Alright, I had another initial post draft written, but then I just found something:
wunderlisthelper will not die...
kill -9 will cause it to reopen with another pid. I keep hard killing it, and it keeps jumping to a new process.
91617 ?? 0:00.55 QA2G25RMZ4.com.wunderkinder.wunderlist-helper
What is this?
The initial prob is that shutdown/restart will work if not logged in, but will not work if logged into any account. I've tried MANY methods to solve the issue - nothing yet. All other diagnostics (hardware and software) are good.
Also fwiw there is some trouble with force-quit other apps, but maybe unrelated.