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Questions surface over Kevin Spacey’s ‘secret court’ hearing

Kevin Spacey in 2016.

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Before Monday’s arraignment, the actor’s lawyers were given a special opportunity to have his case reviewed in a mini-trial-type setting where charges can be dropped out of public view.

Airbnb plans to begin selling multi-unit buildings and houses. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Waldo Swiegers

Mass. hosts scrambling to comply with tough new short-term rental rules

Hosts in Massachusetts are sorting through the new state regulations, even as Airbnb is set to release a study Monday highlighting the industry’s contribution to the state economy.

Representative Lori Trahan joined her husband, Dave, and their dog at their home. Their daughter Caroline, 4, is at left.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Lori Trahan helped set a mark for women elected to Congress. Here’s what makes her tick

In era of political fire-breathers, Trahan hews to moderation, in politics and tone.

National Security Adviser John Bolton

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Contradicting Trump, Bolton says no withdrawal from Syria until ISIS contained, Kurds’ safety guaranteed

John Bolton’s comments contradict Trump’s mid-December promise to bring troops home from Syria ‘‘now,’’ an announcement that surprised allies and advisers.

The Nation

Park Service takes ‘extraordinary step’ of dipping into entrance fees amid shutdown

Orion and Theo Simpson are sworn in as junior rangers by Dany Garcia, right, inside the Ernest F. Coe visitor Center in Everglades National Park, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Homestead, Fla. Garcia is being paid by the Florida National Parks Association to work in the center during the partial government shutdown. As the shutdown drags on, private organizations, local businesses, volunteers and state governments are putting up the money and manpower to keep national parks across the U.S. open, safe and clean for visitors. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

By Juliet Eilperin

In a statement Sunday, National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith acknowledged that the administration’s practice of keeping parks open but understaffed has become unsustainable at some of its most beloved sites.

Political Notebook

Nancy Pelosi tamps down talk of impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California on Capitol Hill during the opening session of the 116th Congress last week.

By Globe wire services

The House speaker said she’s waiting to hear the conclusions from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Trump heads to Camp David as shutdown enters third week

A woman walks past trash piled next to a garbage bin at Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Nonprofits, businesses and state governments across the country are paying bills and putting in volunteer hours in an uphill battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By Felicia Sonmez

Vice President Mike Pence, top White House officials, and senior congressional aides emerged empty-handed after more than two hours of negotiations on ending the stalemate.

The World

Contradicting Trump, Bolton says no withdrawal from Syria until ISIS contained, Kurds’ safety guaranteed

National Security Adviser John Bolton

By Karen DeYoung and Karoun Demirjian

John Bolton’s comments contradict Trump’s mid-December promise to bring troops home from Syria ‘‘now,’’ an announcement that surprised allies and advisers.

Ukrainian Orthodox Christians formally break from Russia

A family walks after a service in Kiev Pechersk Lavra, historic Orthodox Christian complex of the cathedrals and the monastery in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, during Orthodox Christmas Eve on January 6, 2019. - The creation of an Orthodox church in Ukraine independent of Moscow ends more than 300 years of Moscow domination after

By Carlotta Gall

The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians worldwide recognized the independence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formalizing a split with the Russian church to which it had been tied for more than four centuries.

Airstrike kills plotter of deadly bombing of USS Cole

The port side of the guided missile destroyer USS Cole was damaged after a terrorist bomb exploded during a refueling operation in the port of Aden in Yemen in October 2000.

By Eric Schmitt

The military’s Central Command said it had conducted a strike Tuesday in the Marib province of Yemen that targeted the militant, Jamal al-Badawi.

Editorial & Opinion

EDITORIAL

Let adult immigrant high schoolers in Boston graduate

Expanding the state’s capacity to offer English as a Second Language instruction should be a priority for Beacon Hill. In the meantime, Boston should do what it can to minimize the disruption to affected students.

Alex Beam

Are crosswords killing America?

Empty old wooden chess board

By Alex Beam

I know they are killing me.

Opinion | By Joseph E. Aoun

Boston is in a perfect position to become the AI capital of the world

3d rendering artificial intelligence brain or ai brain

By Joseph E. Aoun

The region’s extraordinary “BioBoom” has been the result of planning and partnership — and also political will.

Metro

Questions surface over Kevin Spacey’s ‘secret court’ hearing

Kevin Spacey in 2016.

By Matt Rocheleau

Before Monday’s arraignment, the actor’s lawyers were given a special opportunity to have his case reviewed in a mini-trial-type setting where charges can be dropped out of public view.

Golden Globes hosts Samberg and Oh do cute, and pull it off

This image released by NBC shows hosts Andy Samberg, left, and Sandra Oh at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

By Matthew Gilbert

Co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh’s easy camaraderie set the tone for the telecast.

Adrian Walker

Mitt Romney can’t give up his fondness for wiggle room

Senator Mitt Romney was all smiles last week on Capitol Hill.

By Adrian Walker

Romney is still the man we know from his years here: Brilliant, occasionally eloquent, a tad self-righteous, and, most of all, malleable.

Business & Tech

Affordable housing funds could get boost from developers under Walsh plan

By Tim Logan

It’s a key item on a lengthy list of legislation that Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration plans to push on Beacon Hill.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Did a bill signed by Trump kill one of Jeff Bezos’s Boston investments?

Sawyer was a high-performance manufacturing robot from Rethink, a company hit by tougher foreign-investor rules.

By Scott Kirsner

It sure seems that way.

Mass. hosts scrambling to comply with tough new short-term rental rules

Airbnb plans to begin selling multi-unit buildings and houses. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Waldo Swiegers

By Tim Logan

Hosts in Massachusetts are sorting through the new state regulations, even as Airbnb is set to release a study Monday highlighting the industry’s contribution to the state economy.

Obituaries

Roy J. Glauber, 93, who shared the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics

Dr. Glauber reacted to applause from colleagues after the announcement of his Nobel Prize in Physics in 2005.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Glauber had taught at Harvard University most of his career.

Christine McGuire, eldest sister in popular 1950s trio the McGuire Sisters, dies at 92

By Matt Schudel

The trio had a string of Top 20 hits in the 1950s that made them one of the most popular female singing groups of that time.

Eugeniu Iordachescu, Romanian engineer who saved churches from destruction

By Alison Mutler

Called “the guardian angel” of churches, Mr. Iordachescu devised a way to save historic buildings from being destroyed by Nicolae Ceausescu.

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Sports

KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

‘The onus is on me’: Charlie McAvoy opens up about getting set straight by Bruins team leadership

Second-year defenseman Charlie McAvoy said he needs to pay attention to details and become a better pro.

By Kevin Paul Dupont

McAvoy was tardy on two team-related occasions, so Brad Marchand set him straight.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK

January schedule looking favorable for Bruins

Boston-12/27/18 Bruins vs NJ Devils- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy looks up at the scorebaord after the Devils Nico Hischier scored in the 3rd period. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Kevin Paul Dupont

The Bruins stand a perfect 3-0-0 in 2019, with nine games left in January and only two of those somewhere other than TD Garden.

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris ready to get back in the lineup

By Gary Washburn

Kyrie Irving let it be known he wasn’t crazy about the collision with Marco Belinelli that left him with two scratched corneas.