Opponents of local pot shops say Leicester’s traffic nightmare proves their point

The transportation snarls after Leicester’s marijuana store opened have reverberated across the state, changing the debate in communities where pot stores are proposed.

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President Donald Trump said the U.S. has “defeated ISIS in Syria” amid reports that he wants to withdraw the approximately 2,000 American troops fighting in the country.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 18: U.S. President Donald Trump leads a roundtable discussion on school safety and the new Federal Commission on School Safety report, with family members of shooting victims, state and local officials, in the Roosevelt Room on December 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Short-term budget deal gains steam after Trump backs off border wall demand

Mitch McConnell said he will introduce a bill to avoid a partial shutdown after President Trump backed off his demand for border wall funding.

Woman fatally shot in Everett

A police dispatcher confirmed officers were on scene on Central Avenue, where the victim had been shot.

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Grief counselors will be at a Haverhill elementary school Wednesday to help students and staff deal with the loss of an 11-year-old girl described by a school official as “beautiful and well-loved.”

A view of the loading dock where Marie gave birth.

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Under a dark sky, a baby is born

The baby was born on a concrete loading dock in Chinatown in a frigid wind, the outside world visible just above the lip of the dumpster at the edge of the dock.

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For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies, like Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify, more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed.

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A postponement gave Michael Flynn a chance to continue cooperating with the government in hopes of staving off prison and proving his value as a witness.

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Outgoing Congressman Michael Capuano suggested in an interview Tuesday that young voters were taking a short-term view when they elected Ayanna Pressley.

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Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the subterranean tube.

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Are you going to order some gifts online or what? Here are some great last-minute buys

Move quickly and, with any luck, these will make it under the tree just in time.

Fed chairman Jerome Powell will be watched closely when he explains the Fed’s thinking on interest rates.

Talking Points AM | Larry Edelman

What the Fed does next could save your 401(k) — or drive it even lower

The Federal Reserve is expected to nudge interests higher Wednesday. But what policy makers say about next year is more important and will set the tone for the stock market.

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The students at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School have been walking past used needles for years. They staged a dramatic protest about it Tuesday, with the support of parents, school staff, and neighborhood activists.

New Orange Line cars on the production floor of CRRC Corp.’s factory in Springfield.

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Trade war hangs over ceremony celebrating completion of new MBTA subway cars

New Orange Line cars are rolling out of a Springfield factory as officials with the Chinese-owned manufacturer lobby the Trump administration for tariff exemptions.

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After a frigid few days, temperatures on Friday could reach 60 degrees in some places.

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Hackers infiltrated the European Union’s diplomatic communications network for years, downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about a swath of international topics.

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Rats are everywhere; even on the White House lawn

A Fox News reporter spotted one scurry across his path on Monday while setting up to film a news segment on the White House lawn.

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Just when all hope is lost, the football gods shine on the House of Kraft.

Editorial

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It’s a rare day when both Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell earn praise for pushing forward bipartisan legislation.

In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo,

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Ideas | Kory Stamper

Language nerds worked really hard on that ‘Words of the Year’ list

Crunch the data on the most looked-up words and hope for something meaningful. Ignore the reality that, by mid-January, all this crunching and consideration will be forgotten.

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Britain’s main opposition leader is facing calls to apologize after he was accused of calling Prime Minister Theresa May a “stupid woman” in the House of Commons.

Laverne & Shirley The Florence Nightingales are none other than Laverne (Penny Marshall, left) and Shirley (Cindy Williams), doing volunteer service at a hospital where marriageable doctors are in

‘Laverne & Shirley’ star Penny Marshall dies at 75

As a filmmaker, she became the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million. She also directed ‘‘A League of Their Own,’’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash’’ and ‘‘Awakenings.’’

Podcasts

Special reports

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Rinaldi09acton02-HERO.jpg After suicides in Acton and Boxborough, a communion of sorrow

The unthinkable has been an all-too-common companion in two small neighboring towns, where six young people took their lives in the short span of 30 months. The questions keep coming: What is happening? Why? When will it stop?

Newsletters

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Follow the Celtics’ quest for a title and other NBA news both on and off the court. Sign up here.

The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

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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The Church of Safe Injection illegally distributes clean syringes. Branding as a “religion” may offer some legal protection.

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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