Wayfair fails to deliver progress on profit, sending stock tumbling 

The Boston-based furniture retailer on Thursday posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss, and its stock fell the most since the company went public in 2014.

A package from Amazon on a UPS truck in New York.

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Amazon customers frustrated by company’s response

Two recent Globe stories about Amazon customers receiving packages they never ordered generated tremendous response from readers who have experienced the same thing.

Governor Charlie Baker appointed Katherine Lev to the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board in 2015.

Citing bias, unions call for state labor board member to step down or quit outside job

Local union leaders are raising concerns, but the state says the attorney’s work with organizations that oppose unionization doesn’t create a conflict of interest.

The rates approved Thursday by the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (shown at Feb. 1 meeting) apply to hundreds of thousands of state and local employees, retirees, and their families.

After health-insurance controversy, most public workers to avoid large premium increases

The rates were approved Thursday by the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission.

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EU says May’s Brexit plan won’t work

The European Commission rejected UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s emerging plan for a post-Brexit trade deal, just as she tries to persuade her divided Cabinet to back it.

Boston Beer shares plunge 14 percent

Shares in Boston Beer Co. plunged nearly 14 percent on Thursday after the brewer reported fourth-quarter earnings and provided guidance for 2018.

Airbnb unveils ‘Plus’ program

Airbnb will have inspectors rate thousands of listed properties in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places.

Chinese shares are on shaky ground as investors favor just a few

China’s stock market wasn’t in great shape even before the past month’s slide.

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Famous family's burger chain success is more comfort food basics than Hollywood sizzle.

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His online gambling days are over, but Niman Kenkre is still all in on poker

This Belmont super-player once faced off against Ben Affleck, Kevin Hart, Michael Phelps, and Tobey Maguire.

VC firms offering advice, not just money, to help women founders

Firms, many with women leadership, are finding ways to help guide companies they might buy into later.

Steve Hoffman, seen last fall, said discussions with state financial institutions left him feeling pessimistic.

Top cannabis regulator: Massachusetts should consider government-run bank for pot companies

With the private sector reluctant, would a state bank make it easier to collect cannabis taxes and prevent theft?

Carlos Wan-zeler fled to Brazil in 2014.

TelexFree Ponzi scheme fugitive stripped of Brazilian citizenship; may open door to extradition

By stripping Carlos Wanzeler of his citizenship, Brazilian authorities may be taking a step toward his extradition.

Joseph Woodin, former chief executive of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Ousted Vineyard hospital chief lands job in Alaska, but legal fight with Partners isn’t over

Health-care executive Joseph Woodin is trading one scenic vista for another.

About 2 million square feet of development potential is available at state-owned parcels near the Veolia power plant on Kneeland Street.

Developers cool to downtown Boston sites the state sees as hot properties

With no offers despite years of trying, state officials have no plans to market a big site near a train and bus station.

Conservative Twitter users are accusing the social media platform of deleting their followers. Twitter says it is merely in the process of verifying that its users are real humans, and not bots.

As Twitter moves to purge fake accounts, conservatives say they are being targeted

Some conservative Twitter Inc. users are accusing the company of unfairly targeting their followers as it steps up efforts to get rid of fake or abusive accounts.

Spike in bond yields upends US stock market rally

US stocks closed broadly lower Wednesday as investors reacted to a surge in bond yields.

Key regulators, including Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, have long opposed getting rid of the wind-down authority.

Treasury won’t ditch post-crisis plan for big bank failures

US bank watchdogs should retain the ability to dismantle massive financial firms after a collapse, but should ensure the power is reserved  “as an emergency tool,” the Treasury said Wednesday.

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The Boston Dynamics robot-dog is back and wants you to get out of its way

In the video, a yellow, four-legged machine dubbed “SpotMini” fights off human attempts to stop it from opening a door.

Amid growing evidence of dire amounts of waste in the world’s oceans, conservation is becoming a selling point for firms trying to jump on the bandwagon of concern about the flood of plastic choking sea life.

Amid a flood of plastic, big companies try to clean up image

Conservation is becoming a selling point for firms trying to jump on the bandwagon of concern about the flood of plastic choking sea life.

Hyperloop in Massachusetts? Not so fast

A state senator says he’s had informal discussions with Elon Musk’s Boring Company.

Diana Yousef is a finalist in the 2018 North American Cartier Women's Initiative Awards. Yousef invented a portable evaporative toilet that requires no electricity and plumbing.

Three Boston area entrepreneurs finalists in Cartier global businesswomen’s competition

The French watchmaker sponsors a global competition for women-run startups.

FILE - This Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped sensitize children to nuts in a major study. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)


Peanut allergy therapy scores late-stage trial win

An experimental treatment aimed at helping people with severe peanut allergy scored a clinical win Tuesday.

A settlement may be near in the state of Minnesota’s lawsuit against manufacturer 3M Co., which alleges the company’s chemicals caused environmental damage.

3M’s Minnesota Scotchgard trial halted after fresh cancer claims

3M Co. is expected to settle a lawsuit with Minnesota that sought $5 billion over pollution from former Scotchgard ingredients after a trial was abruptly halted.

Many airline pilots’ pensions were terminated or frozen during airline bankruptcies in the last two decades.

Airlines ‘flush with money’ spur pilots’ quest for lost pensions

Airline pilots, still resentful over pensions yanked away in a wave of industry bankruptcies, see growing company profits as a chance to reclaim some of those lost benefits.

