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Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $37 billion deal

The companies say the deal would create the nation’s second-largest health insurer.

In record deal, BP would pay $18.7 billion in gulf oil spill

The money would compensate for damages from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, federal, state, and company officials said Thursday.

VA grants benefits to same-sex couples

The Department of Veterans Affairs has moved to extend marital benefits that had been denied to same-sex couples.

Donations help save Sweet Briar College

A new president and governing board took command under a settlement that rescued the women’s college from the brink of closure.

In Wis., Obama tweaks GOP candidates

President Obama drew sharp contrasts with ‘‘mean’’ Republicans in the state where the GOP governor prepared to announce his 2016 candidacy.

Five white Cleveland officers charged in shooting

Five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that ended with the deaths of two black suspects were charged Thursday.

JFK: 50 Years Later

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A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Globe Investigations

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Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

Gay marriage in the US

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In the early 1970s, there were zero states banning or allowing same-sex marriage. Now it’s legal nationwide, and all bans have been overturned.

Instagram

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A live stream of Instagram posts from The Boston Globe photo department.