Troubled bridge over Fort Point waters could be remade into icon of the city

For four years it has been a barrier you can’t cross, but finally a plan for remaking the historic Northern Avenue Bridge over Fort Point Channel is taking shape.

Former city councilor Tito Jackson speaks during a public hearing of the Cannabis Control Commission on draft regulations for the pot industry held in Dudley Square. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Metro, adamsd)

Tito Jackson to lead marijuana company

The former mayoral candidate has been appointed the chief executive officer of Verdant Medical.

Investigators in March examined a driverless Uber SUV after it fatally struck a woman in Tempe, Ariz., that month. The National Transportation Safety Board reported Thursday that the car’s safety measures failed through a combination of a computer system not responding properly to the pedestrian’s presence and a distracted safety driver.

Distracted driver and braking error cited in autonomous Uber car’s fatal crash

A built-in emergency braking system had been disabled while the car was in autonomous mode to ensure a smoother ride, according to the preliminary report of federal regulators investigating the crash.

Provincetown Inn managing partner Derek Evans talks to a man at a job fair at the Puerto Rico Toursim Company headquarters to recruit 20 candidates to work the summer season in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Desperate for summer workers after not getting approval for H-2B visas, employers from Cape Cod are trying to recruit workers from the U.S. Territory, has many Puerto Ricans are still out of work following Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti for Boston Globe)

Desperation setting in as Cape employers look to Puerto Rico for seasonal workers

Business owners are flying down to the island for job fairs and paying thousands to recruiters, but still struggling to find workers.

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Here’s a look at the new shops opening on Newbury Street this summer

More than a dozen new storefronts opening on the city’s best-known shopping street.

Encore Boston Harbor rising to the challenge

The on-time completion of the $2.5 billion casino is starting to look like a sure bet.


How golf startups are bringing innovation to a tradition-steeped game

From helping players score deals to making play more efficient, local companies are in the game.


Should grandparents open a 529 savings plan to help with college costs?

In deciding which plan to choose, consider several factors, including investment options, fees, customer service, and any state tax benefits.

Protests worldwide against US idea of auto import tariffs

China, Japan, and the European Union condemned Thursday the Trump administration’s decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States.


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The capsule could eventually be used in people to find signs of ulcers or disease.

Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert

The capsule was tested in pigs and correctly detected signs of bleeding, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported Thursday in the journal Science.

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Women-founded companies make up majority of MassChallenge finalists

For the first time, companies led by women make up more than half of the 128 finalists selected to compete in MassChallenge, the Boston-based startup accelerator.

In signing the bill into law, President Trump said, “One-size-fits-all, those rules just don’t work.’’

Trump signs law rolling back post-financial crisis banking rules

At a signing ceremony at the White House, Trump said the legislation ‘‘rolls back the crippling Dodd-Frank regulations that are crushing community banks and credit unions nationwide.”

If you haven’t got anything better to do this Memorial Day weekend, consider spending time with your home Internet router.

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FBI warns consumers about malware aimed at Internet routers

The FBI is warning consumers about a nasty new malware attack that has infected about half a million devices in more than 50 countries.

Cancellation of North Korea summit sends stocks on a bumpy ride

US stocks finished mostly lower Thursday after President Trump canceled a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Weekend business agenda

A financial literacy workshop, a lesson on video marketing, and other events and things to know.

Pfizer to pay nearly $24 million to settle kickback charges

The Justice Department’s Boston office says the scheme involved illegally covering copays for patients.

Jonathan Bush is the cofounder and CEO of athenahealth.

Pressure from investors grows for athenahealth to sell itself

Elliott Management Corp. wrote in a letter to the company’s board of directors that other shareholders share its frustration with the company’s performance.

President Trump.

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Trump canceled the North Korea summit. Here’s what it means

With the summit abandoned, at least for now, there’s a risk that goodwill-enhancing and relationship-improving steps might be lost, too.

Investigators examined a driverless SUV that fatally struck a woman in Tempe, Ariz., in March.

Self-driving SUV in fatal Arizona crash saw pedestrian but didn’t brake, board says

Federal investigators say the vehicle spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but didn’t stop because emergency braking was disabled.

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Garelick Farms says it will close its dairy in Lynn

Garelick is the seventh largest employer in Lynn, and an estimated 300 workers are expected to lose their jobs.

A suit by CBS Corp., led by Les Moonves, states that a merger with Viacom would not be “not in the best interests of CBS and its stockholders.”

Leslie Moonves and Shari Redstone dig in for a long legal war at CBS

The hostilities between two prominent media companies are unlikely to cool off any time soon.

MAXPPP OUT Mandatory Credit: Photo by CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9691416al) Mark Zuckerberg and Emmanuel Macron Tech for Good summit at the Elysee palace, Paris, France - 23 May 2018 Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron (R) at the Elysee Palace after the Tech for Good summit, in Paris, France, 23 May 2018. Tech for Good summit is held at Elysee palace with Tech leaders on the sidelines of the VivaTech fair.

France’s Macron takes on Facebook’s Zuckerberg in tech push

French President Emmanuel Macron took on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other internet giants Wednesday at a Paris meeting to discuss personal data protection and taxes as France pushes for tougher European regulations.

Stop & Shop is based in Massachusetts and has stores throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey.

Stop & Shop recalls frozen broccoli amid listeria concerns

The Stop & Shop supermarket chain has issued a recall for its store brand frozen broccoli after listeria was found during routine testing.

Necco Wafers are New England Confectionery Co.’s best-known candy.

