Death toll from Italy quake rises to 120

Emergency services personnel carried a survivor on a stretcher during search and rescue operations in Amatrice, Italy.

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Rescuers are racing to find survivors after an earthquake struck central Italy early in the morning.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/2504735c4ea04a028f8991227dec2067-2504735c4ea04a028f8991227dec2067-0-kqG--90x90@BostonGlobe.com.jpg A local VC firm has a message for Donald Trump. It’s not very nice.

The well-respected firm is using its homepage to send a profane message to the Republican presidential nominee.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/horowitz-392.jpg A plan for the Clinton Foundation, none for Trump organization

No matter who wins, the next US president will be plagued by questions about where public interest end and personal interest begin.

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At least five students were injured and were taken to a local hospital as militants launched an assault on the campus.

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Restaurants will receive either an A, B, or C grade that will be calculated based on the number and severity of violations found.

JOAN VENNOCHI

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/vennochi-1685.jpg Feeling a little sorry for Scott Brown? Me, too

The former Senator was mentioned in a sexual harassment suit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/a51504ec18d4439aae3372cafd09a029-cd2ffd09764b4da3bebd00566f194409-0-11720.jpg Announcement set in Usaamah Rahim shooting probe

Rahim, 26, was killed by Boston police and FBI agents on June 2, 2015, during a confrontation in Roslindale.

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Motor vehicle crashes killed about 19,100 people nationwide during the first six months of this year.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/helmetguy1-11687.jpg Stolen Super Bowl helmet may have been returned to bar

Employees at Skipjack’s near Gillette Stadium called police to investigate a helmet-sized package that arrived.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/20ec0c6518834c079b20f5895e93440f-20ec0c6518834c079b20f5895e93440f-0.jpg The US government says it’s buying 11 million pounds of cheese

The USDA announced Wednesday that it’s purchasing 11 million pounds of cheese to stabilize a surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years.

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Is a homework backlash brewing?

A teacher in Texas has cancelled homework for her students for the year, and the parents seem to be as excited as the children.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/tlumacki_animalsufferingbill_metro093.jpg New law will let you to enter a car to rescue trapped animals

Bystanders can now enter other people’s cars to rescue trapped, overheated animals, if the owners cannot be found.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/04/06/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/gameofthrones15_13.jpg ‘Nothing will prepare you’ for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7

We don’t know that much about “Game of Thrones” season 7, but the news that’s trickling out is fun to think about.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/HealthScience/Images/AFP_FJ723.jpg Scientists find closest ‘Earth-like’ planet yet

It is a small, rocky planet not unlike our own, orbiting the sun’s closest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/ryan_assemblymall9_biz.jpg A wine tour . . . in Somerville?

City Wine Tours has launched a two-hour walking tour of Assembly Row, complete with food pairings and wine samples.

Globe Magazine

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/memorial0828largay[1].jpg ‘When you find my body’: The last days of Gerry Largay

Lost for at least 19 days in the Maine wilderness, the 66-year-old hiker died as she had lived: with courage and with grace.

TV Critic’s Corner

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/25crita.jpg The cast of ‘Feud’ has been announced. I can die happy.

Critic Matthew Gilbert is a little obsessed with the lineup planned for an upcoming FX series.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-10164.jpg Don’t look now, but Patriots have a quarterback controversy

They need to get Jimmy Garoppolo ready for the season, but Tom Brady doesn’t like being on the sideline.

WARREN, VT---July 30, 2016-Globe Staff Photo by Stan Grossfeld-- The swimming hole at Warren Falls in the early morning, before the crowds. .

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STAN GROSSFELD

Formerly secret Vt. swimming hole now attracting a crowd

Warren Falls is a series of small, cascading waterfalls surrounded by cliffs, carved rocks, and crystal-clear water.

NAMES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/05/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Boghosian_07springsteen7_ART.jpg Bruce Springsteen on the cheap

It’s a good thing Springsteen didn’t schedule a second concert at Gillette Stadium next month because The Boss is having a hard time filling the place.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/John%20Dunaway.png Are you a ‘Sporting Gentleman’? New Balance has just the shoe.

The print is inspired by “heritage hunting estates.” Think of a 21st-century version of Matthew Crawley from “Downton Abbey.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/06/BostonGlobe.com/Magazine/Images/Burt's-Bees-Woods-7890265.jpg Maine land from the founder of Burt’s Bees is now a national monument

President Barack Obama declared a new national monument in Maine on 87,000 acres donated by the founder of Burt’s Bees.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/10/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/kreiter_netflixknit1_met.jpg Netflix and chill? More like Netflix and knit.

Some knitting enthusiasts are firing up a movie or television series and getting to work on a pair of, say, alpaca-wool socks.

Globe investigations

Private schools, painful secrets

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/160607_BH__ErikaSchickel3.jpg The unexpected price of reporting abuse: retaliation

The Globe found 15 instances of retaliation at New England private schools against students or employees who raised concerns about sexual abuse by staffers.

The story behind 'Spotlight'

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“Spotlight” is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Picture

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Flooding in Louisiana

The residents of Louisiana continue to deal with the disastrous affects of historic flooding that killed at least 17 and destroyed about 60,000 homes.