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Stocks hit 20-month low as D.C. turmoil weighs on markets

President Trump’s attack on the Federal Reserve spooked financial markets and sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average down around 650 points.

METHUEN, MA - 06/25/2018 Bernadette Coughlin stands in her living for a portrait nearly one month after she fell and broke her wrist while at work. After the fall, Bernadette was required to take a drug test and her occasional recreational marijuana use led to a positive result. She then lost her job. Erin Clark for the Boston Globe

Erin Clark for the Boston Globe

Companies couldn’t fire workers for off-hours marijuana consumption under proposed law

A bill Senator Jason Lewis plans to introduce next month would only allow employers to fire workers who show up high.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/KREITER12212018noFB2-001.jpg These Facebook holdouts are very glad they stayed away

With scandals plaguing Facebook this year, those people who never joined the social media platform think they made the right decision.

Kevin Spacey.

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Kevin Spacey faces criminal complaint in alleged sex assault at Nantucket bar

The actor is scheduled to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on Jan. 7.

The Nation

Trump tweets away, as allies question his leadership

President Donald Trump makes a statement on the possible government shutdown before signing criminal just reform legislation in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By Katie Rogers

The president modified his favorite campaign slogan in a defensive response to a shifting worldview Monday, tweeting “AMERICA IS RESPECTED AGAIN!”

Texas tent city housing 2,500 migrant children plans to close in January

Teen migrants walk inside the detention camp in Tornillo, Texas.

By Miriam Jordan

BCFS, the shelter operator that has run the encampment in Tornillo, Texas, said the expectation was that by Jan. 15 all 2,500 children would be on their way to a parent or sponsor in the United States.

North Korea ordered to pay Otto Warmbier’s family $501 million

FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. A federal judge has ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)

By Matthew Haag

The American college student died last year after suffering a severe brain injury while detained in North Korea.

The World

Militants storm Afghan offices in Kabul, kill at least 43

People run away from the site of a clash between insurgents and security forces in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. Police have cordoned off the area in the east of the capital Kabul as they battle to gain control of the situation. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

By Mujib Mashal and Fatima Faizi

The attack lasted at least five hours and shattered a period of relative calm in the Afghan capital.

Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts largest Christmas in years

Palestinian scouts march through town ahead of midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally recognized by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018. Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

By Isabel Debre

Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the city’s largest Christmas celebration in years.

1 broken drone, no video, 2 suspects released: Gatwick episode doesn’t add up

Passengers at Gatwick airport waited for their flights following the delays and cancellations brought on by drone sightings near the airfield, in London last Friday.

By Ceylan Yeginsu

The fact that Gatwick is one of the most heavily surveilled strips of land in England left the lead investigator questioning whether drones were in fact involved at all.

Editorial & Opinion

Editorials

The most-read Globe editorials of 2018

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gives his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump nominee was narrowly confirmed after explosive Senate hearings on allegations of sexual harassment and assault stemming from his high school and college years. (Saul Loeb/Pool Image via AP)

The Boston Globe’s Editorial Board dealt with a range of topics during 2018, from Brett Kavanaugh, to President Trump’s attacks against the press, to the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal.

Opinion | Kenneth Rogoff

Has peak cryptocurrency already come and gone?

By Kenneth Rogoff

The right way to think about cryptocurrency coins is as lottery tickets that pay off in a dystopian future.

Opinion | Niall Ferguson

2018 — the year that went back in time

Self-styled Dutch positivity guru Emile Ratelband answers questions during an interview in Utrecht, Netherlands, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. For Ratelband age really is just a number. In a legal battle that is stretching the debate about just how far a person can go in changing his or her identity, the sixty-nine-year-old television personality has asked a Dutch court to officially change his biological date of birth to make him 49. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

By Niall Ferguson

The year 2018 will be remembered for our collective attempt to make believe that it is in fact 1973.

