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Arkansas executes killer for 4th lethal injection in 8 days

Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the execution began at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner.

Amtrak Plans to Close Several Penn Station Tracks for Major Repairs

Amtrak officials plan to close several tracks at Pennsylvania Station in New York this summer for major repairs.

Final Ark. execution hits close to home of death row

The state planned to execute its fourth prisoner in seven days, after the Supreme Court rejected claims that the inmate is ineligible for the death penalty.

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up in New York City

In a park amid Manhattan skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork.

Senate Dems block quick vote on short-term spending bill

Senate Democrats late Thursday blocked a quick vote on a short-term spending bill to keep the government open, roiling Washington with brinkmanship less than 30 hours before a midnight Friday deadline for a shutdown and President Donald Trump's 100th day in office.

State Department understaffing is likely to linger into 2018

The stampede of diners through the State Department has ebbed, with diplomats now lingering over Korean barbecue and checking their phones.

JFK: 50 Years Later

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A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Globe Investigations

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// Recent investigative reports

Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

Gay marriage in the US

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// Timeline of gay marriage in US

In the early 1970s, there were zero states banning or allowing same-sex marriage. Now it’s legal nationwide, and all bans have been overturned.


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A live stream of Instagram posts from The Boston Globe photo department.