Vatican defrocks ex-US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults.

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It appears to be the first time that a cardinal or bishop in the United States has been defrocked, or laicized, from the Roman Catholic Church.

// 7 eyebrow-raising moments from Trump’s Rose Garden speech

President Trump, among other things, said the Japanese prime minister nominated him for a Nobel Prize and took credit for saving 3 million lives in Syria.

// Trump’s national emergency move was months in the making

President Trump on Friday said he was invoking his powers to declare the emergency, then acknowledged what his lawyers had been warning him: He will get sued and, at least initially, will probably lose.

// Weld becomes first Republican to challenge Trump — and some don’t like it

Former Mass. governor William Weld, who ran on the Libertarian ticket in 2016, said Friday he is considering challenging President Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries.

// Gunman in Aurora, Ill., shooting had at least six prior arrests

Police in Aurora, Ill., have also released the names of the fatal victims of Friday’s workplace shooting that killed five people and wounded five police officers.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito’s home in Shrewsbury.

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Polito’s home left off town’s online database — at husband’s request

Before settling into a new lakeside home, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito’s husband had a request: that details of their $1.5 million house be scrubbed from a public database.

// Pressley’s husband left City Hall to launch consulting firm just before she entered Congress

An ethics expert warns that Conan Harris and Ayanna Pressley will have to be mindful to avoid any potential ethical and political pitfalls.

Injured hiker rescued in Duxbury

The hiker was walking her dog with a group in a wooded area when she fell and was injured.

// 69-year-old Cambridge bicyclist dies after Fenway collision

The woman’s bicycle was hit by a cement truck around 1:30 p.m. Friday just blocks from Fenway Park.

// Trump takes a tough stand on medical marijuana

The president used a signing statement to call out a medical cannabis rider that appears in the spending bill that averted a government shutdown.

Jordan Thompson, 20, is one of 22 men from around the country picked to participate in Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper summit in Oakland, Calif. He poses in Nashua, N.H., next to a mural near City Hall created by

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Commentary | Jeneé Osterheldt

From Nashua, N.H., to Obama’s MBK Rising!, Jordan Thompson is a keeper of the community

For a former foster kid, a young man dealing with the intersections of blackness, queerness, and masculinity, Thompson still finds his rise a little unbelievable.

// Two small winter storms are on the way

A pair of winter storms are expected to arrive Sunday and Wednesday nights, bringing limited accumulation.

Dave Epstein

// Here’s the forecast for school vacation week

If you’re sticking around Massachusetts, temperatures are going to be below average next week.

// The global trade war makes a local stop: Springfield

The Chinese government-backed rail car company building cars for the MBTA’s Orange and Red lines won’t get any tariff relief, even though the cars are being assembled in Massachusetts.

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// Jaroslav Halak, Bruins open trip by blanking Ducks

The Bruins, who won their fourth straight, return to action Saturday night in Los Angeles

Gary Washburn | On Basketball

// Anthony Davis’s demands reverberate around NBA

The Pelicans star is going to have to address the national media during All-Star Weekend.

Alex Beam

// Faux fanfare for the common man (or woman)

The myth of the common man or woman is alive and well on the campaign trail.


// A real emergency — Trump, that is, not the wall

With President Trump declaring a national emergency, readers start to put up a wall of resistance.

Opinion | Christopher Weyant

The art of President Trump’s promises

Cartoonist and illustrator Christopher Weyant envisions the reactions of President Trump’s most ardent supporters when they discover the truth behind his promises.

A copy of a rendering of the proposed ballpark in Worcester.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

What’s in a name? For Worcester’s new minor league baseball team, everything

The Worcester Mitten Kittens? The Worcester Tube Sox? The Worcester Hot Weiners? Nothing’s off the table when it comes to renaming the PawSox.

// Nigeria delays its election; candidates rush back to capital

Nigerians awakened on Saturday to find the presidential election delayed a week until Feb. 23 because of what the electoral commission called unspecified “challenges.”

// Here are the best restaurants in Massachusetts, according to AAA

AAA has announced its 2019 list of best restaurants nationwide — and several of the top-rated establishments are located here.

// Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

Chicago police released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them.

// Dane Cook opens up about his 20-year-old girlfriend

“Sometimes I actually find myself saying, ‘Where has she been all my life?’” Cook told Jimmy Kimmel. “And then I realize she wasn’t alive for the first 26 years of it.”

Love Letters: The Podcast

Season Two: How do you meet someone?

Dating in 2019 is…complicated. Frustrating. Sometimes completely exhilarating. In Season 2 of the podcast, Meredith Goldstein goes deep on one of her most-asked questions.

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Special reports

They were the top of their class at Boston public schools. Then life happened

Read a multi-part investigation into how and why the lives of promising Boston valedictorians didn’t quite turn out the way they expected.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Smartphone society

In a world where the smartphone is now ubiquitous, photographers capture daily life in which the personal device is part of the moment.

Real Estate

//$medium-9070.jpg Are we ignoring — or outright banning — an easy affordable-housing fix?

Mobile homes may be the least expensive and most effective means of addressing the region’s housing shortage.


// How biopharma is girding for climate change

Hurricanes, power outages, floods, droughts, forest fires — all pose a risk for biopharma companies.