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US has much to savor from World Cup run

Tim Howard slumped off the field after Belgium’s win went final.

Julio Cortiz/AP

“I think they made their country proud with their performance,” US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said after Tuesday’s loss.

Iheanyi D. Okoroafor was photographed at his home in South Hadley.

Law and empathy at issue in jailing of a debtor

Specialists say a judge erred in sending a 73-year-old retiree to jail because he had not paid a debt of $508.27.

More than 32,000 runners started the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Marathon runners raised record $38.4m for charity in 2014

The number was nearly double the $20 million raised in the 2013 race, organizers said.

Audit finds doctors’ criminal cases are underreported

Mass. courts routinely fail to report doctors facing criminal charges to the board that oversees physician discipline.

Mass. ranks low overall in prescribing opioids

The state was 41st nationally, a finding that comes amid concerns over rising rates of abuse.

The Nation

Reports find deficiencies in health care law enrollments

An audience member wore an Oklahoma Health Care Authority shirt during an OHCA board meeting in Oklahoma City.

By Amy Goldstein

New health insurance marketplaces are not checking carefully enough that those who apply for health plans qualify for the coverage.

Baghdad turns to US nemeses for arms in battle with insurgents

By Lara Jakes and Robert Burns

Iraq is increasingly turning to other governments like Iran, Russia, and Syria to help beat back a rampant insurgency.

New York City targets subway performers

By JENNIFER PELTZ and TOM HAYS

The underground acrobats who flip, somersault, and pole-dance in New York City subway cars are drawing a new audience — police officers.

The World

Israel pounds Gaza as teenagers are mourned

Bat-Galim Shaar (front right), and Iris Yifrach (front second right), mothers of two of the  Israeli teens abducted and killed, mourned during the joint funeral of their sons Tuesday.

By Ruth Eglash

Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered for the funeral service.

Iraqi deal to form a new government crumbles

Only 255 of the 328 newly elected lawmakers attended the first session of Parliament on Tuesday in Baghdad, with some boycotting and others concerned about security.

By Rod Nordland

The effort collapsed in factional acrimony in less than half an hour.

Japan expands role of its military

Some 10,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the prime minister’s residence to protest the change.

By Martin Fackler

Japan took a symbolically significant step toward playing a more active role in regional security Tuesday.

Editorial & Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

The stolen job myth

Bryan Preston of Hannaford supermarkets, left, talks with job seekers during a job fair at a community college in Hudson, N.Y.

By Jeff Jacoby

Immigrants aren’t taking jobs, they are fueling the economic engine that creates opportunity.

SCOT LEHIGH

The would-be governors and the union loophole

Don Berwick is one of the gubernatorial candidates who favors closing a campaign finance loophole.

By Scot Lehigh

Will the legislature continue to allow labor unions to donate to campaigns far more than everyday citizens?

DERRICK Z. JACKSON

Hopes for hydro may blow away offshore wind

An artist's conception of the proposed energy producing wind farm by Cape Wind Associates, who envision a line of wind towers off the southern coast of Cape Cod.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Locking in out-of-country hydro could assure that there will be little production of Mass.-made energy for decades to come.

Metro

Marathon runners raised record $38.4m for charity in 2014

More than 32,000 runners started the 2014 Boston Marathon.

By Laura Crimaldi

The number was nearly double the $20 million raised in the 2013 race, organizers said.

Mass. ranks low overall in prescribing opioids

By Yasmeen Abutaleb

The state was 41st nationally, a finding that comes amid concerns over rising rates of abuse.

on soccer

US has much to savor from World Cup run

Tim Howard slumped off the field after Belgium’s win went final.

By John Powers

“I think they made their country proud with their performance,” US coach Jurgen Klinsmann said after Tuesday’s loss.

More Stories

No gag order in Hernandez double murder case

By Maria Cramer and John R. Ellement

BROOKLINE

Thousands lose power in Brookline outage

By Rachel Riley

Boylston

No dropouts at Tahanto last year

By Matt Gunderson

Business

Compromise hinted over noncompete agreements

By Kyle Alspach

Some top lawmakers are not convinced a ban on contracts that prevent departing workers from joining rival firms is appropriate.

Boston Scientific moves to Marlborough headquarters

Boston Scientific wanted a state-of-the art campus with amenities but didn’t want to “go too Google,” one executive said.

By Robert Weisman

Following six consecutive quarters of expanding sales, the medical device maker now boasts a state-of-the-art headquarters.

Banks sue to overturn local foreclosure laws

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

Seven Mass. banks are suing Lynn and Worcester over foreclosure regulations that the banks are calling unconstitutional.

Obituaries

Allen Grossman, at 82; award-winning poet was longtime Brandeis professor

Dr. Grossman taught for 15 years at Johns Hopkins and 30 years at Brandeis University.

By Bryan Marquard

Dr. Grossman taught for 15 years at Johns Hopkins and 30 years at Brandeis University.

Paul Mazursky, at 84; writer-director probed America’s foibles

Paul Mazursky was considered one of the most insightful American directors of the 1970s.

By Robert D. McFadden

Mr. Mazursky showed the absurdity of modern life in such movies as ‘‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’’ and ‘‘An Unmarried Woman.’’

Sports

Cubs 2, Red Sox 1

Red Sox fall to Cubs again

Brock Holt headed for the dugout as the Cubs celebrated their 2-1 win.

By Julian Benbow

Clay Buchholz was effective, but the Red Sox batters didn’t produce in a second straight defeat to the Cubs.

Red Sox notebook

Minor progress for Mike Carp, Will Middlebrooks

By Julian Benbow

Carp hit second and played first base. Middlebrooks, right behind him in the order, was the DH.

Despite Jarome Iginla exit, Bruins GM likes team’s makeup

Jarome Iginla agreed to a three-year, $16 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

By Amalie Benjamin

GM Peter Chiarelli wanted to re-sign the right wing but was hindered by salary cap issues. He insisted the move was for the good of the team.

G: Food

Comparing house brands at local supermarkets

Shopping the cookie aisle at Whole Foods in Arlington.

By Debra Samuels

A look at house brand prices at nine supermarkets within a 12-mile radius of the Chestnut Hill Wegmans.

Supermarket house-brand loyalty

By Peggy Hernandez

House brands are often perceived by shoppers as better products than many national brands, according to a recent study.

The least expensive items on our grocery list

Where we paid least for each item on our list.

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dining out

La Brasa fits in while standing out

By Devra First

Movie REview

‘Third Person’ singular? No, plural

By Ty Burr

Boston-area to do list

By June Wulff

Names

‘Black Mass’ to limit use of non-union actors as extras

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Meredith Vieira in town to hype her latest show

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Original ‘Brel’ actress attends Gloucester production

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Aaron Hernandez featured in the 2014 University of Florida calendar

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Bruno Mars visits a local hatter

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

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Ed Sheeran is on his way to the Cape

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein