Teaching a driverless car one of the hardest maneuvers on the road

A driverless car has to read human psychology and subtle signals from other drivers and pedestrians to make left turns.

In October 2016, a trench collapsed on Dartmouth Street in Boston, killing two workers.

On-the-job deaths hit 10-year high

Seventy workers died in Massachusetts in 2016, and Trump-era rollbacks could make jobs less safe.

President Donald Trump.

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Who wins and loses under Trump’s tax plan?

The biggest benefits would go to businesses, which would see the top corporate drop by more than half.

Twitter shares rose nearly 8 percent Wednesday on news that the service added users and revenue fell less than expected.

Twitter’s business shrinks, but investors see a glimmer of hope

On Wednesday, Twitter reported its first fall in revenue since its initial public offering in 2013, posting sales of $548 million in the first quarter.

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Delta passenger said he was kicked off a plane for using the restroom

A Wisconsin man said he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight because he had to get up from his seat to make an emergency restroom run.

Doctor dragged off United flight reaches settlement

A Kentucky doctor dragged off a United flight in Chicago has reached a settlement with the airline for an undisclosed amount.

Seven large Mass. companies cited in study as paying little or no state taxes

Biogen, Raytheon, Staples, and Thermo Fisher are among those listed by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

United CEO says he ‘messed up’ with initial response to seating incident

Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc., initially defended his airline’s actions and criticized the passenger.

Brigham and Women’s offers buyouts to 1,600 workers

The hospital is being squeezed as payments from insurers and the government are flattening while costs grow.


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Simon, a male Continental Giant rabbit, could have grown to a record-setting size.

‘Much-loved’ giant rabbit found dead after United flight to O’Hare

Simon, a male Continental Giant rabbit, could have grown to a record-setting size.

(FILES) Picture taken in Princeton in 1931 of German-born Swiss-US physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955), author of theory of relativity, awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921, playing the violin. Germany, the birthplace of Albert Einstein, launches 19 January 2005 a year of international celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of three of the physicist's four papers that changed the way we view the Universe. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images) Published in NYTimes 03/01/05 SCIENCE SECTION Published caption: A Century of Einstein: 1931. Library Tag 03152005 Health/Science

You think you are a good multitasker? Check out these folks

Polymaths are not jacks of all trades; they are just masters of more than one.

(credit: OffGridBox ) for 30kirsner ---- info from source--- Off Grid Box is a modular and compact unit that provides renewable energy and treated water in off-the-grid areas. We saw that one unit, potentially managed by a local women co-op in a Rwandese village, can impact up to 232 families (circa 1000 people) providing Tier 1 electricity and sterilized water with a 12c$/day per family fee on a PAYG basis. (district name is bugesera and the name of the village is correct Bisenga.)


Fourteen local startups that could make life better

These local entrepreneurs are working on everything from wearable cooling devices to same-day delivery for small businesses.

Stock indexes wobble as Trump unveils tax plan

Stock indexes wobbled between modest gains and losses Wednesday, as the White House unveiled broad outlines of its plan to slash tax rates but left many of the details to be determined.

House launches Dodd Frank battle

Rep. Jeb Hensarling on Wednesday launched what is expected to be a protracted fight over easing banking regulations by pointing to who hasn’t been supporting his effort: big Wall Street banks.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai intends to undo Obama-era Net neutrality regulations.

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Trump’s FCC can save the Internet — by doing nothing

It’s up to the Trump administration to save the Net neutrality activists from themselves.

DAY 6 - In this Jan. 25, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump takes the cap off a pen before signing executive order for immigration actions to build border wall during a visit to the Homeland Security Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Trump considers order that would start process of withdrawing from NAFTA

President Trump has not made a final decision, but if he were to sign the executive action notifying the two nations, it would begin a six-month process to begin withdrawal.

Long inspired by Justice Brandeis, he ends up at Brandeis University

Former banker and UMass Boston official Ira Jackson is Brandeis University’s new senior vice president for communications.