Necco is sold for $18.8 million at bankruptcy auction

Spangler Candy, which makes Dum Dums lollipops, bested two other bidders to acquire the Revere candy maker. The result means Necco will stay in business, at least through the fall.

Fed gives stocks a boost; tech and retail companies rally

US stocks turned higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated it’s not in a hurry to raise interest rates.

Business agenda

Mortgage rates, a real estate webinar, and other events and things to know.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned on Tuesday by European lawmakers about data privacy.


EU’s new data-privacy rule will be felt by many Americans, too

Many companies, including those in the US, may find it easier to use European data rules that take effect Friday for all of their customers.

The Vineyard Wind project will have as many as 100 turbines 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

Two big wind farms to rise off coast of Martha’s Vineyard

Massachusetts and Rhode Island officials selected two projects that could add dozens of turbines south of the island.

Partners and Care New England Health System first announced their discussions to merge in April 2017.

Partners HealthCare, R.I. hospital system finalize merger deal

The health systems said they have signed a “definitive agreement” for Partners to acquire Care New England.

East Boston- 10/03414- It was the last day of racing at Suffolk Downs which will be ending live racing. Horses leave the gate for the last race. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki (sports)

Suffolk Downs group plans to conduct racing at Great Barrington in 2019

Suffolk’s parent company will lease the Western Massachusetts track, which will need upgrading.

 Dr. Kevin Tabb, chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, at a state Public Health Council meeting in April.

If regulators OK the deal, the state’s new health care giant will be called Beth Israel Lahey Health

Officials say coming up with the new name required months of discussions and market research.

Superpedestrian chief executive Assaf Biderman said his company will use its new investment money to begin building electric bikes for services than rent bikes.

Electric bike maker charges into ride-sharing

Cambridge-based Superpedestrian is charging up on cash, in a bid to become a major supplier of bikes for ride-sharing services.

Workbar has expanded to eight Greater Boston locations.

Workbar, poised for more growth, has a new CEO

The Boston-based co-working company has tapped industry vet Sarah Travers to take over from cofounder Bill Jacobson.

There’s no sign of a slowdown in Mass. home prices

With demand outstripping supply, the latest data suggest a record hot summer for real estate.

Mass. pension fund enjoyed highest return from private equity investments of any in country

When it comes to private equity, at least, the state’s pension fund can brag again about being No. 1.

Thomas Bernhardt, Edward Boyden, Dr. Benjamin Ebert, Stephen Liberles, Beth Stevens, and Feng Zhang. (Scott Eisen for HHMI)

Six local biomed researchers awarded $8 million apiece, with no strings attached

They’re among 19 nationwide to share unrestricted funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied that the United States is offering relief for ZTE in exchange for trade concessions.

US and China work on ZTE rescue; Mnuchin denies quid pro quo

President Trump said Tuesday that the deal might require ZTE to revamp its board and to pay a fine of $1 billion or more.

Representative Al Green, a Texas Democrat, called the GOP bill “a big-bank bonanza.’’

Congress moves to end key post-crisis bank rules

The House voted 258-159 to approve legislation rolling back the Dodd-Frank law, notching a legislative win for President Trump.

All three finalists for the chancellor position at UMass Boston withdrew from consideration after criticism from the faculty.

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In the mess at UMass Boston, it’s hard to know whom to blame more

No one is a winner in the disarray at UMass Boston, and how to move forward isn’t evident.

Short-term rental hosts and industry giants such as Airbnb have been lobbying for looser rules on by-the-night rental of apartments and homes in the city.

City Council won’t vote yet on short-term rental rules

Councilors will probably spend at least two more weeks hammering out rules governing short-term rentals in Boston.

Stocks slip as smaller companies and industrials fade

Stocks finished the day mostly lower as industrial companies and retailers fell.

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Environmental group objects to zoning that allows waterfront towers

Conservation Law Foundation says state is giving away too much to developers.

Omni Hotels officials, Mayor Martin Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker, and other dignitaries met to ceremonially break ground on the Omni hotel project across the street from the convention center in the Seaport District.

Fidelity sues Omni hotel developers over use of ‘Seaport Hotel’ name

Fidelity says the name of a new hotel in the Seaport District conflicts with one it has owned nearby for 20 years.

Retired plumber Barney Smith, 96, greeted a visitor to his Toliet Seat Art Museum in Alamo Heights, Texas.

The ‘King of the Commode’ seeks an heir to his thrones

“This is my life’s history here,” said Barney Smith, a retired plumber and owner of the 1,350 toliet seats in his Toilet Seat Art Museum.

Gasoline prices were seen at a gas station near downtown Los Angeles.

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Gas and mortgages are getting expensive again. Welcome to a normal economy

Gas at $3 a gallon. Mortgage rates nearing 5 percent. It’s starting to look a lot like America before the financial crisis.

A computer-generated image shows a group of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria.

Partnership based at BU gets $50m to help fight drug-resistant superbugs

Infections from drug-resistant superbugs cause around 700,000 deaths worldwide each year, including an estimated 23,000 in the United States.

McDonald’s workers in 9 cities file sex harassment claims

Two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge the complaints against the fast food giant.

Imported cars awaited distribution while sitting in a lot in Qingdao, China. Beijing said Tuesday it will reduce auto import duties effective July 1.

China will cut auto import taxes as of July 1

The immediate impact of the change was expected to be limited, as most cars sold in China by global automakers are produced domestically.

A “60 Minutes” segment is prompting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to seek an antitrust probe of the tech industry.

Mnuchin urges antitrust probe of tech after Google report

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging an antitrust probe of the tech industry.

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