Metro

Kevin Spacey faces criminal complaint in alleged sex assault at Nantucket bar

Kevin Spacey.

By Matt Rocheleau and Jaclyn Reiss

The actor is scheduled to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on Jan. 7.

Companies couldn’t fire workers for off-hours marijuana consumption under proposed law

METHUEN, MA - 06/25/2018 Bernadette Coughlin stands in her living for a portrait nearly one month after she fell and broke her wrist while at work. After the fall, Bernadette was required to take a drug test and her occasional recreational marijuana use led to a positive result. She then lost her job. Erin Clark for the Boston Globe

By Dan Adams

A bill Senator Jason Lewis plans to introduce next month would only allow employers to fire workers who show up high.

Kevin Cullen

This veteran hit bottom, and then got back up

Casady Roy’s spiral into drug abuse began after he got back from a deployment to Afghanistan with his National Guard unit.

By Kevin Cullen

Casady Roy knows he’ll always be an addict, always in recovery, and he can deal with that because he knows the alternative.

Business & Tech

Another year, another round of wacky business tales

By Jon Chesto

Here’s a look back at the stories that had us wondering, chuckling, or running out to buy some Donut Fries.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Strong economy vs. shaky leadership: What does that mean for 2019?

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: President Donald Trump is displayed on a screen on the floor to he New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), December 20, 2018 in New York City. The Dow Jones industrial average continued its tumultuous week, closing down over 460 points on Thursday, one day after the Federal Reserve raised the interest rate. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Neil Irwin

Sometime in the last couple of months, predictions of a major economic downturn or recession in 2019 went from being a crank view to the conventional wisdom.

Breaking up (with Facebook) is hard to do: Here’s how

Facebook. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Andrew Harrer

By Barbara Ortutay

Every relationship has a breaking point. Even yours with Facebook.

Obituaries

Peter Masterson, a ‘Best Little Whorehouse’ creator, dies at 84

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” a bawdy Broadway musical, ran for 1,584 performances and inspired a film version.

By Richard Sandomir

Mr. Masterson co-wrote and co-directed the bawdy hit Broadway musical and later directed “The Trip to Bountiful” from a screenplay by Horton Foote, a distant cousin.

James Rogers, utility chief and clean energy advocate, dies at 71

Mr. Rogers lobbied for stricter regulation of greenhouse gases.

By Julie Creswell

As chief executive of Duke Energy, Mr. Rogers emerged as one of the industry’s most passionate supporters of sustainable energy

Justin Cartwright, lauded South African expatriate novelist, dies at 75

By Richard Sandomir

Mr. Cartwright said his books were largely about people struggling to find their place in the world.

Sports

Tara Sullivan

Would anything surprise you with this Patriots team?

Tom Brady passed for 126 yards Sunday vs. the Bills.

By Tara Sullivan

With one week left in the season, we are looking at one of the most confusing editions of the Belichick-Brady reign.

Joe Sullivan | College basketball

Here’s how things shape up now that college basketball conference play is starting

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 20: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils tips the ball into the basket during the second half of the game against Texas Tech Red Raiders during the Ameritas Insurance Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

By Joe Sullivan

From the America East to the West Coast Conference and all points in between, league play is the thing.

NFL NOTEBOOK

Embattled Jets coach Todd Bowles unfazed by speculation

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

New York’s game against the Patriots on Sunday could be his final one on the Jets sideline.

Tuesday Stories

TV Critic’s Corner

Some merry TV marathons to spread holiday cheer

There’s a “M*A*S*H” marathon Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. on TV Land.

By Matthew Gilbert

There is nothing like relaxing to beloved shows playing over and over on linear TV. It’s a different kind of watching: daze-watching.

Love Letters

Holding my tongue around my fiance’s sister

By Meredith Goldstein

Since then, every interaction has been a relentless onslaught of backhanded compliments about my looks, the food I make, the wedding venue, my planning of the wedding, you name it.