DeKayla Graham, a home health care worker, made sure her car was dug out so she could respond in case of an emergency.

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DeKayla Graham, a home health care worker, made sure her car was dug out so she could respond in case of an emergency.

For thousands, dedication to work outweighed storm’s obstacles

Many workers found ways to get to their jobs and the people that depend on them.By Megan Woolhouse and Taryn Luna

Despite pockets of flooding, such as on Turner Road in Scituate, storm damage was more of a travel nuisance than a bottom-line blow for most businesses, homeowners, or insurers.

In snow’s fury, a duty to work

For many, the storm didn’t mean a day off or a chance to sleep in. Instead, it meant a grueling commute and a long, bleary-eyed stretch at the job.

Mass. home sales jump nearly 10 percent in Dec.

Annual home sales, just under 49,000, slumped 2 percent last year, down from about 50,000 in 2013.

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The decision came just hours after House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio demanded the proposal be withdrawn from the president’s budget.

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Yahoo to spin off Alibaba stake, Oversized iPhones bring oversized sales for Apple, and more news from Tuesday.

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Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app, which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police.

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Harvard raises record $1.16 billion in 2014

Harvard University raised a record $1.16 billion in donations in a single year, beating rival Stanford for the first time in a decade.

Facebook’s status update: Profit, revenue beat expectations

For the seventh quarter in a row Facebook beat profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue as most users shift to using the site on smartphones and other portable devices.

Asking prices for small businesses on the rise

Data from an online small-business marketplace show that Boston businesses are seeking a higher price to sell their operations.

Amazon offers work e-mail service to compete with Google

Amazon.com Inc. is starting an e-mail and calendar service for professionals dubbed WorkMail, pushing deeper into a corporate technology market dominated by Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc.

Airlines add flights, private jets book extra orders for Super Bowl

Commercial airlines and private jet services are selling out seats and adding more flights from Massachusetts to Phoenix to whisk New England Patriots fans to Arizona in time for the Super Bowl.

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If age is just a number, the number 55 means you love traveling, might be downsizing, are transitioning in jobs, and you aren’t sleeping great. Don’t fret.

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As a Randolph woman prepares to go home for the final time, a young couple experiences the other end of the life cycle.

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Raising the roof and adding on to the house created an attractive open-concept living space.

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Cape-style home with dramatic great room

Once a cottage, this Cohasset home was transformed by raising the roof 12 feet to create a space where metal, wood, and light dramatically collide.

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Yes, we write software and design websites. But the New England economy chugged along for almost 400 years on the strength of other products.

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Market Basket in turmoil

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A family feud is now an outright business crisis for the Demoulas Super Markets chain.

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