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Activists fight plan to close two-thirds of polling places in Ga. county

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a formal protest with the county’s board of elections.

DNA request denied in deaths of Colorado woman, children

Defense lawyers have asked that DNA samples be taken to determine whether the victims were strangled.

Federal court cases could decide future of DACA

The government has been ordered to continue processing renewals while the future of the program is under appeal.

Flushing contact lenses can cause environmental damage

When the lenses make their way to a wastewater treatment facility, they do not biodegrade easily, researchers report, and they may fragment and make their way into surface water.

Drought takes toll on Missouri farmers’ crops, cattle

Missouri has had below-average rainfall since winter and nearly all the state is experiencing drought.

Bishop: Church today ‘not the church’ of grand jury report

The bishop of Pittsburgh’s Roman Catholic diocese pushed back against a call for his resignation.

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

Gay marriage in the US

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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.

Instagram

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