Boston Children’s Hospital expansion receives final OK

The $1 billion, 71-bed building triggered concerns over health care costs and the loss of a treasured garden for patients.

The Citgo sign in Kenmore Square.

Iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square may be protected

A draft report by the Boston Landmarks Commission would restrict any new owner’s ability to make drastic changes to the shape or views of the iconic sign.

Moulton steps up the pressure for a North-South Rail Link

The up-and-coming congressman from the North Shore has made the multibillion-dollar tunnel in Boston one of his top priorities.

Travelers may also be able to get refunds for delayed baggage under the rules announced Wednesday.

You may soon be able to get refunds from airlines for delayed baggage

The Obama administration unveiled sweeping new consumer protections for airline passengers.

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Verizon Adds Fewest Subscribers in Six Years Amid Price War (3)

Verizon Communications Inc. suffered its worst quarter of subscriber growth in more than six years amid intensified price competition from smaller rivals, adding pressure on the company’s media and advertising ventures to take up the slack for a rapidly maturing wireless business.

Friday’s business agenda

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

Alkermes stock climbs on positive test results for antidepressant

The drug candidate, ALKS 5461, met its clinical goals in a late-stage study of 407 patients across the United States with major depressive disorder.

Stocks give up previous day’s gains

Telecom sector stocks declined the most.

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Mass. enjoys one of best job markets in years. But could it be better?

The evidence suggests we could probably push the unemployment rate down a little further, but not much.

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Snoopy gets fired

Curse you, MetLife. The company will phase out its use of Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang after more than 30 years.

Massachusetts officials said the state will issue permits for testing self-driving vehicle projects in Boston and other cities while lawmakers work on explicitly legalizing the rapidly developing technology.

Green light for self-driving car tests in Mass. — under certain conditions

Massachusetts officials took another step toward allowing self-driving cars on the roads on Thursday.

Advent International taps Bain Capital exec as managing director

It’s not every day a woman lands one of the coveted top-ranking partner jobs at an elite private equity firm.

Insurance start-up raises $23 million in second round financing

Cambridge insurance startup EverQuote Inc. has raised $23 million in private equity funding to expand its business and its safe-driving mobile application, the company announced on Thursday.

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Get ready fashionistas, another Primark is coming

The Irish fashion retailer will debut its second Mass. location at the Burlington Mall just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Mass. jobless rate drops again to 3.6%, the lowest since June 2001

The state’s unemployment rate, which was 3.9 percent in August, fell even further last month, to 3.6 percent.

GE’s new Boston complex poised for city approval

The Boston Planning and Development Agency is expected to approve the three-building campus at a meeting Thursday.

California AG leads criminal probe of Wells Fargo bank

Agents sought evidence related to allegations that bank employees created up to 2 million bank and credit card accounts without customers’ approval in order to meet sales goals.

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New York Times names A.G. Sulzberger deputy publisher

The appointment of Arthur Gregg Sulzberger positions him to succeed his father as publisher and chairman of The New York Times Co.

On Jan. 20, 2015, supporters of Airbnb held a rally outside City Hall in New York.

Airbnb seeks to curry favor with Cuomo ahead of N.Y. legislation

In less than two weeks, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo must decide whether to sign a bill that would impose hefty fines on some Airbnb hosts in the state.

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2015, file photo, Roger Ailes attends a special screening of

Roger Ailes, former Fox chairman, to be subject of TV miniseries

Writer-director Tom McCarthy has agreed to be the executive producer for a miniseries about Roger Ailes.

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 2, 2009 shows the US Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC. Uncertainty in advance of next month's US election is weighing on some sectors of the economy, the Federal Reserve's Beige Book survey said October 19, 2016. The survey, which collects the views of economists, business contacts and others, also found that most regions in the world's largest economy continued to expand at a

Economy grew a bit faster as summer ended, Fed says

Growth picked up as fall began, supported by modest hiring, an uptick in consumer spending, and steady home building.

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Russians can’t hack the US election, but they could warp it

Hackers can’t get into our voting machines and outright change results, although they can interfere with the process in other ways.

Wayfair Inc., the Boston-based home furnishing retailer, is not explicitly named as the show’s sponsor in previews of the show.

Wayfair teams with A&E for home improvement show

The show is an advertising first: uniting TV and e-commerce in a format that encourages viewers to visit the company’s website.

Oil prices help lift stock market

Oil and gas exploration companies led US stocks modestly higher Wednesday.

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PwC chief aims to tackle a tough topic: race in the US

Tim Ryan, the US chairman of PwC, knew he had to find a way to make his 47,000 US employees comfortable discussing the race issue.

Keith Block, chief operating officer of Salesforce, said Boston is one of the company’s fastest-growing markets.

Don’t be surprised if Salesforce hangs its name on a Boston tower someday

The business-software company has about 1,000 employees in Massachusetts after buying Demandware.

