As problems pile up, is Charlie Baker holding up his end of the bargain?

When we elected the governor, we gave up on a bold vision for Massachusetts in return for a promise of good government. But has he delivered?

President Trump detailed tariffs being imposed on Chinese imports, in Washington, D.C., Thursday.

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Trump’s China tariffs could actually work

But that doesn’t mean US consumers and businesses won’t pay a price.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg admits mistakes, says Facebook will protect user data

“This was a major breach of trust, and I’m really sorry that this happened,” he said in a rare live interview on CNN Wednesday night.

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell spoke Wednesday about the latest increase in interest rates.

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As the Fed keeps raising rates, consumers will start to feel the effects

The Fed’s moves will push up the cost of mortgages, car payments, government debt, student loans, and even credit card borrowing.

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Trump’s China tariffs fuel trade war fears, driving down stocks

President Donald Trump took the biggest economic gamble of his presidency, ordering tariffs on Chinese goods in a move that could escalate already tense trade relations between the world’s two biggest economies. Stocks plunged.

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Nuance says Paul Ricci is stepping down as CEO

The Burlington company, which supplies the underlying voice recognition technology for Apple’s Siri assistant, said Ricci will be succeeded by Mark Benjamin, an NCR Corp. executive.

Goldman Sachs CEO talks retirement during Boston visit

If Lloyd Blankfein has a retirement date in mind, he wasn’t going to share it with his audience in Boston.

China plans reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of US imports

China plans to take legal action against the US under the World Trade Organization framework, the Commerce Ministry said in a statement Friday.


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Changes could be coming to Staples as new CEO arrives

Breaking up can be hard to do. But it’s a little easier when your private equity owner has done it before.

Students faced riot police during a demonstration as part of a nationwide day of protest against the French president’s multi-front reform drive on Thursday, in Paris.

Protests and strikes across France disrupt travel, schools

Public services across the country were thrown off Thursday as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s economic policies.

Workers’ comp rates to decrease for Mass. businesses

Healey strikes deal for nearly 13 percent reduction beginning July 1.

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017 file photo, CNN president Jeff Zucker attends the 11th annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute in New York. Zucker says that rival Fox News Channel is a propaganda machine that is doing an incredible disservice to the country. Zucker spoke Thursday at the Financial Times Future of News conference. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

CNN chief Jeff Zucker says Fox News is propaganda machine

The CNN leader says that the Russian news agency TASS ‘‘has nothing’’ on Fox.

Citigroup Inc. plans to prohibit retailers that are customers of the bank from offering bump stocks or selling guns to people who haven’t passed a background check or are younger than 21.

Citigroup restricts some gun sales by its business customers

The bank will prohibit its retail customers from offering bump stocks or selling guns to people who haven’t passed a background check or are younger than 21.

A new survey found that college kids are using money from their student loans to buy bitcoin and other digital currencies.

College students are using student loans to invest in bitcoin. Yes, really

If you were to pick two terms to describe today’s strange financial world, you could do worse than “bitcoin” and “crippling student debt.”

Dow closes down more than 700 points amid China trade fears

Stocks are falling sharply and bond prices are climbing as investors fear that trade tensions will spike between the US and China.

Toy company executive Isaac Larian says he and other investors hope to bid for up to 400 of the Toys R Us stores  being liquidated in bankruptcy.

Toy co. CEO leads effort to salvage Toys ‘R’ Us

Toy company executive Isaac Larian says he and other investors hope to bid for up to 400 of the Toys ‘R’ Us stores being liquidated in bankruptcy.

Under its new chairman, Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve said it expects to increase rates twice more this year.

Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year

The Federal Reserve is signaling confidence in the US economy’s durability but plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018.

Google is said to work on blockchain-related technology

Google is looking to head off competition from emerging startups that use the heavily-hyped technology, according to people familiar with the situation.

Trump readying $50b of tariffs on China

The president is reported to be considering targeting more than 100 different types of Chinese goods.

A shopper entered one of the old mall KB Toys stores, in Norridge, Ill., to take advantage of a store-closing sale. The dormant brand may be relaunched.

Entrepreneur plots comeback for KB Toys chain

Ellia Kassoff wants to be the person who saves the toy industry. And he wants to do it by bringing KB Toys back from the dead.

Lexington nursing home to close

Excel Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Lexington received state approval last week to shut down in May, and to lay off 110 employees.

Stocks wobble and end the day lower after Fed raises interest rates

After a jittery afternoon of trading, major US stock indexes fell Wednesday, while smaller companies fared better.

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Mortgage rates, a fireside chat, and other events and things to know.

A protester left this poster depicting Alexander Nix, CEO of the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, outside of his office in London.

Cambridge Analytica suspends CEO after data scandal; FTC probing Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into whether Facebook violated an agreement on data privacy.

Gene therapy with record sticker price launched

A single-eye dose of Luxurna costs $425,000 and Tuesday, 13-year-old Jack Hogan became the first person to receive the treatment in a surgery done at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Jerome Powell.

Fed raises key interest rate by a quarter-point

The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate and signaling that it is sticking with a gradual approach to rate hikes under its new chairman, Jerome Powell.

