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What’s the craziest thing about a $16,000 college application boot camp: that it has a wait list, or its secret location?

With acceptance rates plummeting, college coaching has gone extreme.

For Ron, a house-bound Army veteran who asked that his full name not be given, the shifting of his home-health care service has generated anxiety. He suffers from diabetes, congestive heart failure, and lung and kidney problems.

Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Home-health provider cuts off services to veterans when the VA fails to pay its bills

A New Hampshire home-health care provider repeatedly asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay its bills. Why the VA wouldn’t was a frustrating and inscrutable mystery.

TARA SULLIVAN

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TD Garden is set to host the national championships this week as the sport and its athletes are still reeling from a sexual abuse scandal.

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Two federal immigration agencies coordinated a campaign to bring immigrants who were seeking legal residency in for interviews at government offices, where they were then arrested.

There are still multiple areas of crumbling concrete in the Alewife garage, which reopened Monday after weekend repairs.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Balanced budgets and crumbling garages are a sign of the times at the T

The MBTA reported a balanced budget for the first time in years, but at least some of its facilities are a mess.

The Nation

Trump signs defense bill named for McCain, but doesn’t mention him

President Trump held the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 after signing it at Fort Drum, N.Y., on Monday.

By Jill Colvin

The president and the Arizona senator are engaged in a long-running feud that dates to Trump’s 2016 presidential run.

FBI fires agent who sent anti-Trump texts

Peter Strzok became a symbol of President Trump’s unfounded assertions about a “deep state.” Above: Strzok durign a hearing last month on Capitol Hill.

By Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt

Peter Strzok, who was among those who oversaw the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation and the Russia probe, was found to have violated bureau policies.

Kansas GOP governor candidates dig in for long ballot fight

Ronnie Metsker, election commissioner in Johnson County, Kan., spoke to the county’s board of canvassers during a meeting Monday.

By Roxana Hegeman

With the race nearly tied, state election officials began reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Monday.

The World

As fight for Ghazni rages, nearby districts fall to Taliban

In this Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. A Taliban assault on Ghazni, a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul, has killed about 100 Afghan policemen and soldiers since Friday, the Afghan Defense Ministry said. A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers. (AP Photo/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar)

By Rod Nordland

In Ghazni city, the militants appear to control most neighborhoods and thousands of residents are trapped in homes.

Korean leaders agree to hold a third summit

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (left) and North Korean counterpart Ri Son Gwon met on Monday.

By Simon Denyer

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will travel to Pyongyang for the meeting next month.

Iran’s top leader sees no war — or talks — with US

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Iran’s money woes on President Hassan Rouhani.

By the Associated Press

The United States has begun restoring sanctions, exacerbating a financial crisis in Iran that has sent its currency tumbling.

Editorial & Opinion

Opinion | Jeff Sessions

How law enforcement is taking action on the opioid crisis

By Jeff Sessions

The US attorney general outlines Operation SOS, his plan to prosecute synthetic opioid trafficking.

Editorial

Saying no to campaign-finance loopholes

Dark money is creeping its way back into Massachusetts elections. Candidates should refuse it.

Opinion | Juliette Kayyem

Another crack in the glass ceiling for women in the military

First Lieutenant Marina Hierl addressed her platoon during a training exercise in Australia in June.

By Juliette Kayyem

Marina Hierl, the first woman to lead a Marine infantry platoon, is the latest in a line of trailblazing military women.

Metro

Agencies set ‘trap’ for immigrants seeking legal status, ACLU says

In February, Lilian Calderon (middle), alongside her husband, described her experience of being detained by ICE.  Calderon was held by the agency after an interview designed to confirm her marriage. A judge stayed her deportation.

By Maria Cramer

Two federal immigration agencies coordinated a campaign to bring immigrants who were seeking legal residency in for interviews at government offices, where they were then arrested.

What’s the craziest thing about a $16,000 college application boot camp: that it has a wait list, or its secret location?

Parents will go to great lengths to help their children get into Harvard University — or any elite college.

By Beth Teitell

With acceptance rates plummeting, college coaching has gone extreme.

