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With retirement, many are making it up as they go

After becoming bored in retirement, Ron Cohen took a job at the Y, where he and his wife, Susan, a teacher, are members.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Many older people don’t know when they — or their partners — will retire, or what they’ll do after. And economic volatility adds to the uncertainty.

Maine Governor-elect Janet Mills greeted supporters recently. Mills has vowed to expand Medicaid coverage for poor Mainers.

After eight years of LePage, Maine will soon see changes

Janet Mills, who sparred with Paul LePage as attorney general and will become the state’s first female governor, has promised in a more civil tone.

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President Trump said parts of the government will stay shut as long as Democrats refuse to approve money for more barriers on the US-Mexico border.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/Northampton_Salon_01.jpg Some employers are raising the minimum wage to $15 — four years early

Massachusetts begins its march to a $15-an-hour minimum in 2023 with a hike to $12 Jan. 1, but a number of businesses aren’t waiting.

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The local Board of Health voted last week to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes in stores that are open to youth, a move that will effectively pull the products from convenience store shelves.

The Nation

Shutdown will continue until Democrats provide border money, Trump says

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military stationed in Guam, Bahrain, Qatar, and in Alaska, from the Oval Office of the White House, on Christmas morning, in Washington, Dec. 25, 2018. (Al Drago/The New York Times)

By Darlene Superville

President Trump said parts of the government will stay shut as long as Democrats refuse to approve money for more barriers on the US-Mexico border.

Another migrant child dies in US custody after crossing border

Relatives and neighbors of 7-year old Jakelin Caal, who died in a Texas hospital after being taken into custody by border agents, viewed her body in the village of Raxruha in Guatemala on Monday.

By Lenny Bernstein and Robert Moore

8-year-old migrant dies in US custody on Christmas Day

Girl who spoke to Trump still left milk and cookies out Christmas Eve

President Trump spoke on the phone to share updates on Santa's movements from the North American Aerospace Defense Command Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve.

By Darlene Supervill

In a call, President Trump told the 7-year-old it was “marginal” for a child of her age to still believe in the jolly old elf.

The World

Pope Francis, in Christmas Day message, emphasizes ‘fraternity’

Pope Francis delivered his Christmas Day message from the main balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

By Jason Horowitz

Pope Francis used his annual Christmas Day address Tuesday to voice his conviction that all humans are part of an extended holy family.

Clashes erupt as Sudanese march on presidential palace

By HAMZA HENDAWI

Police used tear gas and fired in the air Tuesday to disperse thousands of protesters attempting to march on the presidential palace to demand that Omar Bashir, Sudan’s president of 29 years, step down, according to activists and video clips posted online. Organizers say hundreds were injured and at least eight received gunshot wounds.

Report: Israeli attack near Syrian capital wounds 3 soldiers

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters raised the opposition flag as they arrived in the border rebel-held town of Qirata on Sunday.

By Bassem Mroue

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Israeli airstrikes targeted three positions south of Damascus.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

Trump’s dangerous blunder in Syria endangers US ally

YURI GRIPAS/BLOOMBERG/FILE

Even those who support a troop withdrawal from Syria would agree that it should be done carefully: you can’t have an exit strategy without a strategy.

Metro

With retirement, many are making it up as they go

After becoming bored in retirement, Ron Cohen took a job at the Y, where he and his wife, Susan, a teacher, are members.

By Robert Weisman

Many older people don’t know when they — or their partners — will retire, or what they’ll do after. And economic volatility adds to the uncertainty.

After eight years of LePage, Maine will soon see changes

Maine Governor-elect Janet Mills greeted supporters recently. Mills has vowed to expand Medicaid coverage for poor Mainers.

By Michael Levenson

Janet Mills, who sparred with Paul LePage as attorney general and will become the state’s first female governor, has promised in a more civil tone.

Essex, Suffolk sheriffs ask to join addiction treatment program for inmates

Sheriff Kevin Coppinger was told last month to provide methadone to a prospective inmate.

By Felice J. Freyer

Although the sheriffs said they had long wanted to do this, recent legal actions may have added pressure to act now.

Business & Tech

The People of Pot

For physician, cancer battle inspired cannabis company

“It’s good karma to help other people,” said Dr. Karen Munkacy, a cancer survivor turned founder, president, and CEO of Garden Remedies Inc.

By John Hilliard

Dr. Karen Munkacy, founder of Garden Remedies Inc., has become a strong proponent for marijuana legalization.

Some employers are raising the minimum wage to $15 — four years early

Melanie Warner left works on her hair cutting techniques with educator/stylist Alex Paulsen at Salon Herdis in Northampton, Mass. The owner of Salon Herdis is pre-emptively raising the wages of entry-level employees.

By Katie Johnston

Massachusetts begins its march to a $15-an-hour minimum in 2023 with a hike to $12 Jan. 1, but a number of businesses aren’t waiting.

Global growth looks to be slowing; White House denies US economy has peaked

Traders worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on Monday.

By David J. Lynch

Economic growth is slowing all around the world.

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Sports

Celtics 121, Sixers 114 (OT)

Celtics fend off Sixers in OT on Kyrie Irving’s heroics

Boston MA 12/25/18 Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving reacting after making a three point basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during overtime period of NBA action at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Adam Himmelsbach

Kyrie Irving had 40 points and 10 rebounds, and hit two critical 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes of the extra session.

Ben Volin | On Football

The No. 1 seeds in the NFL playoffs sure look vulnerable

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley (17) fumbles as he is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Justin Coleman, left, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Seattle. The Seahawks recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

By Ben Volin

Is anyone feeling confident about the Chiefs and Saints with the way each team is currently playing?

Patriots notebook

Josh McDaniels had a few things to say about the Patriots’ pass distribution

Foxborough, MA 12/23/18- The New England Patriots Chris Hogan celebrates with teammate James White after White’s 27 yard touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills during second quarter NFL action at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018.(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)

By Nicole Yang

Receivers Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett combined for zero receptions on zero targets against the Bills on Sunday.

Wednesday Food

The 2018 Boston-area restaurant awards

The interior of Chickadee in Boston’s Seaport.

By Devra First

From a restaurant pushing the Seaport’s boundaries to a Peruvian party in Somerville to an adult snack bar near Fenway Park, these are the places that stood out this year.

NAMES

Steve Carell still loves lamp

AM06 (Left to right) Brian Fantana (PAUL RUDD), Ron Burgundy (WILL FERRELL), Champ Kind (DAVID KOECHNER) and Brick Tamland (STEVE CARELL) celebrate being San Diego’s top-rated news team in DreamWorks Pictures’ comedy film

By Lillian Brown

The “Welcome to Marwen” star shared the origin of his famous “Anchorman” line.

Names

Felicity Jones strives to do justice to Ruth Bader Ginsburg in film

Felicity Jones, who plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the movie

By Lindsey Bahr

The British actress, fresh off the Star Wars film ‘‘Rogue One,’’ had been looking for a project about a woman and her career. “On the Basis of Sex,” about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was the perfect fit.