Decision on short-term rental rules put on hold

City officials say they need more time to develop regulations for Airbnb and other online platforms.

Steve Wynn spoke to reporters about the planned casino in Everett in 2016.

Steve Wynn looks to sell shares in his former company

Steve Wynn plans to potentially sell all his stock in the casino operator, a month after he resigned over sexual assault and harassment allegations.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walked at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

Hiawatha Bray

How to use Facebook without giving up your data

A one-day boycott would starve Facebook of the personal information that sustains its multi-billion dollar business.

Jackie Robinson’s number 42 is displayed next to Yawkey Station. Sox owner John Henry (left) wants to change the name of Yawkey Way.

Shirley Leung

No winners in Yawkey Way street fight

The dispute over Tom Yawkey’s legacy exposes how hard it is for our city to move beyond its racist past.

Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis, center, spoke during the general assembly of Swiss Pharma group Novartis, at the St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland, earlier this month.

Novartis sales reps will testify about lavish meals, US says

Prosecutors said numerous representatives for the Swiss company will testify they plied doctors with meals, booze, and other benefits in exchange for promises to prescribe Novartis drugs.

Stock mostly rise, but Facebook sinks again

Stock indexes finished mostly higher after a day of bouncing around Tuesday.

Business agenda

A mini conference for female entrepreneurs, speaker sessions, and other events and things to know.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a call Tuesday for more information about flavored tobacco products, with the aim of preventing children and young people from getting hooked on nicotine.

US regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

The Food and Drug Administration issued a call Tuesday for more information about flavored tobacco products, with the aim of preventing young people from getting hooked on nicotine.

NuTonomy is one of two companies experimenting with self-driving vehicle technology in Boston.

Walsh wants self-driving car regulations amid Seaport testing pause

Mayor Walsh called for clear regulations to govern the fledgling technology after the death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving Uber car in Tempe, Ariz.

The Google logo at the company's Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore, on Nov. 10, 2016. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Ore Huiying.

Google announces plan to combat spread of misinformation

The internet giant has pledged to spend $300 million over the next three years to support authoritative journalism.

FILE - In this March 15, 2013, file photo, a Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The San Jose Mercury News reports Saturday, March 17, 2018 that building permits compiled by Buildzoom show Facebook plans to erect the 465,000 square-foot (43,200 square-meter) building at its campus in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

FTC investigating Facebook in use of personal data by Cambridge Analytica

The Federal Trade Commission has opened an investigation into whether Facebook violated an agreement with the agency on data privacy.

The now-infamous company Cambridge Analytica takes its name  from the University of Cambridge in England (bottom), not the city in Massachusetts that is home to Harvard University (top).

No, Cambridge Analytica is not a local company

The “Cambridge” in this case refers to the storied college in England.

United Airlines said it will halt PetSafe reservations while it reviews the service, which lets customers ship pets as cargo.

United Airlines suspends new reservations for pets in cargo hold

United Airlines is pausing its pet-shipping business after mishaps that include a dog winding up in Japan instead of Kansas.

Total household debt now stands at about 79 percent of household income. That's well above the 60 to 70 percent rates of the pre-bubble years.

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With financial crisis a distant memory, Americans load up on debt again

We are borrowing more and saving less. — and with interest rates set to rise, that could be a problem.

Harvey Weinstein’s scandal-plagued movie studio files for bankruptcy

The Weinstein Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection with a buyout offer in hand from a private equity firm.

Cambridge Analytica's chief executive officer Alexander Nix

Cambridge Analytica CEO appears to talk about election bribes, sex workers on video

The broadcast sparked a fresh round of questions about a company already embroiled in controversy.

15robotdog - the SpotMini robot from Boston Dynamics (Boston Dynamics)

Jeff Bezos and the futuristic dog-robot from Boston Dynamics step out

The Amazon chief executive took a stroll with a futuristic version of man’s best friend.

Facebook security chief quits amid conflicts with executives

Alex Stamos had been a strong advocate inside the company for investigating and disclosing Russian activity on Facebook.

Alexander Nix is the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Facebook’s mentality: anything for a buck

A political research firm linked to the Trump campaign may have improperly accessed user data, but Facebook should not have allowed it to happen.

Daily print sales of the Herald have fallen to roughly 45,000 from 300,000-plus in 1994.

Digital First Media completes acquisition of Herald, ending 24 years of local ownership

Digital First edged out rival GateHouse Media last month with a nearly $12 million bid in a bankruptcy auction.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 28, 2016 A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Vertou, western France, shows logos of US online social media and social networking service Facebook. Cambridge Analytica is a private company for strategic communication and data analysis at the heart of a scandal over the use of personal data collected on Facebook. A subsidiary of Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL), Cambridge Analytica (CA) has offices in New York, Washington and London and is directed by Alexander Nix. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook security chief quits amid conflicts with executives

Alex Stamos had been a strong advocate inside the company for investigating and disclosing Russian activity on Facebook.

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Data storage beyond the clouds: Wasabi promises a super-secure system in space

In space, no one can steal your data.

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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.