Empty shelves at Whole Foods have customers shopping elsewhere

The Amazon-owned chain has faced a tide of bad publicity after complaints and photos of desolate aisles posted on social media.

Drug maker Sanofi is buying a Waltham-based hemophilia specialist for $11.6 billion.

Sanofi expands footprint in Mass. with $11.6 billion purchase of Waltham-based Bioverativ

Sanofi says the deal for the Biogen spinoff will boost its profile for fighting rare diseases.


Boston-based Capstone seals the deal for a Denver investment bank

John Ferrara has steadily built Capstone Partners into one of the region’s biggest investment banks.

Keh-Jiann Pan and his wife, Meijung, got an astounding electric bill from Eversouce.

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US audit overseer under scrutiny as 6 charged in KPMG leak

Federal prosecutors accused three former employees of leaking inside information to KPMG so it could improve its audit results.

Facebook admits social media sometimes harms democracy

Facebook admits social media sometimes harms democracy

Trump adds stiff tariffs to imported solar panels

It’s the president’s first major trade move to crack down on what he sees as unfair foreign competition.

Icahn, Deason urge Xerox to oust CEO, explore alternatives

Carl Icahn is teaming up with fellow Xerox Corp. investor Darwin Deason to urge the company to explore strategic alternatives and shake up its joint venture with Fujifilm Holdings Corp.

US orders extra air cargo screening for flights from Mideast

US authorities issued an emergency order Monday requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries, citing a threat of terrorism.


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GE’s profit forecast seen at risk because of problems at power, finance units

GE profit forecast seen at risk from power, finance problems

Pharma deals, pact on government shutdown help stocks set more records

Hefty gains for energy and technology companies helped US stocks set more records Monday.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Earnings releases, business luncheons and other events and thinks to know.

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 22: Amazon Go employee Mari Avellaneda stocks shelves using a mobile device at the Amazon Go store, on January 22, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. After more than a year in beta Amazon opened the cashier-less store to the public. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Amazon Go store opens — with no cashiers, lines, or registers

When shoppers pull an item of the shelf, it’s added to their virtual cart, and they’re charged when they leave the store.

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A not so self-driving Cadillac

Testing the Cadillac new self-driving system is like that first drive by your teenager, expecting to grab the wheel when he does something crazy.

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New rules to govern handling of Oscar envelopes

Oscar voting procedures and the tabulation of nominees and winners won’t change. Instead, reforms focus on envelope rituals.

Fans waited outside U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Want to fly to Minneapolis for the Super Bowl? Be ready for sticker shock

Nonstop flights between Boston and Minneapolis for the Super Bowl were checking in at more than $1,000.

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he wouldn’t let a child use social media

“I’m not a person that says we’ve achieved success if you’re using [technology] all the time,” Cook said.

Everett officials say the Mystic Generating Station is a much more valuable property after the plant’s owners spent more than originally planned on its upgrade.

Everett sues Baker administration to nix tax deal for power plant

The project turned out to have a much bigger price tag than city officials anticipated.

Protesters in November joined Ramona Alvarez and her husband, Juan Tejeda, owners of El Embajador, which faces eviction in Egleston Square.

Small business owners, city frustrated by development-led displacements

Unlike residential renters, who have some legal protections from aggressive eviction tactics, commercial tenants have little, if any, recourse.


To avoid becoming ordinary ponies, biotech ‘unicorns’ look afar for funding

Drug developers have grown their horns thanks to a recent boom in venture capital.

The solar industry says systems like those at Irene Kneeland’s Sutton home should not face new fees.

Critics say Eversource’s new fee casts a shadow on solar power

The company says the charge covers access to utility poles and wires.

Walsh aims to rein in short-term rental market

Boston’s mayor wants new rules to limit how frequently landlords can offer rentals through Airbnb and similar services.

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Why did Amazon choose these cities?

Here’s a map that shows the places that made bids to host Amazon’s second headquarters and those that are on the short list.

Annuities firm to buy unit of Liberty Mutual

Lincoln National Corp., a provider of annuities and retirement products, agreed to pay $3.3 billion to buy a business from Liberty Mutual Holding Co. that sells insurance through employers.

An inventory-tracking robot from Fellow Robots scans store shelves and tracks whether items are priced correctly. The bots are currently being tested in Lowe’s stores in California.


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Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said.

