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As shutdown continues, sides look for a way forward

The Senate adjourned after going into session Saturday as President Trump talked with GOP lawmakers, and Democrats and White House negotiators met. But the president tweeted that it may be “a long stay.”

Arielle McCain worked off an Amazon app, picking up packages in Everett and then delivering them in Cambridge.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

In a race against the clock — and gas gauge — Amazon driver brings you your packages

Arielle McCain is one of about 8,000 Flex drivers in Mass. They’ve collectively driven more than 9 million miles for the company since December 2016.

President Trump last month.

Chaos before Christmas for Trump

President Trump’s sophomore year is coming to a close with a news cycle that has been bruising and dramatic even by the standards of his freewheeling presidency.

State panel: Penalize drivers for pot like alcohol

Drivers who refuse a drug test after being pulled over would face the same penalty drivers get when they refuse a breathalyzer test: a six-month license suspension.

Some lucky Green Line passengers Friday were the first to ride on a new MBTA subway car in nearly a decade.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

At last, Green Line has a brand-new car

MBTA passengers on Friday had the chance to ride the first new MBTA subway car in nearly a decade. More new cars are expected on the Green Line over the coming months.

The Nation

Chaos before Christmas for Trump

President Trump last month.

By Jess Bidgood

President Trump’s sophomore year is coming to a close with a news cycle that has been bruising and dramatic even by the standards of his freewheeling presidency.

Trump resolute on wall as last-ditch talks fail to end budget impasse

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis

The federal government headed toward a partial shutdown late Friday night as White House officials and congressional leaders struggled to break an impasse over President Trump’s repeated demands for money to build a wall on the southern border.

A border wall by any other name . . . is steel slats?

A reinforced section of the border fence separates Mexico from the United States at Tijuana, Mexico.

By Jill Colvin

The “big beautiful wall” has now become “steel slats.”

The World

Pentagon considers using Special Operations forces to continue mission in Syria

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Eric Schmitt

The US commandos would be shifted to neighboring Iraq and “surge” into Syria for specific raids, according to two military officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Canada demands China release Canadians for the first time

By Rob Gillies

Canada moved away from diplomatic caution on Friday in the case of two Canadians who have been detained in apparent retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese tech executive.

Ireland releases ‘sobering’ contingency plan for no-deal Brexit

By Ed O’Loughlin

The Irish government has published a “sobering” contingency plan in case of a no-deal exit by Britain from the European Union, a move that officials say would hurt Ireland more than any other country in the bloc.

Editorial & Opinion

Letters

A look back at 2018, in our readers’ own words

A look back at letters to the editor gives us a snapshot of the year.

Metro

At last, Green Line has a brand-new car

Some lucky Green Line passengers Friday were the first to ride on a new MBTA subway car in nearly a decade.

By Adam Vaccaro

MBTA passengers on Friday had the chance to ride the first new MBTA subway car in nearly a decade. More new cars are expected on the Green Line over the coming months.

Lawmakers agree on benefits for locked-out workers, moving it closer to Baker’s desk

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo warned the legislation could affect unrelated businesses “by no fault of their own” who pay into the state’s unemployment system.

By Matt Stout

In a sparsely attended informal session, the House agreed to a Senate version of the bill despite reservations from House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

Grand jury convened to investigate death of 11-year-old Haverhill girl

By Laura Crimaldi

Investigators searched the Lawrence rooming house where Precious Wallaces fell fatally ill.

Business & Tech

Ink Block developer close to deal for MidTown Hotel

The deal for the MidTown Hotel site is expected to close in the first half of 2019, according to the First Church of Christ, Scientist.

By Tim Logan

National Development, which built the project on the old Boston Herald site, is close to a deal.

Chesto Means Business

Clean tech hiring shows a slowdown

The Solar Foundation recently reported its first nationwide decline in jobs since the group first started keeping tabs in 2010. Above: Solar panels covered a barn roof in Berlin.

By Jon Chesto

A primary culprit for the decline? The solar industry.

ON THE JOB

He’s a pinball wizard, really

Barry Brown checked out a pinball machine at Game Underground in Waltham.

By Cindy Atoji Keene

Repairing games and machines of the past still rings Barry Brown’s bell.

Sports

Bill Belichick on Josh Gordon: ‘I hope he’s able to deal with it successfully’

10/12/2018 Foxboro Ma- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (cq) speaking at a morning press- conference. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic:

By Andrew Mahoney and Matt Pepin

The Patriots coach spoke for the first time since the receiver announced his departure from the team and was suspended by the NFL.

nora princiotti

Patriots’ quarterback and coach express support for Josh Gordon

Foxboro-12/21/18 The Patriots held practice inside their field house. QB Tom Brady was tight lipped when asked whether he reached out to Josh Gordon when asked at his media availability. . Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Nora Princiotti

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick said they wished the best for the suspended receiver.

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

Dodgers trade Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp to Reds

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig (66) hits a three -run home run during the sixth inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee. The Dodgers shook up their National League-championship roster Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, trading Puig, Matt Kemp and left-hander Alex Wood and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for right-hander Homer Bailey. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

The Reds also got lefthander Alex Wood and cash in exchange for pitcher Homer Bailey and two prospects.

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