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US may send advisory troops to Iraq

The United States and Iran on Monday signaled increased willingness to work together to arrest the expanding Sunni insurgency in Iraq.

The Nahant Town Hall.

Nahant official resigns amid probe into spending

Prosecutors are investigating whether the town administrator improperly funneled public contracts to favored contractors.

MBTA tightens no-phone policy for drivers

Any bus or train operator caught having a phone in their possession on the job — whether or not they use it — will face termination.

Anne Marie Morrison, 55, died alone at home in March. The State medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of her death.

Aram Boghosian/Boston Globe

Backlog of death certificates can tangle lives

Inadequate funding and staffing have created long delays that keep beneficiaries from collecting insurance and settling estates.

Sore losers appear in all walks of life, and some make no apologies. Among them are (clockwise, from left) New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, President Richard Nixon, and the convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger.

More than ever, losers head for the low road

In sports and politics, among other realms, this year is already shaping up to be a vintage one for sour grapes.

The Nation

Supreme Court allows challenge to law banning lies in elections

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a challenge to an Ohio law banning lies in political campaigns to move forward.

By Adam Liptak

Under the law, the first offense could lead to six months in jail, and the second could lead to voter disenfranchisement.

Obama to sign order on LGBT discrimination

By Zachary A. Goldfarb

The executive order would ban federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

Supreme Court rules on ‘straw purchaser’ law

By Sam Hananel

A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration.

The World

US may send advisory troops to Iraq

Shi’ite tribal fighters in Baghdad chanted slogans against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces on Monday.

By Rick Gladstone and Thomas Erdbrink

The United States and Iran on Monday signaled increased willingness to work together to arrest the expanding Sunni insurgency in Iraq.

UN says militants committed war crimes

An image on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin reportedly shows the capture of Iraqi security personnel.

By John Heilprin

Evidence shows that the Islamic militants who massacred scores of captured Iraqi soldiers ‘‘almost certainly’’ committed war crimes, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said.

Iraqi Christians flee homes amid militant push

In the past week, some 160 Christian families fled to Alqosh, near the autonomous Kurdish zone of northern Iraq.

By Diaa Hadid

The flight is a new blow to Iraq’s dwindling Christian community, which is almost as old as the religion itself but which has already been diminished since the 2003 US-led invasion.

Editorial & Opinion

TOM KEANE

City Council’s transgender vote is a brave move

A group marches through Boston during the annual 2014 Pride Parade.

By Tom Keane

A vote on transgender rights is a sharp rebuke to other politicians who took the easy way out.

OPINION | H.D.S. GREENWAY

In Iraq, let the leaders lead

Iraqi volunteers, wearing new uniforms, gather after a speech Monday by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who announced a plan to arm and equip civilians who volunteer to fight jihadist militants.

By H.D.S. Greenway

With training, it’s up to the local leaders to motivate their forces or face failure.

PAUL MCMORROW

Somerville zoning: sane at last

By Paul McMorrow

Somerville’s new zoning code will flip every zoning code in Massachusetts upside-down.

Metro

Nahant official resigns amid probe into spending

The Nahant Town Hall.

By Andrea Estes and Sean P. Murphy

Prosecutors are investigating whether the town administrator improperly funneled public contracts to favored contractors.

MBTA tightens no-phone policy for drivers

A bus crash last month left an MBTA bus dangling over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Newton.

By Martine Powers

Any bus or train operator caught having a phone in their possession on the job — whether or not they use it — will face termination.

More than ever, losers head for the low road

Sore losers appear in all walks of life, and some make no apologies. Among them are (clockwise, from left) New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, President Richard Nixon, and the convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger.

By Joseph P. Kahn

In sports and politics, among other realms, this year is already shaping up to be a vintage one for sour grapes.

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Kevin Cullen

Joe Finn clear choice for fire commissioner

By Kevin Cullen

Business

Backlog of death certificates can tangle lives

Anne Marie Morrison, 55, died alone at home in March. The State medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of her death.

By Deirdre Fernandes

Inadequate funding and staffing have created long delays that keep beneficiaries from collecting insurance and settling estates.

