Fidelity’s Abby Johnson has a chance to set a higher standard

Johnson should examine workplace culture throughout the company, and whether Fidelity does enough to make sure women feel they are in a place where they can thrive.

Work is ongoing on the sidewalks along Plymouth’s waterfront.

Mayflower II’s absence, road work rock tourism in Plymouth

As the town’s 400th anniversary looms, business owners say their bottom lines are suffering.

Alexandra Lee will be in charge of the Sasaki Incubator.

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A unique job: Expanding a famed architect’s legacy

Alexandra Lee will lead the Sasaki Incubator, part of a company founded by Hideo Sasaki.

Eugene Kaspersky, the chief executive of Kaspersky Lab, looked trough a window decorated with programming code symbols at his company’s headquarters in Moscow.

Kaspersky Lab plans audit to show its source code is free of Russian spying

The cybersecurity firm is offering to reveal its source code to convince the US government it isn’t a tool of Russian spies.

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Shortage of homes for sale drives up prices

A shortage of houses for sale continues to drive home prices upward in Massachusetts.


Alexion wins approval for expanded use of its ultra-expensive drug for ultra-rare disease

Alexion, which is moving to Boston, has received approval for Soliris, one of the most expensive medicines in the world at about $700,000.

Treasury Department sides with Wall Street on arbitration rule

The regulation at the center of a fight addresses the fine print in many of the agreements that consumers sign when they apply for credit cards or bank accounts.


Alexion wins approval for expanded use of its ultra-expensive drug for ultra-rare disease

Alexion, which is moving to Boston, has received approval for Soliris, one of the most expensive medicines in the world at about $700,000.

Megyn Kelly blasts O’Reilly, Fox in extraordinary statement about harassment

Kelly said she complained about Bill O’Reilly while she was an anchor at Fox News, but was ignored.


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John Besh led the Besh Restaurant Group.

Star New Orleans chef steps down amid sexual harassment allegations

A newspaper reported that 25 current or former employees of the business said they were victims of sexual harassment by male co-workers and bosses.

Massachusetts Senior Action Council members held signs Monday at a State House health care hearing.

Heads of largest hospitals question state Senate health plan

The plan would allow for higher reimbursements for the state’s least expensive hospitals, while fining the hospitals where spending is highest.


California’s new law to rein in drug prices is unlikely to work

The state will now require drug makers to justify price hikes. The goal is admirable but the law is flawed.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Earnings date, business exercises, networking and other notable events and things to know.

US stocks skid as GE tumbles and tech companies fall

General Electric suffered its worst one-day loss in six years following downgrades from analysts.

General Electric reported a decline in third-quarter profits on Monday, sending shares sharply lower, as weakness in the oil and gas and power businesses once again weighed on results.

General Electric stock dives on fear of dividend cut

The litany of bad news for GE mounted as Morgan Stanley and UBS downgraded their ratings for the industrial colossus.

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

Our weekly event roundup.

A rendering of the Suffolk Downs site from the city of Boston’s Amazon headquarters bid.

Amazon says it received 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Bids came from 54 states, provinces, districts, and territories across North America, including at least 10 from Massachusetts cities and towns.

Almost one in three Americans age 65 to 69 is still working, along with almost one in five in their early 70s.

Retirement in America: We’re working longer, getting sicker, and dying sooner

The US retirement age is rising, as the government pushes it higher and workers stay in careers longer.

Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly

Bill O’Reilly struck new contract despite $32m harassment settlement, reports New York Times

The settlement was at least the sixth agreement made by either O’Reilly or 21st Century Fox to settle harassment allegations against him, the paper reported.

Writer and director James Toback took part in a July 2013 panel discussion in Beverly Hills, Calif. Dozens of women are levying claims of sexual misconduct against Toback, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Reports detail sexual misconduct allegations against film, restaurant executives

Two prominent executives — one in the movie industry, the other in the restaurant business — are the latest to face allegations of sexual misconduct.

Luke Zettlemoyer, a professor at the University of Washington, at a campus library in Seattle. With so few artificial intelligence specialists available, big tech companies are hiring from academia, which in turn limits the number of professors who can teach the technology. Zettlemoyer turned down a lucrative offer from Google, instead taking a post at the nonprofit Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence so he could continue teaching.

Tech giants paying huge salaries for scarce AI talent

Nearly all big tech companies have an AI project, and they are willing to pay experts millions to help get it done.

Search histories can determine which ads go out.


Your ailments may drive what drug ads you get

Big Pharma says it can target its marketing without violating privacy laws.

A Metal X 3-D printer at Markforged in Watertown. Metal X isn’t built for speed, but it’s cheap enough to allow companies to buy them by the dozen and run them nonstop.

Hiawatha Bray

Thinking outside the mold, with 3-D printers that make objects of steel

A new generation of 3-D printers are designed to make products as tough as steel — for less money

The New York Times reported that Fox News renewed Bill O’Reilly’s contract even after he reached a $32 million settlement over harassment allegations.

Fox renewed O’Reilly contract despite harassment allegations

The company says it knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O’Reilly when it renewed the popular personality’s contract.

A sign marks a Fidelity Investments office in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. September 21, 2016. To match Special Report USA-FIDELITY/FAMILY REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Fidelity looks at whether fund unit’s culture is hostile to women

The Boston financial giant has hired a consultant to examine its stock-picking division after the recent firing of two senior employees.

