Haiti health workers say 13 children died in residence fire

A fire swept through a Haitian children’s home run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing 13 children, health care workers said Friday.

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Amid protests, Portugal lawmakers vote to allow euthanasia

Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday in favor of allowing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.

UK patient plays violin during unusual brain surgery

Surgeons at King’s College Hospital in London removed a brain tumor from a woman who played the violin during the procedure.

This photo taken on February 18, 2020 shows medical personnel walking among patients with mild symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus resting at night in the temporary Fangcai Hospital set up in a sports stadium in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. - The death toll from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped past 2,000 on February 19 after 136 more people died, with the number of new cases falling for a second straight day, according to the National Health Commission. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

China’s virus center vows no patient unchecked as cases fall

The city of Wuhan, where the new form of coronavirus emerged, was in the final day of a campaign to root out anyone with symptoms whom authorities may have missed so far.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2020. There are 316 days left in the year.

Love Letters

Should we get married?

Is being married dramatically different from being in a long-term relationship?

German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature

A German court has decided a Duesseldorf dog dispute, ruling Monday that not only size matters in determining whether a dog is officially “miniature.”

Home quarantine for travelers buys time as new virus spreads

With attention focused on quarantined cruise ships and evacuees housed on US military bases, those in their own homes have largely escaped notice.

Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade.

Virus cases surge after China revises way count is tallied

China reported a surge in deaths and infections from a new virus Thursday after changing the way the count is tallied, further clouding an epidemic that has stirred fear as it spread to more than two dozen countries.

Love Letters

I’m worried about her after the breakup

Don’t get me wrong, I am hurting about the breakup, but she is probably worse off having heightened emotions.

Pentagon says 109 troops suffer brain injuries from Iran strike

The number of US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries has shot up to more than 100, the Pentagon said Monday, as more troops suffer the aftereffects of the Iranian ballistic missile attack early last month in Iraq.

China’s virus death toll surpasses SARS’, but new cases fall

New cases were reported in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Britain, and Spain. More than 360 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China.

Air Force suicides surged last year to highest in 3 decades

Suicides in the active-duty Air Force surged last year to the highest total in at least three decades, even as the other military services saw their numbers stabilize or decline, according to officials and unpublished preliminary data.

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Puppies play in a cage at a pet store in Columbia, Md. A federal judge on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 threw out a lawsuit that challenged Maryland’s newly enacted ban on the sale of dogs and cats by retail pet stores, a statute billed as a check against unlicensed and unsanitary

Judge upholds Maryland ban on pet stores’ sale of cats, dogs

A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit that challenged Maryland’s newly enacted ban on the sale of dogs and cats by retail pet stores, a statute billed as a check against unlicensed and unsanitary “puppy mills.”

Woman apologizes for claiming pet store caused dog’s death

A woman whose dog died during a grooming at a PetSmart store in New Jersey is now apologizing for blaming the store for the death.

Advocates allege ICE disregarding symptoms of sick child, 5

A 5-year-old boy from Guatemala who fractured his skull in an accident and suffered bleeding around his brain is not being properly treated at an immigration detention center in Texas for what could be a traumatic brain injury, family members and advocates have alleged.

HONG KONG, CHINA - FEBRUARY 03: Medical workers hold a strike near Queen Mary Hospital to demand the government shut the city's border with China to reduce the spread of the coronavirus on February 3, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong has 15 confirmed cases of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with over 17,000 confirmed cases around the world, the virus has so far claimed over 300 lives. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

China opens virus hospital; market plunges as toll grows

China opened a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into its tumbling financial markets, and further restricted people’s movement in sweeping new steps Monday to contain a rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact.

Ed Markey discusses response to coronavirus

Democratic US Senator Ed Markey discussed steps he thinks the federal government should take to address the threat of a new virus Sunday, the day after confirmation of the first case in Massachusetts.

Reclaimed wood’s

There’s a resurgence in using it for everything from ceiling beams to feature walls, furniture, flooring, or exterior cladding.Get more design inspiration at realestate.boston.com.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announces new travel restrictions in Washington on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. In reaction to the novel coronavirus that was deemed a public health emergency by the World Health Organization, the Trump administration will put into place temporary travel restrictions that will bar entry into the United States by any foreign national who has traveled to China in the past 14 days, administration officials announced on Friday. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)

US, others impose restrictions as virus toll spikes further

China reported Saturday that 259 people have died of a new virus, which has now infected nearly 11,800 people.

American dies of volcano eruption injuries

An American husband and wife have now both died from injuries suffered in a New Zealand volcanic eruption, authorities said Thursday, leaving behind twin 6-year-old girls and an 11-year-old boy.

View of St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on January 24, 2020 where a Chicago woman affected by the coronavirus is treated in isolation. - Officials announced the second confirmed case of coronavirus in the United States is a woman in the Chicago area. (Photo by Derek R. HENKLE / AFP) (Photo by DEREK R. HENKLE/AFP via Getty Images)

US reports 1st case of person-to-person spread of new virus

Health officials Thursday reported the first US case of person-to-person spread of the new virus from China.

