Buildings collapse, at least 44 dead as earthquake shakes Mexico

People looked for possible victims after an earthquake rattled Mexico City on Tuesday.

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A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing dozens of people, collapsing buildings, and causing widespread panic.

// Videos from Mexico show buildings collapsing, fixtures swinging

Dramatic video showed one mid-rise building collapsing into a cloud of dust amid cries from onlookers.

// Photos: Major damage in Mexico City following earthquake

Vehicles were crushed and people filled the streets after a large earthquake struck Mexico City Tuesday.

The key senators behind this last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare are Lindsay Graham (right) and Bill Cassidy.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

The GOP’s latest Obamacare repeal bill could devastate Mass.

The Cassidy-Graham proposal would sharply reduce the funding Massachusetts uses for Medicaid.

Pedestrians cross the Charles River on Moody Street in Waltham. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Business, baskink)

Real estate

Four Mass. communities ranked among the top places to live in US

Though no New England towns ranked in the top 10, four local communities made the top 100 in Money’s annual Best Places to Live list.

Alex Place of Milton and Kristine Acevedo of Dorchester staged a sit-in inside the lobby of the mayor’s office suite in City Hall Friday to press the mayor to debate his challengers.

Walsh declines to debate before Sept. 26 preliminary election

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh had said he would debate his opponents before the preliminary vote. Now he’s saying he won’t.

9/18/17-Springfield-Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni announces that Gary E. Schara, 48, of West Springfield, seen at left, has been apprehended as a suspect in the1992 slaying of Lisa Ziegert in Agawam. (Dave Roback / The Republican)

Gary Schara held without bail in 1992 rape and murder of woman in Agawam

The arraignment marks the first time a suspect faced a judge in the notorious case that has haunted Western Massachusetts for decades.

Attorney General Maura Healey is seeking information from five opioid manufacturers and three distributors.

Healey, other AGs expand opioid probe to include drugmakers, distributors

Attorneys general from 39 states, including Massachusetts, are targeting five drug manufacturers and three distributors.

// Harvard’s endowment posts 8.1 percent return, lagging behind peers

Harvard endowment, which funds 36 percent of the university’s operations, continues to face problems, the latest results show.

// Mass. high court says sobriety tests aren’t evidence for pot use

Field sobriety tests typically used in drunken driving cases cannot be used as conclusive evidence that a motorist was operating under the influence of marijuana, the SJC ruled.

Oysters are king at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, ME.

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The most exciting new eateries opening soon around Boston

They just keep opening! Here are some you should care about, and why.

// A look back at some of Rolling Stone’s iconic covers

News that Jann Wenner is selling his controlling stake in Rolling Stone marks the end of an era for a magazine that defined the counterculture of its time.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speculated that Gisele Bundchen prevented Tom Brady from attending a Patriots event at the White House because she was jealous of Brady’s relationship with President Trump’s daughter Ivanka.


Scaramucci has an outlandish theory about why Brady skipped the White House visit

Anthony Scaramucci speculated about the reason for Tom Brady’s absence from the Patriots’ visit to the White House.

The Trump presidency

// Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

President Trump told the UN that as president, he would always put America first, and issued a stern threat to North Korea in his first speech to the body.

// Trump lawyer’s statement to media derails Senate meeting

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said they ‘‘declined to move forward’’ with the closed-door staff interview and will schedule an open hearing instead.

President Trump gave his first speech as president to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

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So about Trump’s UN speech today...

Here’s a breakdown of what we heard and what it might mean.

Marshall Longhorns football players during a break from practice in Marshall, Texas, Oct. 20, 2016. Tackle football is making a comeback among Marshall youths, despite the well-known safety risks associated with playing at such a young age. (Brandon Thibodeaux/The New York Times)

Study links youth football to greater risk of later health problems

A Boston University study found greater risks of brain-related problems from playing tackle football before age 12.

Hurricane Maria

People walk by a fallen tree off the shore of Sainte-Anne on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, early Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, after the passing of Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Dominique Chomereau-Lamotte)

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Puerto Rico faces direct hit from Category 5 Maria

Hurricane Maria is expected to slam Puerto Rico “with a force and violence that we haven’t seen for several generations,’’ an official said.

// Are we really having more hurricanes than usual this year?

While there’s no easy answer, it appears that an odd combination of changing wind patterns and warming seas has made for a particularly stormy summer.

// Cape and Islands residents count down to Jose

On Nantucket, the harbormaster has closed the town pier and anchorage, and the access ramps to public beaches have been removed as Jose approaches.

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// Jose won’t batter New England, but look out for tropical-storm-force gusts

When the center of the storm passes well east of Nantucket, it will be windy on the island, but those winds won’t be very damaging.

// Trial of NECC pharmacist charged in deadly meningitis outbreak begins

Glenn Chin instructed his staff to use expired ingredients, falsify documents, and skip cleaning steps, leading to a meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people, a prosecutor said.

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// This week in weed

Witness the birth of the marijuana industry in Massachusetts and catch up on national pot headlines every Saturday.

Opinion & Ideas


// Sheriff Joe Arpaio tries to fight dirty

Arpaio’s lawyer has threatened action against a Harvard law professor in a clear effort to deter opponents.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

Fall Arts preview

// A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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Special reports


// Whistle-blowers at N.H. VA hospital are tip of iceberg

In 2016, VA employees filed nearly 2,000 complaints with the Office of Special Counsel — more than the next four most-complained-about departments combined.


// This pharma CEO promised fair pricing, but his latest move is raising ire

Allergan CEO Brent Saunders made a creative deal to protect patents on a lucrative drug.


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You won't believe the apps used by distracted drivers

DAYTON, Ohio -- Google Maps is the top phone app used by drivers when driving, but others have been found to use Facebook, Twitter and Netflix while behind the wheel, according to TrueMotion, a Boston-based company that studies drivers habits.