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New details in Libya as protests against US widen

People protesting an anti-Muslim film climbed a fence at the US Embassy in Sana, Yemen, Thursday, but were repelled by Yemeni security guards.

Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters

Anti-American protests spread across the Mideast Thursday as new details emerged on Tuesday’s deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya.

Foreign affairs suddenly at issue in presidential race

The unfolding situation in Libya and elsewhere in the region almost ensures foreign affairs will be more than a footnote in the final weeks of the election.

Kate Quigley, left, sister of Glen Doherty, spoke to the press outside her mother’s home in Woburn with her husband Mark.

Winchester native among Libya attack victims

A decorated veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, Glen Doherty, 42, was working as a security contractor at the US consulate in Libya.

Two drug lab officials out in wake of chemist scandal

The top official at the state laboratory that mishandled drug samples has resigned, and another lab executive has been fired, authorities announced.

Dr. Richard Keller

Boston Children’s Hospital doctor accused of buying child porn

More then 500 photographs and at least 60 DVDs were found during a search of Dr. Richard Keller’s Andover home.

Chairman Ben Bernanke called the move apolitical.

Federal Reserve unveils $40 billion stimulus plan

The Fed said it would launch a new round of help for the economy aimed at lowering the jobless rate and stimulating the housing market. Stocks surged on the news.

The Nation

NYC health board approves large-soda ban

The ban affects facilities that are inspected by the health department, such as movie theaters, stadium concessions, and fast-food restaurants. Convenience stores are exempt.

By Michael M. Grynbaum

The New York City Board of Health approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks on Thursday, enacting the first such restriction in the country.

Four dead after car hits Vegas bus stop

Police suspect a driver was drunk and speeding Thursday when his vehicle went airborne and plowed into a Las Vegas bus stop, killing four pedestrians and injuring eight others.

Public memorial for Neil Armstrong draws many and varied mourners

Mourners from all walks of life attended the service for Neil Armstrong (below), including (from left) Kristin Korp, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Annie Glenn, former senator and astronaut John Glenn, and musician Diana Krall.

The powerful of Washington, the pioneers of space, and the everyday public crowded into the Washington National Cathedral for a public interfaith memorial.

The World

New details in Libya as protests against US widen

People protesting an anti-Muslim film climbed a fence at the US Embassy in Sana, Yemen, Thursday, but were repelled by Yemeni security guards.

By Rick Gladstone and Suliman Ali Zway

Anti-American protests spread across the Mideast Thursday as new details emerged on Tuesday’s deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya.

Pakistan looks for blame after record fire toll

Relatives of fire victims held a candle vigil Thursday outside the garment factory in Karachi. Many victims were trapped.

By Declan Walsh

Pakistani police registered a murder case against the owners of a garment factory in Karachi after a fire swept through the building and killed 258 people.

Mexican navy captures drug kingpin

The Mexican navy said Thursday that it had detained one of the most sought-after drug kingpins in Mexico and the United States, the top leader of the Gulf Cartel.

Editorial & Opinion

lawrence harmon

Black mark on the state drug lab

By Lawrence Harmon

Disturbing details are starting to emerge about the alleged mishandling of drug samples at the state testing laboratory in Jamaica Plain.

Scot Lehigh

The way to better schools is around unions

By Scot Lehigh

At a time when there’s widespread recognition that big changes are needed in urban schools, two nationally known mayors haven’t been able to secure those changes at the bargaining table.

carlo rotella | opinion

Uncovering a hidden America

By Carlo Rotella

People in this country want everything at the flip of a switch, with rarely a thought about those who do vital but often invisible labor.

Metro

Winchester native among Libya attack victims

Kate Quigley, left, sister of Glen Doherty, spoke to the press outside her mother’s home in Woburn with her husband Mark.

By Peter Schworm and John R. Ellement

A decorated veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, Glen Doherty, 42, was working as a security contractor at the US consulate in Libya.

Two drug lab officials out in wake of chemist scandal

By Kay Lazar

The top official at the state laboratory that mishandled drug samples has resigned, and another lab executive has been fired, authorities announced.

Boston Children’s Hospital doctor accused of buying child porn

Dr. Richard Keller

By Chelsea Conaboy and Martine Powers

More then 500 photographs and at least 60 DVDs were found during a search of Dr. Richard Keller’s Andover home.

Business

Federal Reserve unveils $40 billion stimulus plan

Chairman Ben Bernanke called the move apolitical.

By Beth Healy and Alan Wirzbicki

The Fed said it would launch a new round of help for the economy aimed at lowering the jobless rate and stimulating the housing market. Stocks surged on the news.

Obama and Romney economic advisers spar on taxes, US aid

N. Gregory Mankiw (right) and Lawrence Summers teach at Harvard.

By Megan Woolhouse

Lawrence Summers, the architect of President Obama’s stimulus plan, and N. Gregory Mankiw, a key adviser to Mitt Romney, laid out visions on how to repair the economy.

Boston officials approve long-delayed work on Filene’s site

Millennium Partners aims to start construction, which includes a tower, by the middle of next year.

By Casey Ross

Regulators approved construction of a 625-foot tower and renovation work at the long-dormant site at Downtown Crossing.

Obituaries

Marcia Stern, special needs teacher in Concord

When she was Marcia Brown, she skied with Sylvia Plath (left) in Francestown, N.H. Her mother took the photo.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. Stern, who was a Smith College roommate of Sylvia Plath and was a must-interview for the poet’s many biographers, died July 25. She was 79.

Jake Eberts; produced Hollywood blockbusters

“Chariots of Fire” (above with Ben Cross), “The Killing Fields,” and “Driving Miss Daisy” were among the highly acclaimed films produced by Jake Eberts.

By William Yardley

Mr. Eberts, 71, built a career producing and financing acclaimed films such as “Chariots of Fire,” “Gandhi,” “Dances With Wolves,” and “The Killing Fields.”

Sean Smith; Air Force vet killed at US Embassy; 34

CCP Games provided Sean Smith’s computer-generated avatar portrait as “Vile Rat.”

By Christine Hauser

Mr. Smith was working on temporary assignment as an information management officer in Libya and was one of the four Americans killed Tuesday in the attack in Benghazi.

Sports

Red Sox owner John Henry denies team is for sale

Majority owner John Henry watched the Red Sox and Yankees wrap up their three-game series Thursday night.

By Peter Abraham

Henry reacted swiftly Thursday to deny a report that he was considering selling the team, saying he was committed to the franchise now and in the future.

Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox for sale? It’s doubtful

Bill Cosby meets with John Henry (middle), Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino after throwing out the first pitch Thursday.

By Dan Shaughnessy

Be careful what you wish for. As bad as the Sox are right now, we are likely better off with John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino owning the team.

Yankees 2, Red Sox 0

Red Sox shut out by Yankees

Cody Ross gets brushed back by Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano, then he was sent back to the dugout via a strikeout in the ninth inning.

By Peter Abraham

The Sox went quietly, 2-0, and were shut out for the sixth time this season. Boston was hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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