A plan chartered by the US government to bring US citizens back from China arrived in Anchorage on Tuesday.

Americans from China virus zone evaluated at military base

The 201 Americans evacuated from the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak are undergoing three days of monitoring at a Southern California military base to make sure they do not show signs of the virus, officials said Wednesday.


Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.


Boyfriend’s politics might be a deal-breaker

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 file photo taken from a helicopter shows Ain al-Asad air base in the western Anbar desert, Iraq. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

Pentagon says 50 troops suffered brain injuries in Iran strike

The Pentagon on Tuesday raised to 50 the number of US service members who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran’s missile strike earlier this month on an Iraqi air base. Thirty-one have returned to duty.

Love Letters

I’m ready to get divorced

He comes home from work, eats, and isolates himself from the rest of the family for hours. He doesn’t even come to bed until long after I have fallen asleep.

BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 26: A health worker checks the temperature of women entering the subway on January 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of coronavirus rose to 1,975 in mainland China on Sunday. Authorities tightened restrictions on travel and tourism this weekend after putting Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, under quarantine on Thursday. The spread of the virus corresponds with the first days of the Spring Festival, which is one of the biggest domestic travel weeks of the year in China. Popular tourism landmarks in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, and The Palace Museum were closed to the public starting Saturday. The Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced it will delay reopening schools from kindergarten to university. The death toll on Sunday rose to 56. The majority of fatalities are in Wuhan where the first cases of the virus were reported last month.(Photo by Betsy Joles/Getty Images)

Arizona, California cases push US tally of new virus to 5

The United States has five confirmed cases of the new virus from China, all among people who traveled to the city at the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday.

Top Arizona court: Divorced woman can’t use frozen embryos

A woman can’t use her frozen embryos to have a baby over opposition from her ex-husband under terms of the contract they signed with a fertility clinic, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Lee to pitch sweeping abortion bans in Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he wants to enact some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, which would include banning women from undergoing the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Discredited conversion therapy banned in conservative Utah

The discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children is now banned in Utah, making it the 19th state and one of the most conservative to prohibit it.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Ask Amy

Dating Prince Charming necessitates love contract

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Love Letters

How do I move on from a three-year relationship?

Any ideas about how to move on and feel less sad?

US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala

The US government says it will deport a Honduran mother and her two sick children, both of whom are currently hospitalized, to Guatemala as soon as it can get them medically cleared to travel, according to court documents and the family’s advocates.

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Clones help famous elm tree named Herbie live on, for now

A massive elm tree nicknamed Herbie is long gone, but it is going to live on, thanks to cloned trees that are being made available to the public.

Ask Amy

Online bully embarrasses family

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Relative: Woman rescued from snow after 6 days has dementia

A stepdaughter of a woman who survived six days in her snowbound SUV in Northern California says she suffers from dementia.

Utah stops distribution of condoms with cheeky slogans

An HIV-awareness campaign featuring condom wrappers with cheeky slogans that put a sexy spin on state pride met a quick end in Utah as the governor ordered the health department to stop distributing them.

Not easy being green: North Carolina dog births unique puppy

The Avengers may have gained a canine sidekick after a North Carolina family’s dog gave birth to a bright green puppy named “Hulk.”

Woman who fed vultures, gators settles lawsuit for $53,000

A Florida woman who fed vultures, alligators and other wildlife behind her gated-community home has agreed to pay $53,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by homeowners association.

German parliament votes against new system for organ donors

German lawmakers on Thursday rejected a proposal that would have made most people potential organ donors unless they objected, instead backing a less radical plan to tackle a shortage of donor organs.

Ask Amy

Enjoy the lunch, but hold the private details

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

She isn’t ready to date

I won’t go into specifics, but she isn’t quite ready to date and wants to work through her issues.

Wong Ka-hing, the controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health held a Wuhan Municipal Health Commission press statement of the new type of coronavirus, during a press conference at the Health Department in Hong Kong on Saturday.

Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China

A Chinese visitor to Thailand has been confirmed to be infected with a new strain of coronavirus that has been linked to a pneumonia outbreak in central China, health officials said Monday.

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012, file photo, suspected illegal immigrants are transferred out of the holding area after being processed at the Tucson Sector of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. A years-old lawsuit challenging detention conditions in several of the Border Patrol’s Arizona stations will go to trial Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, as the agency as a whole has come under fire following several migrant deaths. The lawsuit was first filed in June 2015 and applies to eight Border Patrol facilities in Arizona where attorneys say migrants are held in unsafe and inhumane conditions. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Suit over Border Patrol detention conditions goes to trial

A years-old lawsuit challenging detention conditions in several of the Border Patrol’s Arizona stations will go to trial Monday as the agency as a whole has come under fire following several migrant deaths.


Boston Wine Festival underway at Boston Harbor Hotel

More than 350 guests attended the opening reception, which featured pours from around the world.

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In 2013, the Globe took an in-depth look at the disease, the patients, the debate, and the science.


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After a breakup, is it better to hold onto relics from the relationship, or to dump them?

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An architect turns his old barn in Newport, Rhode Island, into a light-filled multipurpose haven for family and guests.


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