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Doris Toohey, 85, walked down the stairs at her condo in Brighton with her dog, Bonnie.

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Broken elevator taxes patience, and knee, of condo owner and there’s no end in sight

Since her building’s elevator broke down in August, 85-year-old Doris Toohey has had to climb 56 steps to get to her fourth-floor condo.

Simone Grant Creech used a tablet to communicate the status of orders that UberEats drivers will pick up at Brooklyn's Footprints Cafe Express in New York last month.

UberEats picks up steam against food delivery rivals

Uber has barreled into the crowded, cutthroat space of food delivery.

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The data debunk the Taxachusetts myth

Compared with the rest of the country, taxes here are pretty average.

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5 things that happen at TV hospitals that don’t happen in real life

Medical story lines have riveted television viewers since the earliest days of the medium.

A rare tumble for tech stocks pulls US indexes lower

Technology stocks slammed into reverse, and the losses overshadowed gains in other areas of the market.

Nothing is too strange for cities wooing Amazon to build there

Business leaders in Tucson have tried to mail Jeff Bezos a 21-foot cactus, while hundreds of Wharton students have a new assignment: Pitch Philadelphia.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Casual networking opportunities, startup workshops, and other notable events and things to know.

Pfizer creates a new company with 4 drugs it almost put on hold

Pfizer Inc. will spin off four experimental drugs that it had decided to shelve into a new company, SpringWorks Therapeutics, with backing from Bain Capital.


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ABB to revamp GE’s ‘unloved child’ after $2.6b acquisition

Swiss engineering company ABB Ltd. agreed to buy General Electric Co.’s industrial solutions business for $2.6 billion to strengthen its US foothold.

Carson’s former NH campaign director named region’s top federal housing official

David Tille sworn in as head of HUD’s New England office.

Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for its workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020.

Target to up hourly base pay to $15 by end of 2020

Target says the move will help it better recruit and retain top-quality staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers.

Uber CEO apologizes to users for company’s mistakes

The new CEO of Uber has apologized for past mistakes just days after London’s transport authority said it would scrap the company’s operating license.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission became one of Wall Street’s most aggressive watchdogs during President Obama’s stint in office.

Financial regulator will rely on industry to self-report wrongdoing

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will look to financial institutions to come clean on their own about misconduct.

What’s up this week in career-enhancing, learning, and networking

A weekly roundup of events.

President Trump has taken a hard stand that slashing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to as low as 15 percent would free up cash for companies.

Trump says he wants 15% corporate tax rate despite plan for 20%

Republican tax negotiators are targeting a corporate tax rate of 20 percent, according to two people familiar with the matter — but there’s at least one potential obstacle: President Trump.


In biotech, you need dictionary to translate the jargon

Translating the dense language of Boston’s most important industry into something resembling plain English.

Pedestrians walked by a flooded car on a street as Tropical Storm Irma hit Charleston, S.C.

Critics: Red tape keeps mobile dialysis from saving lives

Companies say burdensome restrictions for their mobilized treatment facilities are preventing storm survivors from getting dialysis in their time of need.

Job Doc

Training a replacement is part of the job

“Regardless of your approaching departure, you are still being paid to do whatever it is the manager needs you to do.”

Uber loses its license to operate in London

The decision is the latest setback for the ride-hailing company.


Equifax breach gives us a deeper look into credit bureaus

Until this cybercrime exposed 143 million consumers to identity theft, many people didn’t realize they could freeze their credit file to block new lenders from seeing their credit reports if they suspected they had been victimized.

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 21, 2016 shows the logo of US company General Electric at a factory of the group in Montoir-de-Bretagne, western France. General Electric reported lower second-quarter earnings on July 21, 2017 following a mixed performance of its industrial division as outgoing chief executive Jeff Immelt prepares to step down.Net income was $1.2 billion, down 57 percent from the year-ago period. Revenues fell 11.8 percent to $29.6 billion. The results in the 2016 period were boosted by the inclusion of appliances assets that have since been sold. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

GE said to near industrial solutions unit sale to ABB

The deal is valued at $2.5 billion to $3 billion and is expected to close sometime in 2018.

Nurses at Pittsfield hospital plan one-day strike

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is planning its third labor strike of the year.

Cambridge-based biotech agrees to pay more than $35m to settle charges

Federal prosecutors says Aegerion wrongly marketed a cholesterol drug, and the SEC said the company misled investors as well.

Candidate for governor Setti Warren spoke at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Worcester in June.

Gubernatorial candidate Warren: Worcester is the best place for Amazon

The Newton mayor says a headquarters in central Mass. city would help lessen state’s economic inequality.

London’s transport authority says Uber was not ‘‘fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.’’

Uber to lose its license to operate in London

London’s transport authority said Uber was not “fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.”

How does Boston stack up in the Amazon sweepstakes? We dug into the numbers

A look at Boston’s strengths and weaknesses in several key areas that the company has said are central to how it will decide where to put its second headquarters.

General Catalyst hires its first female managing director

Holly Maloney McConnell, who was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in 2015, will join the firm’s Boston office after seven years as a principal at Waltham’s North Bridge Growth Equity.


Making sense of Alnylam’s one-day gain of $3.5 billion

At $113 per share, Alnylam is worth $10.7 billion. The stock added $3.5 billion in market value on Wednesday alone.

