Push for Internet privacy rules moves to state houses

Now that Republicans are in charge, the federal government is poised to roll back regulations limiting access to consumers’ online data. States have other ideas.

Volunteers packaged meals at Community Servings in Boston; Larry Williams brought five days’ worth of food to the home of Diane Woodford (bottom photo), who unpacked the meals.


Does food count as medicine? Researchers aim to find out

Doctors are studying a Boston program to see whether providing medically tailored meals can help chronically ill patients.

This 99-unit apartment building in Chicago doesn’t have a single parking space for residents. The building is across from a rail stop and a dedicated bike lane.

Less parking in the suburbs? Some communities head in that direction

An increasing number of communities dotting Boston’s inner ring have taken steps to revisit parking requirements in certain areas.

The Trustees of Reservations have zeroed in on five areas to create a public space that would likely cost tens of millions.

Dreams of a common on the waterfront

The Trustees of Reservations are considering five locations along Boston Harbor for a public park.

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Dollar, S&P 500 futures drop on health care flop

The dollar was on the verge of erasing the rally spurred by President Trump’s election victory, while gold and bonds climbed.

Trump puts a presidential-sized spotlight on his brand

This weekend marked the eighth in a row that President Trump has visited a Trump-branded property.

New Mass. rules for long-term care insurance would not cap rate hikes

State regulators are close to adopting rules that will increase oversight of the policies but do not limit price increases.

New figures show an eastern tilt in Massachusetts’ population

New census figures show the population in Massachusetts grew 4 percent since 2010.

Uber suspends its driverless car program after Arizona crash

Uber said one of its driverless SUVs was struck by another vehicle, knocking the autonomous vehicle onto its side. No one was injured.


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House Speaker Paul Ryan walked away from a podium after telling the news media that he pulled the health care overhaul bill on Friday.

MassHealth can breathe a sigh of relief — for now

The failure of House Republicans to approve new health care legislation was met with relief in the commonwealth.


How to head off a household disaster

For homeowners, it makes sense to tackle minor household headaches before they become migraines.


America needs to keep the ‘care’ in health care

Should we abandon the children of parents who make bad decisions? Some readers say yes.

The apartment complex that the Mount Vernon Company is building in Brighton will have storage for 132 bicycles and an onsite bike repair room.

Boston officials push to allocate less parking for new apartment buildings

The effort is prompting pushback in parts of the city where the free parking space has long been held sacred.


Severance pay may not keep you from collecting unemployment compensation right away

In Mass., an employee who signs a release of claims is able to file for unemployment upon separation.

Michael Latulippe, president of the Cannabis Society and development director of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance.

Five things you should know about Michael Latulippe

The longtime medical marijuana advocate stands at the center of Massachusetts’ pot scene.

China Railroad Rolling Stock Corp. is building a $95 million factory in Springfield.

Chinese company building new MBTA trains keeps on rolling

China Railroad Rolling Stock Corp. has used the contract — and its new Springfield factory — to add contracts in Philly and LA.

Charlie Baker will help launch the program.

Partners, GE step up to fight opioid epidemic

State officials spend millions of dollars each year to combat the opioid epidemic. Now, the private sector is stepping up, led by big players such as Partners HealthCare and General Electric.

“Tax reform is a lot simpler” than health care reform, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Mnuchin says administration tax plan coming soon

The treasury secretary said the goal is to get a program approved by Congress by August.

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If you need a sextant fixed, this is the man to do it

Ridge White carries on a family tradition by specializing in `yestertech’ nautical instruments.

A man walks past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, March 23, 2017. Shares were modestly higher Thursday in Asia after Wall Street steadied overnight. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for the capacity of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to deliver on campaign promises for tax and regulatory reform. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

World markets mixed as US health care bill vote looms

Investors are awaiting a vote in the US Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether President Donald Trump’s ability to deliver.

Mindich to unwind $7 billion Eton Park after 13 years

Eric Mindich, a one-time Goldman Sachs star trader who jumped into the hedge fund industry during its heyday, is throwing in the towel on his $7 billion firm.

Representative David M. Nangle (center) in 2014.

State lawmaker takes another crack at taxing nonprofits

A proposed law would require Mass. nonprofits to pay property taxes if their five highest-paid employees collectively make more than $2.5 million per year.

The Senate just voted to undo landmark rules covering your Internet privacy

The FCC’s rules are being debated as Internet providers — no longer satisfied with simply offering Web access — race to become online advertising giants as large as Google and Facebook.

Friday’s business agenda

Symposiums, classes, and more notable events and things to know.

