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Obama faces support, skepticism in Congress

President Obama got the backing of John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi for limited strikes.

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President Obama won bipartisan backing Tuesday for strikes on Syria but final approval for the effort was far from certain.

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A US strike would look to force President Bashir Assad to rethink using poison gas but not dislodge his grip on power, military specialists said.

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In the wake of Tuesday’s sale of Yankee Candle for $1.75 billion, one thing is clear: There are a heck of a lot of candle people out there.

Charles Baker readies 2d bid for governor

Party insiders see the highly anticipated move by the GOP’s defeated 2010 candidate as critical to Republican hopes of recapturing the governor’s office.

Mike Ross often asks voters how he can help them — today.

PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF

Call of equality came early for Mike Ross

The Boston mayoral candidate isn’t just asking voters how he can help them when he is elected. He’s asking how he can help them now.

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Unsettling new details about an alleged sexual assault by Somerville High School students emerged at an arraignment Tuesday.

The Nation

Ohio captor who held 3 for years kills self

Ariel Castro had been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Ariel Castro, who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade, was found hanging in his cell.

Texas Guard won’t process same-sex benefits

By Chris Tomlinson

Texas and Mississippi balked at parts of a Pentagon directive to process requests for benefits from same-sex spouses in the National Guard.

For swimmer Diana Nyad, age a key to her success

Diana Nyad’s crew cheered for her Tuesday in Key West, a day after she finished her 53-hour, record-setting swim.

By Jennifer Kay

The endurance athlete felt stronger than ever when she became the first person to swim 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.

The World

Cases built vs. Nazi-era guards in Germany

Federal prosecutor Kurt Schrimm said there is evidence to pursue charges of accessory to murder against 30 in Germany who were stationed at Auschwitz in Poland.

By David McHugh and David Rising

Prosecutors recommended charges against dozens of former guards at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Egypt swiftly tries Islamists in military courts

By David D. Kirkpatrick

An administrative court also banned four satellite networks considered sympathetic to them, including an Egyptian affiliate of Al-Jazeera.

Shootings, bombings kill at least 67 in Iraq

In Baghdad, a car bomb hit a row of restaurants in the largely Shi’ite neighborhood of Talibiyah, killing seven.

By Sameer N. Yacoub and Adam Schreck

The violence is the latest in a months-long increase in bloodshed that Iraqi security forces are struggling to contain.

Editorial & Opinion

SCOT LEHIGH

Mayoral hopefuls on fire department reform

By Scot Lehigh

Several candidates support reform of the Boston Fire Department, including a major review of its performance.

farah stockman

Crossing the line

UN chemical weapons experts visited a hospital where wounded people affected by an apparent gas attack were being treated near Damascus on Aug. 26.

By Farah Stockman

Why are chemical weapons considered beyond the pale?

JEFF JACOBY

Where does compassion come from?

By Jeff Jacoby

The power of repentance, not just through prayer but through acts of charity, goodness, and honesty, could shed light on altruistic behavior.

Metro

Celtics’ Jared Sullinger accused of attack

Jared Sullinger of the Boston Celtics was arraigned in Waltham District Court accompanied by his lawyer.

By David Abel and John R. Ellement

The Celtics forward was charged with assault and battery and witness intimidation for an alleged attack on his girlfriend.

Iconic Cambridge hardware store holds its last sale

“It has been difficult to maintain the business,” says third-generation owner David Masse, 73, of FX Masse Hardware Co.

By Jeremy C. Fox

Facing tough rivals and a soft economy, FX Masse Hardware Co. will close its doors this fall, after 125 years.

Company in deal to buy Plainridge Racecourse

By Mark Arsenault

Penn National Gaming secured an option to buy the Plainville racetrack in hopes of winning a slot parlor license.

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Adrian Walker

The voter wild card in Boston’s mayoral race

By Adrian Walker

Charles Baker readies 2d bid for governor

By Frank Phillips, Jim O’Sullivan and Michael Levenson

Boston to hold hearing on overdose

By Milton J. Valencia

Eastom

Teen faces charges in deadly crash

By Melissa Hanson

Business

With signs, color-coding, Logan sorts out arrivals areas

Logan International Airport serves about 30 million passengers a year on 2,400 acres.

By Katie Johnston

Logan will relocate its bus, taxi, and passenger pickup areas in a $4 million project aimed at accommodating the rise in transit options.

Shirley Leung

Legal talent growing, in-house

This week, EMC’s Paul Dacier becomes the first general counsel to head up the Boston Bar Association in its 252-year history.

By Shirley Leung

The world of the in-house lawyer isn’t anything like it used to be, and EMC’s Paul Dacier is a case in point.

Athenahealth plan would reinvent Arsenal site

Athenahealth envisions new office space, walking and bike paths to the Charles River, and an Arsenal museum.

By Robert Weisman

The software maker plans to make the Watertown complex on the Charles River New England’s answer to Silicon Valley’s signature technology office parks.

Obituaries

John Gergely, 94; cofounded biomedical research lab

John Gergely and colleagues tried to increase knowledge about the way the human muscular system works.

By Emma Stickgold

Dr. Gergely and his colleagues tried to increase knowledge about the way the human muscular system works.

Janusz Lewandowski, 82; envoy led peace effort in Vietnam

By Douglas Martin

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Lewandowski was sent to Vietnam with a green light to explore ways to negotiate peace.

Sports

red sox 2, tigers 1

Red Sox pin 2nd loss on Tigers’ Max Scherzer

Jon Lester, who struck out nine, was at his fist-pumping best after Torii Hunter grounded out to end the seventh.

By Peter Abraham

Red Sox starter Jon Lester and four relievers beat the Detroit ace, who was seeking his 20th win.

On Baseball

Jon Lester picking it up for Red Sox at right time

His night over, Jon Lester gets a hand from Mike Napoli.

By Nick Cafardo

In perhaps his biggest game this season, Lester held the potent Tigers lineup to one run in seven innings and outpitched Max Scherzer.

Loui Eriksson ready to prove his worth to Bruins

Loui Eriksson impressed for victorious Sweden in this year’s world hockey championships; he hopes to wow Bruins fans this season.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Swede seems eager to show his teammates and Bruins fans exactly why he is so often referred to as “underrated.”

G: Food

Food the kids will love to eat

Turkey chimichangas.

By Karoline Boehm Goodnick

For many families, the re-entry to fall means a pledge to sit-down dinners. Here are some meals that everyone can agree on.

Recipe for quesadilla layer cake

Karoline Boehm Goodnick's recipe for quesadilla layer cake.

Quesadilla layer cake is a fun twist on a traditional kids’ favorite.

Recipe for turkey chimichangas

Karoline Boehm Goodnick's recipe for turkey chimichangas.

This version uses ground turkey and black beans, and instead of deep frying, they’re baked in the oven to save on mess and calories.

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dining out

Cafe Sushi masters the art of raw fish

By Devra First

Galleries

Abstract works from husband and wife

By Cate McQuaid

Book Review

‘The Childhood of Jesus’ by J.M. Coetzee

By Elizabeth Dalton

A TANK AWAY

Ambience galore in pocket of Weston, Vt.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

LeBron James, Tom Werner team up on sitcom

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Gisele Bundchen sings Kinks; Tom Brady sells UGGs

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Day at the races for Rob Gronkowski, the dog

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Troupe takes up residence at Babson College

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

IFFB program director is stepping down

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Boston Book Festival picks Rishi Reddi’s ‘Karma’

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo dating Nick Jonas

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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