American University in Afghanistan attacked

Witnesses say they heard explosions and automatic gunfire. It was not immediately clear if anyone was wounded.

A Mickey Mouse doll lies amidst the debris of a collapsed house following an earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP)

Massimo Percossi/ANSA via AP

Death toll from Italy quake rises to 120

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

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The high school graduating class of 2016 had an average composite score of 24.8, out of a possible 36.

//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.

Opinion | Martin J. Walsh and William Evans

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/lee_bodycamera14_met.jpg Police body cameras and the community

Police body cameras can work only as part of a broader community policing effort.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ryan_assault1_met.jpg Rapist charged in South End assault held on $500,000 bail

The 31-year-old allegedly attacked a woman months after he had been released from prison on a similar 2007 assault.

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EpiPen maker, under fire for price hikes, blitzed Olympics with ads

Mylan Pharmaceuticals has been in the hot seat for drastic increases in the prices of its life-saving drug.

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Special anniversary editions of The Farmers’ Almanac and The Old Farmer’s Almanac are both predicting a more seasonably chilly winter.

Boston-08/24/2016- Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill during a cermony outside the State House for Preventing Animal Suffering and Death. Dogs joined the signing along with members of the MSPCA, AnimalRescue League and the Humane Society. Gumball, a nine-week-old pitbull yawns as the Governor signs the document. Gumball is up for adoption through the MSPCA. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)

John Tlumacki/Globe staff

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/2011-2020/2016/08/24/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/shutterstock_435546304.jpg Is a homework backlash brewing after teacher’s note goes viral?

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/2011-2020/2015/04/06/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.

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

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.

//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.”

Alex Speier

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Tuesday night’s win was the latest in a string of victories that came in spite of limited offensive output.

Jimmy Garoppolo (left) is used to being the No. 2 quarterback, and Tom Brady No. 1, but things are different this preseason.

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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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.

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.

//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.

Ask Amy

What to do about posting baby photos online

As new parents, my husband and I are concerned about protecting our child’s online privacy.

//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.