Ministry of Supply’s jacket can be warmed using the app on your phone.

This intelligent jacket turns up the heat with the sound of your voice

MIT-founded apparel brand Ministry of Supply uses NASA technology in its fabrics and is launching a heated jacket that can be controlled by your voice. 

Walmart stock took a beating Tuesday, falling 10.2 percent for its biggest single-day percentage drop in 30 years.

Walmart's bruising battle with Amazon cuts its profit even as revenue rises

Walmart reported mixed fourth-quarter results Tuesday amid efforts to bolster its online business.

Albertsons will buy Rite Aid, part of a strategy to counter Amazon

Grocer Albertsons Cos. will buy drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp. in a deal that would accelerate the remaking of the U.S. retail and health-care industries.

Stocks sink as Walmart plunges 10 percent, snapping market’s six-day winning streak

US indexes declined Tuesday, snapping a six-day winning streak.

FILE- In this Sept. 24, 2013, file photo, just cut stacks of $100 bills make their way down the line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Tentative signs have emerged that prices could accelerate in coming months. Most economists expect inflation to edge up and end the year a few tenths of a percentage point above the Federal Reserve's target. But most foresee only minimal effect on the economy. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

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Inflation can stimulate spending and make it easier for the Fed to tackle a recession.

“A lot of customers ask if I take credit cards,” Johnny’s Barber Shop owner Joao Goncalves said. “I say I don’t take them. Sometimes they say, ‘I’ll go to the bank,’ but they don’t come back.”

Facing the digital divide at Boston’s cash-only shops

Many businesses in Boston’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood are cash-only operations in a digital world, and increasingly, that is a disadvantage.

Zorica Pantic, an engineer by training, has led the Fenway university’s expansion and is credited with helping expand the commuter school.

First female president of Wentworth Institute stepping down

Zorica Pantic announces she will retire from the Fenway university in 2019 after 14 years on the job.

The Wharton Alumni Angel Network of Boston is hosting a panel discussion Wednesday night on how to navigate the biotech industry and avoid startup failure.

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A customer hold a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken outside a KFC restaurant, Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Mountain View, Calif. Yum Brands Inc., which owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, reports second-quarter results after the close of regular trading. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Hundreds of UK Kentucky Fried Chickens run out of, well, chicken

About 470 of the fried chicken chain’s 900 UK restaurants remained closed Tuesday because of a chicken shortage, according to KFC officials.

Cells from a person’s intestinal lining, placed in one of Emulate Inc.’s devices, form intestinal folds as they would in the human body.

2 pharma giants, Calif. hospital to use Boston firm’s ‘organ-on-a-chip’

Boston biotech Emulate uses plastic chips to simulate human organs to test medicines outside the body.

Alberstons Cos., owners of Shaw’s and Star Markets in the Boston area, says it will buy Rite Aid Corp.

Parent of Shaw’s, Star Markets will buy remaining Rite Aid stores

Rite Aid already agreed to sell about 2,000 stores to Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

About 100 employees are being let go by Partners HealthCare. Their jobs are being outsourced to India.

Partners HealthCare will outsource some expensive, back-office jobs to India

Many of the employees have worked for Partners for several years, or even decades.

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‘I just want it to stop’: Women get sex toys in packages they didn’t order

Nicole Slotterbeck wasn’t just annoyed by the “mystery” packages that kept arriving from Amazon. She was frightened. First was the bra — in her size. Then came even more intimate merchandise.

Gathering spaces and a plant-filled wall are part of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle.


In Seattle, clues on how Amazon might disrupt health care

The retail giant has been studying drug use, prices, and patient data in a bid to make care better and cheaper.

Mark Wahlberg and his brothers are opening up a Wahlburgers a mile and a half from their old Savin Hill stomping grounds.


Wahlburgers is headed to the expanding South Bay Center in Dorchester

The Wahlbergs’ burger chain is setting up shop in the old neighborhood.


China struggles to bring top scientists and entrepreneurs back home

Many trained in the US remain here, despite their government’s attempts to lure them back.

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Group seeks inquiry on whether Celexa’s manufacturer misled FDA

Newly unsealed documents suggest Forest Laboratories, now part of Allergan, may have deliberately misled federal officials about a key clinical trial.

One design for the footbridge over the Mystic River.

Who will pay for a $23 million footbridge to the Wynn casino?

Providing pedestrians with direct access between the casino and Orange Line comes with a hefty price.

The currencies are virtual, but the violent crimes are real

Big holders of bitcoin and its brethren have become alluring marks for criminals.

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Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton has said his priority is protecting ‘‘Mr. and Ms. 401K.’’

When Trump’s SEC punishes Wall Street, it’s often done quietly

Under President Trump, the SEC isn’t embarrassing Wall Street as much as it used to.

Baffled by political ads bought by Russians, Facebook will soon to rely centuries-old technology

Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in US elections: the post office.

Native Hawaiian activists, who say they have rights to the land, are protesting the rebuilding of the Coco Palms hotel, where Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii”was filmed.

Activists delay rebuild of Hawaii hotel with Elvis ties

It’s the latest example of Native Hawaiian activists taking a stand on cultural issues and sacred places.

Michael Mone, leading medical malpractice lawyer in Boston, said he has incurable cancer because it was misdiagnosed in 2009.

In a turnabout, a malpractice lawyer in Boston finds that he is a victim

Michael E. Mone says that despite everything he knows about what can go wrong in a hospital, he himself has become a victim of medical malpractice.

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