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Marijuana stores are open in Mass. Now what?

Crowds have flocked to the state’s first two recreational marijuana retailers. It likely will be months before any such shops open up in Boston.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

More marijuana retailers are in the licensing pipeline, but don’t expect shops in Boston any time soon.

Help Desk

How to console those in mourning

Asking grieving friends if you can do something concrete, like mow their lawn or bring over dinner, is better than telling them to “call if you need anything.”

A group of Central American migrants climbed the border fence between Mexico and the United States, near El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico on Sunday.

US agents fire tear gas at migrants trying to cross the border

Authorities said 39 migrants were arrested after a peaceful march devolved into chaos when US agents fired tear gas to stop some migrants who tried to breach the border.

// 20 minutes for one bus, 2 minutes for the next: Why some MBTA trips run back-to-back

“Bunching,” as the phenomenon is known, is a persistent problem on the T and other transit agencies.

// Massachusetts doctors going the startup route

After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on elite medical schools, they believe they can do more to improve health care by being entrepreneurs.

The Nation

Migrants rush U.S. border in Tijuana, but fall back in face of tear gas

By Maya Averbuch

A peaceful march by Central American migrants waiting at the southwestern U.S. border veered out of control on Sunday afternoon, as hundreds of people tried to evade a Mexican police blockade and run toward a giant border crossing that leads into San Diego.

Trump undermines his own order to trim deficit

US President Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One before departing from Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 25, 2018. - Trump is returning to Washington after spending the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

By Josh Dawsey and Damian Paletta

The president has flummoxed his own aides by repeatedly seeking new spending while ruling out measures needed to address the country’s unbalanced budget.

More Republicans challenge Trump on defense of Saudi crown prince

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is among Republicans who have pushed back on President Trump’s approach to Saudi Arabia.

By Karoun Demirjian

Even some of those who have sided with Trump in the past have begun to tire of his steadfast defense of Mohammed bin Salman in the face of US intelligence’s assessment implicating the prince in journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.

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The World

Ukraine considers martial law in response to standoff with Russia

The Kerch bridge is seen blocked for ships entrance, near Kerch, Crimea, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. A Russian coast guard vessel rammed a Ukrainian navy tugboat near Crimea, damaging the ship's engines and hull, the Ukrainian navy said Sunday. (AP Photo)

By Vladimir Isachenkov

An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council was called for Monday after a Russian ship fired on Ukrainian navy vessels.

Poland drops case against reporter who filmed neo-Nazis

By Vanessa Gera

Polish national prosecutors said Sunday that they are dropping a criminal investigation into a reporter for a US-owned broadcaster on suspicions of propagating fascism for having gone undercover to film neo-Nazis.

First gene-edited babies claimed in China

By Marilynn Marchione

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies, twin girls whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

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Thousands march to end violence against women

By Raphael Minder, Yonette Joseph and Iliana Magra

Editorial & Opinion


Trump’s attacks on judiciary echo his press bashing

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a signing of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act in the Oval Office of the White House on November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. The President also took questions from reporters. (Photo by Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)

Make no mistake, Trump chooses his battles carefully, and his choice to disparage yet another institution critical to a well-functioning democracy is no idle rant.

Opinion | Peter Howell

White sharks aren’t the issue. Gray seals are

A white shark at right swims close to a pack of gray seals in shallow waters off Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, Massachusetts, U.S., in this undated photo provided to the media on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. The great white sharks swimming off the waters of Chatham are boosting its economy by luring more tourists; now the town is wondering whether being so popular will have a bite. Source: Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries via Bloomberg EDITOR'S NOTE: NO SALES. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. localsharks

By Peter Howell

To control the white shark population, delist gray seals

Opinion | Andrew Dreyfus, David Torchiana, and Kate Walsh

Working together, we can end the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts

This Aug. 29, 2018 photo shows an arrangement of prescription Oxycodone pills in New York. Figures from a 2017 survey released on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, show fewer people used heroin for the first time compared to the previous year, and fewer Americans misusing or addicted to prescription opioid painkillers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

By Andrew Dreyfus, David Torchiana,

Fighting the opioid epidemic will take the combined efforts of public and private institutions.

Business & Tech

Mental health therapy at Walmart? It’s now a thing

Boston’s Beacon Health Options has opened a small clinic focused on mental health treatment at a Walmart store in Texas. Above: A Walmart store in Secaucus, N.J.

By Felice J. Freyer

A Boston company is taking the concept of retail health care to a new level — but don’t expect it to happen here.

Massachusetts doctors going the startup route

“As an entrepreneur, I’m potentially helping millions of patients,’’ said Dr. Ailis Tweed-Kent, of Cocoon Biotech.

By Jonathan Saltzman

After spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on elite medical schools, they believe they can do more to improve health care by being entrepreneurs.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

This robot can help your kids learn to code

When you stick a whiteboard marker into a hole in the center of Root, it can draw lines.

By Scott Kirsner

One Cambridge startup hopes to fill a gap in early education.

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EU backs Brexit deal, but will Parliament?

By Lorne Cookand Jill Lawless and Raf Casert



Loretta McLaughlin, groundbreaking reporter and former Globe editorial page editor, dies at 90

Loretta McLaughlin.

By Bryan Marquard

Ms. McLaughlin was an award-winning medical reporter and the second woman to serve as the editor of the Globe’s editorial pages.


Alpine Skiing

Mikaela Shiffrin three-peats as Killington slalom champ

KILLINGTON, VT - NOVEMBER 25: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States skis the first run of the Women's Slalom during the Audi FIS Ski World Cup - Killington Cup on November 25, 2018 in Killington, Vermont. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

By Hayden Bird

Mikaela Shiffrin overcame both fog and a talented field of racers to once again win the Killington World Cup slalom race on Sunday.

Jim McBride

Patriots’ breakdown: The best, worst (and everything in between)

East Rutherford NJ 11/25/18 New England Patriots Tom Brady shaking hands with New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown after they defeated the Jets 27-13 MetLife Stadium. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Jim McBride

Sony Michel returned to form with 133 rushing yards on 21 carries.


Bill Belichick got just what he wanted out of the Patriots

East Rutherford NJ 11/25/18 New England Patriots Sony Michel doing an Instagram post for his team's internet account after they defeated the New York Jets 27-13 at MetLife Stadium. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Ben Volin

New England answered its coach’s challenge to run the ball better, and it led to a victory over the Jets.