Militants pressed for ransom before killing James Foley

The United States refused to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom for the release of the N.H. reporter.

James Foley wanted to report from the world’s danger zones.

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Obituary

James Foley, exemplar of bravery to many, dies at 40

“He just had this gene that didn’t know fear,” a friend of Foley said.

Boston firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire at 105 Murdock Street.

Firefighters battle four-alarm blaze in Brighton

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene and transported to local hospitals, the department said.

William H. Macy of “Shameless” is nominated for a lead comedy actor award at the Emmys and “Orange is the New Black” has 12 comedy nominations this year.

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Matthew Gilbert | Critic’s Notebook

Emmy categories fail to measure TV’s complexity

The Emmy Awards need to evolve to suit the times, maintain our trust, and avoid sliding into pointlessness.

This year, Bill Belichick just might have created his ideal old-school defense.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Bill Belichick has built an old-school defense

Outside of Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork, there’s few players who won’t be asked to play multiple positions this season.

This undated photo provided by Samaritan’s Purse shows Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife, Amber.

US doctor who had Ebola has recovered, aid group says

At least one of the two US aid workers who were infected was to be discharged from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., held roses as they demonstrated for justice after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

In Ferguson protests, teens seek a wider justice

Michael Brown’s death has deepened the stress of being young black teens living in areas of concentrated poverty and crime.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/21/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/airbnb150-4332.jpg Airbnb to get a closer look from Boston City Council

After settling its dispute with parking app Haystack, the City Council is now looking into “for-profit lodging in personal residences.”