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Kavanaugh, with support from Republicans, aggressively denounces allegations

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spoke Monday during an interview with Fox News. He was joined by his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh.

The Republican strategy was the most vigorous effort yet to put the damaging accusations of sexual assault into the framework of a partisan brawl.

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The White House delayed a decision on the fate of the Justice Department official overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation.

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In his first extensive interview Steve Bryant explains the utility’s response to the disaster in the Merrimack Valley.

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The biggest question around Boston’s most significant highway project since the time of the Big Dig sounds like a debate from that era.

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A recent abundance of acorns is the reason for an unprecedented surge in squirrel populations throughout New England, most particularly in New Hampshire.

The Nation

Rod Rosenstein to meet with Trump, with fate unclear

BETHESDA, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves his home on September 25, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Presuming his time at the Justice Department was in jeopardy, Rosenstein met Monday with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly but was told to stay on the job at least until Thursday when they will meet with President Donald Trump. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Michael D. Shear, Katie Benner and Maggie Haberman

The White House delayed a decision on the fate of the Justice Department official overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation.

Kavanaugh, with support from Republicans, aggressively denounces allegations

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spoke Monday during an interview with Fox News. He was joined by his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh.

By Jess Bidgood

The Republican strategy was the most vigorous effort yet to put the damaging accusations of sexual assault into the framework of a partisan brawl.

Implant, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps

Susan Harkema (left), associate scientific director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville, worked with Kelly Thomas, who was paralyzed in a car accident and is learning to walk with the help of a trainer and an implanted device.

By Lauran Neergaard

The milestone, reported by two teams of scientists working separately, isn’t a cure; the patients walk only with assistance.

The World

UK’s main opposition party says it might back new Brexit vote

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn opposes a new Brexit referendum.

By Jill Lawless

Delegates at a Labour Party conference stopped short of saying the vote should include an option not to leave the European Union at all.

Catching fish and keeping faith: How one Indonesian teen survived 49 days at sea

Aldi Novel Adilang, a 19-year-old from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, survived after drifting for 49 days at sea on a floating fish trap.

By Amanda Erickson

Aldi Novel Adilang was stuck drifting at sea for nearly two months, with little besides a Bible and his own ingenuity to aid him.

For the first time ever, a woman anchored the nightly news in Saudi Arabia

By Amanda Erickson

Weam Al Dakheel appeared alongside a male cohost on the state-run television channel.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Rosenstein saga highlights need for Mueller bill

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before the House Judiciary Committee on June 28.

Monday’s theatrics served as an urgent reminder that Mueller’s investigation rests on a fragile foundation that Congress needs to reinforce.

JOAN VENNOCHI

Kavanaugh chaos must be putting a smile on Bill Clinton’s face

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's supreme court nominee, walks to a meeting with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Aug. 21, 2018.

By Joan Vennochi

Two decades after Brett Kavanaugh drafted salacious questions for Bill Clinton, the spotlight is now on Kavanaugh.

Alan M. Dershowitz

6 rules for Ford-Kavanaugh hearings

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn-in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)

By Alan M. Dershowitz

No one should compromise the basic rules of fairness and due process that have long been the hallmarks of the rule of law.

Metro

Should Mass. Pike remain elevated or come back to earth?

The state needs to replace the turnpike viaduct in Allston and seeks to straighten the highway near former train yards.

By Adam Vaccaro

The biggest question around Boston’s most significant highway project since the time of the Big Dig sounds like a debate from that era.

Here’s why there are dead squirrels all over the place

Brentwood, NH--9/13/2018-- A dead squirrel is seen on the side of Route 125 in Brentwood, NH. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 14squirrels Reporter:

By Dugan Arnett

A recent abundance of acorns is the reason for an unprecedented surge in squirrel populations throughout New England, most particularly in New Hampshire.

MBTA plotting a bus map of the future

Key bus routes like the 111 will likely go untouched, MBTA officials said.

By Adam Vaccaro

New routes could launch — and existing ones could be cut — as part of a broad rework of the transit agency’s bus system.

Business & Tech

Health care watchdog to weigh in on costs of nurse staffing ballot question

The ballot question backed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, a labor union, would limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurses at any one time.