Cambridge, MA 041514 George A. Scangos PH.D. (Cq) CEO of BIOGEN IDEC photographed at the company's Cambridge, MA headquarters on April 15, 2014. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MAG

Biogen’s former CEO left as a very wealthy man

George Scangos, who stepped down in early January, got $17.7 million, plus a $7.2 million severance payment, and stock options valued at $25.7 million.

Thursday’s business agenda

Economic data, workshops, and more notable events and things to know.

The Baker Library at the Harvard Business School on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Three startups take home $75,000 apiece in Harvard competition

Veho, an app that allows anyone with a car to deliver packages, was among the top winners.

McDonald’s new dark gray uniforms prompt sci-fi comparisons

McDonald’s new uniforms are prompting some teasing online, with comments saying the gray-toned shirts and aprons make employees look like they’re part of totalitarian regimes.

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Think twice before refinancing a home to pay student loan debt

New Fannie Mae program might not be a wise option for some borrowers.

Millennium Partners wants to tear down the old Winthrop Square garage (at right) and replace it with a $153 million skyscraper.

Boston councilors back Winthrop Sq. skyscraper proposal

Council members voted 10-3 to rewrite 25-year-old laws restricting shadows on two historic parks.

Billerica, Massachusetts -- 4/5/2017 - Psychic medium Kelle Sutliff (cq) gives a reading to a client at her office. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: onthejob Reporter:


This businesswoman is building her ‘psychic portfolio’

Medium Kelle Sutliff says the days of just reading tea leaves are over.

Twitter’s revenue drops despite the Trump effect

Twitter still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit, and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday.

President Trump is scheduled to detail his tax reform plan Wednesday.

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President Trump’s tax plan is ambitious, and high-priced

The middle class doesn’t stand to gain much from a reform strategy that would add trillions to the nation’s debt.

The “Fearless Girl” statue will be allowed to remain on display near the “Charging Bull” statue through February 2018.

‘Fearless Girl’ sponsor reports higher first quarter earnings

“We’re delighted by the response to Fearless Girl,” State Street chief executive Jay Hooley said in a statement.

The lawsuits come after last week’s ouster of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

Fox News facing racial bias claims from current, former employees

It’s the latest issue to face the news network, which has seen the ouster of Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes within the past year.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - APRIL 25: (AFP-OUT) US President Donald Trump speaks before signing the Executive Order Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America during a roundtable with farmers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s tax-cut plan would give favorable rate to businesses large and small

President Trump plans to unveil a blueprint Wednesday that would apply a vastly reduced, 15 percent business tax rate to a wide range of companies.

While all of Wells Fargo’s board members were reelected, some were returned by very thin margins.

Wells Fargo shareholders tepidly reelect bank’s directors

Despite the turmoil that has engulfed Wells Fargo in the past year, shareholders voted on Tuesday to reelect all of the bank’s 15 directors.

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the US

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, leader of Canada’s Liberal Party, said the two countries are economically interconnected, but it’s not a one-way relationship.

Even though fake news made up only a tiny fraction of its search results, the issue still was serious enough to place Google’s reputation at risk.

Google targets ‘fake news,’ offensive search suggestions

Google has sprinkled some new ingredients into its search engine in an effort to prevent bogus information and offensive suggestions from souring its results.

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Shadow debate shows how desperate Boston is for money

The City Council takes up Shadowgate on Wednesday and will likely vote on whether to change the laws to accommodate a tower on Winthrop Square.

Nasdaq hits 6,000 as strong profits push stocks higher

Profits are climbing for companies, and so are their stock prices.

(FILES) In this file picture taken on July 20, 2009 people walk past Irish pubs in the Temple Bar district of Dublin. Ten years ago this week, landlord Christy Ruane feared the introduction of the smoking ban in Ireland would stub out his business, and with it the popularity of the traditional Irish pub. On March 29 2004, Ireland became the first country in the world to adopt a total workplace smoking ban. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Bain’s Irish pub crawl: The Boston firm is a significant lender in Europe

The Boston firm’s overseas lending deals include real estate, hotels, and even pints of beer.

