Rain, rain — it won’t go away

A soggy fall, by the numbers.

Airbnb sues city over rental rules

The company filed suit against Boston, claiming requirements that take effect in January that require it to police listings and share user data violate federal and state laws.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, at left, speaks with James Rogers, the USCCB's chief communications officer, at the conference's annual fall meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Catholic prelates are subject of blistering criticism at leadership meeting

Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College in Worcester, spoke at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, where clergy are addressing accountability in their ranks.

Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh would be formidable figures if they wanted to run in 2022, insiders say.

It’s way too soon to wonder who will run for Massachusetts governor in 2022. Or is it?

Maura Healey? Marty Walsh? Someone we’ve never even heard of? Let the kibitzing begin.

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Comcast owes refunds, debt forgiveness to 20,000 customers in Mass.

In an agreement with Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Comcast will pay out $700,000 to resolve allegations it violated state law with deceptive advertising.

Comcast owes refunds, debt forgiveness to 20,000 customers in Mass.

In an agreement with Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, Comcast will pay out $700,000 to resolve allegations it violated state law with deceptive advertising.


Nov. 14, 2018

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2018. There are 47 days left in the year.

Framingham investigating hate letters at elementary school

Two letters containing “hateful and harmful words” were found in a Muslim student’s storage bin at Hemenway Elementary School, officials said Tuesday.

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The New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston was vandalized twice in 2017.

Hate crimes were up 9 percent in Massachusetts in 2017

The FBI reported Thursday that hate crimes rose nationwide for the third straight year.


Lottery results from Tuesday drawings

Bishop Christopher Coyne was the spokesman for Cardinal Law during the abuse scandal.


‘I’ve been dealing with this stuff now for 16 years. Can’t we just get this right?’

Christopher Coyne, who was a spokesman for Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston and is now Bishop of Burlington, Vt., is struck by how the abuse scandal is still roiling the church.

Young woman is shot in Jackson Square area of Jamaica Plain

A woman, possibly in her teens, was shot on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain on Tuesday afternoon, sustaining injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, police said.

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We didn’t get Amazon’s new headquarters, but we should act as if we did

We shouldn’t need Amazon to summon the will to address the Boston area’s transportation and housing problems.

State investigates after 3 toddlers escape West Bridgewater day care center

Three toddlers playing in the yard of a West Bridgewater day-care center Monday walked out a gate that led to a busy side street, officials said.

Peter DeMarco (left) and Dr. Assaad Sayah, chief medical officer for Cambridge Health Alliance, embraced Tuesday.

Hospital leaders apologize, acknowledge mistakes cost Laura Levis her life

For the first time, Peter DeMarco and officials from Cambridge Health Alliance, the parent company of Somerville Hospital, sat face to face — more than two years after Laura Levis’s death.

Gillette Stadium.

Harlem Globetrotters hang out with Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium

An online video released Tuesday shows two Globetrotters lofting an array of eye-popping trick shots into a basketball hoop carted into the seating area.

‘He’s armed and delicious’: Pittsfield police share video of turkey chasing cruiser

This gives a new meaning to “turkey trot.”

President Trump suggested Tuesday that France would have been vanquished in World War I and World War II if not for the military firepower provided by the United States.

Trump’s insults to France ‘unimaginable’ from predecessors, Harvard expert says

President Trump’s disparaging remarks on Twitter about France on Tuesday were highly unusual, an international relations expert said.

Man who allegedly hit Boston police officer with stolen truck ordered held without bail

Robert Bjorkman, 49, appeared Tuesday in South Boston Municipal Court for arraignment on several charges including assault to murder stemming from the pursuit late Saturday morning.

Cathy Merrill (left) traveled to Turkey with her coach to compete in the 2018 World Armwrestling Championships.

N.H. woman wins two gold medals at international arm-wrestling competition

Cathy Merrill, a 54-year-old bus driver from Sunapee, faced elite arm wrestlers from all over the globe at the 2018 World Armwrestling Championships last month.

Flood warnings issued for parts of Southern New England

The Sudbury River in Saxonville and the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, R.I., are expected to reach minor flood levels by Monday afternoon.

This handout image of artist's impression released by the European Southern Observatory shows the first detected interstellar asteroid, Oumuamua.

Alien theory is ‘wild speculation,’ says astronomer who found strange interstellar object

The object ‘Oumuamua — Hawaiian for “messenger from afar arriving first” — is the first ever observed intruding in the orbits of our planets.

Signs advertised the closing of a Lord & Taylor store in New York last month.

Lord & Taylor settles racial profiling probe, plans to train staff

The company agreed to train staff, hire a consultant, and improve efforts to prevent shoplifting.

