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The Nation

Terror threat prompts global travel warning

By Eric Schmitt

Senior operatives of Al Qaeda were discussing attacks against American interests in the Middle East and North Africa, US officials said.

Political Notebook

Warren wants quick blood ban review

Elizabeth Warren is responding to rules that gay men cannot donate blood.

Senator Elizabeth Warren asked the federal government to speed its review of the ban on gay men donating blood.

Texas town will receive federal aid after FEMA reverses disaster ruling

By Will Weissert

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved more funding to help rebuild the town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people and leveled homes.

The World

Kerry backpedals on Egypt comment

A poster of former President Mohammed Morsi was held during at a rally near Cairo on Friday.

By Deb Riechmann

Secretary of State John Kerry’s earlier remarks seemed to signal American support for the Egyptian military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

Editorial & Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

Next mayor of Boston needs a no-nonsense CFO

Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak would be open to retaining Meredith Weenick.

By Lawrence Harmon

Voters would do well to elect another mayor who knows the value of taking “no’’ for an answer.

opinion | elissa ely

A patient’s worth, in billing codes

By Elissa Ely

Combine history complexity plus examination bullets plus medical decision-making plus risk, and out of the confusion an accurate code is supposed to pop clearly into view.

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Business

Fed bank president cites missteps by policy makers

James Bullard said Fed forecasts have been too optimistic.

By Megan Woolhouse

The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said his economic forecasts, as well as those of others at the Fed, have been too optimistic in the wake of the recession.

Promotions underway for sales tax holiday

Customers and employees stood near a promotional display at Jordan’s Furniture in Reading. Jordan’s is one local business offering sales tax holiday discounts before the tax-free weekend.

By Taryn Luna

Businesses are rolling out deals days before the state’s sales tax holiday, a sign of its popularity with shoppers and the importance of the weekend to retailers.

Sports

Patriots QB Tom Brady looks to be in it for long haul

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be looking to connect with a lot of newcomers in his receiving corps.

By Michael Vega

Brady celebrates his 36th birthday Saturday, making him the elder statesman of the 90 players on the team’s training camp roster.

G: Family

31 ideas for 31 late summer days

See the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on Aug. 28.

By Vanessa Fernandes and Steph Hiltz

Things to do, one for each day, until Labor Day arrives, from the city to the suburbs, free events to paid, kid-friendly and adults only.

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Events

Boston-area to do list

By Milva DiDomizio