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Verizon’s AOL to buy Millennial Media for about $250 million

Verizon Communications Inc.’s AOL has agreed to buy mobile-ad company Millennial Media Inc. for about $250 million.

Students ask Education Department to discharge college debt

Almost 12,000 students are asking the federal government to discharge their college loan debt, asserting that their school either closed or lied to them about job prospects, according to government data released Thursday.

General Mills selling Green Giant, Le Sueur for $765 million

General Mills is selling its Green Giant and Le Sueur vegetable businesses to B&G Foods Inc. for about $765 million in cash.

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What happened to the American labor movement?

Labor unions once represented about 1 of every 3 American workers. Today, it’s 1 in 9 — and falling.

World stocks gain amid China holiday, dollar falls

World stocks rose Thursday as a holiday in China gave investors a break from its torrid markets.

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Despite an accident at his home, Prestley Blake, Friendly’s co-founder, made it to Boston.

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Friendly’s visionary inspires at Techstars

The 100-year-old co-founder of Friendly’s was injured when he rolled into a quarry about three weeks ago, but has pronounced himself healed.

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Creating boring slideshows just got easier

Microsoft has come up with a successor to PowerPoint that makes it even easier to create mind-numbing corporate presentations.

 MIT life sciences students conversed during a recent meeting of the MIT Biotech Group, which helps students get ready for jobs.

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MIT students seek boost in landing biotech jobs

MIT professors are famous for spinning off life science companies. But their students don’t always find it easy to break into the industry.

Hedge fund loses challenge of patent for Biogen’s MS drug

The loss is a setback to Texas hedge fund manager Kyle Bass and his attempts to invalidate key intellectual property rights of leading biotech companies.

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The number of reported bicycle accidents has increased in recent years, and fatalities have more than tripled.

Living Longer, Living Better

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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.

Longwood – A City Within a City

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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.