Rand Paul defends campaign during N.H. swing

The US senator from Kentucky isn’t worried about his current poll numbers. The campaign is playing the long game, aides add.

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Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its aborted bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli celebrates his solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Boston, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Red Sox would love to move Mike Napoli

The Sox would take a return similar to what they got for Shane Victorino.

A castor aralia seedling appeared on the UNH campus.

Tom Lee/University of New Hampshire

Invasive tree taking root in N.H. may trace back to Harvard

The Arnold Arboretum distributed specimens of the exotic plant as part of its centennial celebration in 1972.

The new Windows 10.

Tech Lab | BetaBoston

With Windows 10, Microsoft gets back on track

After one of the biggest fiascos in its history, Microsoft is back on track with its new operating system.

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If you want to receive help from Worcester public housing, you’ll need to get a job, go to school, or get out.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/shooting-tease-8500--90x90.jpg Cincinnati officer facing murder charge in killing

A prosecutor said the University of Cincinnati officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/officer1.jpg Medford mayor promises ‘decisive action’ after taped stop

Detective Stephen LeBert stopped a motorist while off duty and said he could “put a hole” in the driver’s head.

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Joyce Mitchell’s favors grew bigger and riskier as did the stakes of their relationship, she reportedly told investigators.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/Par8239366.jpg Debris found examined for links to missing Malaysia plane

A large object that appeared to be an airplane part washed up on the shore of Réunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean.

Mourners gather at Dorchester vigil for slain mother

Luz Sanchez, foreground, mother of shooting victim Grisel Sanchez, attended a vigil Wednesday night, hugging unidentified friend. Grisel Sanchez's daughter, Idalys Vasquez, is pictured at far left.

Family, friends, police officers, and elected officials attended the event in memory of Grisel Sanchez.

BETABOSTON

HubSpot fires marketing chief, sanctions CEO

The moves at the Cambridge firm come amid allegations that the two improperly tried to obtain a draft manuscript of a forthcoming book.

The Deflategate ruling

Foxborough, MA - 07/29/15 - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made a statement before New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took the stage this morning. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Shalise Manza Young, Topic: 30Patriots, LOID: 8.1.2440736326.

Ben Volin | on football

Brady, Kraft explanations have inconsistencies worth exploring

While the owner and quarterback offered passionate responses to the NFL’s decision on Deflategate, they weren’t totally convincing.

“I was wrong to put my faith in the league,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said at a press conference Wednesday morning.

Robert Kraft blasts NFL over Deflategate penalty

Patriots owner Robert Kraft returned to a defiant tone against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and gave his support to Tom Brady.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/03lunch03.jpg Boston eyes healthier food options in public schools

Officials are considering a broad overhaul of food service at public schools in Boston.

Swimmer pulled from water by firefighter and Milton teens dies

A drowning man who was pulled from the waters off a South Boston beach by an off-duty firefighter and three teenagers from Milton has died.

Suit against Harvard, Brigham and Women’s is dismissed

In 2014, the hospital and medical school launched a review into allegations that two scientists falsified or fabricated data.

Taunton officials seek creators of online page with nude photos

Officials want the creators of an anonymous Facebook page prosecuted for posting nude photos of underage girls.

Planned Parenthood ‘fully compliant’ with law, Healey says

The attorney general’s office conducted an inquiry of the state Planned Parenthood in response to videos related to fetal tissue donation.

The Big Picture

A boy plays during breaktime at the Senator Obama primary school in the village of Kogelo, west of Kenya’s capital of Nairobi on July 16. US President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia this month.

Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

The Big Picture

Obama’s ancestral home

President Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia this month. His ancestral home of Kogelo is home to Sarah Hussein Obama, his step-grandmother.

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The company’s new storefront borrows heavily from Somerville-based e-commerce site The Grommet.

Crux

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/29/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/christians150-904.jpg ‘Kandhamal’ tells whole story of anti-Christian persecution

What happened to the Christians of Kandhamal, India, in 2008 almost defies belief. Here are six of their stories.