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In Area Near Arkansas Prison, an Execution Is ‘the One We’re Waiting On’

STAR CITY, Ark. — James Hawkins, the affable local coroner, has long performed a grim duty on execution nights: He pronounces the deaths of the condemned prisoners.

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up in New York City

In a park amid Manhattan skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.

Senate Dems block quick vote on short-term spending bill

Senate Democrats late Thursday blocked a quick vote on a short-term spending bill to keep the government open, roiling Washington with brinkmanship less than 30 hours before a midnight Friday deadline for a shutdown and President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.

State Department understaffing is likely to linger into 2018

The stampede of diners through the State Department has ebbed, with diplomats now lingering over Korean barbecue and checking their phones.

Hundreds rally in Berkeley after Coulter talk canceled

Berkeley, known as the home of the free speech movement, was under heavy police watch on Thursday as hundreds of people waving American flags and chanting “USA” gathered in a park.

Death toll, damages rise as storms move across Deep South

The severe weather came on the anniversary of the day dozens of twisters plowed across the Southeast on April 27, 2011, killing more than 250 people in Alabama.

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.

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