Back Bay plan could bring dead zone to life

Two prominent Boston developers are proposing to build a pair of residential towers on one of the last dead zones in Back Bay.

Stuart Altman, a professor of health policy at Brandeis University, rejects the idea the state’s higher incomes excuse the costs.

Health care taking a bigger chunk of families’ paychecks

Mass. families spent 7.3 percent of incomes on health insurance last year, the Commonwealth Fund says.

In McDowell County, W.Va., the local sheriff said prescription pill abuse is so rampant that the county plans to file a new lawsuit against painkiller makers.


How big pharma thwarted pushback against OxyContin in W.Va.

A STAT investigation found that the drug’s manufacturer paid a middleman to prevent insurers from limiting prescriptions.

Harvard University dining hall workers rallied Oct. 5 after going on strike.

Harvard, striking dining hall workers make deal

The university and dining hall workers who have been on strike for weeks have reached a tentative agreement.

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Purple Carrot partners with Whole Foods

It’s an interesting move for the meal kit company, which has until now relied on an e-commerce subscription model to serve its customers.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Earnings reports, networking, and more notable events and things to know.

Apple shares fall on lower phone prices

Apple, which gets two thirds of revenue from the iPhone, experienced its first annual sales decline since 2001, amid waning smartphone demand.

Self-driving truck’s first mission: a beer run

The futurists of Silicon Valley may not have seen this one coming: The first commercial delivery made by a self-driving truck was 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer.

Sumner Redstone sues two ex-girlfriends for elder abuse

The billionaire sued two of his former girlfriends to claw back the millions of dollars he lavished on them, claiming they committed elder abuse.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

The evening news, according to Donald Trump

The GOP candidate is bypassing mainstream media with a show through Facebook Live.

26winthrop - Millennium Partners' proposal for the site of the Winthrop Square Garage. (Handel Architects)

It’s official: Winthrop Square Garage will be turned into one of Boston’s tallest towers

Millennium Partners executive Joe Larkin said the company expects to break ground by September or October next year.

Lacking a buyer, Twitter may cut 8% of workforce

The struggling social-media company may go it alone for the time being.

Consumer stocks depress market

Well-known names like Whirlpool and Under Armour had their worst losses in years.

Another strike vote looms, this by Tufts janitors

About 200 janitors who clean the university are slated to vote Thursday on whether authorize a strike.

DraftKings to settle lawsuit from N.Y. for $6m

The lawsuit was the final piece of a legal challenge against daily fantasy companies by the New York attorney general.

Boston, MA 11/20/2015 Ð The Vertex (Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.) building at 50 Northern Ave in Boston, MA on November 20, 2015. (Globe staff photo / Craig F. Walker) section: Business reporter: Chesto Vertex

Vertex to test new class of cystic fibrosis drugs in patients

Vertex said its new class of “triple combination” drug candidates could nearly double the number of cystic fibrosis patients its medicines can treat.

Devens rezoning clears final hurdle as MassDevelopment hunts for new biotech tenants

As they continue the hunt for the next Bristol-Myers Squibb, state officials have a new weapon to add to their arsenal.

24freetown - A rendering of a 1 million-square-foot marijuana greenhouse and processing center AmeriCann Inc. hopes to build in Freetown. (AmeriCann Inc.)

Plans for massive marijuana greenhouse advance

On the eve of a legalization vote, construction of the state-of-the-art complex for medical marijuana could begin within months.

A Volkswagen logo is pictured at the newly opened Volkswagen factory in Wrzesnia near Poznan, Poland September 9, 2016. German car manufacture company officially open factory in Wrzesnia on October 24, 2016. Picture taken on September 9, 2016. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Volkswagen’s $15b emissions settlement approved

A federal judge has approved a settlement of most claims against the automaker for its emissions-cheating scandal.

New numbers for single-family home sales in September are expected to be released Tuesday morning.

Home prices — you guessed it — are up again in Mass.

The inventory of available homes is also falling fast.

A movement is underway to remove Donald Trump’s name from three of his Manhattan rental buildings.

What’s in a name? Ask these Trump Place residents

Some inhabitants of the Manhattan rental buildings want nothing to do with the candidate.

Northeastern to launch loan program for neighboring businesses

The university’s effort is aiming to aid women- and minority-owned businesses.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Mass. home sales, consumer confidence, and more notable events and things to know.

Airports are usually busy during the holidays but could face record crowds this year.

Brace yourself for a busy holiday season at US airports

Airport staff members know that some of the biggest bottlenecks will be caused by the less-experienced travelers whose once-a-year airplane trips come around the holidays.

China’s HNA Group is buying an approximately 25 percent stake in hotel operator Hilton from Blackstone affiliates in a deal worth about $6.5 billion, in a deal announced Monday.

Another bid from China for US hotel; $6.5B for Hilton stake

HNA Group is snapping up a 25 percent ownership stake of the Hilton hotel chain for about $6.5 billion, the latest attempt by a Chinese interest to acquire real estate in the United States.

