Court overturns murder convictions in 1982 Lowell fire

A judge ruled that new evidence “cast real doubt on the justice of the conviction” of a Lowell man in a 1982 fire that killed eight people.

President Obama was in Texas Wednesday for a fundraising trip.

Obama calls on Congress to act swiftly on immigration

Congress has the ability to act immediately to address the wave of unaccompanied minors coming over the border, Obama said.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/09/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/chism--90x90.jpg Philip Chism indicted in state worker assault

A Danvers teen accused of murdering his teacher allegedly attacked a Department of Youth Services worker at a juvenile detention facility.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/09/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/sharon150-13147.jpg Man held on $10,000 cash bail after crash that killed jogger

Jeffrey Bickoff pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the death of Haley Cremer, 20, of Sharon.

Argentina's Lionel Messi shoots to score his penalty past Jasper Cillessen of the Netherlands.

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Argentina 0, Netherlands 0 (Arg. wins PKs, 4-2)

Argentina defeats Netherlands for spot in World Cup final

After a 0-0 tie in regulation and overtime, Argentina converted all four of its penalty kicks.

Companies eyeing Boston for marijuana dispensary

One of four companies invited to apply for a medical marijuana license in counties without an approved facility wants to open in Boston.

Tech Lab

Paying the price for free software

For unwary users, a lot of free software can end up costing quite a bit more than they’d expect.

Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been designated for assignment.

Red Sox part ways with A.J. Pierzynski

Christian Vazquez was called up from Pawtucket as the Red Sox have begun a roster retooling.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/09/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/wheel.jpg Re-inventing the wheel: Why not? Many do

The Australian patent office has — quietly — revoked a patent it granted, in the year 2001, for the wheel.