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signs of endgame to shutdown

GOP senators hopeful, but House remains the wildcard

Senator Rob Portman, Republican of Ohio, departed the White House on Friday after Republican senators met with President Obama for 90 minutes.

Charles Dharapak/Associated Press

Lawmakers sounded more optimistic on Friday, but they have so far failed to reach consensus on how to end the impasse that has crippled the government.

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Senator Susan Collins of Maine spoke with reporters on Capitol Hill. She hopes to influence House Republicans to move toward a bipartisan solution to end the shutdown.

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signs of endgame to shutdown

Maine’s Collins suddenly the moderate in the middle

WASHINGTON — The call was urgent. A Democrat was on the other line. Someone Senator Susan Collins has been trying to negotiate with in her emerging role as a dealmaker addressing the government’s twin fiscal crises.

signs of endgame to shutdown

// Rumblings of discontent from district GOP counts on

Across New Jersey’s fifth congressional district, interviews with numerous voters show anger over the shutdown and growing dissatisfaction with Tea Party lawmakers.

Charlotte Golar Richie (left) called state Representative Martin J. Walsh on Friday to tell him she would endorse his campaign for mayor, according to two people with direct knowledge of the call.

Charlotte Golar Richie to back Martin Walsh

Charlotte Golar Richie, who finished third in the preliminary last month, told Martin Walsh she would endorse his campaign for mayor, sources said.

John Farrell’s style works great for Red Sox

Farrell, with roots deep in the Red Sox organization, has proved to be the right man to lead the team back from a disastrous period.

Afghans fear chaos will return when US leaves

Afghan soldiers now lead all combat operations, but government agencies are often unable to perform more than the basics.

The Nation

Air Force fires general in charge of land missiles

Carey was removed “due to a loss of trust.”

By Craig Whitlock

The firing was the second time in a week that a senior commander of the country’s nuclear arsenal has been let go for allegations of personal misconduct.

Judge snuffs N.Y. park smoking ban

By Michael Virtanen

Parks officials must stop enforcing their ban on outdoor smoking, a state judge ordered, agreeing with a smokers’ rights group that the state exceeded its authority.

N.J. justices to hear gay marriage case

By Geoff Mulvihill

The state’s highest court on Friday agreed to hear a case on whether gay marriage should be legal and whether same-sex weddings can be performed while it decides.

The World

Nobel Peace Prize goes to arms watchdog

Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in a hotel in Damascus, read a message from their director general congratulating them on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

By Alan Cowell

The award to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is currently destroying Syria’s stockpile, took some Nobel watchers by surprise.

Syrian rebels accused of war crimes

Civilians in Deir al-Zor searched for victims under the rubble of a building that activists said was shelled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad on Monday.

By Karin Laub

Human Rights Watch said the offensive against 14 pro-regime villages in Latakia province was led by five Islamist extremist groups, including two linked to Al Qaeda.

American missionary detained in N. Korea gets a visit from his mother

Kenneth Bae met with his mother, Myunghee Bae, in a North Korean hospital.

By Rick Gladstone

The mother of Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American who is being held in North Korea and is in failing health, saw him in a Pyongyang hospital Friday.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Roland Merullo

The table of the hungry

A young boy stands near a home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

By Roland Merullo

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota puts everything else — small family arguments, money worries, less than great meals — into perspective.


A zone that should be left alone

By Renée Loth

The Supreme Court should uphold the state’s buffer zone that creates a protected area at the entrances of health centers.

Derrick Z. Jackson

New England’s threatened lobster

Lobsterman Steve Train inspects a lobster while hauling traps in the waters off Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Climate change may have caused problems with the lobster population, which is diminishing in the waters of southern New England.


Authorities want public’s help in locating N.H. teen

New Hampshire Fish and Game personnel and volunteers prepared to search a wooded area in Conway, N.H., Friday for Abigail Hernandez, who disappeared after school Wednesday. Her 15th birthday is Saturday.

By Martin Finucane and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Abigail Hernandez, who turns 15 Saturday, was last seen Wednesday near Kennett High School in North Conway, the FBI said.

Three disciplined in case preceding Amy Lord death

Edwin Alemany has been charged with murder in the death of Amy Lord.

By Travis Andersen

A lieutenant and two detective sergeants were reprimanded for the handling of a case last year against Edwin Alemany, the man accused of killing Amy Lord in July.

Charlotte Golar Richie to back Martin Walsh

Charlotte Golar Richie (left) called state Representative Martin J. Walsh on Friday to tell him she would endorse his campaign for mayor, according to two people with direct knowledge of the call.

By Andrew Ryan

Charlotte Golar Richie, who finished third in the preliminary last month, told Martin Walsh she would endorse his campaign for mayor, sources said.

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State official blasts Westfield State president

By Andrea Estes and Scott Allen


Coast Guard rescues two lobstermen off Martha’s Vineyard

By Jasper Craven


Standoff in Dorchester ends peacefully

By Nicholas Jacques


Man killed in hit-and-run accident in Middleborough

By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz


One woman’s lengthy wait for unemployment aid

Karen Lucas waited nearly three months for her jobless benefits.