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

The analysis by the Health Policy Commission will be the first independent look at the polarizing issue.

Columbia Gas president pledges to reimburse customers’ costs

Columbia Gas president Steve Bryant apologized to Luis Suazo, owner of Suazo Market in Lawrence; he also stopped by a construction site on Brookfield Street in the city.

By Milton J. Valencia

In his first extensive interview Steve Bryant explains the utility’s response to the disaster in the Merrimack Valley.

Sean P. Murphy | The Fine Print

A delivery truck took down wires and power in Watertown. But who’s to blame?

Watertown, MA., 09/12/18, Jack Keating is upset that a truck using an overhead boom to deliver building materials to a neighbor's house pulled down the overhead wires and ripped the electrical service off his house. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

By Sean P. Murphy

New England Building Supply, whose truck caused the incident, won’t reimburse residents because it says the wires were too low.

Obituaries

Lawrence Martin-Bittman, who spread disinformation as a spy before teaching at BU, dies at 87

Mr. Martin-Bittman, with a poster he created to celebrate the clearing of his name in the Czech Republic.

By Globe Staff and wire services

In retirement, Mr. Martin-Bittman turned to painting watercolors.

Tommy McDonald, Hall of Fame receiver for the Eagles

By Richard Goldstein

The undersized but speedy receiver helped propel the Philadelphia Eagles to the 1960 NFL championship.

Sports

Red Sox 6, Orioles 2

The Red Sox win, again, and they make history in the process

Boston MA 9/24/18 Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts is greeted with high fives in the dugout after hitting a 2 run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during second inning action at Fenway Park. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Owen Pence

Mookie Betts homered as the Red Sox won their franchise-best 106th game of the season and clinched home-field advantage.

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

‘We should call time out and enjoy this one,’ Alex Cora says after Red Sox’ record feat

Red Sox manager Alex Cora allowed for a moment of reflection after Monday night’s 6-2 victory.

By Nick Cafardo

There’s work to be done in October, of course, but breaking a 106-year-old record is a big deal.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

Imagine how much worse this would be if the Patriots had actually traded Gronk

Rob Gronkowski had four catches Sunday night, but the Lions mostly had him blanketed.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

More Stories

GARY WASHBURN | ON BASKETBALL

For the first time in years, Kyrie Irving is approaching true happiness

By Gary Washburn

Red Sox notebook

Alex Cora saddled with second (base) thoughts

By Owen Pence

Steelers 30, Buccaneers 27

Steelers figure it out as FitzMagic fizzles in Tampa Bay

By Fred Goodall

JIM McBRIDE | PATRIOTS FILM STUDY

From the first drive, the Lions executed their game plan to near-perfection

By Jim McBride

Bruins notebook

Bruins send 2015 first-round pick Zach Senyshyn to AHL

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Preseason: Bruins 4, Flyers 3

Hoping for a job, Lee Stempniak shines in Bruins’ preseason win

By Kevin Paul Dupont

HIGH SCHOL BOYS’ SOCCER | PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

EMass boys’ soccer: Dedham’s Zach Clasby headlines Players of the Week

By Charlie Wolfson

Tuesday Stories

NAMES

Ethan Hawke fans come out to the Coolidge Corner Theatre, including this legendary actress

Brookline-09/21/18 Actor-director Ethan Hawke appeared at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for the screening of his new movie,

By Hayley Kaufman

The actor-writer-director was in Brookline promoting his latest film, “Blaze,” when none other than Liv Ullmann made an appearance.

NAMES

Bob Woodward to speak at Wilbur Theatre on Dec. 11

FILE - This June 11, 2012 file photo shows former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward speaking during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate in Washington. Woodward says top staffers in President Donald Trump’s administration “are not telling the truth” when they deny incendiary quotes about Trump attributed to them in his new book. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)

By Kaya Williams

The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “Fear” will tackle questions on the Trump presidency.

Names

Ellen Pompeo says it’s ‘more challenging to get women to support you when you’re actually on top’

Actress Ellen Pompeo attended the 300th “Grey’s Anatomy” Episode Celebration on Nov. 4, 2017, in Hollywood, Calif.

By Kevin Slane

The Everett native is reportedly the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama thanks to a $20 million contract she signed in 2017.