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US backers of Islamic State under scrutiny

Kurdish peshmerga fighters looked on as smoke billowed from a town about 175 miles north of Baghdad during clashes with the Islamic State earlier this month.

By Tom Hays

The attention comes amid a new barrage of US airstrikes against the militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley.

Tension eases in Ferguson, focus shifts to grand jury charges

A peace sign was tucked among teddy bears in a memorial created for Michael Brown in the spot where his body lay.

By Sara Burnett

A failure by grand jurors to charge the officer in the shooting could stoke new anger in the community.

Obama sets new rules for contraceptives

By Josh Lederman

The Obama administration announced measures to allow some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while ensuring the women have access to contraception.

The World

Russian aid convoy, artillery units cross into Ukraine

Ukraine views Russia’s aid convoy with deep suspicion, fearing it could be carrying arms or other support for separatists.

By Andrew Higgins

More than 200 trucks crossed into eastern Ukraine without Red Cross escorts, drawing anger from Ukraine.

Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq

The lawmakers’ move is a major hurdle for prime minister designate Haider al-Abadi.

By Sinan Salaheddin

The massacre prompted Sunni lawmakers to freeze talks on forming a government.

Gazans suspected of collaborating with Israel executed

The executions, by masked gunmen, were the most public and numerous since the 47-day-old conflict began.

By Fares Akram

As many as 18 Palestinians were shot in public, in what was seen as a warning to the people of the Gaza Strip.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Philip S. Balboni

Tribute to James Foley’s courage and dedication

James Foley, a journalist from New Hampshire, was killed by Islamic State militants. He had been kidnapped in Syria in 2012.

By Philip S. Balboni

GlobalPost’s Philip Balboni writes that Foley was among the most courageous journalists he has ever known.

LAWRENCE HARMON

Beacon Hill residents have the right idea on ramps

Alex Guimaraes worked on ramps at Beacon and Charles streets in Beacon Hill earlier this month.

By Lawrence Harmon

The preservationists are right — but in Boston, that only guarantees they will get roughed up twice as hard.

opinion | Michael A. Cohen

US gun culture has police arming to keep up

Earlier this month, police officers pointed their weapons at demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

By Michael A. Cohen

It’s simply impossible to talk incisively about what’s happening in Ferguson without talking about guns.

Metro

New requirement keeps many older users off The Ride

A passenger leaves a vehicle used by the MBTA’s The Ride service.

By Martine Powers

A move by the MBTA to crack down on fraud has led to a sharp drop in the number of older users.

More than 60 years later, a love note from a familiar stranger

Cynthia Riggs and Howard Attebery wrote notes to each other in a simple code in 1950. Inside an envelope that traveled from his house in San Diego to her post office box on Martha’s Vineyard, he added one new message, also in code. “I have never stopped loving you.”

By Kathleen Burge

Separated by distance and time, a couple found the words to connect again.

Review sheds more light on Jared Remy case

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan withheld parts of the review.

By Maria Cramer

More details emerged about why a prosecutor did not contest Remy’s release after his arrest last year on domestic violence charges.

More Stories

The Jobs of Summer

Groundskeeper gets his dream job at Fenway

By Andrew Ryan

THOMAS FARRAGHER

Rooting for the return of Salisbury’s glory days

By Thomas Farragher

Hernandez fiancee seeks dismissal of perjury charges

By Laura Crimaldi and John R. Ellement

Cape Flyer’s gourmet chef

By James Sullivan

Business

Arthur T. Demoulas offers $1.5 billion for Market Basket

Save MB” is spelled out in packaging materials at the Somerville Market Basket.

By Casey Ross

Demoulas also provided a financing letter and a deal could be in place by Sunday, officials said.

Recovery remains incomplete, Janet Yellen says

Janet L. Yellen said recovery cannot be judged by one factor.

By Binyamin Appelbaum

The Fed is awaiting more evidence about the health of labor markets before deciding when to start raising interest rates, Yellen said.

Executive lineup changes again at McDonald’s

McDonald’s said Mike Andres will take over its flagship US division effective Oct. 15.

McDonald’s has named a new president for its flagship US division, the second change in the high-profile spot in less than two years.

Obituaries

Licia Albanese, 105; soprano for the Metropolitan Opera

Licia Albanese played the title role in “Madama Butterfly.”

By Emily Langer

Ms. Albanese ennobled the tragic heroines of Puccini and Verdi in hundreds of performances with the Met and on other leading world stages.

Toby Massey, 80; AP editor of photos

Toby Massey (right) worked with Phil Sandlin and Steve Pyle (on phone) during an early shuttle launch in Florida.

By Douglass K. Daniel

Mr. Massey directed coverage of presidents, political conventions, and major events during a 38-year career.

Sports

Mariners 5, Red Sox 3

Koji Uehara fails to protect Red Sox’ lead

Koji Uehara gave up five runs in the ninth inning.

By Julian Benbow

The reliever gave up five runs in a disastrous ninth inning at Fenway Park.

Patriots 30, Panthers 7

Tom Brady shines as Patriots rout Panthers

Tom Brady (right) celebrated after he connected with Shane Vereen for a touchdown in the second quarter.

By Shalise Manza Young

The quarterback completed 17 of 21 passes for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Shane Vereen in the Patriots’ 30-7 victory.

ben volin | on football

It’s go time for Patriots’ offense

The Patriots ran onto the field ahead of Friday’s preseason game against the Panthers.

By Ben Volin

The third preseason game is a good barometer of the team’s progress, and the offense looked stellar.

G: Family

They keep smiling for Abbie Benford

Amy and Stephen Benford with their son, David, 18. The family has created the fund KeepSmilin4Abbie to work to prevent deaths from anaphylaxis.

By Bella English

A food allergy cut short Abbie Benford’s life. Now her family is trying to save others.

Dance Review

An abundance of riches from Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Members of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in “Over Glow” by Jorma Elo.

By Janine Parker

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

Book Review

‘Tomlinson Hill’ by Chris Tomlinson

By Eric Allen Been

The relationship of former NFL star LaDainian Tomlinson is masterfully stitched together with Chris Tomlinson’s own heritage.