panel stood in the front yard of homeowners Richard and Lola Evans to the chagrin of neighbors who call it an eyesore.

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‘Solar monster’ sparks suburban scrap

A Beverly couple installed a ground-mounted grid of energy-soaking panels that has pitted neighbor against neighbor.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/11/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/AFP_TI2OQ.jpg US soldier ambushed in Niger fought to the end

An American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades wasn’t captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/1b315a77bd294a87874ffa5d3889566c-1b315a77bd294a87874ffa5d3889566c-0.jpg President Trump says he’s not planning to fire special counsel Mueller

The president did add to the growing conservative criticism of Mueller’s move to gain access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump transition officials.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/c0230d3ff60745d1b6c9fad18161fdd6-c0230d3ff60745d1b6c9fad18161fdd6-0.jpg John McCain returning home to Arizona, will likely miss tax vote

His daughter Meghan McCain tweeted Sunday: ‘‘My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona.’’

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/10/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/Rex_Senate_Republicancrafted_tax_cu_9252768N-4843.jpg Collins says tax reform includes proposals she fought for

Senator Susan Collins says the tax reform overhaul now contains proposals she backed concerning state and local taxes, retirement savings and medical expenses.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/0fc9159418e14366980bf2651133f4f9-615162a024d34116a70e6256f302ab37-0.jpg Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/11/BostonGlobe.com/Travel/Images/4a50e0375dc24ad785c5a67de3bdea5a-4a50e0375dc24ad785c5a67de3bdea5a-0.jpg Sudden power outage brings Atlanta airport to a standstill

Passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport were left in the dark when the lights suddenly went out in the early afternoon.

This year, First Night festivities will be broadcast live on NBC Boston, NECN, and Telemundo Boston.

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First Night’s midnight harbor fireworks show is back

The midnight show will return after being scrapped last year for lack of funds.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Clipboard-11711.jpg Shuttle service on MBTA’s Red, Green lines extended into January

After a protest and wintry weather recently nixed weekend shuttle service, Red and Green line riders can expect to board the buses again in the new year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/150-11721.jpg Boston parents demand delay in implementing earlier school start times

Parents angry over earlier start times planned for dozens of Boston’s public schools gathered at a West Roxbury tree lighting Sunday to protest and demand that city officials postpone the changes.

Patriots at Steelers

Pittsburgh, PA 12-17-17: As Steelers fans hoot at him as he leaves the field following the New England victory, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady screams his trademark

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Patriots 27, Steelers 24

Patriots defeat Steelers in an epic showdown

The Patriots prevailed in arguably the biggest game of the season on fourth quarter heroics from Tom Brady and an overturned Steelers touchdown.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_nepitt3A_spts.jpg Here’s why the Steelers’ apparent touchdown vs. the Patriots was overturned

Jesse James’ catch and lunge for the end zone was inititally ruled a touchdown that would have put Pittsburgh in front.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_nepittpre6A_spts.jpg Boos? Brady tells Steelers fans to bring them on

The Patriots quarterback responded as he hit the field before Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis (33) celebrates his touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. The Patriots won 27-24. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

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That was one of the most thrilling Patriots wins in years

OK, it wasn’t quite the equal of the Super Bowl comeback, but Sunday’s win in Pittsburgh was close.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/891962968.jpg Less has been more for Kyrie Irving

The All-Star guard is enjoying one of his finest seasons despite averaging just 32.1 minutes per game.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/03/02/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Advance/Images/18letters.jpg When ‘public’ buildings cease being fully public

Under regulations that took effect Nov. 20, you need either a driver’s license, passport, or state or college identification card to enter the 21-story tower next to the State House.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/b575813e-e36b-11e7-a65d-1ac0fd7f097e.jpg MSNBC paid woman who said Chris Matthews harassed her

The company declined to identify the comments, other than to say they were sophomoric, inappropriate, made in poor taste and never meant as propositions.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/894051974.jpg Prince Harry interviews Obama for radio show

In a video clip on the BBC website showing Harry and President Barack Obama warming up ahead of the chat, Obama joked: ‘‘Do I need a British accent?’’

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/200_trump_snl.jpg It was a Merry Christmas in the Oval Office on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Scarlett Johansson reprised her portrayal of Ivanka Trump, and Alec Baldwin again played the president.

globe santa

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/globesanta-11720.jpeg Sixty years ago a $1 Globe Santa gift made news

“I hope I will help a small girl or boy,” read the letter from the 10-year-old and her mother, published in the Globe on Dec. 9, 1957.

12/17/2017 - Boston, MA - Lamaurie Reed, cq, 9, of Boston, caught snowflakes on his tongue.

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Christmas in the City brings joy to homeless children

Applause, cheers, and high-fives greeted children as they gamboled down a red carpet, through a tunnel of twinkling lights, and into a hangar-like space filled with tables.

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Pregnant women who need medications face a risky guessing game. A federal task force is now trying to help

Few drugs have been approved as safe and effective to use during pregnancy, and most of those are for conditions specific to pregnancy.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/WebGraphics/Sports/BostonGlobe.com/2016/01/20moresports/seasonticket_90.jpg The Season Ticket podcast

Guest host Chad Finn chats with NFL analyst and former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

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Ideas | Sharon Begley

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/14/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/AP_132860394523.jpg Does mental illness show up in tweets?

The flaws of in-person exams are no surprise to experts.

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One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/metoo%20biomedical%20science.jpg In wake of #MeToo, a new spotlight on harassment in biomedical science

Dr. Reshma Jagsi published a survey last year on harassment in the lab, and has found her research has gotten a second life.