Galvin faulted on rules for lobbyists

A judge ordered Secretary of State William F. Galvin to cover $100,000 in attorneys’ fees for lobbyists who challenged his interpretation of the state’s ethics laws.

Police searched the neighborhood in SWAT vehicles for a second suspect after the Dorchester shooting.

2d suspect still at large in Dorchester shoot-out

A terrifying burst of violence left one man dead, two police officers wounded, and shattered the calm of a summer day.

// Tsarnaev friend tells of beliefs in conspiracies

Tamerlan Tsarnaev clung to strong views that were probably influenced by propaganda, said a confidant.

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// Red Sox win on Drew’s 9th-inning home run

Stephen Drew hit a three-run home run to rally the Red Sox past the Astros and help Boston win two of three in Houston.

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Police: At least 4 dead in Dallas-area shootings

A suspect is in custody in a series of shootings in the Dallas area, police said early Thursday.

Carol R. Johnson began clearing out and reorganizing her office Wednesday prior to her retirement as school superintendent.

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Uncertainty for schools as superintendent retires

Boston Superintendent Carol R. Johnson has been relinquishing more control to John McDonough, who will serve in the position in the interim.

The Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World, returned to Plymouth after getting  the first repairs in a seven-year effort to get it in shipshape for the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower’s 1620 voyage.

Mayflower II returns to Plymouth after 8-month overhaul

Hundreds cheered after the ship returned from repairs to get it ready for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing.

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Perilous rolls of the dice

These are supposed to be the lazy days of summer. But for all those players with ponies in the race for Mass. gambling licenses, this week has to be extremely not relaxing.

Judge rules that utility profits too high

A federal judge ruled that utilities should receive fewer guaranteed profits for building transmission lines, which could save Mass. customers $50 million a year.


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// The concierge doctor is in

Health care from “retainer” doctors may not be for everyone, but it’s a trend that might catch on.


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Red Sox DH David Ortiz fouled off a pitch during Wednesday night’s game.

David Ortiz fired-up lately

The passion has been flowing. Ortiz’s hits have been hard. His outs have been hard. If it wasn’t for that darned shift, he’d likely would be hitting 20 points higher.

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State-run medial showed weapons and gas masks, as well as corpses, at the ambush site.

Syrian troops ambush, kill more than 60 rebels

Syrian troops ambushed a large group of rebels trudging through what once was a secret route through a desert road northeast of Damascus, killing more than 60.


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A child played with an iPad. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood challenges claims that apps for tablets and smartphones can teach young children.

Benefit of mobile apps for toddlers questioned

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a Boston-based group, filed a complaint with the FTC alleging baby app developers are trying to dupe parents.


Rooms full of traditional or modern furniture have been replaced by a new sensibility.

Fall decor forecast: eclectic, with personality

Rooms full of traditional or modern furniture have been replaced by a more eclectic sensibility, interior decorators and designers agree.