Tsarnaev friend, former roommate testify at trial

In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov (left), a college friend of Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is depicted listening to testimony by FBI Special Agent Phil Christiana.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?s former roommate at UMass Dartmouth testified at the obstruction trial of Azamat Tazhayakov.

DCF hires more than 230 workers, interim chief says

The child welfare agency also plans to hand out 2,300 iPads so social workers can file reports from the field.

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As militants unleashed rockets on Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel mobilized forces along the border for a possible ground invasion.

Germany?s Andre Schuerrle celebrates scoring his team?s sixth goal against Brazil.

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Live updates | Germany 7, Brazil 1

Germany wins big over Brazil

Follow the Globe?s live updates and commentary as the teams play for a spot in the World Cup final.

Jeff Fleury (left) and Cooper Arnold watch a shot during the Eastern Massachusetts Championships of disc golfing at the Pye Brook Park Course in Topsfield.

Disc golf taking off in New England

Like all deceptively simple games, the devil is in the details. Formalized in the 1970s, the sport has been growing exponentially ever since.

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The school president sought a religious exemption to federal regulations banning anti-gay discrimination.

The smallpox virus.

Decades-old vials of smallpox found in storage room

The freeze-dried smallpox samples were found in a cardboard box in a Maryland research center.


Book Review

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The book is less about celebrities than it is about what it?s like to be 30, semi-employed, and trying to get pregnant.