Mass. health spending rises, led by Medicaid costs

The soaring costs of insuring the state’s poorest residents drove health care spending here up nearly 5 percent in 2014.

Aisling Brady McCarthy was in court in Woburn on July 30.

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Nanny returns to Ireland after murder charge is dropped

Aisling Brady McCarthy didn’t make any comments Wednesday upon her arrival at Shannon Airport.

Murderer promises victim’s family he won’t seek parole

A sobbing Marvin Cathey told the state parole board he wants to spend the rest of his life incarcerated.

Julie Tamayo, 21, of Brookline prayed at the Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua in Downtown Crossing on Tuesday.

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Catholics in Boston applaud Francis’ call for compassion

Pope Francis told priests that they should treat women who have undergone abortion with forgiveness.

Jeb Bush spoke to reporters following a event with high school students in Miami, Fla., on Tuesday.

In new ad, Jeb Bush paints Donald Trump as a liberal

“He’s not conservative. . . . He doesn’t have a record,” Bush said of Trump, the surprise front-runner in the GOP campaign.

Scores of Mass. children mistreated in foster homes

More than 180 children were abused or neglected while in state custody last year, according to a state report.

// Family of slain N.H. woman urges public to offer information

Denise Robert was shot and killed Sunday night while walking in Manchester, N.H.

// Winchester schools, popular principal reach settlement

Parents and students had fought to keep Winchester High School principal Sean Kiley, previously placed on leave, in the job.

// Officer is killed near Chicago, spurring manhunt

Authorities were searching for three suspects after an officer in Fox Lake, Ill., who was pursuing them was shot dead.

Second grader Aiden Greene, 7, practices his dance moves before a GoNoodle break during the first day of class at Salemwood School in Malden.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Back to school scenes from Malden and Brockton

Globe photographers captured that hopeful but nervous back-to-school feeling at a Malden school and a Brockton barber shop.

Since Kerry Healey became its president, Babson College has been ranked at or near the top of Money magazine’s rankings of colleges in the country.

Shirley Leung

After politics, Healey finds her higher calling at Babson

Kerry Healey is an interested spectator in the presidential race even as she builds an impressive record as president of Babson College.

Rick Porcello had a career-high 13 strikeouts in the loss to the Yankees.

Yankees 3, Red Sox 1

Rick Porcello impresses in Red Sox’ loss

The veteran righthander fanned a career-high 13 in another impressive outing, but New York prevailed.

Bicyclists and vehicles crossed the Longfellow Bridge from Cambridge into Boston.

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opinion | JEFF JACOBY

Urban roads aren’t meant for bicycles

Cyclists and traffic don’t mix. It’s not just foolish to pretend otherwise. It’s deadly.

Judge Richard M. Berman enters federal court in New York on Monday.

Deflategate ruling coming by Friday, judge says

It remains to be seen whether Tom Brady will be in action for the Patriots’ Sept. 10 opener against the Steelers at Gillette Stadium.

A composite image of the unidentified girl.

Girl found on Deer Island spent time in New England

New isotope analysis test results suggest that Baby Doe likely spent time in New England and other locations across the country.

President Obama spoke with the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska, as a backdrop.

With Alaska glacier as backdrop, Obama talks about climate change

President Obama visited a melting glacier to reinforce his call to action on climate change.

In Allston, more Christmas wishes may be coming true

The pickings were more bountiful on Tuesday as students continued to move in and out ahead of the school year.

If you think it’s especially hot in the city, you’re right

Asphalt and black rooftops contribute to urban heat, a study shows, while suburban trees and vegetation help cool things down.

The Big Picture

Globe photos of the month for August 2015

A look at some of the best images taken by Boston Globe photographers in August.


// A crash course on meditation via smartphone

Health coaching startup Change Collective offers meditation for the wary technologist.


Crux | John L. Allen Jr.

// Reflections on a daring double play by the ‘Pope of Mercy’

On Tuesday, Francis reached out to women who have had abortions as well as the Society of St. Pius X.