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Facebook uncovers attempts to influence upcoming midterms, but won’t blame Russia

Facebook was widely criticized for failing to detect Russian interference in the 2016 election.

By Nicholas Fandos and Kevin Roose

The social network said it had removed 32 pages and fake accounts that engaged in activity around divisive social issues.

Judge issues order to stop release of 3-D plastic gun blueprints

A printable pistol released to Internet was named

By Matthew Daly and Catherine Lucey

Eight Democratic attorneys general, including Maura Healey of Massachusetts, filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the release.

John Kelly says he’ll remain Trump’s chief of staff until 2020

White house chief of staff John Kelly at a July 18 Cabinet meeting. Kelly has told his senior aides that the president had asked him to stay on in his job through 2020, and that he had accepted.

By Philip Rucker

Kelly’s announcement to staff ends, for now, what had become rampant chatter in Washington about his departure and who might replace him.

The World

Generals from rival Koreas end talks with no agreement

Lieutenant General An Ik San (left) and Major General Kim Do Gyun said they had a meaningful discussion.

By Hyung Jin-Kim

Nonetheless, officials said they had a meaningful discussion on easing their countries’ decades-long military standoff.

US Vatican cardinal: ‘Not once did I even suspect’ McCarrick

Pope Francis accepted US prelate Theodore McCarrick's offer to resign from the College of Cardinals last week.

By Nicole Winfield

Cardinal Kevin Farrell insisted he never knew of the alleged sexual abuse of boys and adult seminarians by the former Archbishop of Washington, D.C.

US spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles

Intelligence sources told The Washington Post that Kim Jong Un’s North Korean regime has continued to build missiles in the wake of Kim’s summit with President Trump.

By Ellen Nakashima and Joby Warrick

Intelligence shows the North Koreans trying to assemble at least one long-range missile, officials said.

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial

Undetectable plastic guns have arrived. Congress needs to act

A “Liberator” pistol pictured next to the 3-D printer on which its components were made.

Federal law needs to keep pace with 3-D printed guns.

Opinion | Michael Brown and Edward F. Davis III

Shore up cybersecurity before it’s too late

By Michael Brown and Edward F. Davis III

It is only a matter of time until citizens are personally affected by much more than identity theft.

Renée Graham

John Kelly is Trump’s Maytag repairman — unwanted and unnecessary

By Renée Graham

The White House chief of staff has been neutered by a president that doesn’t need him.

Metro

A shark named Mueller (and Cool Beans, and FLASH, and Jack...)

30sharknames -- For a $2,500 donation, the Conservancy lets anyone adopt their own great white shark. In exchange, adopters receive naming rights and, upon the sharkÕs tagging by the Conservancy, an underwater photo and some basic information, including the sharkÕs size and tagging date. This shark's name is Nan-sea. (Handout)

By Dugan Arnett

You can adopt a highway. You can adopt a star. And now you can adopt and name one of the ocean’s fiercest predators.

Youngsters shown a slice of life as a scientist

Jaida Thomas, 9, was very attentive during an experiment to extract DNA from a strawberry.

By Marek Mazurek

Representatives from Thermo Fisher Scientific visited a Boston charter school and demonstrated experiments designed to “hook” students on science.

Ground Game

The hottest race on the ballot? In Trump’s America, that may be secretary of state

In Massachusetts, Secretary of State Bill Galvin, the fourth-longest-serving secretary of state in the nation, is being challenged by a Boston city councilor.

By James Pindell

Contests for secretary of state haven’t gotten this much attention in over a century.

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Anger grows over fatal Cotuit crash that killed new dad

By Shelley Murphy, John R. Ellement and Amelia Nierenberg

Legislators reach deal on opioids, but not on health care by end of session

By Matt Stout, Felice J. Freyer and Priyanka Dayal McCluskey

Anger grows over fatal Cotuit crash that killed new dad

By Shelley Murphy, John R. Ellement and Amelia Nierenberg

Business & Tech

Ice company scion wants to create ‘the Sam Adams of cannabis’

“I want to create the Sam Adams of cannabis,” said Mario Signore.

