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Man dared police to fire, 2 people say

Two witnesses said an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Washington state fought with an officer, threw rocks and told officers to shoot him.

Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches

The vote solidified the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the election of the first openly gay bishop.

Western wildfires: Flames plague hot, dry Washington region

New flames ignited in drought-stricken Washington state.

Deadly start to US summer as lightning kills most since 2009

July is the peak month for fatal lightning strikes in the U.S., and so far the 14 deaths through Tuesday afternoon are the most since 2009.

West and Russia duel over whether Srebrenica was a genocide

Western nations and Russia are dueling over whether the UN Security Council should call the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian war a genocide.

Statistics on church fires defy simple analysis

The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire.

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.