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US consumer spending up moderate 0.3 percent in July

US consumers increased their spending moderately in July, as wages and salaries made their biggest jump in eight months.

Ruling eases way for union drives at fast-food chains

The labor board changed the definition of a crucial employer-employee relationship that had held in some form since the 1980s.

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Alex and Ani hurt by executive exits, party incident

Behind the New Age marketing and rapid expansion, the jewelry retailer has struggled with some decidedly negative vibes.

Venture capital trade group loses its high-profile leader

C.A. Webb will leave the New England Venture Capital Association next week to start a venture capital firm.

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Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian and former chief executive Giovanni Feroce presided over a period of tremendous growth. The company now has 46 stores, including one on Newbury Street (above). Rafaelian’s real estate holdings include Belcourt Castle in Newport.

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Alex and Ani hurt by executive exits, party incident

Behind the New Age marketing and rapid expansion, the jewelry retailer has struggled with some decidedly negative vibes.

FDA approves new Amgen cholesterol drug

The drug can reduce levels of bad cholesterol in millions of people who don’t respond to or are only partly helped by statins.

Train tracks along the proposed MBTA Green Line expansion area photographed from Lowell Street in Somerville.

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Tough choices on Green Line project, but it isn’t derailed yet

Even in the face of stomach-churning runaway costs, Governor Charlie Baker is going to find a way to get the Green Line extension done.

Dan Lyons signs copies of an earlier book, oPtion$, in 2007.

HubSpot book to hit stores 2 months earlier

Hachette Book Group has moved up the publication date of “Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble,” a forthcoming memoir from Dan Lyons.

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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.