Attorney General Maura Healey placed a CVS prescription bottle on the podium as she announced in a first-in-the-nation settlement, that CVS Pharmacy will strengthen its policies and procedures around the dispensing of opioids.


CVS tightens restrictions on opioid prescriptions in bid to stanch epidemic

CVS Caremark, which has 90 million plan members, the company will introduce three new policies, effective in February.

Friday’s business agenda

A toast to Boston’ s first startup week, US Navy hackathon, and other notable events and things to know.

Diebold Nixdorf employees Stephen Cheek and Lashanda Mitchell checked out ATMs at the firm’s factory.

ATM at 50: An oddity then, but it changed consumer behavior

ATMs, known for spitting out $20 bills (and imposing fees if you pick the wrong one), turn 50 years old this year.

A ground crew member enters an Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy prior to a training flight at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

Westover’s oldest planes fall quiet after nearly 50 years

The residents of Chicopee may not miss the trademark screech of the C-5A Galaxy military jet, the last of which left Westover Air Reserve Base this month.

US stocks slip for the first time this week

A slide in technology companies weighed on stocks Thursday, pulling the market lower for the first time this week.

A woman holding an umbrella walked past a construction site in Beijing. Standard & Poor's slashed China's credit rating on Thursday, warning that a prolonged period of debt growth had raised

S&P downgrades China’s debt, citing a surge in lending

China and the world received a fresh warning Thursday that the country’s dramatic debt binge of recent years threatens the stability of one of the global economy’s most important growth engines.

Freshness dates on food products can be more confusing than helpful.


Will a ‘use by’ date keep us from throwing out perfectly good food?

Changes are coming to the way manufacturers determine freshness.

Boylston Street customers in Boston waited to purchase the iPhone 7 last fall.


Should you line up for the new iPhone 8? Or wait for the iPhone X?

The iPhone 8 goes on sale Friday, iPhone X in November. Which is worth the wait?

“It’s outgrowing our wildest expectations,” LabCentral’s cofounder, Johannes Fruehauf, said of the incubator’s success.

Just months after expanding, LabCentral growing again

A Cambridge lab-sharing space is adding another 33,000 square feet to meet demand from startups — and it isn’t the lab’s first expansion.

Someone made a fake Equifax site. Then Equifax linked to it three times

People create fake versions of big companies’ websites all the time, usually for phishing purposes. But the companies do not usually link to them by mistake.

Abbie Celniker, chair of the board of MassBio, said the group wanted to delve deeper into gender inequality.

Shirley Leung

Why too few women in life sciences is bad for business

A new report provides a road map of the barriers women face throughout their careers, and explains how a diverse workforce is good for the bottom line.

BOSTON Ñ 2/13/2015: Nick Rellas, co-founder of Drizly, talks with Phuc Truong, the Senior Vice President of Ad Sales, on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Drizly office on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. Drizly is a phone App that allows for delivery of beers, wines and liquors to customers, and was founded by Rellas and Justin Robinson in 2012, after graduating from Boston College.. (Sean Proctor/Globe Staff)

Amazon could find those 50,000 jobs hard to fill in Boston area

Tech companies say they already have problems finding qualified candidates, but others believe Amazon could establish Boston as a tech mecca.

Employee representatives hold half of ThyssenKrupp’s supervisory board seats, and may resist any job cuts or plant shutdowns.

Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp agree to create European steel giant

The steelmakers hope the combined company will be better equipped to tackle chronic problems like an excess of capacity in the industry.

Financial plumber State Street embraces artificial intelligence

State Street Corp., founded in 1792, and artificial intelligence haven’t often been mentioned in the same sentence -- until now.

Target Corp. will add 100,000 seasonal positions for the holidays, 40 percent more than in 2016.

Holiday sales projected to jump as consumer jitters subside

Consumers appear to be more comfortable opening their wallets than in the aftermath of 2016’s tumultuous presidential election.

State panel backs switching to all-year daylight saving time

One man’s quest to put Massachusetts on daylight saving time all year was endorsed on Wednesday by a state commission.

Pfizer sues Johnson & Johnson, alleging anticompetitive practices to maintain a drug monopoly

A legal brawl between two of the world’s largest drug companies could shape the future of a nascent market of copycat drugs.

Stocks wobble after Fed announcement but close higher

Modest gains again nudged both the Dow and S&P 500 to record highs.

Alnylam’s drug would be the first based on RNA interference.

Alnylam’s rare-disease drug shines in trial; stock soars 51 percent

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announced positive results from a closely watched trial of patisiran, the Cambridge biotech’s treatment for a rare nerve disorder, FAP.

The Communications Decency Act shields Internet site operators from liability for the awful things their users post. But a Senate committee on Tuesday held hearings on changing the law.


Banning sex-slave ads shouldn’t trigger a fight

The Communications Decency Act shields Internet operators from liability for the awful things their users post. But Congress is ready to change the law.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington on Wednesday.

Fed outlines a start to gradually unwinding its post-crisis stimulus

The Federal Reserve will begin shrinking its enormous portfolio of bonds, amassed after the 2008 financial crisis. That could mean higher rates on loans over time.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

Shirley Leung


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