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Brown criticizes efforts to register welfare recipients

The US senator said the state welfare department sent voting registration forms to 478,000 people as a ploy to boost the ranks of Democratic voters and benefit his rival, Elizabeth Warren.

Romney ad targets Obama’s stance on welfare reform

Mitt Romney’s campaign paints President Obama as a proponent of government handouts who has long opposed work requirements for those who receive welfare.

Boston starter Josh Beckett gave up eight runs in five innings against the Rangers.

Rangers 10, Red Sox 9

Red Sox lose slugfest at Fenway

Josh Beckett gave up eight runs in five innings as the Red Sox lost two of three to the Rangers and six on this 10-game homestand.

The sun sets in Pleasant Plains, Ill., in July.

July was hottest US month on record

Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the continental United States, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

Kerri Walsh Jennings (left) and Misty May-Treanor of the United States celebrated after winning the women's beach volleyball gold medal match.

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Women’s Beach Volleyball

May-Treanor, Walsh Jennings win third straight gold

The pair won beach volleyball gold after beating fellow Americans April Ross and Jennifer Kessy.

Allyson Felix (second from right) won the women’s 200-meter sprint.

Allyson Felix of US wins women’s 200-meter sprint

Felix passed Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica down the stretch to win, while American Carmelita Jeter took bronze.

Kirsten Amann says at first she was reluctant to write a book about racy cocktails, but then remembered that cocktails are supposed to be about having fun.

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The saucier side of getting sauced

Kirsten Amann’s new book is a trip through an array of X-rated cocktails, including the “Hanky Panky” and the “Walk of Shame/March of Glory.”


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PGA Championship

Keegan Bradley’s whirlwind rookie season included a win in the PGA Championship, which he hopes to defend this week.

Keegan Bradley’s ego in check, but his game is huge

The Hopkinton product is at the top of the PGA pyramid, but is proudly connected to his modest roots as he defends his PGA Championship title.