A Wells Fargo branch in Los Angeles.

California AG leading criminal investigation into Wells Fargo

A search warrant released Wednesday shows that agents sought evidence related to alleged scam accounts.

A CT scan of Dr. Kelly Holland’s chest showed a hole a little bigger than a golf ball in his left lung.


Doctor’s own diagnosis turns him into a tuberculosis activist

Dr. Kelly Holland became an activist at what could be a critical time for TB in the United States.

New numbers for the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday.

Thursday’s business agenda

US mortgage rates, earnings reports, and more notable events and things to know.

Boston rents still rising, just not as steeply

Rents in Boston are climbing at their slowest rate in more than two years as a surge of new apartments hits the market.

Salem, NY - 8/30/2016 - Grass grows on the track near the finish line at the Rockingham Park race track in Salem, NY August 30, 2016. The track and park will close on August 31st after 110 yeas. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

Rockingham Park developer completes land deal

Tuscan Brands founder Joe Faro closed on his purchase of the shuttered race track, which he wants to transform into one of New England’s biggest multiuse developments.

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Mass. banned Wells Fargo from state bond work. Here’s the bank’s response

The scandal-plagued bank is not allowed to handle debt for at least a year.

Crispr’s IPO doesn’t hit its target

Crispr Therapeutics said it sold 4 million common shares at $14 each Tuesday.

Housing, a hotel, and office and lab space are proposed for Assembly Square in Somerville by Somerville Office Associates.

Is another big development headed to Assembly Square?

A New York-based developer said work could start next year on the first phase of a nine-acre complex.

Shale drillers finding more value with longer wells running sideways

Long is the new deep. Just ask SM Energy Co.

Celebs at the Forbes Under 30 summit aren’t here for fun

Nearly all of the VIPs in town have made the transition from whatever made them famous to the marketplace.

VW Judge says he ‘strongly’ favors $14.7 billion settlement

The automaker continues to seek regulators’ approval of a fix for 482,000 pollution-spewing vehicles still on US roads.

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Intel fourth-quarter sales may miss estimates on PC doldrums

The dimmer fourth-quarter outlook from the world’s largest semiconductor maker may indicate that PC demand has been slow to accelerate.

Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group increased its 2016 earnings forecast, and voiced optimism about next year with less exposure to the Affordable Care Act.

UnitedHealth raises 2016 forecast, again

UnitedHealth Group has hiked its 2016 earnings forecast again after its profit swelled 23 percent to nearly $2 billion in the third quarter.

The Walt Disney Co.’s concern about uncivil discourse on Twitter played a part in its decision.

Disney said to have stopped Twitter chase partly over image

Disney was partly concerned that bullying and other uncivil forms of communication on the social media site might soil the company’s wholesome family image.

First-time buyers may be entering the US home market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed. Nearly half of sales in the past year went to people who were buying their first home, according to a survey released Tuesday.

First-timers leap into home market

A new survey suggests that first-time buyers may be entering the market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed.

The 2.1-acre hotel site sits across Summer Street from the convention center in South Boston.

A massive convention center hotel is likely after all

The Massachusetts Port Authority will get its giant hotel after all — and it doesn’t plan to offer a subsidy.

Glass containers display varieties of marijuana for sale on shelves at The Station, a retail and medical cannabis dispensary, in Boulder, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. The DEA announced Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 that the Obama administration will keep marijuana on the list of the most dangerous drugs, despite growing popular support for legalization, but will allow more research into its possible medical benefits. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Why is booze business against legal pot in Massachusetts?

The state’s alcohol industry has emerged as a big donor in the campaign against the legalization of marijuana that goes before voters on the November ballot.

This Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, photo provided by Andrew Zuis, of Farmington, Minn., shows the replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone belonging to his 13-year-old daughter Abby, that melted in her hand earlier in the day.

Samsung in deep trouble in China over Note 7 reaction

Samsung, already reeling from its embarrassing and expensive decision last week to kill the Note 7, has a particularly vexing problem in China.

Harvard startup plans a fashion accessory focused on safety

Sara de Zarraga and Quinn Fitzgerald set out in April with a twofold goal: help protect young women from sexual assault and change the way we talk about it.

Wall Street hedges its bets on election

The ugly presidential campaign also is stoking anxiety for investors.

Stocks rebound on strong earnings reports

Surprisingly strong earnings at Netflix, UnitedHealth Group, and other companies put investors in a buying mood.

The Venture Forum and Bowditch & Dewey LLP are hosting a program on craft beer entrepreneurship on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Workshops, panels, and more notable events and things to know.

Chrissy Teigen spoke at Northeastern University on Tuesday.

These photos show just how much star power was in Boston today

Think you saw Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba, or Michael Phelps roaming Boston’s streets? Your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you.

Gloucester seafood firm, hiring agency cheated workers, US says

Investigators contend the companies failed to pay overtime to dozens of workers, then falsified records.

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Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.