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Syrian troops renew shelling of Homs

Syrian government forces pounded areas in the central province of Homs on Sunday, and activists said at least 38 people were killed in shelling in the past 24 hours.

Police: 3 killed in shooting near Auburn

A gunman opened fire at an apartment complex near Auburn University, killing three people and injuring three, authorities said.

Taunton approves casino proposal

Voters endorsed the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s proposal to build a $500 million gambling resort in a nonbinding referendum on Saturday.

In a world of super PACs, Mitt Romney rules

The other GOP contenders’ backers raised not nearly as much, and President Obama, long a harsh critic of super PACs, only recently urged his supporters to get into the game.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Young adults put buying a home on backburner

The number of 25-to-34-year-olds owning homes in Massachusetts dropped 20 percent between 2005 and 2010, according to the US census.

Tyler Moore scored Washington’s third run, in the seventh inning, on a double by Danny Espinosa.

Nationals 4, Red Sox 3

Red Sox lose again to Nationals

The Nationals scored a run in the ninth to finish a three-game sweep of the Red Sox, sending them to their fifth loss in six games and two games below .500.

Sunday baseball notes

// Managers at the top of Major League Baseball

Don Mattingly has the overachieving Dodgers buying into his philosophies. Check out the rest of Nick Cafardo’s top 10.

Audra McDonald, left, as Bess and Norm Lewis as Porgy in the musical “The Gershwins’ Borgy and Bess.”

Critic’s Notebook

Identity quest drives Tony nominees

The challenge of trading in an old self for a new one lies at the core of a striking number of this season’s Broadway shows.

A Rorschach test image


What the Rorschach tells us

They’re not ink blots, they’re paintings. And they’re a window into an important change in society, says Peter Galison.


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On Baseball

Daisuke Matsuzaka, in the final year of his six-year deal, looked devastating at times Saturday, with eight strikeouts over a five-inning stint.

Red Sox rotation needs Dice-K, and more

After watching the Nationals the last two days, and Daisuke Matsuzaka on Saturday, it’s abundantly clear: The Red Sox need a No. 1 starter.


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Job seekers crowded booths at a job fair in Weifang, China. Demand for skilled labor has risen as the population has shifted to the cities.

China’s population shift has far-reaching effects

The county’s economic slowdown has deepened — underscored by the cut in interest rates by the Chinese government — with implications for the global, national, and Mass. economies.

Nation & World

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Spain to accept European economic bailout

The struggling nation will use up to $125 billion to try to stabilize its cash-starved banks after increasingly desperate calls from world leaders to accept the money.


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Young readers’ (nonrequired) summer books list

School is out and for book lovers summer vacation means piles of paperbacks, a well-stocked ereader, and daily trips to the library.