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DACA showdown, govt shutdown could harm Dems

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Forcing a government shutdown over immigration could backfire on Democrats by jeopardizing their political standing even further with coveted union members who jumped parties in droves to back President Trump.

Kalter: Mild head hits linked to CTE

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Boston University researchers have found that even mild hits to the head can cause degenerative brain disease — giving more weight to the mounting claims that children should not play contact sports.

Boston, Somerville prime for Amazon final push

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Amazon’s coveted HQ2 could be coming to Boston or Somerville and the region’s power brokers are set to unleash a full-scale sales pitch to help land the $5 billion, 50,000-job prize.

Carr: Worcester DA’s office has a bad case of deja vu

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There comes a night when the best get tight, Rudyard Kipling once wrote, and that night came Monday for a thirsty payroll patriot by the name of John A. O’Leary of Bolton.

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Battenfeld: Congress shouldn’t get paid till there’s a budget

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If Congress can’t avert a government shutdown, make them pay.

For couple’s kids, ‘neglect became abuse’

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for months at a time and forbidding them from showering more than…

ICE raids possibly on horizon

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Amid nationwide fears of large-scale immigration raids — seen as imminent in California — Bay State pro-migrant groups are gearing up to respond to any ICE sweeps in the commonwealth.

Ex-N.J. Gov. Christie visits Boston fantasy sports giant DraftKings

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose last day in office was Tuesday, showed up in Boston yesterday and paid a visit to the offices of local daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings.

State education commissioner finalists under the microscope

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Bay State businesses, education experts and parent groups are lining up behind the finalists for the state education commissioner job and readying to make the case for who they believe is best suited to lead schools in Massachusetts.

Construction employee dies in Gloucester workplace accident

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A 27-year-old landscaper was killed in Gloucester yesterday in what authorities are calling an apparent construction accident.

Boston beer hall up for sale

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Boston’s only German beer hall could be facing a last call for “ein bier, bitte.”

MSPCA on hunt for purloined feline

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A 2 1⁄2-month-old kitten named Caramel was stolen from an adoption center in Methuen yesterday, and the culprit is still on the loose.

Edouard C. LeFevre, lawyer, of Boston

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Edouard C. LeFevre of Boston died Saturday.

Diving deep into local pluses, minuses

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Boston and Somerville are going up against 19 other cities and regions in the race for Amazon’s HQ2. Here is what Boston has going for it, and some challenges officials may try to avoid talking too much about.

Texan faces charges in ATM robbery spree

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A 29-year-old Dallas man is being held on $500,000 cash bail, accused of carrying out a string of ATM thefts in the Bay State last May with five other Texans.

Marine Corps vet John J. Sullivan, 88, of Rockland

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John J. “Jack” Sullivan of Rockland, formerly of Weymouth, a Marine Corps vet, died Sunday. He was 88.

Rival bidders say they can deliver

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Finalists in the billion-dollar rush to land Amazon’s second headquarters said Boston is a very competitive city, but they can offer a more diverse workforce and affordable housing — plus they’re ready to sweeten any deal with incentives.

Swampscott mourns music teacher felled by outbreak

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The Swampscott school district is remembering a 68-year-old music teacher who died suddenly Wednesday of complications from the flu as a devoted educator who loved and inspired her students.

Crime victims ‘have a right to speak,’ high court rules

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Victims can still recommend punishment for criminals in sentencing hearings, and judges can consider their views, the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled, turning down a constitutional challenge to the practice.

Making the cut

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Amazon’s second headquarters is expected to employ as many 50,000 people.

Carr: RMV, the Pearly Gates for illegal immigrants

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She was only selling illegal immigrant heroin dealers the driver’s licenses that Americans could no longer be bothered selling.

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The Latest: Panel postpones interview with Trump aide Hicks

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WASHINGTON — The Latest on investigations into Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia (all times local):; 4:10 p.m. The House Intelligence Committee's private interview with President Donald Trump's longtime spokeswoman Hope Hicks has…

Olympic gymnasts recount horror of abuse at Nassar sentencing

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LANSING, Mich. — U.S. Olympian McKayla Maroney said being sexually assaulted by a Michigan sports doctor who molested her and other gymnasts scarred her mind in ways that may never heal.

Rhode Island officials don't regret Amazon bid

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island has been knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, but state officials say it was worth putting in a serious bid.

Prosecutor: Parents chained children for months at a time

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for months at a time and forbidding them from showering more than…

Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks

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PHOENIX — A serial killing suspect shot and killed nine people, including his own mother, and used a victim's gun in some of the slayings that unfolded in a three-week span late last year, authorities said Thursday.

The Latest: Couple plead not guilty to torture of children

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Latest on the torture and abuse case against the parents of 13 children and young adults in California (all times local):; 2 p.m. The parents of 13 children and young adults have pleaded not guilty in a California…

Congress nears showdown votes on averting federal shutdown

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WASHINGTON — A divided Congress barreled toward a possible election-year government shutdown Thursday, facing showdown votes in the House and Senate to keep federal offices open and hundreds of thousands of workers on the job.

Trump wades into PA race seen as test of GOP strength

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CORAOPOLIS, Pa. — President Donald Trump waded into a potentially risky race on Thursday, throwing his support behind a Pennsylvania Republican in a contest widely viewed as a test of whether his party can stave off Democratic 2018 gains.

Ex-Trump aide was subject of arrest warrant at White House

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungarian police had an arrest warrant open for Sebastian Gorka during the eight months he spent as a national security aide to U.S. President Donald Trump.

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The Latest: Father doesn't believe son chained children

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LOS ANGELES — The Latest on the case against the parents of 13 children found malnourished, some chained to furniture, in their Perris, California, home (all times local):; 12:50 p.m. The father of the man accused by California authorities…

UK and French leaders reach border deal, disagree on Brexit

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CAMBERLEY, England — The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday against a military backdrop to pledge closer cooperation on defense, security and borders after Britain leaves the European Union.

The Latest: Trump campaigns, sort of, for PA lawmaker

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WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Pennsylvania (all times local):; 3:07 p.m. President Donald Trump is promising to return to Pennsylvania to campaign for a state lawmaker who's vying to keep a U.S. House seat in…

Governors ask Trump, Congress to do more on opioid crisis

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination…