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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence meet with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump threatens government shutdown in contentious Oval Office meeting with Pelosi, Schumer

Arguing heatedly in public with Democratic leaders, President Trump threatened repeatedly to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t provide the money he says is needed to build a wall at the Mexican border.

The emergency room of Morton Hospital in Taunton

Business groups aim to curb emergency room use, and save money, too

Companies might change co-pays to encourage their workers to use lower-cost health care settings — charging more for emergency rooms, for example, or less for primary care.

In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, a fentanyl user holds a needle near Kensington and Cambria in Philadelphia. Suicides and drug overdoses helped lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. U.S. health officials released the latest numbers Thursday, Nov. 29. Death rates for heroin, methadone and prescription opioid painkillers were flat. But deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl and its close opioid cousins continued to soar in 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

Doctor charged with manslaughter in opioid overdose death

Dr. Richard Miron of Dracut is alleged to have prescribed high doses of opioids without medical reason to a woman who had previously overdosed.

MBTA general manager Luis Ramirez is out after just 15 months

MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez on the Red Line.

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/file 2017

The switch will mark the fifth leadership change at the T under Governor Charlie Baker.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/11/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/Chin121118ATGSalem_Met4.jpg Third Mass. marijuana store set to open in Salem

Alternative Therapies Group will begin recreational sales — by appointment only — on Saturday morning.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/07/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/120618WiggsTravel2.jpg After winning island vacation in silent auction, family feels taken

When they arrived at the Dominican resort, they were told they owed almost $10,000 more upfront for food and drink and could not check in until they paid up.

Obituaries

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Dr. Lisa Schwartz, a beacon for medical clarity and accuracy, dies at 55

11lisaschwartz -- Dr. Lisa Schwartz holds the McGovern Award, which she and her husband, Dr. Steven Woloshin, were presented in 2017 during the American Medical Writers Association's Medical Writing & Communication Conference in Orlando. (American Medical Writers Association)

By Bryan Marquard

The Dartmouth College professor, who died Nov. 29, worked closely with her husband to help patients make better decisions.

Wednesday Food

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A beginner’s guide to composting in Boston

If Abby Edelstein — who was 5 when this picture was taken in 2015 — can compost, so can you.

By Jessica Teich

Your biodegradable apple cores and coffee filters are needlessly stinking up landfills, driving up expenses for trash pickup, and yes, hurting the environment.