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GE plunges to worst weekly loss since recession

General Electric plummeted again as a report questioned whether its problems will force it to sell shares or further cut its dividend.

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Will Massachusetts become the first marijuana ‘sanctuary state’?

A new bill would ban public employees from helping the feds crack down on state-legal cannabis operations.

Facebook will begin surveying users for the news sources they trust, and tailor its newsfeed based on those results.

Facebook, Google try to get their stories straight

Two Internet titans are finding out that journalism is harder than it looks.

People are going bananas over the lack of fresh produce in some Whole Foods stores across the country.

People are mad about empty shelves at Whole Foods

It turns out, logistics are to blame.

Tim Driver is the chief executive of Retirementjobs.com.

Five things you should know about Tim Driver

The chief executive of Retirementjobs.com is about to launch a new venture.

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Earnings releases, workshops, networking opportunities and other events and things to know.

The Dow Jones industrial average surged more than 200 points within minutes of the opening bell Monday.

Anxiety drains from stock markets as FBI ends Clinton e-mail probe

Stocks surged, reversing the S&P 500’s longest slump since 1980.

Panera Bread is petitioning the FDA to standardize the definition of egg.

What’s in an egg? Maybe more than you think, Panera says in new campaign

Panera introduces new sandwich and with it, challenges to the definition of the word “egg.”

An Amazon employee gave her dog a biscuit before heading into the company’s Seattle headquaters, where pets are welcome.

A few things to consider as the competition for Amazon gets real

For the 20 finalists, being in the running raises as many questions as it answers.

Donald Trump Jr. left the Senate Intelligence Committee last month. He was being interviewed by the committee for its ongoing investigation of allegations of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Indian condo developers promise buyers a meeting with Donald Trump Jr.

They are offering to fly the first 100 buyers in a new Trump Towers project to New York for a sit-down dinner with the president’s son.

A passenger at Logan Airport waited with her dog to board a flight. Delta’s new requirements don’t apply to pets that stay in under-seat kennels during flights.

Delta requiring more information on animals before they fly

Owners of psychiatric service animals and so-called emotional-support animals will need to sign a statement vouching that their animal can behave.

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Making videoconferences less frustrating

The technology, long more promising than practical, may finally be coming of age.

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Here are three things Boston needs to do now to land Amazon

Politicians at the state and city level need to cooperate. Ditto for developers. And we need to get creative with financial incentives.

State workers’s health insurance choices shrink in cost-cutting move

State employees will have fewer choices come July when the number of plans allowed to offer health insurance coverage through the Group Insurance Commission will be cut in half.

Developers propose an affordable 30-floor tower in Chinatown with apartments, condos

A parking lot in Chinatown could be replaced with a 30-story tower full of affordable housing units — with a permanent home for the neighborhood’s new Boston Public Library branch on the ground floor.

The blood test in the study found about 70 percent of eight common types of cancer in the 1,005 patients.

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

In many cases, the test narrowed the possible origin of the cancer to one or two places, such as colon or lung.

Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices.

The Assembly Square neighborhood of Somerville.

Amazon is still considering Somerville, too

Proposals from both the city of Boston itself and from Somerville will move on to the next phase of the selection process, an Amazon spokesman said.

Friday’s business agenda

A launch party, a writing workshop, and other events and things to know.

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2016, file photo, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks during a conference of New England's governors and eastern Canada's premiers to discuss closer regional collaboration, in Boston. Many state and local governments competing for Amazon’s second headquarters are refusing to release details on the tax breaks or other financial incentives they are offering the online giant.

Rhode Island officials don’t regret Amazon bid

Rhode Island has been knocked out of the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, but state officials say it was worth putting in a serious bid.

GE, Boeing, other industrial stocks weigh on market

Losses at General Electric, Boeing, and other big industrial companies weighed on US stocks Thursday, pulling the market below the record highs it set Wednesday. Boeing had its worst day since September 2016, losing 3.1 percent. GE fell 3.3 percent.

Kaspersky Lab’s headquarters in Moscow.

Kaspersky says federal ban is hampering its US business

The Russian company said its US retail sales fell by half toward the end of 2017.

Tufts Medical Center CEO to take on new role in parent company

After about four years leading the Chinatown teaching hospital, Dr. Michael Wagner will oversee effort to improve patient-care experience for the Wellforce network.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

Shirley Leung


Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.