7 killed in three-alarm Lowell fire

The three-alarm fire broke out in a nine-unit apartment building at 77 Branch Street early today, according to a spokeswoman.

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The powerful fire reportedly led some people to jump from windows to safety.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/10/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/200_gordon_teze.jpg Salem ends Gordon College’s use of town hall

Officials said they made the move because of the school’s opposition to federal hiring protections for gays and lesbians.

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo called the allegations “inaccurate and scurrilous.”

Robert DeLeo in glare at Probation hiring trial

Prosecutors sought to show that the House speaker granted officials favors in exchange for jobs for friends.

The Red Sox’ youth movement began in force on Wednesday when catcher Christian Vazquez made his first start after A.J. Pierzynski left the team.

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Time for Red Sox to plan for next year

With the season spiraling away, playing rookies like Christian Vazquez will give the Red Sox a clearer understanding of the team’s needs.

New Mass. health insurance website passes key test

A final decision on whether the state will run its own site or join the federal exchange will be made in August, an official said.

Peter Dinklage in a scene from

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‘Game of Thrones’ earns a leading 19 Emmy nods

The hit HBO series emerged as the leader in the nominations announced today.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/10/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/04308915.jpg Texas father killed 4 children, 2 adults, police say

The man also critically wounded his teen daughter, authorities said.

Deer in Weymouth liquor store causes $3,000 in damage

The deer crashed through the window of a Weymouth liquor store, breaking bottles and glasses before sprinting out the front door.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/10/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/Tom_Acquia-2.jpg Mass. gets a venture capital surge

Venture capital investment into Massachusetts companies crossed $1 billion during the second quarter.