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission says Target’s store in the Fenway neighborhood (above) violated a longstanding state rule that bans retailers from selling alcohol for less than what they paid.

Beer at Target’s Fenway store was too cheap, state says

Target bought 15-packs of beer for $14.25 but sold them for $11.99, and that’s a no-no under state alcohol regulations.

Emirates CEO says US laptop carry-on ban still puzzles him

The CEO of Emirates airline said he “can’t dig into somebody’s mind” to understand why the US instituted a ban on laptops and other electronics from 10 Muslim countries.

NuTonomy's driverless car took a spin around Drydock Avenue in the Seaport.

Get ready, self-driving cars are coming to more Boston roads

Boston-based nuTonomy Inc. has received city approval to expand the test area across the Seaport and Fort Point neighborhoods.

With SMA treatment, it looks like Biogen has another blockbuster drug

Early sales of Biogen Inc.’s new drug to treat spinal muscular atrophy appear to be stronger than industry analysts expected.

Businesses on the Cape are struggling to find workers after Congress allowed a temporary migrant worker program to shrink.

Cape Cod, other holiday spots hit hard as temporary migrant worker program shrinks

“We’re not talking about Cape Cod being closed this summer, but these are critical employees,” said a local immigration lawyer.

An employee moved Polartec fabric after it ran through the finishing machine when the company was still known as Malden Mills.

Polartec plant to be put up for auction

The starting bid for the textile plant straddling nearly 15 acres in Methuen and Lawrence will be $1.5 million.

Visitors watched the sun rise from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Maine locations have become official names for several places on Mars.

Turns out there’s a Bar Harbor on Mars. An Acadia, too.

Bar Harbor. Ogunquit Beach. Lobster Mountain. NASA has turned to colorful Maine place names to tag geological features on the Red Planet.

A researcher held silk cocoons at Vaxess in the Harvard iLab in Allston.

Harvard Business School’s annual contest for entrepreneurs is a case study unto itself

A dozen early-stage startups make their case today for why they should receive a whole lot of attention from the VC world.

French Markets Surge After Euro Withstands Attack From the Right

LONDON — The euro has avoided another existential crisis that might have wreaked havoc on Europe and the global economy. That was the reality investors divined from the first round of voting in the French presidential election, prompting exuberant buying on markets around the world on Monday.

A rendering of Millennium Partners’ proposal for a skyscraper on the Winthrop Square Garage site in downtown Boston.

Council leans toward easing of shadow law, despite critics

Mayor Walsh appears to have enough backing to get state law revised so a skyscraper can be built on Winthrop Square.

The Flyer, one of several “flying car” prototypes being designed by Kitty Hawk, a start-up based in Mountain View, Calif.

No longer a dream: Silicon Valley takes on the flying car

Kitty Hawk’s flying car, if you insisted on calling it a “car,” looked like something Luke Skywalker would have built out of spare parts.

GM ignition switches could unexpectedly turn from the ‘‘run’’ position to ‘‘off’’ or ‘‘accessory,’’ shutting off the engine and knocking out air bags and the power-assisted steering and power brakes.

High court rejects GM appeal on ignition switches

One plaintiffs’ attorney said the ruling could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims.

United Airlines sued by passenger over alleged seat shift

United Airlines has another passenger complaint to deal with -- this time in court.

Admirals Bank must fix problems before it is sold

Before Boston-based Admirals Bank is sold to investors, it must fix more than a dozen problems highlighted by federal regulators

IBM says CEO pay is $33 million; others say it is far higher

When IBM shareholders gather Tuesday, they will be asked to sign off on a $33 million pay package for Ginni Rometty.

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Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

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Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.