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Intense shelling in Daraa, Syria kills 17

Meanwhile, in Damascus, residents spoke of shooting and explosions in the worst violence the capital has seen since the uprising began.

Leading unions vow to fight deal to curb teachers’ seniority

The organizations oppose a deal that would allow managers to prioritize teacher evaluations over seniority when making staffing decisions.

Maria Sharapova celebrated after defeating Italy's Sara Errani in the women's singles final at the French Open.


Maria Sharapova wins French Open

Sharapova defeated Italy’s Sara Errani in straight sets to become just the 10th woman to win all four major tournaments in her career.

Immigration key in Romney drive for Hispanic votes

Hispanic advisers have counseled the Republican to soften the rhetoric on immigration that he adopted during the Republican primary race.


‘Car Talk’ reaches the end of the road

Brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, co-hosts of the long-running public radio show, said Friday they will stop producing new programs in October.

Stephen Strasburg whiffed 13, the most for a visiting pitcher at Fenway in more than a decade.

Stephen Strasburg’s Fenway debut left a striking impression

Strasburg had an arsenal of unhittable pitches, most of which the Red Sox futilely swung and missed at anyhow.

Drivers near Suffolk Downs faced a fuel truck (right) crossing the intersection at Route 1A. Traffic has been a problem.

Flyover sought to ease proposed Suffolk Downs casino traffic

The track would build a two-lane flyover on the northbound side of Route 1A, as well as add lanes, lights, and other improvements.

John Spooner in his office, which is liberally decorated with clippings and photos..

The wisdom of John Spooner

The Boston investment adviser and bestselling author talks life, love, and absurdity.

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US apologizes for civilian deaths in Afghan strike

US Marine General John Allen spent several hours with local Afghans to express his regrets about Wednesday’s predawn raid to capture a Taliban operative.