It’s been a rough few weeks for Warren’s White House hopes. Does it matter?

Elizabeth Warren is having a media moment, and not much of the news has been good.

Plainridge Park Casino's gaming floor.

Should Plainridge Park casino be allowed to have table games?

Officials in four towns are calling for an expansion of Plainridge Park Casino, the state’s only slot parlor, to keep pace with its Rhode Island rivals.

FILE -- Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 17, 2018. The 16 House Democrats angling to keep Nancy Pelosi from resuming the post of House Speaker seem to share little in common beyond a determination to shake up their caucus; Moulton, a Marine veteran entering his third term, argues that Democrats need new leaders to reflect a new party. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

Seth Moulton may face a primary challenge as activists take aim

The US representative’s willingness to buck the top echelon of the party — in this case, Nancy Pelosi — is stirring calls for a Democrat to run against him.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 12/12/2018:Bicycle advocates in Cambridge and Boston are asking state transportation officials to reconsider plans to remove newly-installed plastic bollards separting the bike lane from the busy car lanes across the Longfellow Bridge this winter.(David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 13longfellow

Cyclists want MassDOT to keep separated bike lane on Longfellow Bridge through the winter

The state Transportation Department said it plans to remove flexposts to make plowing safer and easier during the snowy months ahead.

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Mother killed, pregnant daughter hospitalized, after being struck by vehicle in Lawrence

The 61-year-old woman, and her daughter, 35, were struck at around 6:10 p.m. and then taken to Lawrence General Hospital, police said.

New Hampshire police recruit charged with making threats

A police recruit from New Hampshire was arrested Wednesday on Interstate 93 after he allegedly made threats, police said.

Medford woman injured after car goes airborne

The woman, 67, was driving on High Street, when she struck a parked car, went airborne, and landed on a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, police said.

MS-13 ‘all but eradicated’ US Attorney says

MS-13, the deadly international gang the Trump administration has held up as justification for its hard-line stance on illegal immigration, has been effectively neutralized in the Boston area, the state’s top federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

Drug, gun cases dismissed in Lowell because officers can’t testify

Three Lowell police detectives are on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into their role in the arrest of a suspected fentanyl dealer.

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Representative Seth Moulton.

Moulton on Pelosi as House speaker: ‘Now it’s time to move forward as one’

The Salem Democrat released a statement as details emerged about a deal that would ensure Nancy Pelosi will once again land the speakership.

Man seriously injured after being struck by car in Fitchburg

The man was driven to Leominster Hospital with serious head trauma and possible internal injuries and then flown by helicopter to the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

First major offshore wind project in jeopardy of being blocked

The warming waters south of Cape Cod have decimated the region’s lobster fishery. But it’s an ambitious effort to fight climate change that has lobstermen like Lanny Dillinger concerned for their livelihoods.

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Fall River middle school evacuated after receiving false bomb threat

Four anonymous phone calls were made shortly after 12 p.m., “indicating a very specific bomb threat at Matthew J. Kuss Middle School,” Superintendent Matthew H. Malone said in a statement.

Congresswoman-elect Ayanna Pressley attended her final City Council meeting Tuesday.

Pressley pushes for a Democratic Party where ‘the marginalized and the vulnerable are centered’

“Are we really who we say we are?” the Dorchester Democrat asked at a meeting of party fund-raisers and donors.

Globe Santa will help families with children who are ill

Some people seeking help from Globe Santa speak of the toll a child’s illness takes on the child, but also on parents and their brothers and sisters and on a family’s stability and financial health.

Governor Baker and local officials announced that all major work has been completed in the Lawrence area following the Columbia Gas disaster.

Baker says gas restoration is ‘substantially completed’ in Merrimack Valley

Crews have restored gas to 98 percent of the approximately 8,000 targeted meters that were affected by the disaster in the Merrimack Valley.

Woman sues Bertucci’s after son overdoses in Mass. bathroom

The mother of a Massachusetts man who died of a drug overdose when he was left overnight in a restaurant bathroom alleges the eatery failed to get help for her son.

Allary Grasso of Wiscasset, Maine, captured video footage of a fireball that lit up the sky shortly after midnight Wednesday.

Fireball lights up the night sky over New England

The American Meteor Society received a dozen reports of a fireball seen over Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Brunswick.

Ex-workers at now-shuttered juvenile facility are convicted of abusing teens

Four people were convicted of abusing teenagers who were in their care between April and August of 2014, officials said.

Falmouth Inn damaged by two-alarm fire

Approximately a dozen employees and guests were in the Falmouth Inn when the blaze started around 9:15 a.m. They all managed to evacuate safely.

A pro-Brexit demonstration in London.

Europe seems unstable. Here’s what’s going on

Trouble seems to be bubbling up across Europe, including among our closest allies.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey held up a carbon monoxide detector during Wednesday’s press conference.

Weymouth, state officials urge residents to take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Every winter, carbon monoxide poisoning becomes a real hazard that can silently kill unwary people in their own homes.

A dam and the beaver lodge are within easy view of the cul-de-sac.

Framingham officials declare war on beavers and their dams

The Framingham public works department recently got the green light to set lethal traps for beavers in two locations because the dams they’ve built are causing problems.

Deonarine Ganga was sentenced to life in prison at Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday for the death of Joey DeBarros.

