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Flynn sentencing postponed to allow for Russia probe cooperation

A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing hearing Tuesday for Michael Flynn after a stunning hearing in which the judge accused Flynn of selling out his country.

A view of the loading dock where Marie gave birth.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Under a dark sky, a baby is born

The baby was born on a concrete loading dock in Chinatown in a frigid wind, the outside world visible just above the lip of the dumpster at the edge of the dock.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/11/26/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/KREITER11262018potshoptraffic1.jpg For pot shop opponents, Leicester’s traffic nightmare is a gift

The transportation snarls after Leicester’s marijuana store opened have reverberated across the state, changing the debate in communities where pot stores are proposed.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AUTHOR_LEPORE_3.jpg Harvard professor seeks records of Boston connection to Pentagon Papers

In 1971, two grand juries in Boston looked at leaks related to the Pentagon Papers, which detailed the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Records of those grand juries remain sealed today, and Harvard’s Jill Lepore wants them released.

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In landmark agreement, Mass., eight other states vow to cut transportation emissions

The states have agreed to work together to impose regionwide limits on transportation emissions, the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution.

The Nation

US pledges $10.6 billion in aid for Central America, southern Mexico

*2018 Year In Focus - News* CIUDAD HIDALGO, MEXICO - OCTOBER 21: A migrant caravan walks into the interior of Mexico after crossing the Guatemalan border on October 21, 2018 near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico The caravan of Central Americans plans to eventually reach the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cancel the recent trade deal with Mexico and withhold aid to Central American countries if the caravan isn't stopped before reaching the U.S. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

By Mark Stevenson

The aid aims to promote better security conditions and job opportunities as part of a regional plan to allow Central Americans and Mexicans to remain in their countries and not have to emigrate.

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK

Arizona governor names Martha McSally to McCain Senate seat

Martha McSally will enter the US Senate at the start of the year, replacing Jon Kyl.

Arizona’s governor has named Rep. Martha McSally to replace US Senator Jon Kyl in the U.S. Senate seat that belonged to Sen. John McCain.

Yemeni mom wins travel ban waiver to see dying son in US

In an undated handout photo, Ali Hassan and his son, Abdullah, were shown at a California hospital. Hassan’s wife, Shaima Swileh, has been granted a travel ban waiver to come see the boy, who is on life support.D. --

By Julie Watson

Shaima Swileh planned to fly to San Francisco on Wednesday after the State Department granted her a visa.

The World

Belgian premier nixes early polls, then submits resignation

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (center) arrived at the Royal Castle of Laeken, Brussels, to offer the resignation of his government to King Philippe of Belgium on Tuesday.

By Lorne Cook

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel submitted his resignation Tuesday amid pressure on his government after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for a United Nations compact on international migration.

Poll shows Hamas leader would win Palestinian elections

Palestinian Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh greeted supporters during a rally to commemorate the  anniversary of the Hamas militant group in the northern Gaza Strip.

A public opinion poll shows that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would lose to the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas if elections were held today.

On anniversary of China’s reforms, Xi doubles down on party power

China’s President Xi Jinping appeared on a big screen in Beijing Tuesday. Xi said that a country of China’s size and influence was right to hold “lofty aspirations.”

By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers

China’s leader used a key anniversary to argue that his recipe of guided growth under strong Communist Party control must not waver.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell get something right: criminal justice reform

It’s a rare day when both Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell earn praise for pushing forward bipartisan legislation.

Renée Graham

Trump is a better punchline than president, and he hates it

Host Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump during the

By Renée Graham

President Trump has no sense of humor.

Opinion | Ayanna Pressley, Darlene Lombos, and Jessica Tang

Governor Baker, it’s time to hold gas utilities accountable

FILE-- In this Sept. 13, 2018 file image taken from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume a home of Lawrence, Mass. police officer Ivan Soto in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston. Officials announced that most have been connected back to their service following the fires, explosions and loss of their main heating utility, but there are many issues which still need to be solved. (WCVB via AP)

By Ayanna Pressley, Darlene Lombos and Jessica Tang

The safety of our communities depends on the governor using his power to intervene with National Grid.