Jeff Bezos’s request for proposals for sites of the new Amazon headquarters might as well have said “somewhere like Boston.”

Shirley Leung

A lesson hard for Boston to buy: We’re good

It almost doesn’t matter if Amazon picks Boston for its next headquarters. We’ve already won.

Here are Amazon bid videos from other cities

As part of their pitches to Amazon for their $5 billion second headquarters, a number of cities are boasting of their charms in slick videos.

Screen captures of TV ads for (Top, L to R) Lyrica, Eliquis, Xeljanz, Humira, Harvoni, Viagra, Humira and Latuda.


Is required listing of drug side effects backfiring on FDA?

These well-intended laundry lists actually have the opposite of their intended effect.

The Grommet offers entrepreneurs a place to sell their products.


The Grommet isn’t surrendering to Amazon 

With backing from Ace Hardware, the Somerville e-commerce site looks to reach more consumers.

Atlanta is one of the top contenders for Amazon’s second headquarters.

In the Amazon race, then there were eight

These cities, including Boston, stand the best chance of landing Amazon’s HQ2.

A look at some of the top contenders for Amazon’s second headquarters

Here are seven of Boston’s top competitors.


For today’s professionals, LinkedIn a smart, valuable way to woo interest

If your concern about social media is in relation to your professional life, LinkedIn is the place to invest your time and energy.

JOHN MCCAIN: The Arizona senator favors regulating online political advertising.


Can Facebook or Google be regulated?

Washington takes on tricky task of bringing Internet giants to heel.

Bitcoin breaches $6,000 as bulls refuse to blink at regulation

Twitter users are speculating that the rise could be driven by everything from a cash shortage in Zimbabwe to an increase in margin trading.

A representative for Harvey Weinstein, said Weinstein ‘‘unequivocally denies allegations of non-consensual sex.’’

Another rape allegation emerges against Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein is now facing criminal inquiries in three cities after the report of an rape in Los Angeles.

Somerville’s bid aims to put Amazon close to the urban action.

Somerville’s Amazon bid emphasizes proximity to universities, urban core

The city’s bid strings together key development properties along either the Orange Line or the planned Green Line extension.

Megyn Kelly tries dancing for ratings as her ‘Today’ show continues to falter

On Thursday, Hoda Kotb appeared as a guest. They chatted. They danced. But critics hated the moment.

‘‘This was a very challenging quarter,’’ GE chief executive John Flannery said Friday in a company release.

GE slashes outlook as profits weaken

A quarterly earnings report from the 125-year-old industrial giant shows that the path back to sustained growth could be really rough.


Why buying 20 boxes of pasta can be a smart financial strategy

Taking advantage of deals to their fullest is key to a personal savings plan.

MIT professor Russ Tedrake watched the robot Atlas open a door in a campus building in 2015.


Before robots rise, they have to master the stairs

Despite technological advances, machines still don’t have all the right moves.

Rowers on the Charles River at sunrise on Friday.

Five things you should know about Boston’s Amazon bid

You might not have time to read all 218 pages of the bid that Boston submitted to land Amazon’s second headquarters. So here’s a rundown of some of the key points.

Commuters wait for a train on the MBTA Red Line at Park Street Station.

Boston’s Amazon bid relies in part on nonexistent transit options

The city’s pitch to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Suffolk Downs relies in part on transit projects that are not even in the pipeline.

Rendering of Suffolk Downs site from City of Boston Amazon HQ bid.

Boston submits its bid for Amazon, aiming for 50,000 jobs and a transformation

Boston’s 218-page pitch leans hard on the region’s intellectual firepower and offers up Suffolk Downs as a site whose ease of development outweighs its distance from the heart of the city.

Suffolk Downs’ proximity to Logan is held out as a plus.

In East Boston, Amazon bid stirs anxiety as well as excitement

As Boston and Revere bid to bring Amazon to Suffolk Downs, there’s a sense of excitement — but also worry about gentrification and congestion.

Aerial Frontage Road area looking toward Boston downtown. This area is another development area mentioned in the city’s submission to Amazon.

Shirley Leung

For Amazon, is Suffolk Downs the right fit?

The mayor made the soon-to-be shuttered horse track that straddles East Boston and Revere the prime location for Amazon’s second corporate headquarters in Boston’s pitch to the online giant.

Wooing Amazon with sun, fun . . . and giant buttons

Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon’s much-vaunted second headquarters that they’ve been brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons.

Los Angeles police investigating Weinstein for alleged 2013 rape

Los Angeles Police Department investigating Weinstein for alleged 2013 sexual assault

Friday’s business agenda

Social innovation summit, entrepreneur meetup, and other notable events and things to know.

Elizabeth Moler, a former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairwoman, said Rick Perry’s plan would “cost customers more money to run dirty old coal plants.’’

Bipartisan group of former regulators rip Perry’s push to help coal plants

Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have filed a letter opposing the energy secretary’s proposal that would give coal and nuclear plants a better chance of beating solar, wind, and natural gas competitors.

6 in 10 doctors report abusive remarks from patients

Many get little help coping with ugly incidents and nearly half of those surveyed experienced patients citing a personal characteristic of the doctor as their reason for requesting a clinician change.

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.