Dorchester man gets life in prison for gunning down 21-year-old in ‘stunning’ road-rage murder

Prosecutors called the road-rage shooting of 21-year-old Joey DeBarros “stunning” for its senselessness. Now the assailant has been sentenced to life in prison.

Police arrest two teens for beating, robbing another boy in Roxbury

The victim told police one of the assailants demanded that he give him his cellphone. The boy was then punched in the face several times, police said.

Representative Geoff Diehl.

A Trump ally is prepping a run for Mass. GOP chair. That could make life difficult for Baker

Governor Charlie Baker faces a strong challenge from conservative factions who appear to be coalescing behind a pro-Trump, former US Senate candidate, Geoff Diehl, for party chair.

Massachusetts State Police headquarters is seen in Framingham.

Another state trooper charged in overtime scandal

Trooper Heath McAuliffe was released without bail on several conditions after an initial US District Court appearance Wednesday.

Gas leak shuts down Mashpee school for second consecutive day

Classes were canceled at the Cape Cod elementary school after Mashpee Fire Chief Thomas Rullo detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the building around 6:30 a.m., before students arrived for the day.

Suspect Keenan Ritter.

Dorchester man who led State Police on chase has warrants for strangulation, drug crimes

The suspect faces arraignment Wednesday on charges related to the tense pursuit Tuesday night, when he refused to pull over on the highway in Brockton, police said.

A courtroom sketch of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by artist Jane Collins.

Boston Marathon bomber’s lawyers want to file a 475-page appellate brief

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's legal team is asking a federal appeals court to let them submit an oversized legal brief in their bid to save the admitted killer from the death penalty.

Route 9 in Newton is open

In time for the morning commute, Route 9 in Newton is fully open Wednesday after authorities cleared away the wreckage from a three-car crash near Dudley Street, State Police said.

Temperatures in the Boston area are only expected to reach the lower 30s on Wednesday.

Another cold, brisk day is here

The latest stretch of dry and cold weather is expected to continue in Boston, but there could be some scattered snow showers across portions of the Cape and islands Wednesday morning.

Firefighters battle three-alarm blaze in Worcester

Crews were on the scene of a three-alarm fire on Allen Street early Wednesday.

Travelers in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Cambridge startup to work with TSA to help recover devices forgetten at the airport

Rejjee Inc.’s lost-and-found database is designed to help you recover that phone or laptop you forgot while rushing through security.

House fire in Milford displaces family of four

The fire was caused by a plumber who was welding while trying to fix a pipe in the home’s basement, fire officials said.

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Man arrested after leading State Police on Route 24 chase

The 26-year-old man, who was not identified, is expected to be charged with multiple motor vehicle violations, State Police said.

Full-day kindergarten coming to Newton in the fall

Full-day kindergarten is slated to start next September for the public school district in Newton, officials said Tuesday.

Newton, MA., 12/101/2018, A vehicle crashed into a utility pole on Rte 9 near Dudley Street and shut down Rte. 9 Eastbound and created traffic havoc in Newton leading into the evening rush hour. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Route 9 east in Newton closed Tuesday night due to crash

The stretch of road from Parker Street to Langley Road should be open by the Wednesday morning commute, a fire official said.

Arlington police chief to retire

Frederick Ryan will leave in January after a 33-years on the job, including the last 20 as chief, the town said Tuesday.

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Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Middlesex DA says 15 cases have been dismissed after some Lowell detectives were blocked from testifying

The Lowell Police Department is prohibiting some of its officers from testifying in criminal cases while they investigate their role in a drug case involving a man arrested during a fentanyl investigation.

The crosswalk in Revere (at left) where five pedestrians were hit.

Infant still hospitalized after Revere crash that claimed life of 5-year-old sister

Investigators are still working to complete their review of drug testing for Autumn Harris, 42, the driver of the SUV that plowed into five pedestrians in Revere, killing Adrianna Mejia-Rivera.

Boston12/11/18 At the State House, a hearing held by the Committee on Telecommunications , Utilities and Energy heard testimony from executives of natural gas utility companies including Columbia Gas. People in the gallery listen. hoto by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

Legislators signal support for gas oversight following Merrimack Valley disaster

State lawmakers appeared ready to back a requirement that professional engineers review gas-pipe projects.

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Mother who has been hurt by street violence seeks help from Santa for her children

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement, crime and violence afflict far too many families in Greater Boston. One Boston mother spoke of the effects of violence in her letter to Globe Santa.

Boston, MA - July 24, 2018: MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez during a press conference regarding the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge Replacement Project continues in Boston, MA on July 24, 2018. The next phase of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge project starts Thursday night, with major effects on the Massachusetts Turnpike, the BU Bridge, the Green Line, and Comm. Ave. that ripple across Boston and its suburbs. Even commuter rail riders may notice more crowding, as some car commuters switch to trains to avoid traffic. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

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Another ‘outsider’ fails in a top Boston job. We shouldn’t take pride in that

Luis Ramirez became MBTA general manager after a nationwide search but was pushed out in little more than a year. Why can’t people who aren’t from Boston succeed here?

Harvard University police investigating sexual assault in Cambridge

Police are investigating after a female undergraduate student at Harvard University reported she was sexually assaulted early Tuesday.