Shares of Time Warner fell more than 3 percent Monday.

AT&T and Time Warner seek to mollify deal’s critics

The cable and wireless provider’s proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner has no shortage of skeptics.

Net attack exposes deep security flaws

If every major Domain Name Service provider were to go down, so would the Internet. Can this vital system be made more secure?

The Columbus Center project, which was slated to be built over this stretch of the Massachusetts Turnpike in the South End, could be revived.

Developers are showing new interest in Mass. Pike air rights project

Two developers are considering reviving Columbus Center, the 10-acre project to cover the highway between Back Bay and the South End.


Some practices may soon be just as outdated as selling cigarettes in hospitals

Harry Belafonte and his New York-based social justice group Sankofa released a short film titled “Against the Wall” to draw attention to police violence.

Nearly 90, Belafonte still seeking social justice for all

One of the next items on Belafonte’s agenda: a trip to Boston, to speak at ABCD’s annual Community Heroes Celebration Nov. 4

China Oceanwide dips into American Insurance, buying Genworth

A Chinese conglomerate has agreed to buy the insurer Genworth Financial of Virginia for $2.7 billion, in the latest example of Asian firms buying American insurance companies.

TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade in $4 billion deal

The deal is a bid for scale at a time when small investors are losing their taste for stock trading.

WBZ-TV, other stations restored for over-the-air customers

Technical issues at a shared tower caused problems for some viewers throughout the weekend.

Wave of deals helps lift stocks

Investors were cheered by a spate of corporate dealmaking.

Margot Chamberlain paused in playing her harp so that Lucy, the pharmacy robot, can pass by at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

At Dana-Farber, a robot roams the halls to deliver meds

“Lucy” is being developed to deliver prescription drugs directly to patients while they sit in infusion rooms receiving chemotherapy.

CEO of TelexFree pleads guilty, faces up to 10 years in prison

James Merrill repeated the word “guilty” nine times for his role in the alleged multibillion-dollar TelexFree fraud.

Harry Belafonte coming to town to honor `community heroes’

At nearly 90, the civil rights champion is scheduled to speak at Action for Boston Community Development’s annual celebration.

Harvard dining hall workers went out on strike earlier this month, picketing next to Memorial Hall/Annenberg Hall.

Harvard students stage sit-in for striking dining hall workers

About 100 students crowded the lobby of the building where negotiations were taking place between administrators and the union.

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx deplaned from the JetBlue flight 387 at the airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, in August.

Still no Cuba flight from Boston after feds reject JetBlue bid

JetBlue had tried to take advantage of a delay to the start of service from Alaska Airlines.

Aquitaine reopens after fixing food-safety violations

Newton health officials found “priority violations” of food temperature, sanitation, and food handling standards.

A Canadian sports media company says DraftKings reneged on payments for a sponsorship deal, and is suing the Boston-based fantasy sports company.

The latest adversary for DraftKings: A Canadian TV network

The company says DraftKings reneged on a sponsorship deal and is suing the Boston-based fantasy sports company for more than $4.1 million.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Len Don Diego, marketing manager for content at the DraftKings daily fantasy sports company, works at his station at the company's offices in Boston. DraftKings and FanDuel are downplaying media reports this week that the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies could team up. But given their swift change of fortune this past year, industry watchers say the timing’s right for a deal. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

DraftKings, FanDuel in settlement talks with N.Y.

DraftKings and FanDuel continue to fend off questions about their financial health and speculation that they might merge.

Cambridge’s Algiers Coffee House shuts its doors

The Brattle Street cafe announced it was closing in a brief Facebook post.

The AT&T logo appears above the post where it trades on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. AT&T's $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner represents a new bet on synergy between companies that distribute information and entertainment to consumers and those that produce it. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

How a Martha’s Vineyard dinner led to AT&T’s megadeal

Credit a longtime Hollywood executive and a Vineyard dinner date with igniting the spark that led to AT&T’s planned $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner.

The TD Ameritrade headquarters is seen in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

TD Ameritrade to buy Scottrade for $4b

The deal would combine two of the largest online brokerages.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Which candidate is better for Boston startups?

As Phil Beauregard and Rob May analyze which candidate would be best for the entrepreneurial community, they come to different conclusions.

As artificial intelligence evolves, criminals won’t be far behind

Imagine receiving a phone call from your aging mother seeking your help because she has forgotten her banking password.

Philip H. Beauregard.

Trump taken to task on education, immigration

Phil Beauregard, entrepreneur and investor, won’t be voting for Donald Trump.

Rob May.

Clinton is called fuzzy on debt, lacking on tech

Rob May, CEO of Cambridge-based Talla Inc., won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton.

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AT&T raises concerns about media concentration with Time Warner deal

Skeptics like Edward Markey are on high alert, warning that the $85 billion combination could be bad news for consumers.

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