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Michael A. Cohen

President Trump’s house of lies

By Michael A. Cohen

Opinion | George Q. Daley, Ashish Jha, and Aaron Bernstein

Climate change threatens public health and doctors’ ability to provide care

By George Q. Daley, Ashish Jha and Aaron Bernstein

Metro

Adrian Walker

Tired of stepping over needles near school, students say enough

Roxbury, MA, 12/18/2018 -- Students at Orchard Gardens K-8 School including Sixth grader Sariah Gutirrez, 11 (C) protest the prevalence of needles around their school building. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 19walker Reporter:

By Adrian Walker

The students at the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School have been walking past used needles for years. They staged a dramatic protest about it Tuesday, with the support of parents, school staff, and neighborhood activists.

For pot shop opponents, Leicester’s traffic nightmare is a gift

Leicester, Ma., 11/26/2018, Traffic backs up on Main Street as cars wait in line to get to a parking lot and then get on a shuttle bus to ride to Cultivate to buy recreational legal marijuana. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

By Naomi Martin

The transportation snarls after Leicester’s marijuana store opened have reverberated across the state, changing the debate in communities where pot stores are proposed.

Harvard professor seeks records of Boston connection to Pentagon Papers

Historian and author Jill Lepore at Harvard University.

By Mark Arsenault

In 1971, two grand juries in Boston looked at leaks related to the Pentagon Papers, which detailed the US involvement in the Vietnam War. Records of those grand juries remain sealed today, and Harvard’s Jill Lepore wants them released.

Business & Tech

Ioannis Miaoulis, longtime Museum of Science president and director, to step down in January

Ioannis N. Miaoulis brought his sense of humor with him when he took the top job at the Museum of Science 16 years ago. Now, he says, he is seeking new challenges.

By Andres Picon and Michael Levenson

The former dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering is stepping down Jan. 31 after a 16-year tenure at the Museum of Science.

In landmark agreement, Mass., eight other states vow to cut transportation emissions

By David Abel

The states have agreed to work together to impose regionwide limits on transportation emissions, the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution.

Talking Points AM | Larry Edelman

What the Fed does next could save your 401(k) — or drive it even lower

Fed chairman Jerome Powell will be watched closely when he explains the Fed’s thinking on interest rates.

By Larry Edelman

The Federal Reserve is expected to nudge interests higher Wednesday. But what policy makers say about next year is more important and will set the tone for the stock market.

Obituaries

Lee Leonard, first host of ESPN, dies at 89

By Richard Sandomir

The urbane host of sports and entertainment programs introduced ESPN to a cable audience in 1979.

Penny Marshall, TV Sitcom Star and Hollywood Director, Dies at 75

By Anita Gates

Penny Marshall, the nasal-voiced co-star of the slapstick sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” and later the chronically self-deprecating director of hit films like “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” died Monday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 75.

Sports

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

The Patriots better watch out for the teams below them in the AFC playoffs

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) looks to the sideline before huddling with teammates in the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

By Ben Volin

The Ravens, Colts, and Titans are all 8-6, and the suddenly wide-open AFC race is where we start our Week 15 Review.

dan shaughnessy

Don’t forget about the Patriots’ mojo factor

Pittsburgh, PA 12-16-18: The final score is visible as the final seconds tick off the clock in New England's 17-10 loss. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12,left) heads to midfield to meet with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with teammate J.C. Jackson (27) is at right. The New England Patriots visited the Pittsburgh Steelers in a regular season NFL football game at Heinz Field. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Dan Shaughnessy

Just when all hope is lost, the football gods shine on the House of Kraft.

Frank Dell’Apa | SOCCER NOTES

What you need to know about Juan Fernando Caicedo, expected to be the Revolution’s next signing

Foxborough MA 03/10/18 New England Revolution opening day against the Colorado Rapids at the start of the second half of MLS Soccer at Gillette Stadium. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: Rapids-Revo pics reporter:

By Frank Dell’Apa

Caicedo can perform as a “No. 9” target forward, as well as striker, adept at finishing and also setting up teammates