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US stocks make small gains before holiday; HP tumbles

Stocks are closing mostly higher in light trading ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

Joanne Chang’s sticky buns coming to a Pinkberry near you

Pinkberry New England is collaborating with Flour Bakery + Cafe to offer “Joanne Chang’s Sticky Bun,” a flavor based on the chef’s iconic sticky bun.

Deflect and redirect awkward holiday office party conversation

The bright side is you may end up building new relationships not just during the party but ones that will benefit you in the future.

Massport shipping terminal bucks industry trend

If an industry-wide slump is starting, you couldn’t tell from what’s happening at the Conley Terminal in South Boston.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slides to 3.95 percent

Average long-term US mortgage rates slipped this week after they climbed recently expectations that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.

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Multifamily homes, like these in South Boston, are selling for premium prices.

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Multifamily owners in Boston hit hard by new tax bills

The higher tax bills reflect not only how much more valuable those properties have become, but also the soaring rents they command.

Lauren Baker spoke to the Doric Docents in the House Members Lounge at the State House in September. As the state’s first lady,  Baker is the president of the docents, who give tours at the State House.

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Lauren Baker practices patience as she defines her role

Baker is still deciding what causes she will champion as first lady of Mass., though she says she is unlikely to get behind just one.

DraftKings attorney David Boies appeared at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin in 2014.

For DraftKings, the stakes are high in N.Y. court case

The firm on Wednesday will try to convince a judge that its daily fantasy sports contests are not illegal gambling under N.Y. law.

The heaviest travel days at Logan are expected Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

More jobs, lower gas prices mean rise in Thanksgiving travel

All major transportation sectors – airlines, trains, buses and automobiles – are projecting an uptick in holiday travel.

// Somerville brewer Pretty Things announces its closure

Dann and Martha Paquette, owners of Pretty Things beer company, had said they were being shut out of area bars and restaurants.

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