In a setback for Mass., health care costs spike in state

Insuring the state’s poorest residents drove spending up 4.8 percent last year, double the rate of growth in 2013.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/109c5c3bd1a340fa84d4672b0afdc2d5-109c5c3bd1a340fa84d4672b0afdc2d5-0[1]-8743--90x90.jpg Nanny says she’s happy to be back in Ireland

Aisling Brady McCarthy broke down in tears Wednesday after arriving at Shannon Airport.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis listened to a customer following her office’s refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday.

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Ky. clerk in gay marriage fight has been divorced three times

Kim Davis, the county clerk waging a moral war over the institution of marriage, also had two children while she wasn’t married.

Shirley Leung

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/shirley-4736.jpg Away from politics, Kerry Healey raising Babson’s profile

The former GOP gubernatorial candidate is churning out the next generation of entrepreneurs at the business-focused campus.

Catherine Adair, 46, spoke with her daughter Kateri, 2, as she relaxed with her family in Ashburnham.

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Women welcome pope’s remarks on abortion

Some were surprised that priests can’t already grant forgiveness during confession to a woman who has had an abortion.

Scores of Mass. children mistreated in foster homes

More than 180 children were abused or neglected while in state custody last year, according to a state report.

US stocks look to open slightly higher today in trading

Wall Street was poised for a solid opening with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up about 1 percent.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/snuka-big-1591--90x90.jpg Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka charged in girlfriend’s 1983 death

The former pro wrestling star was charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress.

Jeb Bush spoke to reporters following a event with high school students in Miami, Fla., on Tuesday.

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Bush changes up cautious style, fires away at Trump

Jeb Bush is attempting to inject energy into his own flagging campaign while counteracting Donald Trump’s unpredictable force.

opinion | JEFF JACOBY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Jeff_Jacoby_150px-1224.jpg Bikes don’t belong on busy city streets

Cyclists and traffic don’t mix. It’s not just foolish to pretend otherwise — it’s deadly.

Research projects at the Volpe center span the globe, with a big focus on the transportation systems of the future.

Stat

Volpe center tackles train crashes, bike traffic, and booze

The center has been at the center of debate about Cambridge redevelopment, but few know what goes on inside.

BetaBoston | Innovation Economy

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/28/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/kirsner.jpg Five to follow: Top picks from Tuesday’s Techstars demo day

Here are Scott Kirsner’s favorite ideas from yesterday’s showcase of the latest set of Techstars Boston participants.

Hanley Ramirez has not played since Saturday because of a sore shoulder.

Red Sox notebook

Hanley Ramirez’s days in left field are over

The Red Sox are now hoping the big-ticket free agent can play at first base at some point this season.

Second grader Aiden Greene, 7, practices his dance moves before a GoNoodle break during the first day of class at Salemwood School in Malden.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Back to school scenes from Malden and Brockton

Globe photographers captured that hopeful but nervous back-to-school feeling at a Malden school and a Brockton barber shop.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tlumacki_lastdayatsuffolkdowns_sports257.jpg Many will benefit from Suffolk Downs’ brief return

A lot of stakeholders are happy that horses are taking to the East Boston track again, even if for an abbreviated slate.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/berman.jpg Deflategate ruling coming by Friday, judge says

It remains to be seen whether Tom Brady will be in action for the Patriots’ Sept. 10 opener against the Steelers at Gillette Stadium.

Devra First | Dining Out

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/27/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/400_devra_first.jpg A taste of Southern hospitality at the Frogmore in JP

The people behind Fairsted Kitchen bring Lowcountry fare and a personal touch to the Frogmore in Jamaica Plain.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Was8950682[1]-4313--90x90.jpg Does Kermit have a new girlfriend or not? The plot thickens

A month ago, ahead of a new Muppets docu-series on ABC, Kermit and Miss Piggy split in what seemed like an amicable break-up.

Ground Game

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_ted_cruz.jpg Ted Cruz sells himself as antiestablishment candidate

The US senator from Texas stopped in N.H. on Monday to open his campaign office in Manchester.

Opinion & Ideas

SCOT LEHIGH

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Scot_Lehigh_150px-1234.jpg Donald Trump, the unrivaled braggart

The Republican front-runner represents the elevation of unabashed egotism in national politics.

The Big Picture

Globe photos of the month for August 2015

A look at some of the best images taken by Boston Globe photographers in August.

BetaBoston

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/beta150-4668.jpg A crash course on meditation via smartphone

Health coaching startup Change Collective offers meditation for the wary technologist.

Crux

Crux | John L. Allen Jr.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/08/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/allen.jpg Reflections on a daring double play by the ‘Pope of Mercy’

On Tuesday, Francis reached out to women who have had abortions as well as the Society of St. Pius X.