Covidien purchase could have tax benefits for Medtronic

Mansfield-based Covidien is a medical supplies company with 38,000 employees worldwide including about 1,800 in Massachusetts.

By Jack Newsham

Medtronic’s buyout is what’s known as an “inversion,” a type of move that is attracting much scrutiny in Washington.

Science, tech fields await high school grads

Robert Treiber, a Medfield High School lacrosse star, is planning to study electrical engineering at Tufts University.

By Callum Borchers

It’s no wonder the class of 2014 are flocking to college majors that could lead to careers in high technology.

Obituaries

Tony Gwynn, at 54; 8-time National League batting champion

Fans at Fenway Park observed a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Gwynn before Monday night’s Red Sox-Twins game.

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Gwynn played all 20 of his major league seasons with the San Diego Padres, appearing in the 1984 and 1998 World Series.

Sports

US 2, GHANA 1

Late goal gives US a win over Ghana

John Brooks, a rookie substitute for the US, celebrates his 86th-minute goal against Ghana. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

By Jim Vertuno

A goal by John Brooks in the 86th minute gave the US a much-needed win in its World Cup opener.

On Soccer

At World Cup, US men’s soccer team shows lots of life

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann celebrated his team's 2-1 victory over Ghana.

By John Powers

So maybe the US men’s soccer team isn’t destined to be an also-ran in the “Group of Death” after all.

RED SOX 1, TWINS 0

Rubby De La Rosa powers Red Sox win

Starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa (right) gets a hand from David Ross as he comes off the field following the final out of the top of the seventh inning. He was done for the night. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Peter Abraham

The young starter surrendered just one hit and led the up-and-down Red Sox to a win over the Twins.

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CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

What is Red Sox’ plan for Xander Bogaerts?

By Christopher L. Gasper

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Shane Victorino may be back soon

By Peter Abraham

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

Jabari Parker draws raves for his scoring prowess

By Baxter Holmes

GERMANY 4, PORTUGAL 0

Germany overwhelms Portugal

By Nesha Starcevic

NIGERIA 0, IRAN 0

Nigeria and Iran play to scoreless tie

By Pan Pylas

CELTICS NOTEBOOK

Celtics looking at lottery guys and long shots

By Baxter Holmes

G: Living

‘Science Bob’ has fans on TV and at Fessenden School

Bob Pflugfelder (near right) with Jimmy Kimmel (white lab coat) demonstrating chemistry on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Below: “Science Bob” and his third-graders at The Fessenden School in Newton trying to rig a contraption that makes a toy frog fall into a cup.

By James Sullivan

A teacher’s enthusiasm and wacky experiments spill over from the classroom to books and TV talk shows.

Thrilling ‘Game of Thrones’ season four finale offers hints of the future

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Rory McCann as The Hound.

By Sarah Rodman

“Game of Thrones” has ascended to become HBO’s most popular show ever, and it is in part due to episodes like this.

Stage Review

At Gloucester Stage, Brel’s time is now

From left: Daniel Robert Sullivan, Shana Dirik, Jennifer Ellis, and Douglas Jabara in “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.”

By James Sullivan

The spare revue in Gloucester leaves the emotional power to the songs, which remain very much up to the task.

More Stories

Album review | POP

Lana Del Rey, ‘Ultraviolence’

By James Reed

Album review | POP-ROCK

David Gray, ‘Mutineers’

By Steve Morse

Album review | POP

Sam Smith, ‘In the Lonely Hour’

By Marc Hirsh

Album review | Jazz

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, ‘Last Dance’

By David Weininger

Book Review

‘Further Joy’ by John Brandon

By John Domini

Album review | POP/DANCE

Jennifer Lopez, ‘A.K.A.’

By Sarah Rodman

Names

Clinton draws a crowd, young and old

By Kelly Gifford

Events

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

Rob Reiner visits Fenway

By Meredith Goldstein

Names

Madeleine Albright shares her pins at Wellesley College

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Matt Light and friends bag cornhole record

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Boston Comic Con fills out its new, three-day lineup

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Redford event postponed

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Here and there: Iggy Azalea and Johnny Depp

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein