Beach-goers enjoyed the shore in Falmouth earlier this month.

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Beach-goers enjoyed the shore in Falmouth earlier this month.

Summer forecast bright for tourist trade

New England’s winter of discontent has indeed made for a possibly glorious summer — at least for those in hospitality. By Jay Fitzgerald

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Free iced coffee? It’s the hot new perk at Boston startups

Forget craft beer on tap. There’s a new, free-flowing beverage making an appearance in the office kitchen.

White House vow to veto fishing law changes sparks fight

A White House pledge to veto proposed changes to federal fishing laws has divided fishermen over whether the rule changes should be saved or scrapped.

Google’s solar-powered cyber drone crashes during test

Google plans to use the massive solar-powered drone as a platform for delivering Internet service from the sky.

US economy shrank at 0.7 percent rate in first quarter

A severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially estimated.

Germany takes lowest birthrate title from Japan

Move over, Japan. Germany now has the world’s lowest birthrate, and its economy is poised to suffer as a result.

Washington farmers are dumping unprofitable apples

A record crop of apples, coupled with the West Coast port slowdown earlier this year, is taking a toll on Washington apple growers.

Vatican’s anti-money laundering norms taking hold

The Vatican’s financial watchdog agency said it received 147 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year.

Mass. pension to vote on lower-fee accounts

The pension board will decide whether to invest as much as $200 million with Goldman Sachs’s asset management arm.