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Clarence Smoyer waved as he rode in a Sherman tank to the Charlestown Navy Yard on Wednesday.

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‘Here’s an old friend. This tank saved my life’: WWII veteran rides on Sherman tank again

Clarence Smoyer was a gunner on tanks with the Third Armored Division in the drive into Germany. Now 95, he had the chance to ride on one again in Charlestown on Wednesday.


// Instead of running in 2020, these Democratic hopefuls should just stay home

Tally up all the candidates announced and rumored and you’ve got a field so sprawling that it makes the unwieldy 2016 Republican primary feel intimate.

// ‘The Maine electorate has had it with her’: Constituents turn on Susan Collins

Lately the Maine senator is inspiring the kind of liberal animus typically directed at people named Trump.

Mueller is said to be nearing end of his investigation into Trump and Russian interference

Justice Department officials believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller is completing his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and expect a report in the coming days.

// As clergy abuse summit begins, survivors say Vatican must act

Bishops and Catholic leaders from around the world, including Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, are meeting in Rome for the three-day summit.

// Toll from natural gas disaster in Merrimack Valley passes $1 billion

Columbia Gas’ parent company said its cost could keep growing and that it is seeking to settle the numerous lawsuits filed against it.

The Nation

Mueller is said to be nearing end of his investigation into Trump and Russian interference

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russia investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington. - An explosive report from BuzzFeed News alleging that US President Donald Trump directed his lawyer to lie to Congress is

By Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey and Matt Zapotosky

Justice Department officials believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller is completing his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and expect a report in the coming days.

Self-proclaimed white nationalist planned mass terror attack, government says

In an image from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of mixed ammunition, displayed in a photo that was included in a court filing. The cache of weapons was recovered from the home of Christopher P. Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist. A court filing called him a domestic terrorist. (U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland via The New York Times) -- FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

By Lynh Bui

The suspect, a Coast Guard lieutenant, called for ‘‘focused violence’’ to ‘‘establish a white homeland’’ and dreamed of ways to ‘‘kill almost every last person on earth,’’ according to court records filed in US District Court in Maryland.

Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Can’t Return Home, Pompeo Says

By Rukmini Callimachi

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that a woman born in the United States who joined the Islamic State four years ago did not qualify for citizenship and had no legal basis to return to the country.

The World

The Forbidden City Offers a Rare Nighttime Glimpse of China’s Imperial Past

By Claire Fu

BEIJING — The Forbidden City has not really been forbidden to the public for decades, except in one respect. It was closed at night to all but the privileged few — until this week.

Italy’s checking if NKorean envoy’s daughter was forced back


Italy is investigating if the daughter of a former North Korean diplomat posted to Italy had been forcibly returned to Pyongyang after her parents disappeared in an apparent defection, the Italian foreign minister said Wednesday, as lawmakers and rights activists demanded to know what happened to her.

Egypt executes 9 over 2015 assassination of top prosecutor


Egypt on Wednesday executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country’s top prosecutor, security officials said.

Editorial & Opinion


Voter ID laws aren’t worth fighting over

In this Nov. 8, 2016, photo, a voter fills out his ballot at the Wilson School House in unincorporated Wilson, Idaho. Donald Trump’s victory came as a surprise to many Americans, the nation’s pollsters most of all. Heading into Election Day, most national surveys overstated what will likely be a narrow popular vote advantage for Hillary Clinton and led many to believe she was a shoo-in to win the Electoral College. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

By Jeff Jacoby

A sweeping new study finds no evidence that requiring voters to show ID before voting suppresses minority turnout.


Beacon Hill can reform secret court hearings, and it should

Two bills before the Legislature could reform clerk-magistrate hearing system of “secret courts.”


Is there a rift between Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Pope Francis?

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 12: Pope Francis greets Archbishop of Boston, Franciscan Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley during an Eucharist celebration at the St. Peter's Basilica on December 12, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass in St Peter's Basilica to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Photo by )

By Joan Vennochi

Is Cardinal Sean O’Malley trying to rescue the pope — or replace him?

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Opinion | Jesse M. Fried and Charles C.Y. Wang

Senators take aim at the buyback boogeyman

By Jesse M. Fried and Charles C.Y. Wang


MBTA, union officials quietly renegotiating pension fund amid budget gaps

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 8/31/2018: State of MBTA facilities

By Matt Stout

The discussions are moving slowly, according to one union negotiator. But what they ultimately produce could reshape the T’s finances and pension system for years.