This isn’t going to be a major snowstorm, but there could be some accumulation of snow.

Dave Epstein

Another nor’easter is coming Thursday night, and this one may bring snow

Because there will be enough cold air at all layers of the atmosphere when the storm begins, many of us will see our first snow of the season.

The Blue Line and the Red Line remain unconnected in Boston.

Without Amazon HQ2, what happens to the Red Line-Blue Line connection?

Linking the only two unconnected T lines was a part of the Boston bid to land Amazon’s second headquarters.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley in a Twitter photo from September 2018.

‘Squad’: Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib band together at orientation

They’re documenting the start of their congressional journey on Instagram.

FBI launches public awareness campaign on danger of social media threats

The FBI is calling on people to stop and think before they start typing — especially if they end up issuing threats against a school, a person, or a place.

The front desk lobby at Amazon's new Fort Point office in Boston.

Boston won’t get HQ2, but we still have plenty of Amazon workers

The Internet giant already has a significant presence in and around our city.

Approximately 3,000 people have sought refuge in 18 evacuation shelters across California amid multiple wildfires.

Local Red Cross volunteers helping California wildfire evacuees

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts has sent two volunteers to California to help out in the shelters.

N.H. judge orders Amazon to provide Echo recordings in double murder case

The order was issued in the case against Timothy Verrill, who’s charged with killing Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini in 2017 in a house in Farmington, N.H.

The gun recovered after the chase.

Man leads police on chase in Dorchester, is arrested with loaded gun

A Dorchester man was arrested with a loaded gun during a traffic stop Sunday night after he led police on a half-mile chase down Quincy Street, where he hit two cars.

Man on tracks struck and killed by MBTA commuter train in Waltham

A person was struck by an MBTA commuter rail train in Waltham, forcing Keolis Commuter Services to halt some service on the Fitchburg Line.

The gun recovered during the traffic stop.

Two men arrested on vehicle, gun charges in Leominster

State Police arrested two men — one on motor vehicle offenses and the other on gun charges — during a traffic stop in Leominster Monday morning.

Aaron Hernandez in court in 2013.

Annotated phone calls between Aaron Hernandez and other NFL players

The conversations offer a rare opportunity to hear players talk openly about managing their pain and the physical grind of the game.

Man, 27, fatally shot in Brockton

The victim was shot on Keith Street in Brockton and was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

A diver crossed Washington Street in Gloucester in the rain.

A rain-soaked Tuesday brings a wet commute

Showers will continue throughout the morning and early afternoon and a flood warning is in effect for the Sudbury River in Saxonville.

Man shot in leg in Dorchester

The man’s injuries were not deemed life-threatening, officials said.

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2018. There are 48 days left in the year.


Nov. 13, 2018

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was helped off the field after being injured during a game against the Arizona Cardinals in 2012. Dr. Thomas Gill, the Patriots team physician during Hernandez’s career, is on the left.

In jail calls, Aaron Hernandez discussed NFL’s reliance on painkillers with former teammates

Recorded jail calls provide an unfiltered opportunity to hear professional football players talk openly about managing their pain.

Hunters rescued after becoming stuck in Maine bog

Three hunters were rescued Monday night from a bog in a rural area about 20 miles north of Portland, Maine.

Amazon is expected to establish new corporate headquarter sites in New York City and Northern Virginia.

Amazon ready to announce new headquarters sites, report says

Amazon appears to be poised to announce as early as Tuesday that it will establish new corporate headquarters in New York and in Northern Virginia.

Car flips over in Taco Bell drive-thru in Bridgewater

A black BMW suv overturned Monday afternoon after the driver tried to accelerate while the car’s wheels were struck against the curb.

Manchester, N.H. police cruisers crash into each other while responding to report of shot fired

Two police officers collided with each other shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday, as they were driving to the area of Notre Dame Avenue and Conant Street, where a gunshot was reported.

David Brody, a member of the Westford Historical Commission, shows the controversial stone carving, purportedly of 14th-century knight James Gunn, just outside downtown Westford.

A century before Columbus, a Scottish knight explored Massachusetts. Or did he?

The legend of the Westford Knight holds that in 1399, a Scottish nobleman and his armed explorers sailed up the Merrimack River and climbed Prospect Hill to take a look around.


Lottery results from Monday drawings

“IGNORE GPS” on your way to Wrentham Outlets, police say

Shopper must take exit 15 from Route 495 to reach the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets this Black Friday weekend, police said.

Person shot in Brockton

The shooting happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops general assembly, listened during a press conference Monday  in Baltimore.


A day of reckoning postponed

Humility. Courage. That is exactly what the Catholic church was seeking at their bishops conference in Baltimore this week. Turns out, that will have to wait.