British hostage appears in new ISIS video

The captive journalist, apparently reading from a script, warns America and its allies about heading into an unwinnable war.

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Major Michael Donahue, 41, was a 1990 graduate of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.

Evan Horowitz

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/horowitz-119.jpg What recovery? Mass. is going nowhere, slowly

Incomes should be rising and poverty declining, but that’s not happening in the state.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kibby150-10578.jpg Details in Abigail Hernandez case remain a mystery

Kidnapping suspect Nat Kibby, 34, has both a lengthy criminal record and a personal history of erratic behavior.

Rusney Castillo made his major league debut in the Red Sox’ 9-1 loss to the Pirates.

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Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Big expectations as Rusney Castillo makes Red Sox debut

None of us knows what Castillo will be. But there is a lot hoped for from the new Red Sox outfielder, who debuted Wednesday.

Piper Ryan Randall led a pro-Scottish independence rally in the suburbs of Edinburgh on Thursday.

As Scotland votes, 10 things to know about the referendum

What will happen if Scotland leaves the UK and reestablishes itself as a sovereign nation? Here are some possibilities.

Daily Dose

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/17/BostonGlobe.com/Boston/Images/0caf949b5aa24caa99bd3b9d38b3593e-0caf949b5aa24caa99bd3b9d38b3593e-0.jpg Do artificial sweeteners increase risk of diabetes?

Artificial sweeteners might actually set the stage for the development of diabetes.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/andy150-10600.jpg After 38 years, search for missing Lawrence boy renewed

Authorities conducted the most methodical canine search to date in Lawrence for Andy Puglisi, who was 10 years old when he disappeared in 1976.

Crux

//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.