Instead of running in 2020, these Democratic hopefuls should just stay home

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on December 01, 2018 shows top L-R: former US Vice President Joe Biden on December 13, 2016, in Washington, DC; US Senator Cory Booker on January 11, 2017, in Washington, DC; US Senator Kamala Harris on May 5, 2018, in Los Angeles; US Senator Elizabeth Warren on November 28, 2017, in Washington, DC; Bottom L-R: US Senator Sherrod Brown on February 1, 2017, in Washington, DC; US Senator Bernie Sanders on May 23, 2017, in Washington, DC; Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke on June 23, 2018, in Tornillo, Texas; United Nations Secretary-general envoy for climate action, Michael Bloomberg, on March 22, 2018, in Brussels. - As US President Donald Trump faces intensifying scrutiny about possible connections to Russia, opposition Democrats are looking to 2020, and who might challenge the controversial leader for his job. (Photos by AFP)MANDEL NGAN,TASOS KATOPODIS,CHRIS DELMAS,SAUL LOEB,ZACH GIBSON,PAUL RATJE,LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images

By Nestor Ramos

Tally up all the candidates announced and rumored and you’ve got a field so sprawling that it makes the unwieldy 2016 Republican primary feel intimate.

State emergency management director to leave after nine years

Governor Charlie Baker (left) and MEMA director Kurt Schwartz surved damaged caused by tornado in Concord.

By Matt Stout

MEMA is responsible for ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, according to its website.

Business & Tech

Kane’s starts making doughnuts off Route 1 — next to the Orange Dinosaur

Saugus, MA - 2/13/19 Head baker Rigoberto Cartagena (cq) flours dough on the sheeter. Kane's Donuts (cq) is opening a new location in Saugus, near the orange dinosaur. (The shop and the dinosaur date from the 1950s.) Co-owner and president Paul Delios (cq) said the expected hard opening will be by March 1. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: Kane's Reporter: Jon Chesto

By Jon Chesto

Doors open to the public next week. But the road here began back in the summer of 2016, at a fund-raiser that auto mogul Ernie Boch was holding for his Music Drives Us charity.

Walsh announces 459 new affordable housing units across Boston

Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration announced Wednesday more than $26 million in funds to support affordable housing projects, including 459 new units across seven neighborhoods.

By Max Reyes

A lion’s share of the funding for the city’s new units — $18 million — comes from the Community Preservation Fund, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Wednesday.


Settlement may be near for Quebec-to-Mass. power line

Hydro-Quebec aims to deliver power to Massachusetts. Above, its Manicouagan-2 dam.

By Jon Chesto

If you want to build a massive power line through northern New England, it sure helps to get the Conservation Law Foundation on board.


Don Newcombe, fierce Dodger hurler who broke bats and barriers, dies at 92

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, left, congratulates pitcher Don Newcombe after an 8-0 win against the New York Giants, at the Polo Grounds in New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/Matty Zimmern, File)

By David Marino-Nachison

The hard-throwing ace, one of the first black players in the major leagues, won the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Cy Young awards.

Wallace Broecker, who helped popularize term ‘global warming,’ dies at 87

By Harrison Smith

Wallace Broecker was a geochemist who issued early warnings on global warming and later developed a sweeping, widely accepted model for how the oceans circulate heat and affect the Earth’s climate

‘Small Island’ author Andrea Levy dies of cancer at age 62

British author Andrea Levy in 2005.

Ms. Levy’s novel “Small Island” won accolades for her story about the Windrush generation of immigrants that came to Britain from the Caribbean.



Red Sox-Yankees should be intense this year, and other thoughts

New York 10/08/18: Red Sox Xander rounding third base to score in the fourth inning. New York Yankees hosted the Boston Red Sox in game three of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Dan Shaughnessy

The teams start things off in Florida Saturday, and there will be a lot more to come in 2019.

Deaf basketball tournament a unique opportunity for student-athletes to compete on equal playing field

Framingham 02/15/19 The Marie Philip School for the Deaf at The Learning Center for the Deaf hosted the Eastern Schools for the Deaf basketball tournament. Marie Philip played against the Horace Mann School for the Deaf from Boston. Philip players and coaches put their hands together at the end of the game after beating Horce Mann. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

By Jenna Ciccotelli

“There’s always that clear communication that’s going to happen, because it’s our language, it’s our league. Everyone is really able to enjoy that, and it’s 100 percent accessible through [American Sign Language].” — Marie Philip School AD David Del Pizzo


Kyrie Irving in no mood to explain conversation with Kevin Durant

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 17: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics and Team LeBron drives the ball against Team Giannis in the first quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

By Gary Washburn

In a video, an animated Irving is seen talking to Durant in the tunnel before the All-Star Game.

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