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President Donald Trump spoke during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday.

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Confusion lingers on Trump, Russia

His toughness with Vladimir Putin in question, President Trump declared he had told the Russian leader face to face to stay out of America’s elections “and that’s the way it’s going to be.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/18/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/ryan_bethIsrael2_biz.jpg Merging Beth Israel, Lahey would sharply drive up health care costs, watchdog says

The consolidation would boost medical spending by as much as $191.3 million a year for inpatient, outpatient, and primary care services.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/18/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/PlusStateTrooper-15156.jpg Former public safety secretary to consult with scandal-plagued State Police

The State Police say they have brought in a familiar face to consult and bring change to the department: former state public safety secretary Kathleen O’Toole.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/15/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/lee_071418_housekeeper3_met.jpg Going green is cutting into hotel housekeepers’ livelihoods

Programs that encourage guests to skip housekeeping, and save energy, are wreaking havoc on workers’ schedules, a union says.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/07/05/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/turner070518METROxxagetech132.jpg As older population grows, Massachusetts angles to become the Silicon Valley for ‘age-tech’

Massachusetts leaders think it’s time to apply the state’s Yankee ingenuity — its potent mix of brainpower and technology prowess — to solving the problems of aging.