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Dorchester killings were gang-related, police say

Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said at least one of the three women fatally shot in a car on Sunday was “targeted.”

Mass. jobless rate rises to 6.1%

The rise from June’s rate of 6 percent was the first increase in the state unemployment rate since October 2009. Employers also added 1,600 jobs in July.

Seven US troops killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down a NATO helicopter, killing 11 people on board, including seven American service members.

Boston-area hospital bosses earn up to $3 million

Chief executives mostly earned packages between $1 million and $3 million in 2010, and several received bonuses for attracting more patients, improving care, or for taking the job.

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrived by bus to speak at a campaign event at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Obama’s costly investment not yielding new voters

In 10 key states, voter registration trends show scant evidence that the president’s effort to bring in new voters is paying off.

Friday Preview | Movie Review

// Whitney Houston brings luster to otherwise dull ‘Sparkle’

Dominated by Houston’s performance, “Sparkle” is a better movie than the 1976 girl-group drama that inspired it.

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// Should Bulger judge recuse himself?

Richard G. Stearns’s prosecutorial career and friendship with the FBI director raise a legitimate question about whether he can be impartial in “Whitey” Bulger’s trial.

// Red Sox worried about leaks

Team officials and players are asking how details of a private meeting became fodder for an explosive Yahoo! Sports story.



Ryan Higginson sports a casual look while hanging at Emerald Lounge with Megan Demianiuk (left) and Jill Miller.

Hot spots try to get guys to improve their style

In Boston, where pulling on a clean Tom Brady jersey counts as dressing up for a lot of guys, a handful of restaurant and bar owners around the city are trying to turn that around.