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Offbeat humor, upbeat messages dominate Super Bowl 50 ads

From a strange creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” to a tear-inducing Audi ad, spots during the game ran the gamut.

Many Super Bowl ads play it safe

Advertisers dusted off their well-worn playbooks for Super Bowl 50, deploying a combination of humor, celebrities, and plenty of animals.

Newton tour operator accused of gambling away customers’ money

Bret Gordon fraudulently transferred more than $3 million from his business to himself between 2013 and 2015, a lawsuit says.

Lab tests also hid pollution from Europe’s diesels

Officials knew Volkswagen diesels fell short on pollution controls years before the company became engulfed in a scandal.

Plagued by delays, California high-speed rail back in court

Eight years after voters approved funding for the first US high-speed rail system, construction is years behind schedule.

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General Electric’s LED lighting is among the divisions — in addition to energy storage, electric-car charging, and solar power — that are now under one corporate umbrella called Current.

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GE’s new Current division warms up to Boston’s clean-tech community

Current aims to use high-tech solutions to help customers rein in their electric bills.

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The Cambridge company is trying to become the networking site for a large but overlooked segment of the labor market.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/08/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/Teradyne%20building-1597613.jpg Office building may replace South End garage

Developers filed preliminary plans to put a 216,000-square-foot office building on the site of a parking garage at 321 Harrison Ave.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/02/07/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/CIR_SPACE_APPS_3.JPG An expanding universe of space apps

While becoming an astronaut is out of reach for most of us, there are plenty of apps that can take your mind on a journey to the final frontier.