Merging Beth Israel, Lahey would drive up costs, watchdog says

The consolidation would boost medical spending by as much as $191.3 million a year for inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services.

US President Donald Trump spoke during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

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Controversy again surrounds Trump as he claims Russia is not targeting US

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said reporters misunderstood Trump’s answer to a question on whether Russia was still meddling in US elections.

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Maria Butina, who has been charged with secretly acting on Moscow’s behalf in the United States, was ordered held without bond.

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Liberals lawmakers had wanted the budget to prohibit police from performing some federal immigration duties.

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A lawyer for Emanuel Lopes said he has “been unable to speak with him in any coherent fashion” about the case, but the judge decided Lopes was aware of what was happening.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Shaun%20Tyman%20charged%20by%20Winchester%20police%20w%20stalking%207%2018%2019%20booking%20photo.jpg Lowell man allegedly tracked co-worker with GPS for at least 12 days

A Lowell man is now facing stalking charges following a monthlong investigation by Lowell and Winchester police.

Opinion | Diane Hessan

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Is there a way to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats?

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/PlusStateTrooper-15156.jpg Former public safety secretary to consult with scandal-plagued State Police

The State Police say they have brought in a familiar face to consult and bring change to the department: former state public safety secretary Kathleen O’Toole.

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A serial rapist was sentenced Wednesday for raping women on the Esplanade and in South Boston in 2006, 2007, and 2010.

Ye Qing Wei, a housekeeper at Sheraton Boston, has seen her schedule disrupted by green programs that encourage people to opt out of housekeeping service in exchange for points and meal coupons.

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Going green is cutting into hotel housekeepers’ livelihoods

Programs that encourage guests to skip housekeeping, and save energy, are wreaking havoc on workers’ schedules, a union says.

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ADAM HIMMELSBACH

What the Kawhi Leonard deal means for the teams involved, Celtics, and NBA as a whole

Leonard going to an Eastern Conference team will re-balance the player talent scales at least a bit.

SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 11: Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots football team and chief executive officer of the Kraft Group, arrives for a morning session of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 11, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Three Boston teams named to Forbes World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

The Patriots were the second-ranked NFL team.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo,Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado throws to first base to make the double play on Boston Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Without Manny Machado, Orioles will be fodder for Red Sox

If he’s traded to the Dodgers as expected, Baltimore will be a weaker team.

Fort Myers, FL- 2/23/2018 - Red Sox Spring Training- Credit Stan Grossfeld/Boston Globe--- Red Sox manager Alex Cora enjoys a laugh prior to managing his first big league exhibition game.

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Q & A

Alex Cora talks which players have surprised him, releasing Hanley Ramirez, and more

The Red Sox manager took questions from the Globe about his impressions of the season and what the future holds.

Forks, Spoons and Knives on Blue Background

Miss Conduct

Is it rude to bring our own silverware to parties? We’re anti-plastic

I don’t want my family using paper plates and plastic utensils, even at other people’s parties. Plus, a popcorn-in-teeth dilemma.

DANTE RAMOS

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To fix our crippling housing crunch, Massachusetts should let people build “granny apartments.” So why isn’t Robert DeLeo’s House doing anything to legalize more housing?

NAMES

Dig, a new dating app for dog lovers, to host Fort Point bash

The dating service was founded by Newton-raised sisters Leigh and Casey Isaacson, who believe that dog-friendly humans make good teams.

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A group of boaters got to witness a rare sight last weekend: a great white shark having a meal.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/07/12/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/Lee_unaked2_met.jpg Some dockless bike companies don’t mind if you use their bikes for Boston’s World Naked Bike Ride

Just be courteous and think about the people who might use that bike after you.

A Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce meeting at the InterContinental Boston last year.

Talking Points

Business community tries to make Boston more inclusive

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is hosting a festival in September, with panels and other programs aimed at bringing together and helping millennials of color.

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President Donald Trump says the familiar color on the presidential aircraft will give way to a new red-white-and-blue color scheme.

Opinion & Ideas

IDEAS | Mark Hannah

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The real threat to European democracy and unity comes not from Russia but from within the West itself.

Special reports

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The Kakuma Refugee Camp is a holding center for thousands dispossessed by war and conflict. A New Hampshire university has made it the focus of its global plans.

STAT

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Eric Betzig’s newest microscope looks nothing like the one you remember from school.

Globe event

Seattle’s mayor talks growing pains that offer some lessons for Boston

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan spoke at a Globe event on how innovation is shaping our world, and she’s in high demand among the hundreds of mayors gathered in Boston.

Love Letters: The Podcast

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Meredith Goldstein explores how to move on when a relationship ends.

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