Few GOP foes for Mass. delegation

Six of nine House seats will go uncontested in November.

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Israel and Hamas continued their barrages despite international appeals for a cease-fire.

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The strategy of alleging that the scheme went as far as bribing legislators could backfire for prosecutors, analysts said.

Keeper Manuel Neuer of Germany kisses the World Cup trophy with teammates after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time.

on soccer

Triumph of German engineering

This team, in retrospect, will be viewed as one of the most impressive of champions.

Team chairman Tom Werner said the Red Sox are still evaluating whether to buy or sell at the trade deadline. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Red Sox chairman gives his thoughts on first half

“We’re as disappointed in where we are in the standings as everybody else is,” Tom Werner said.

Jake Peavy pitched into the eighth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Astros Saturday, fanning a season-high nine. Bob Levey/Getty Images

Red Sox notebook

Rotation set, possibly with trade of Jake Peavy in mind

Peavy is not lined up to pitch until July 22, giving the Red Sox plenty of time to deal him.

Clay Buchholz delivered a pitch in the first inning.

Red Sox 11, Astros 0

Red Sox shut out Astros in Houston

Clay Buchholz pitched one of the best games of his career, and the Sox entered the All-Star break at 43-52.

Jim Rooney’s quest to expand the convention center is nearly over.

Convention center director leaves no loose ends

Jim Rooney has become one of the state’s most influential public figures without ever having run for office.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/11/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/IMG_3676[1].jpg Treehouses: High-end style goes out on a limb

James “B’fer” Roth and Chris “Ka-V” Haake are being increasingly called on to build high-end backyard treehouses.