House lawmakers toughen Mass. gun laws

After making last-minute changes to mollify angry gun owners, the Massachusetts House tonight approved wide-ranging legislation.

Police say father killed 4 children, 2 other adults

The man also critically wounded his 15-year-old daughter, authorities said late Wednesday.

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, President Obama said.

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.

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.

Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt (26) celebrates with teammates including Mookie Betts, front center, after he hit an RBI single to win a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox 5-4 at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

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Red Sox 5, White Sox 4

9th-inning rally lifts Red Sox

Brock Holt’s RBI single drove in Daniel Nava with the winning run.

Victor Rosario in 2010.

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.

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

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.

Left: Reporter Ethan Gilsdorf in character at Plimoth Plantation. Top: 17th-century wedding day re-enactment.

Pilgrim for a day

Thigh-high woolens, a hemp doublet, and a knee-length shirt? One man gets into costume — and character — at Plimoth Plantation.

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.

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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.