By Megan Woolhouse

It took three months for Karen Lucas of Watertown to see one dime — months where she depleted her savings and called the state repeatedly.

Barge breathes new life into former Quincy shipyard site

The 1,500-ton barge will set off from the Fore River Shipyard on Sunday, headed for dredging projects in Connecticut and Maine. It includes two giant clamshell bucket scoops (below).

By Gail Waterhouse

Cashman Dredging elected to build the massive dredging barge at the old Fore River site, the first new vessel built there in decades.

Andover, Sudbury sites will work on Navy radars

Raytheon Co.’s Andover plant will handle work for the Navy project, the company said Friday.

By Michael B. Farrell

Waltham-based Raytheon Co. said Friday it inked a deal worth as much as $1.6 billion to build advanced radar systems for new Navy destroyers.


Larry Benoit, 89; hunter of big bucks in Vt.

Mr. Benoit gave hunting seminars across the country.

By Wilson Ring

Mr. Benoit’s family estimated that during a lifetime of hunting, he shot at least 200 bucks.

Erich Priebke, convicted Nazi war criminal; at 100

Erich Priebke, shown entering a court in Rome, was extradited from Argentina in 1995.

By Emily Langer

Mr. Priebke, a German SS officer behind one of the worst massacres in Italy during World War II, was an important figure in Italy’s struggle to reckon with its past.

Wilfried Martens, former Belgian prime minister; at 77

Mr. Martens led the EU’s Christian Democrat group for almost two decades.

Mr. Martens was lauded as a tireless leader who kept keep his nation of Dutch- and French-speakers together while giving the linguistic regions ever more autonomy.

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Jon Lester relishes turnaround from depths of MLB

Jon Lester ran in the outfield on Friday.

By Peter Abraham

A year removed from the painful of a last-place finish, Lester says his path to a Game 1 start in the ALCS has been “fun.”

Christopher L. Gasper

Don’t consider these Red Sox underdogs

Jon Lester, center, and the Red Sox welcome the Tigers for the start of the ALCS on Saturday.

By Christopher L. Gasper

The Sox, portrayed as “scrappy underdogs,” may have been underestimated, but that doesn’t mean they’re underdogs.


Injured forearm, not back, has kept Rob Gronkowski sidelined

Rob Gronkowski (left, with Michael Hoomanawanui) at practice this week.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

By Ben Volin

The condition of Gronkowski’s surgically repaired forearm is raising questions as to whether he will ever be “the same old Gronk.”

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Dan Shaughnessy

Red Sox-Tigers is a splendid old-school matchup

By Dan Shaughnessy

Tigers Notebook

Jose Iglesias has added incentive vs. Red Sox

By Julian Benbow

Red Sox Notebook

Red Sox line up Clay Buchholz to start Game 2

By Peter Abraham

Melrose 33, Watertown 13

Mike DiRaffaele gives lift to Melrose

By Andrew MacDougall

Central Catholic 14, Lowell 12

Punter Dan Wilson gives kick to Central Catholic

By Anthony Gulizia

patriots notebook

DT Tommy Kelly (knee) out Sunday

By Shalise Manza Young

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 | 13 innings

Carlos Beltran lifts Cardinals with 3 RBIs

By Gary Washburn

US 2, Jamaica 0

US men net win in World Cup qualifying

By Dave Skretta

College hockey: BU 3, UMass 1

BU defeats UMass in home opener

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell


Celtics fail to overcome big deficit, fall to 76ers

By Baxter Holmes

Boston College at Clemson | 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

BC faces elite test in No. 3 Clemson

By Michael Vega

Old Rochester 35, Dighton-Rehoboth 28

Darien Dumond’s fourth-quarter touchdown leads ORR

By Stephen Sellner

O’Bryant 8, Dorchester 6

O’Bryant escapes with win over Bears

By Lorenzo Recupero

Bishop Fenwick 48, Austin Prep 18

Quarterback Nick Bona leads Crusaders

By Greg Joyce

G: Family

New breed of teen-services librarians emerges

Librarians Jessi Snow (left) and Laura Koenig work with young adult readers at the Copley Library in Boston.

By Eugenia Williamson

Hipper and more social-media savvy than their counterparts, these young professionals view themselves as advocates for adolescents and their literary lives.

From the Archives

From Globe archives: The Topsfield Fair

By Leanne Burden

Started in 1818 to encourage agriculture interest in Essex County, the fair now also entertains with rides and games as well as the traditional mainstays.

Aukerman and crew come in with a ‘Bang!’

Scott Aukerman brings  his “Comedy Bang! Bang!” show to Royale.

By Nick A. Zaino III

Fans can get a look at Scott Aukerman’s surreal talk show, “Comedy Bang! Bang!” Sunday at Royale with guests Paul F. Tompkins and sketch troupe the Birthday Boys.