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.

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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

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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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Snow day is a workday and payday for many

Technology has made it easier for most workers to telecommute and made it a much simpler call for companies to pay their employees if they’re not in the office.

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Harvard Pilgrim negotiates discount on pricey hepatitis drug

Wellesley-based Harvard Pilgrim expects to save about $10 million on reimbursements to doctors who treat hepatitis C patients.

House bill aims to address state’s power shortfall

A sweeping new bill aims to address high electricity prices and concerns about the regional grid’s reliability.

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