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.

Aisling Brady McCarthy was in court in Woburn on July 30.

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Nanny says she’s happy to be back in Ireland

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

US stocks look to open slightly higher in Wednesday trading

Dow and S&P 500 futures were both up by fractions of a percent in early trading.

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Policy makers are trying to determine whether recent turmoil signals a long-term downturn or a temporary slip, Eric Rosengren said.

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.

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

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In new ad, Jeb Bush paints Donald Trump as a liberal

“He’s not conservative. . . . He doesn’t have a record,” Bush said of Trump, the surprise front-runner in the GOP campaign.

Mass. health spending rises, led by Medicaid costs

The soaring costs of insuring the state’s poorest residents drove health care spending here up nearly 5 percent in 2014.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/farragher-8750.jpg In sum, a magical summer

Back in February, when there were snowdrifts over my head in the backyard, I swore a quiet oath to soak in the summer once it returned.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/France%20Fire_DiNa.jpg 8 killed in Paris apartment building fire

Officials said they are investigating whether Wednesday’s fire was started intentionally.

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

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Volpe center tackles train crashes, bike traffic, and booze

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

Jordan Spieth always has his yardage book at the ready.


PGA Tour players go by the (yardage) book

Since 1976, the books have been an invaluable tool for gauging distances, aiming shots, and lining up putts.

Shirley Leung

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/shirley-4736.jpg After politics, Healey finds her higher calling at Babson

Kerry Healey is an interested spectator in the presidential race, even as she builds an impressive record as president of Babson College.

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

Red Sox notebook

Hanley Ramirez’s days in left field are numbered

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

opinion | JEFF JACOBY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/01/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Jeff_Jacoby_150px-1224.jpg Urban roads aren’t meant for bicycles

Bikes aren’t treated like cars for a very good reason: Bikes aren’t like cars.

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.

Judge Richard M. Berman enters federal court in New York on Monday.

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.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/09/02/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/af2b9d601f0241a7b4c7f50691bc3301-af2b9d601f0241a7b4c7f50691bc3301-0.jpg Middlesex officials target rise in heroin abuse

The county expects to surpass last year’s total for drug-related deaths by the end of the month, with three months to spare.

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.

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.


//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 | 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.