Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour cease-fire

The United States and the United Nations announced the temporary truce, which starts Friday morning.

Dan Shaughnessy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/31/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-13438.png Trades offer few clues to direction of Red Sox

Sox fans had better hope there will be some money spent on pitching help during the offseason.

The visualization shows birthplaces in blue and death spots in red of notable people including artists and politicians. It offers a glimpse into the large-scale geographical patterns that shape cultural evolution in  North America.

Measuring cultural evolution

Researchers crunched databases that record the births and deaths of notable people to map the geographical creep of culture.

Mass., N.H. AGs remind Market Basket of worker rights

The attorneys general for the two states urged the company to respect the rights of employees who may be fired in coming days.

Fired Demoulas executive Steve Paulenka addresses a rally of employees, customers, and their families in Tewksbury.

Dina Rudick/Globe staff/file

Meet the Market Basket protesters

The executives, middle managers, and store directors have built one of the more unlikely protest movements ever organized.

Former Westfield State University President Evan S. Dobelle

Westfield president ‘violated the public trust,’ report says

An inspector general report cited more than 20 examples of Evan Dobelle’s misconduct during his stormy six-year tenure at Westfield State.

House Speaker John Boehner talked on Capitol Hill Thursday.

House GOP to delay recess, pursue border bill Friday

The move comes after Republicans canceled a vote on border security legislation after a revolt by Tea Party-aligned lawmakers.

Opinion

Alex Beam

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/31/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/BeamAlex-1724.jpg Is John le Carré the greatest living writer?

Le Carré spotlights the Cold War, and by extension the US role — and principles — that were part of it.

BetaBoston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/31/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/beta150-8053.jpg Startup Lilliputian Systems comes to an end

One of Boston’s best-capitalized — and oldest — startups has run out of fuel thirteen years after it was founded.