Senate rejects latest measure to repeal Obamacare

The dramatic 49-51 vote around 1:30 a.m. once again spelled defeat for the GOP’s Obamacare repeal efforts.

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Senator John McCain of Arizona left the Senate chamber after voting.

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John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight overnight

A bold move by the nation’s most famous senator stunned his colleagues and possibly put the Senate on the verge of protracted bipartisan talks.

// How Hingham police say a fatal standoff unfolded

Incident reports released this week revealed new details about the 10-hour standoff that ended with the suicide of a 26-year-old man at his family’s home.

// Construction site met code before fire, but tougher measures may be pending

The Waltham apartment complex that burned did not have the type of proactive plan that can help prevent fires at construction sites, because the city did not require such plans in 2015.

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// An Army veteran who voted for the guy who says she shouldn’t serve

President Trump’s tweet not only purported to ban transgender people from serving, it insulted the service of veterans like Brianna MacKinnon.


// Why we should tell girls they’re ‘beautiful’ less often

Children’s concerns about appearance and body image can start as early as preschool, and parents might unwittingly fuel these unhealthy obsessions.

// Starbucks to shutter all Teavana stores as sales disappoint

The company reported disappointing global sales growth on Thursday, and said it will close all 379 Teavana locations over the coming year.

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Dunkin’ brewin’ up ‘on-the-go’ service

The company was focused on streamlining its operations to better establish itself as an “on-the-go” brand.

// Six months in, how is NBC Boston faring against its established rivals?

It’s been six months since NBC Boston launched, joining the city’s five other TV outlets, including WHDH-TV Channel 7.

// Fox News spends more than $100,000 to poke fun at NYT

Fox ran a full-page advertisement in the Times on Thursday, blurbing a recent review in the newspaper about “Fox and Friends.”

// Red Sox’ Sam Kennedy says Dennis Eckersley was owed an apology

Kennedy said he apologized to the NESN analyst after pitcher David Price verbally blasted him.

//[1].jpg At age 26, Ravens’ John Urschel retires from NFL to pursue PhD in math at MIT

A doctoral candidate in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Urschel already has nine published or accepted research papers to his name.

// Undrafted rookie’s TD catch leaves Patriots defense doing pushups

The undrafted free agent had one of the highlight plays during the Patriots’ practice Thursday.

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Is Anthony Scaramucci trying to out-Trump President Trump?

// DC lobbyists ready for ‘Hunger Games’ of tax code reform

As the GOP’s fight over health care drags on, businesses are salivating over the next item on the Trump agenda: a tax code overhaul.

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, medical marijuana is rolled into a joint in Belfast, Maine. The pot legalization campaign is pushing back against efforts for a 20 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales ahead of legalization in 2018. Lawmakers are pondering the best way to tax pot to bring in state revenue and discourage the black market. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)


Rewriting the pot law was a breeze compared to what comes next

Governor Baker is set to sign the recreational pot measure Friday, setting in motion a high-stakes, 11-month sprint to license retail establishments.

// SJC affirms ruling granting South Boston man new murder trial

Frederick Weichel, 65, was freed on bail in April after spending 36 years in prison for a murder he insists he didn’t commit.

// N.E. fentanyl deaths ‘like no other epidemic’

New England has the highest rate of fentanyl-related deaths in the nation, due mostly to Mexican cartels bringing in vast quantities of the synthetic drug.


// Travel company offers blind woman free trip

The chairman of Overseas Adventure Travel wrote a letter to JoAnn Becker to say he was “very sorry and saddened by the way our organization communicated with you.”

// Can Boston’s roads and trains handle the building boom?

The region is hungry for housing, but questions are mounting about the capacity of the transit system to handle so many more riders.

// Diver recounts dramatic rescue of boy after boat capsized

“The life preserver had the kid pinned against the floor of the boat . . . without an air pocket. I was able to reach him, to grab him,’’ Michael Margulis said.

// A man allegedly killed his wife on a cruise because she laughed at him

A Utah man told an acquaintance who later walked into the couple’s blood-splattered room that he did it because she laughed at him, FBI officials said.


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// Using CRISPR, scientists efficiently edit genome of viable human embryos

Some of the nation’s leading scientists have long warned against such work.

Real Estate

What does your money buy in Weymouth?

A sampling of the housing market here includes an antique with five fireplaces and a town house with a private courtyard.