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Coakley, Patrick press for new abortion clinic protections

Responding to the Supreme Court ruling, officials want more power to block harassment and obstruction.

Dr. Charles Vacanti of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is the senior author of one paper and a coauthor of the second.

Electrifying stem cell finding retracted

Amid allegations of fraud, a bombshell stem cell discovery using an acid bath was withdrawn by the journal that published the work.

Mass. lawmakers urge Iraq vote before action

The state’s elected representatives in Congress want a vote before any introduction of US combat power.

Preparations for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular were accelerated to avoid rains from Tropical Storm Arthur.

Essdras M Suarez/ Globe staff

Boston’s Fourth of July festivities set for Thursday

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, a tradition that has thrilled spectators on the Esplanade every Fourth of July for four decades, will be held one day earlier this year, on Thursday, to avoid a tropical storm that is expected to soak the region.

Tech lab

Facebook’s mind game was a violation of trust

The manipulation of some users’ news feeds shows how Internet behemoths can monitor, and change, online behaviors.

The Nation

Mass. lawmakers urge Iraq vote before action

“I am not in favor of inching troops there more and more,” said Representative John Tierney.

By Bryan Bender

The state’s elected representatives in Congress want a vote before any introduction of US combat power.

Privacy board backs NSA’s Internet program

By David E. Sanger

That program, according to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, is largely in compliance with both the Constitution.

Companies’ job growth highest since late 2012, report shows

By Shobhana Chandra

Payrolls at US companies climbed in June by the most since November 2012, a sign the job market is strengthening as demand picks up.

The World

Youth’s death sparks clashes

A Palestinian kicked a tire after setting it ablaze during clashes with Israeli police in a Jerusalem suburb on Wednesday.

By Ruth Eglash

The abduction and suspected revenge killing of an Arab youth sparked intense clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security.

Foreign ministers forge path to resume Ukraine cease-fire

By Frank Jordans

Ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France agreed on a series of steps for a resumption of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.

Suicide bomber in Kabul kills eight Afghan air force officers

Afghan National Army soldiers guarded the scene of the suicide attack on a bus in Kabul.

By Azam Ahmed and Jawad Sukhanyar

A suicide bomber killed eight Afghan air force officers after boarding a bus carrying them through central Kabul.

Editorial & Opinion

Alex Beam

John Kerry’s nightmare dream job

Secretary of State John Kerry waited for a meeting with Saudi King Abdullah at the king's home last month.

By Alex Beam

Kerry wanted to be secretary of state, but when he speaks, it seems that no one listens.

NICHOLAS BURNS

The Middle East at a tipping point

By Nicholas Burns

In the worst-case scenario, the converging pressures could lead to the breakup of Iraq.

Elissa Ely

An ovoid act of faith

By Elissa Ely

That pale blue gum on the dome of the trash can was not a wad of gum.

Metro

Electrifying stem cell finding retracted

Dr. Charles Vacanti of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston is the senior author of one paper and a coauthor of the second.

By Carolyn Y. Johnson

Amid allegations of fraud, a bombshell stem cell discovery using an acid bath was withdrawn by the journal that published the work.

Coakley, Patrick press for new abortion clinic protections

Abortion protestors stood just inside the buffer zone at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Boston.

By David Scharfenberg

Responding to the Supreme Court ruling, officials want more power to block harassment and obstruction.

Boston’s Fourth of July festivities set for Thursday

Preparations for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular were accelerated to avoid rains from Tropical Storm Arthur.

By Travis Andersen, Faiz Siddiqui and Zachary T. Sampson

Storrow Drive will close at noon and Memorial Drive will be closed at 6 p.m.

More Stories

Yvonne Abraham

The US: the good, the bad, the anthem

By Yvonne Abraham

Business

State panel deals challenge to another Partners hospital merger

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

A commission said Partners HealthCare’s takeover of Hallmark Health System would increase premiums for employers and consumers.

Tech lab

Facebook’s mind game was a violation of trust

By Hiawatha Bray

The manipulation of some users’ news feeds shows how Internet behemoths can monitor, and change, online behaviors.

Analysis

Settlement with broad implications no longer clear

By Robert Weisman

The deal allowing Partners to acquire Weymouth’s South Shore Hospital and two other hospitals while capping its prices and further growth is under a spotlight.

Obituaries

Peg Hannigan, 79; longtime high school health teacher

Margaret “Peg” Hannigan was the health coordinator at Harwich High School.

By Alli Knothe

Widowed at 40, Mrs. Hannigan kept her household together, devoted herself to those in need, and focused on her faith the rest of her life.

Mira Slovak, 84; daredevil pilot defected from Prague

By Bart Barnes

Mr. Slovak was 23 when he defected to the West and spent most of the next 60 years in the United States.

Stephen Gaskin, 79; founder of rural Tennessee commune

Mr. Gaskin explained his religious beliefs at a gathering in Summertown, Tenn., in 1972.

By Lucas L. Johnson II

In 1970, Mr. Gaskin led a caravan of about 320 hippies to 1,750 acres of rough ridge country where they founded the back-to-basics collective.

Sports

Cubs 16, Red Sox 9

Humiliated Red Sox swept by Cubs

Felix Doubront allowed three runs in his 1⅓
 innings. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

By Peter Abraham

The basement-dwelling Cubs hit four home runs and had 19 hits in all as they left Boston with a three-game sweep.

On baseball

Red Sox finally hit — but it’s rock bottom

The scoreboard didn’t tell a good story for Jonny Gomes and the Red Sox on Wednesday.

By Nick Cafardo

At this point there’s little evidence that things can turn around for the Red Sox to make a playoff run.

Avery Bradley’s new deal surprises some

By locking up the 23-year-old Avery Bradley, the Celtics have secured one of the top perimeter defenders in the NBA.

By Baxter Holmes

The $32 million committed to Bradley, whom the Celtics consider a key part of their future, was “way too high” a league source said.

G: Style

With affluent parents, ‘four is the new three’

Kyle Donovan blows bubbles in her backyard with her 2-year-old son Matthew. She says she is often conflicted about wanting her son to have a sibling.

By Kara Baskin

For parents who have one child, feelings of gratitude mingle with the occasional twinge of defensiveness.

When fertility comments leave a pregnant pause

By Kara Baskin

Dr. Alice Domar, who runs the Domar Center for Mind-Body Health at Boston IVF, offers clients handy comebacks for common conversations.

For Dunn, playing dumb is paying off

From left: Tyler Ritter, Laurie Metcalf, Joey McIntyre, Jimmy Dunn, Kelen Coleman, and Jack McGee in CBS’s upcoming new sitcom “The McCarthys.”

By Nick A. Zaino III

Jimmy Dunn’s persona helped him get a co-starring role on “The McCarthys,” which debuts Oct. 30.