Boston, MA - 2/21/2017 - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker speaks during a news conference to announce the state's criminal justice system's review findings at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, MA, February 21, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Baker administration floats alternative to health care levy

The new proposal would increase an existing assessment, called the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution, which applies to employers with six or more workers

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 23: Jay Claton testifies before the Senate Banking Committee during his confirmation hearing to be chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to lead the SEC, Clayton was questioned by senators about his years representing large banks like Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and other Wall Street companies. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump SEC pick says he has no ‘specific’ Dodd-Frank gut plan

Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton also told the Senate Banking Committee his work for financial firms would be a strength should he win confirmation to run Wall Street’s top regulator.

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Flexion stock soars on report of Sanofi takeover

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Stock rally sputters after vote on health bill is delayed

Elsewhere, a growing boycott of YouTube advertising hurt Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Why a lack of education raises death risk for some Americans

Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age US adults.

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, file photo, Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, poses in a conference room before speaking to members of the media about bringing NFL football back to the Los Angeles area, in Burbank, Calif. On Thursday, March 23, 2017, The Walt Disney Co. announced that Iger is getting a one-year contract extension, to July 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Disney CEO Bob Iger gets contract extension to July 2019

Disney CEO Bob Iger isThere’s no obvious successor at Disney since Iger’s heir apparent, chief operating officer Tom Staggs, left last year. getting a one-year contract extension.

Western Mass. power plant operators to pay millions for lying about emissions

The companies will pay more than $7 million in fines and other payments.

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EMD Serono wins approval for drug to treat rare form of skin cancer

It’s the first cancer treatment from the Rockland arm of Germany’s Merck KGaA.

Amazon Go stores won’t have cashiers — or checkout lines.


Amazon is planning its next assault on retail right here in Massachusetts

The online retailer has assembled a team in Hudson that is working on the technology to run the new Amazon Go stores.

A Santander bank branch in New York.

Santander to boost auto loan controls

The bank’s subprime auto-lending unit continues to fall short of state and federal consumer protection laws, the Federal Reserve said.

CEO of French drugmaker Sanofi Olivier Brandicourt speaks during the presentation of the group's 2016 results in Paris on February 8, 2017. French pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi said on February 8 that cost-cutting measures and the strong performance of its rare diseases business drove up profits last year. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC PIERMONTERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images

Burlington biotech Flexion could be sold to Sanofi

Company’s stock price skyrockets on a report that it’s negotiating with the French drug maker.

Unemployment rate ticks up to 3.4 percent in Mass.

Massachusetts employers added 10,100 jobs in February, with the largest gains coming in the state’s stalwart industries.

Thursday’s business agenda

Jobs reports, economic data, and more notable events and things to know.

Beth Israel, Lahey CEOs say merger will help contain health care costs

The hospitals’ CEOs indicated they would press on with the deal regardless of impending policy changes that could disrupt the health care industry.

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For labor leader Flynn, a new job and an audience with Trump

It took a Republican president’s arrival to bring Tom Flynn to the White House.

Former EMC chief executive Joe Tucci engineered the sale to Dell.

SJC decision on EMC lawsuit could have broad implications for Mass. boards

Board members for Massachusetts public companies can breathe a little easier today — and they have, to some extent, former EMC chief executive Joe Tucci to thank.

A tip jar in a car driven by an Uber driver.

Uber’s ban on app tips at odds with states barring cash gratuities

Uber thinks that tipping is a relic of the past and wants the idea to wither away.

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Hollywood puts its spin on censorship

California has passed a law that prohibits the popular movie website IMDb from publishing the ages of actors.

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Boston cabbies vent Uber frustrations at hackney boss

Members of Boston’s struggling taxi industry swarmed a meeting called by Boston police Wednesday.

‘Turkish Trump,’ a hotel plan and a tangle of foreign ties

Alterra Worldwide, the real estate firm that would own the hotel and be partners with the Trumps, has business ties in Russia, Kazakhstan and at least two dozen other countries.

 The smartphone-based semen analyzer can be used to test for male infertility from the privacy of home. The device can analyze most semen samples in less than 5 seconds. (Photo: Shafiee lab)

Sperm count via smartphone? Yes, it’s a thing.

A new, smartphone-based test can assess male fertility just as easily as a pregnancy test.

Faulkner Hospital workers vote to join union

The move affects about 500 people in administrative, housekeeping, food service, and medical interpreter jobs at the Partners HealthCare-owned hospital.

Sears plummets after filing sparks concern that end is near

Sears’s forewarning comes after more optimistic signs from the company, which has been working on a turnaround under chief executive Eddie Lampert.


Science march on Washington plagued by organizational turmoil

Plans for the march are hindered by infighting among organizers and attacks from outside scientists who don’t feel their interests are fairly represented.

Operator of Western Mass. broadband network files for bankruptcy

MassBroadband 123 provides high-speed fiber optic service to 124 communities in Western Massachusetts, and was built with $90 million in state and federal grants.

Chipotle tries to rebuild trust with parents after safety crisis

Chipotle Mexican Grill is looking for families to help it recover from a food-safety crisis that tarnished its carefully crafted image.

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