O.J. Simpson could be released as early as Oct. 1

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist.

Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey.

An architect of O.J. Simpson’s acquittal says board made ‘the right decision’

“It was the right decision, based on the law,” said Alan Dershowitz, a member of Simpson’s so-called legal Dream Team from the 1990s.

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington dead at 41 of apparent suicide

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of hard rock, hip-hop and rap, was found dead on Thursday.

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A 6-week-old kitten nearly lost his life to heat exhaustion on the median of Interstate 93 near Canton.

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The Senate’s top Republican, Senator Bruce Tarr, issued a sharp warning to legislators: One key provision might prompt lawsuits.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

White House: Trump ‘has confidence’ in AG Jeff Sessions

The White House says President Donald Trump “has confidence” in Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Michael A. Cohen

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To call his interview with the New York Times incoherent babble is an insult to incoherent babble.

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Could Bank of America vice chair Anne Finucane, who is based in Boston, end up in the driver’s seat at Uber?

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The team will not be allowed to participate in several meets, according to a statement.

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Armed men forced themselves into a home and bound the baby sitter and oldest child with duct tape and zip ties while they ransacked the house, according to police.

Talking Points

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New Balance and Saucony are among the local companies who are expected to bid on a solicitation from the government for athletic shoes.

Sponsored by John Hancock

Marty Walsh and Sam Kennedy on the art of building consensus

Learn how two of Boston’s biggest decision makers get their team, and city, behind them.

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Mellanie Rodriguez, 10, accompanied by her grandmother Jessie Rodriguez, waited to deliver a letter in the Governors office following a rally for the release of her father, MIT janitor Francisco Rodriguez at the State House Thursday.

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Daughter of detained MIT janitor asks Baker to intervene

“If he goes, I’m going with him,” said the 10-year-old daughter of Francisco Rodriguez, an MIT janitor who faces deportation.

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Ryan was also due on Nantucket for a political fundraiser later Thursday, two people familiar with his plans said.

KEVIN CULLEN

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The heroin problem, worsened by fentanyl, is bigger than any struggling city, any state. Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera is desperate enough to think big.

Senator John McCain stepped off his campaign bus in front of Exeter High School, and into a sea of students in Exeter, NH.

Yvonne Abraham

A painful diagnosis for John McCain, a man of integrity

People love John McCain. It’s hard not to, even if you live on a different political planet.

Doug Higgins(red shirt) greets Rick Eaton at the Town hall in Gananoque, Ont., Canada on June 19, 2017. Doug have the C on his jersey in the old picture and Rick have the A and sits to the left of the coach. The two played against Bobby Orr's when his team came to Gananoque in 1960. (Lars Hagberg for the Boston Globe)

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

The Bruins went to scout two players. They found Bobby Orr instead

A trip to Gananoque, Ontario in 1961 to see Doug Higgins and Rick Eaton led to the discovery of Orr at age 13.

BLUE JAYS 8, RED SOX 6

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Thursday’s defeat left them with a split of the four-game series with the Jays and a 4-4 record during this stretch at Fenway.

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A Pittsburgh site has provided the model for Greg Bedard’s new venture.

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“It would be a miracle if she can walk again,” the woman’s sister said in an interview.

What Trump said in the campaign vs. what he’s done in 6 months

Donald Trump was sworn into office six months ago. But his young presidency has struggled under the weight of a failed health care overhaul, an obstacle-ridden travel ban, and constant Russia controversies.

Names

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The actor calls harassment of any sort “unacceptable.”

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Chef Barbara Lynch has enjoyed huge success in the last year.

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Lillian Webb dug a grave in the yard for her fugitive husband at his request and buried him there after he died from his second stroke in 1997.

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Congress must either stand up for an independent Justice Department, or remain silent as President Trump tries to turn it into part of his personal political operation.

Special reports

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In Hingham, a welfare check on a disconsolate young man with a gun turned into something utterly unimaginable.

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The billionaire now controls hospitals and a cancer clinic, where he can test his vision for revamping health care.