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Boston makes US short list for 2024 Olympics

Making the list is only an incremental step in an arduous process, but it keeps alive the possibility of a Boston Olympics.

An NTSB inquiry has centered on a May 31 crash that killed seven people aboard a Gulfstream IV jet at Hanscom Field.

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Pilots may have skipped checklist before Hanscom crash

Data from the flight recorder on the Gulfstream plane that crashed at Hanscom field in late May suggests that pilots did not check to see if their controls worked before takeoff, the National Transportation Safety Board said today in a preliminary report.

The celebrated Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will take the stage of Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre for a solo piano recital.

Critic’s Notebook

Russian musicians’ support for Putin not playing well

Whether their endorsements flow from sincere personal beliefs, the pro-Putin stance of many musicians is catching up with them overseas.

Volunteers who joined the army to fight Sunni militants boarded trucks in Baghdad.

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Iraqi cleric’s call fuels fear of sectarian war

A top Shi’ite cleric implored his followers to take up arms against Sunni militants who have captured broad stretches of territory.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/06/14/BostonGlobe.com/Foreign/Images/08242008_24bidenro-6843755.jpg Chaos raises anew question of splitting up Iraq

Creating three semiautonomous regions may now be the best option to create stability, a number of analysts say.

Patrick’s SJC pick a Mass. milestone

Geraldine Hines currently serves on the state’s appeals court.