Gay marriage backers victorious in Irish referendum

Michael Barron (left) and his partner, Jamie Nanci, embraced Saturday at a ballot counting center in Dublin. Supporters on both sides of the spectrum predicted that Irish voters had approved gay marriage, becoming the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote.

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Leaders on both sides of the campaign declared the result, even as ballot counting continued Saturday.

// Senate rejects bill to end NSA collection of phone records

The move increases the likelihood that the controversial surveillance program will expire at month’s end.

SJC asked to settle tax tiff

The House asked the state’s top court to weigh in on the Senate’s budget, which could help determine how much residents pay.

Valuable prints have been reported missing or misfiled from the Copley Square branch of the Boston Public Library.

Lax security cited in artworks’ disappearance

Sinclair Hitchings, who oversaw the Boston Public Library’s prints for 43 years, said the library has relaxed its security protocols.

Competitors jockeyed for position at last month’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Calif., one stop on the IndyCar Series calendar of street races that next  year will include Boston.

Indy-style race could serve up crowds, revenue

“This event will be a litmus test for the City of Boston and its Olympic bid,’’ a racing executive said.

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Boston commuters love to walk to work

The city has the highest rate of commuters who walk to work, out of 30 of the biggest cities in America.

// Silent for decades, underground theater set to be revived

Steinert Hall is one of the most intriguing secrets of the city. A new owner could restore it to its former glory.

The landmark Gay Head Light is the only lighthouse in the nation with a history of Native American keepers.

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Meet the builder who is moving historic Gay Head light

Jerry Matyiko is trying to save the 159-year-old — and still functioning — lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard.

Democratic hopefuls are fighting for the scraps of the spotlight from Hillary Rodham Clinton in New Hampshire.

In N.H., Democrats fight to get out of Clinton’s shadow

As Hillary Clinton completed her much-publicized second trip to N.H., her likely Democratic rivals are still fighting to be known.

The Save the Harbor/Save the Bay report said the waters off South Boston (above) and Revere were the cleanest.

Report gives Boston-area beaches high marks

Boston’s beaches boast some of the cleanest waters of any US urban beach — including Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.

Artist Patrick Dougherty (right) and volunteer Scott Froeschl checked out Dougherty’s “Stickwork” sculpture in Salem.

Sculpture in Salem ‘sticks’ with you

“Stickwork,” an outdoor sculpture commissioned by the Peabody Essex Museum, opens to the public Saturday but has already been a draw.

Beck performs at Boston Calling on May 22nd. (Ben Stas)

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Scenes from Boston Calling Music Festival

The event at City Hall Plaza ramped up Friday with Beck and other musical acts.

// Woman fights medical marijuana firing

She had told her future boss about her use. But when she tested positive on a drug test, she was terminated.

Right fielder Rusney Castillo made his season debut for the Red Sox on Friday night.

Red Sox seek a spark from newly promoted Rusney Castillo

Castillo was promoted from Triple A on Friday and then inserted into the starting lineup, but the move didn’t help the club’s fortunes.

Josh Duggar.

TLC pulls ‘19 Kids and Counting’ amid molestation allegations

TLC pulled the series from its schedule after reports of sexual misconduct allegations against Josh Duggar from when he was a juvenile.

The Big Picture

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Oil spill in California

The governor declared a state of emergency after about 105,000 gallons of oil were spilled, affecting nine miles of the scenic coast.