By Jon Chesto

Mario Signore grew up in the family business, Brookline Ice. Now he wants to supply a different kind of commodity to the region.

Verizon will move into tower to be built over North Station

An artist’s drawing of the third phase of The Hub on Causeway project.

By Tim Logan

Verizon’s long-rumored major expansion in Boston is apparently official, though the telecom giant isn’t revealing details.

Boston Public Market will establish a presence at Logan Airport

A rendering of the Boston Public Market in Terminal C at Logan Airport.

By Janelle Nanos

The locally-sourced food hall hopes it will find a larger audience with the move.

Obituaries

Thomas B. Concannon Jr., 78, Newton’s first elected Democratic mayor

Mr. Concannon greeted supporters in Newton during his campaign for mayor in 1994.

By Bryan Marquard

Mr. Concannon served on the Board of Aldermen, was president of the Newton Cultural Alliance, and practiced law in the city for more than 40 years.

Hatidza Mehmedovic, 65; spoke out for Bosnia massacre victims

Mrs. Mehmedovic, next to the gravestones of her two sons at a cemetery for victims of the massacre at Srebrenica.

By Barbara Surk

Mrs. Mehmedovic lost her own sons and husband in the bloodshed.

Bill Loud, father on reality TV’s ‘An American Family,’ dies at 97

By William Yardley

What made Mr. Loud a pioneer was that he was not acting — and that he was often not acting responsibly.

Sports

PHILLIES 3, RED SOX 1

One good sign from this Red Sox loss: Drew Pomeranz looked better

Boston, MA: 7-31-18: The Red Sox Andrew Benintendi is about to be tagged out at the plate by Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro on a bottom of the first inning play that was scored as a caught stealing. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in a regular season inter league baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Julian Benbow

The lefthander went five innings to keep his team close, but Philadelphia’s Jake Arrieta silenced the Red Sox offense.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

With Chris Sale out, can the Red Sox pitching staff pick up the slack?

Boston, MA: 7-30-18: Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg fires a top of the ninth inning pitch. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in a regular season inter league baseball game at Fenway Park. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

By Nick Cafardo

Sale’s trip to the DL and the failure to obtain a veteran reliever at the trade deadline will test the roster’s depth.

BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Observations and impressions of the Patriots after five days of practice

Foxborough MA 7/30/18 New England Patriots Cordarrelle Patterson during a special night practice for season ticket holders and VIP's at Gillette Stadium. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Ben Volin

The receiving corps is undermanned, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski haven’t displayed their usual energy, Stephon Gilmore has dominated, and more.

Wednesday Food

What She’s Having

The owner of Saltbox Kitchen in Concord fills his menus with goods from his family farm

Eggplant with goat cheese and housemade pickled red onion at Saltbox Kitchen.

By Sheryl Julian

Chef Ben Elliott left top kitchens in Boston to take over his grandparents’ Saltbox Farm in Concord, and now brings the produce to his nearby kitchen.

GEtting salty

Getting Salty with a longtime Kimball Farm ice cream scooper

By Kara Baskin

If you’ve lined up with the masses at the Westford ice cream stand in recent years, chances are you’ve encountered Sam Jacobson.

The confident cook

Recipe: If you’re eager to bake fruit with pastry, an old-fashioned blueberry cobbler has it all

Blueberry cobbler

By Sheryl Julian

Some cooks stamp out biscuit dough and top a cobbler with rounds set very close together (like cobblestones), but an easier way is to top the dish with a thick slab of dough.

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The return of vintage foods

By Joan Salge Blake

Ask Amy

Family is feuding like cats and dogs

By Amy Dickinson

Food & Travel

Best Mexican north of the (Massachusetts) border

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

TV Critic’s Corner

The Woodstock anniversary is coming at you, and PBS is on it

By Matthew Gilbert