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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.

The Nation

Confusion lingers on Trump, Russia

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

By John Wagner and Felicia Sonmez

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.”

In reversal, North Carolina woman gets license plate to honor wife

A woman said her request for a specialty license plate to honor her wife was denied by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, but the agency later changed its mind.

6 states and NYC sue US over immigration-related policy

By Larry Neumeister

Massachusetts was among the group who say the government is trying to unlawfully force “sanctuary” communities to engage in federal immigration enforcement if they want anticrime funds.

The World

Trump says defending Montenegro, a tiny NATO ally, might start World War III

By John Wagner

President Trump voiced concern that sending troops from the alliance to defend an ‘‘aggressive’’ Montenegro could result in war.

19 dead, 25 missing as migrant boat capsizes north of Cyprus

Paramedics carried a man rescued from a capsized boat off Cyprus as he was brought to a hospital in southern Turkey.

By Menelaos Hadjicostis and Aritz Parra

Nineteen people drowned when a boat loaded with as many as 150 people who were thought to be migrants capsized off the northern coast of Cyprus, a Turkish Cypriot official said Wednesday.

Modi to face no-confidence vote as opposition ramps up pressure

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived for the monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday where he faces a possible no-confidence vote.

By Bibhudatta Pradhan and Abhijit Roy Chowdhury

Modi to face no-confidence vote as opposition ramps up pressure

Editorial & Opinion

DANTE RAMOS

Legalize more housing, Speaker DeLeo

BOSTON, MA - 7/8/2016: Robert DeLeo, speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, speaks during a news conference opposing a ballot question on the legalization of recreational marijuana at William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School. DeLeo, Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh and others announced their opposition to legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. (Timothy Tai for The Boston Globe)

By Dante Ramos

To fix our crippling housing crunch, Massachusetts should let people build “granny apartments.” So why isn’t Robert DeLeo’s House doing anything to legalize more housing?

Opinion | Diane Hessan

The problem isn’t how we feel about Trump — it’s how we feel about each other

Is there a way to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats?

By Diane Hessan

Is there a way to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats?

Opinion | Vartan Gregorian

Welcoming new US citizens to the ‘crusade against ignorance’

A young girl waves an American flag at the naturalization ceremony at the JFK Library and Museum on Wednesday.

By Vartan Gregorian

The president of the Carnegie Corporation talks about immigration, and his own experience as an immigrant, at a naturalization ceremony at the JFK Library.

Metro

Globe, WBUR team to create Gardner Museum heist podcast

Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” was one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

By Malcolm Gay

“Last Seen,” a weekly investigative podcast about the notorious art theft, will debut Sept. 17.

Former schools leader is getting $300,000 in a secret deal that apparently broke the law

Boston, MA - 6/28/2016 - Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang is seen after announcing Michael Contompasis as the Boston Latin School interim Head Master in Boston, MA June 28, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: 29blspic Reporter:

By James Vaznis

Boston’s School Committee approved a separation agreement Monday, in apparent violation of the open meeting law, with Tommy Chang, the former superintendent of the city’s public schools.

Gay Ugandan woman, fearing imprisonment or worse if deported, pleads to stay in US

07/17/2018 Boston Ma - The Rev. Hall Kirkham (cq) left with a women from Uganda whose daugThe Rev. Hall Kirkham (left) embraced a woman from Uganda, whose daughter is trying to stay in the US to escape persecution because she is gay.

By Maria Cramer

Gay, lesbian, and transgender Ugandans can be sentenced to life in prison in the African country.

Business & Tech

Merging Beth Israel, Lahey would sharply drive up health care costs, watchdog says

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

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

As older population grows, Massachusetts angles to become the Silicon Valley for ‘age-tech’

Anna Lisa Gotschlich, who lives with dementia, exclaimed about what she could see as she used virtual reality to take a virtual trip to her childhood hometown in Sweden. Delmy Flagg, Memory Care Director at Maplewood, listens.

By Robert Weisman

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.

Boston Chamber to host weeklong events to recruit minority professionals

By Jon Chesto

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will host a five-day festival in September for millennials of color.

Obituaries

Ann Hopkins, winner of a workplace bias fight, dies at 74

By Brooks Barnes

By her own admission, Ann Hopkins could be abrasive, vulgar, relentless, and impatient in the office.

Fiery Hall of Fame jockey Manny Ycaza dies at 80

Harry F. Guggenheim held the newly christened first-born child of jockey Manuel Ycaza, center, and his first wife, Linda, on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City in 1963.

By Beth Harris

Mr. Ycaza won 2,367 races from 10,561 mounts and rode such acclaimed thoroughbreds as Ack Ack, Damascus, Dr. Fager, and Sword Dancer.

Sports

Ask Amy

Password sharing reveals ex’s texts

By Amy Dickinson

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

AAU BASKETBALL

BABC has 3 teams shooting for AAU titles in Orlando

By Charlie Wolfson

Leo Papile’s 16U squad is coming off a tourney championship at Peach Invitational in Georgia.

Tara Sullivan

Oh no, it’s that time of year again: the sports doldrums

This is the time of year when the sports calendar offers fans very little — just an empty pot bunker at Carnoustie Golf Club.

By Tara Sullivan

With most pro sports on hiatus, fans are left in a holding pattern.

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TV Critic’s Corner

‘Springsteen on Broadway’ coming to Netflix

By Matthew Gilbert

British Open

Will the ball ever stop rolling at Carnoustie?

By Doug Ferguson

BRITISH OPEN NOTEBOOK

R&A takes 2 dozen drivers for test runs

By Tim Dahlberg

Gary Washburn | On basketball

With acquistion of Kawhi Leonard, Raptors remain relevant

By Gary Washburn

nick cafardo | on baseball

Without Manny Machado, Orioles will be fodder for Red Sox

By Nick Cafardo