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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.

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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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/12/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/AFP_1BR17P.jpg Somerville becomes first city in Mass. to restrict e-cigarette sales

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.