Union sues state over early retirement plan

The suit by a public-sector union claims Baker administration officials improperly blocked some employees from taking advantage of the program.

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President Obama said so-called lone-wolf terrorists or small cells are harder to detect and US national security must remain vigilant.

Derrell Fisher (left) and Epshod Jeune (right) were led to a Middlesex County Sheriff’s van.

Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe

Alleged killers plotted to rob escorts, officials say

A second woman was attacked in the Red Roof Inn in Woburn just minutes before Sanisha Johnson was killed, officials say.

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Investigators do not believe anyone else was involved in the deaths of Carol and Svend Jorgensen and their son, Eric.

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The shooting death inside an apartment led to the arrests of three men who stand accused of heroin and cocaine trafficking.

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received the rare backing of opposition parties to restart bailout negotiations.

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Voters soundly rejected the lastest EU offer, but world markets largely shrugged off the news.

Former Hyannis doctor charged with illegally prescribing opiates

Dr. Mohammad Nassery allegedly continued to give prescriptions of oxycodone and Percocet to patients with a history of substance abuse.

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It’s a demand that the United States opposes as it seeks to limit Tehran’s Mideast clout.

A South Carolina state trooper stood at the bottom of a Confederate flag at the base of a confederate memorial in front of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, S.C.

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S.C. Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

The legislation must still pass the House and be signed by Governor Nikki Haley before the flag is removed from the Statehouse.

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 23: Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox throws in the first inning against the aka at Fenway Park on June 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

Here are six ways the Red Sox can get better right now

As the Red Sox rebound from a poor start to the season, there are several moves that might speed the process.

The whale had rope wrapped around its jaw.

Rescuers free minke whale from fishing gear after 3 days

A response team found the animal with rope wrapped around its jaw and anchored to fishing gear on the sea floor.

Carli Lloyd led the USA in shots on goal (9) and goals (6) in this World Cup.

You shouldn’t be surprised Carli Lloyd led US World Cup victory

The star midfielder has a knack for playing her best in her team’s biggest games.

Fireworks exploded over the Charles River and Esplanade during the Fourth of July celebration last weekend.

Despite ban, Mass. contends with fireworks injuries

The state is surrounded by more permissive jurisdictions, which makes it easy for fireworks to cross the border.

Welders used a lift to work on the beacon on the Nantucket Lightship.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Historic lightship’s beacon to shine for first time since 1975

The lightship, which once lit passage through the Nantucket Shoals, has been dark for years.

NAMES

Harvard MBA offers $10,000 to the person who can find him a girlfriend

“If you introduce me to a girl and I date her for more than 6 months, I’ll pay you $10,000,” Ren You wrote on a newly-launched website.

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The document was described by defense attorneys as a “placeholder’’ filed only to comply with deadlines set by Judge O’Toole.

The Big Picture

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Globe photos of the month, June 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month.