Home-health provider cuts off services to veterans when the VA fails to pay its bills

For Ron, a house-bound Army veteran who asked that his full name not be given, the shifting of his home-health care service has generated anxiety. He suffers from diabetes, congestive heart failure, and lung and kidney problems.

By Brian MacQuarrie

A New Hampshire home-health care provider repeatedly asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay its bills. Why the VA wouldn’t was a frustrating and inscrutable mystery.

Business & Tech

Vineyard Wind has a big selling point for its power: cheaper prices

For its power, Vineyard Wind plans to charge about one-fourth what Deepwater Wind’s Block Island project (above) charges.

By Jon Chesto

Many energy experts expected low prices, but they were surprised by just how low the numbers were.

1,400 sheet metal workers end 12-day strike

Sheet metal workers picketed in Hingham last week.

By Tim Logan and Allison Hagan

Boston-based Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, which had pushed for higher wages, ratified a new contract Sunday.

BOLD TYPES

Beyond the malls: Wetzel’s Pretzels is seeking creative new twists

Bill Phelps

By Jon Chesto

Wetzel’s Pretzels CEO Bill Phelps moved to the West Coast in 1990, but he’s still excited by the idea of Boston sports fans munching on his pretzels.

Obituaries

obituary

Joseph Barresi, state’s first inspector general, dies at 95

Mr. Barresi’s office initiated investigations that resulted in numerous felony convictions.

By Marvin Pave

While serving consecutive five-year terms from 1981 to 1991, Mr. Barresi was responsible for detecting fraud, waste, and abuse in the expenditure of public funds.

Bui Tin, 90, colonel who accepted South Vietnam’s surrender

Colonel Tin hugged John McCain after testifying before a Senate committee that dealt with US prisoners of war.

By Mike Ives

Colonel Tin had a prominent role in the Vietnam War’s final moments but later fled the country and became an unlikely critic of its ruling Communist Party.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, screenwriter turned politician

Mr. Karunanidhi positions brought him popularity among India’s lower castes.

By Maria Abi-Habib

Mr. Karunanidhi parlayed his vocation as a prolific writer of films about the downtrodden into a political career that challenged the upper caste’s hold on Indian politics.

Sports

Chad Finn

As the real fun begins, it’s OK to appreciate the Red Sox’ regular season

Boston MA 8/5/18 Boston Red Sox Andrew Benintendi is surrounded by his teammates after his game winning walk off hit against the New York Yankees during tenth inning action at Fenway Park. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

By Chad Finn

Yes, they need to win in October, but they’re achieving things that it took some good Red Sox teams a full season to accomplish.

STAN GROSSFELD

This is serious mountain biking — down an actual mountain

Killington, Vt-August 4, 2018-Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff--- Killington hosts the US Open of Mountain Biking Races. Here a rider navigates the Rock Garden section of the race.

By Stan Grossfeld

Going down a zigzag course on two wheels is different from skiing: There is no snow to break your fall.

Dont’a Hightower feels he still has ‘a little rust’ to knock off

Dont'a Hightower (center) with teammates at practice Monday.

By Nora Princiotti

More than any other addition, a healthy Hightower will solidify the Patriots defense.

Tuesday Stories

NAMES

Kerry Washington spends fun-filled family day in Boston

Kerry Washington arrives at the Women In Film 2014 Crystal And Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

By Kaya Williams

The “Scandal” star is in town to direct an episode of Southie-set “SMILF.”

NAMES

Steve Sweeney movie ‘Sweeney Killing Sweeney’ to open Boston Comedy Festival

Comedian Steve Sweeney plays a version of himself in the movie.

By Lillian Brown

The Boston native plays a version of himself: a guy who has the chance to make it big with a Los Angeles cable comedy special.

NAMES

A Waltham magician amazes on ‘America’s Got Talent’

Olivia Munn looks on as Shin Lim works his magic on “America’s Got Talent.”

By Lauren Daley

“A lot of magic feels like you’re trying to fool someone,” Shin Lim said. “[But] I’m trying to change the outlook on card magic — to make it more artistic, more visual.”

More Stories

TV Critic’s Corner

CNN to air the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary, ‘RBG’

By Matthew Gilbert

Love Letters

Breakup misery finally kicked in

By Meredith Goldstein