Brown closes in on Shaheen in N.H.

Scott Brown is catching up to Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in a Senate race that has become increasingly nasty and expensive.

Seventy percent of unenrolled voters have not yet decided on a candidate.

Capital poll

Coakley holds slim edge over Baker

The Globe poll suggests a race that could tilt in either direction based on the campaigns’ maneuvers in the coming weeks.

Man allegedly shoots his daughter, 6 grandchildren in Florida

A man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a North Florida home Thursday, authorities said.

Senate approves plan to train Syrian rebels

Both Massachusetts senators voted against the measure, which now heads to President Obama for his signature.

Suffolk DA hires dog to comfort people in distress

Indy, a two-year-old golden retriever and Labrador mix, is the first “facility dog” in a New England governmental agency.

A ballot box was emptied at a counting center in Aberdeen, Scotland.

After vote on independence, Scotland awaits results

As the polls closed and the vote counting began, there was a quiet thrill of history in the making on the fog-shrouded streets of Edinburgh.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning had strong but constructive comments about the recent events in the NFL. Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Thoughts on Roger Goodell, Derek Jeter, and other hot topics

Picked-up pieces from the sports world, which include the question: Is Jeter second greatest big league shortstop of all-time?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/greenhouse_18suffolk-5_metro.jpg Suffolk Downs slams panel’s ‘empty posturing’

The gambling panel said it would explore options to preserve horse racing in the state, drawing a rebuke from the racetrack in Revere.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/catholic150-1495.jpg Are gay Catholics welcome in the church or not?

Catholic teaching on homosexuality, which prohibits sex between two people of the same gender, is black and white.