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The tolls of war

Through Wednesday:

• In Iraq: At least 4,477 members of the U.S. military had died in the war since it began, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes nine civilians killed in action working for the military.

• In Afghanistan: At least 1,687 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of the country in late 2001.


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Boston’s Memorial Day flag garden idea spreads

UPDATED: 9:25 p.m.

updated  The solemn display of tens of thousands of U.S. flags that first appeared on Boston Common for Memorial Day a decade ago, honoring service members who have died defending the nation, is slowly becoming a national movement.