‘Of course’ Trump knew hush payments were wrong, Cohen says

President Trump directed Michael Cohen to make hush payments to women alleging affairs with him out of concern about “how this would affect the election,” the attorney told ABC News.

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Federal prosecutors are examining whether foreigners illegally funneled donations to President Trump’s inaugural committee and a pro-Trump super PAC in hopes of buying influence over US policy.

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Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame.

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The Salem Democrat found a way out of his increasingly uncomfortable fight with the likely new House speaker and is declaring victory.

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A Warren spokeswoman declined to comment for this story. Let us persist in speculating, then.

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Officials say the girl was found Dec. 6 by US Border Patrol agents. They say the girl was taken into custody for about eight hours and then began having seizures.

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Time to bust out those summer shorts and sandals: it could get close to 50 degrees in Boston on Saturday.

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The long-time public policy professional will take over as chief of the transit system Jan. 1.

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The Cannabis Control Commission issued the licenses for two locations for Temescal Wellness as well as Northeast Alternatives in Fall River and Theory Wellness in Great Barrington.

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Mayor Martin Walsh signed an ordinance to reduce single-use plastic bags last year. On Dec. 14, the new law comes into play.

CHESTO MEANS BUSINESS

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Early sunsets got you down? A Quincy lawmaker has a cure for those wintertime blues.

An architectural rendering shows the residential project that would replace a city-owned parking lot on Tremont Street.

Developers get OK for high-rise affordable housing in Chinatown

Millennium Partners and a team of developers it’s leading received a green light Thursday to turn a Chinatown parking lot into a high-rise full of affordable housing.

Boston won’t get Apple’s new $1 billion campus — that will be built in Austin, Texas. Once again, we missed out on a big-time corporate site, but online retailer Wayfair plans to add thousands of jobs here.

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Here’s what Apple’s snub says about Boston’s status as a tech hub

The area has struggled in the trophy class of tech expansions, the new campuses with thousands of jobs.

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Natasha Nicole Mejia-Rivera, 2 months, and sister Adrianna, 5, were killed Sunday when an SUV crashed into them while standing in a roadway median.

Christopher L. Gasper

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New England, in need of a confidence booster, has a long history of success against Pittsburgh.

William Perrigen

The Year in Arts: The best in music, dance, television, theater

From Ariana Grande to art in the #MeToo era, plus Globe critics’ Top 10 picks in TV, music, theater, art, and dance for 2018.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/11/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Swensen18121012middlefinger0006.jpg A small-town feud leads to a big middle finger (literally)

The finger has been the source of much consternation in the small town of Westford, Vt. Was it some kind of political protest? Senior prank? Neighborly dispute?

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Andrew Black shot himself Dec. 6, hours after he bought a gun, his parents told a local TV station.

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Dushku says she was written off the show “Bull” after she spoke up about misconduct on the set. The settlement came to light after CBS’s chief resigned when he was accused of harassment.

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Say ‘cuckoo,’ not ‘bird’? How computer models can help stand-up comics

For thousands of years, humans have pondered their own humor. Yet, in 2018, a good joke is still a scientific enigma.

From left: Alex Agresti, James McDermott, and Kris Roman of Bay Faction.

Berklee-bred Bay Faction will never be the same

Renegotiating the parameters of their sound has been the only way forward for the trio, who just released their debut album, “Florida Guilt.”

Lea Delaria recently went viral defending her use of “queer” as an “all-encompassing” description.

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Social media is requeering me

As social media cracks down on content, a contentious word gets rebooted.

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Globe staff photos of the month: November 2018

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: a colorful sunrise, Christmas tree lightings, and high school sports.

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A scientist is testing a device that might let parents and clinicians tap into the emotions of profoundly disabled children who aren’t able to communicate.

Love Letters: The Podcast

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In a special bonus episode, Meredith Goldstein explores what happens to summer romance when the summer ends, and “Wet Hot American Summer” creator David Wain shares a girl-crazy memory from his own camp days.

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