Mark Fishman (right), of Novartis, spoke with researcher Joseph Kelleher in the Novartis labs in Cambridge.

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Mark Fishman (right), of Novartis, spoke with researcher Joseph Kelleher in the Novartis labs in Cambridge.

Drug makers join the battle against aging

The pharmaceutical industry says the idea itself -- being able to extend healthy life with drugs -- is not that far off. By Karen Weintraub

Ben O’Sullivan-Pierce, owner of Fresh Start Construction in Belmont, said winter is usually a slow period, but now he has several home remodeling projects.

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Homeowners tap into equity as refinancing surges

A recent mini-refinancing boom is leading homeowners to pump extra cash into remodeling projects and other investments.

The city currently offers residents a free parking pass for every vehicle they own, despite a limited number of spots. Pictured: Cars parked on Rutland Square in Boston.

Boston vows to review process for parking permits

The review comes after the Globe found that more than 300 residences have five parking permits or more.

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The value of Euro slips further, Fisher-Price seeks out diversity for its advertising, and more news from over the weekend.

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Massachusetts gas prices drop to $2.08 a gallon

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts dropped another seven cents last week, hitting $2.08, according to AAA of Southern New England.

Fidelity Charitable customers donated $2.6 billion in 2014

Fidelity Investments’ charitable arm said it made a record 620,000 grants on behalf of donors for nearly $2.6 billion last year, up 24 percent from 2013.

Post Holdings to pay $1.15b for Malt-O-Meal cereal maker

Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-O-Meal cereals.

Mattel CEO resigns, toy maker results miss expectations

Toy maker Mattel says Bryan Stockton has resigned after about three years of leading the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars.

Most Logan Airport flights halted as of 7:30 p.m.

All flights into and out of Logan International Airport will be canceled as early as 7:30 p.m.

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A family feud is now an outright business crisis for the Demoulas Super Markets chain.

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