Mass. home sales up in 2016, but hot market still tilts toward Boston

While there was high demand in the inner suburbs, outlying towns saw only modest levels of activity.

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Four bills ask Legislature to target high drug prices

The proposals come amid increased efforts to rein in medical costs.

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Drywall company under fire for employment practices agrees to use union labor

Universal Drywall says it’s also close to resolving a case over how it classified workers.

Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli bought a life-saving drug and hiked the price 5,000 percent.

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Drug makers may be wasting $100 million with image ads that are too late

The industry is trying to bolster its image with an ad campaign. It’s a diversionary effort.

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Celtics jerseys to have GE logo next season

The team and GE have scheduled a “major announcement” for Wednesday morning.

S&P 500, Nasdaq hit record highs

US stocks posted solid gains Tuesday.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Earnings reports, classes, and more notable events and things to know.

State Street launches a ‘Brexometer Index’ to track investor sentiment

Most investors who responded to the bank’s survey say Brexit will affect how they operate.


Trump considers an entrepreneur with sweeping reform plans to run the FDA

Dr. Joseph Gulfo, who holds both an MD and MBA, has called for a major overhaul in the FDA’s drug approval process.


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Senator Elizabeth Warren, flanked by Senator Ed Markey (left) and Mayor Marty Walsh, pumped up the crowd.

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Charlie Baker can’t go MIA on Trump forever

The governor was a no-show at the Boston Women’s March. At some point, the new president will force him to take a stand.

Agency that spends $2b a year wants to cap payments to hospitals

The Group Insurance Commission, funded by taxpayers, is the biggest purchaser of health insurance in the state.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation into whether Yahoo should have informed investors sooner about two major data breaches, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

US wants to know why Yahoo delayed report of data breach

The probe will reportedly seek to determine why Yahoo waited weeks to disclose knowledge last year of a hack that had occurred in 2014.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with President Trump by telephone on Saturday and said the two intend to meet soon.

Trump aide reassures Canada on trade talks, isolating Mexico

The US and Canada are signaling most of the pain from reworking Nafta will hit Mexico.

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Taking the hard way across the country (off-road by bike) to raise money

Called the REAL Ride, it’s a 5,000-mile off-road cycling event from Seattle to Boston.

US stock indexes close slightly lower; oil prices slip

High-dividend stocks of real estate, phone, and other companies did better than most as bond yields headed lower.

Jay Z, performing at a Hillary Clinton event, and other artists will continue to run the music service post sale.

Sprint buys one-third stake in Tidal, Jay Z’s streaming music service

The group of artist owners who helped introduce the service, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys, will remain in charge.

A blank beige modern exterior hides the ornate interior of L Street Power Station in South Boston.

You’ve seen the smokestacks. Now see inside Southie’s L Street Power Station

For decades, the glorious guts of the L Street Power Station have been hidden from view. Until now.

This box spring contained $17.5 million in cash related to the TelexFree pyramid scheme, according to federal officials.

This box spring contained $17.5 million — in cash

A man who recently led authorities to $17.5 million in cash stuffed into a box spring appeared Monday for a hearing in Boston.

As the Patriots victory drew to a close Sunday night, a fan held up a sign for the upcoming trip to the Super Bowl in Houston. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Want to go to the Super Bowl? Get ready to pay.

Ticket prices are selling at an average of more than $5,000.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Real estate reports, lectures, and more notable events and things to know.

Time buys digital ad startup Adelphic

The Waltham company, founded in 2010, raised about $23 million to target mobile device users with advertising. It will become part of Time subsidiary Viant, which owns Myspace.

Trump to CEOs: I’ll wipe out 75 percent of regulations, fast-track US factories

On his first formal day in the White House, President Trump welcomed leaders from several of the largest corporations.

FILE - This April 20, 2015, file photo, shows the gleaming Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, N.C., located next to the Asheville airport. Lonely Planet has named Asheville the No. 1 destination on its 10 best in the U.S. list for 2017. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

Before you drink that Sierra Nevada, check the bottle

Certain 12-ounce bottles of the brewery’s beers were recalled after a packaging flaw that could cause glass to break off.

Trucks move along Interstate 35 in Laredo, Texas, in November. President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement helped win over Rust Belt voters who felt left behind by globalization.

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Trump wants a new NAFTA. What happens if he gets it?

President Trump’s promise to rewrite the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico could disrupt whole sectors of the US economy.

Judge blocks Aetna’s $37b deal for Humana

A federal judge ruled a $merger should not be consummated on antitrust grounds, siding with the Justice Department.

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Trump signs order withdrawing US from TPP

The trade deal was the cornerstone of President Obama’s attempt to counter China’s influence in Asia.

Federal judge rejects Aetna’s purchase of rival Humana

The judge said that he largely agrees with federal regulators who contended that such a combination would hurt competition.

Grantham Mayo hires new CEO, plans climate change fund

Scott Hayward will succeed Peg McGetrick, who has been serving as interim chief executive since Brad Hilsabeck stepped down in June.

US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Not even a week in the Trump era, lawsuit alleges the president has violated the Constitution

A liberal-funded watchdog group claims the president breaks the emoluments clause by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments.

(FILES) This December 4, 2015 file photo shows a Canadian flag in front of the peace tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Canada's economy created 23,000 jobs in December -- four times what was expected -- although the unemployment rate remained stable at 7.1 percent, the government said January 8, 2016. Analysts had expected about 5,000 jobs to be created last month. A total of 36,000 jobs were lost in November, Statistics Canada said. AFP PHOTO/GEOFF ROBINS GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images

Amid Trump’s anti-NAFTA remarks, Canada signals possible trade deal that excludes Mexico

The comments from Canada’s ambassador suggest President Trump’s protectionist pledges against NAFTA are splintering the continental pact.

After numerous reports of phones catching on fire, Samsung discontinued production of the Note 7.

Samsung blames suppliers for faulty batteries

Samsung blamed the batteries’ suppliers and said hardware or software were not behind the fires.

Businessmen walked past a display in Tokyo displaying results from the markets.

Asian shares mixed on first day of trading after President Donald Trump’s inauguration

Japanese stocks tumbled on Monday, but Chinese markets gained.

PharmaLogics employees joined CEO Megan Driscoll and Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments (center), at a company gathering.

Big pay raises bring big benefits, Quincy firm decides

Inspired by Dan Price of Gravity Payments in Seattle, PharmaLogics raised its base pay 33 percent, and is reaping the benefits.

Dr. Augstine Choi studies CO.


In poisonous CO gas, scientists seek treatments, too

Carbon monoxide is a poison. Could it also be a medicine?

A woman used a computer to visit home rental website Airbnb.

Airbnb’s effect hard to gauge, study says, but it’s probably not hurting hotels

A research firm compared hotel and Airbnb stays and couldn’t find much of an impact on the hotel market.

Jane Patrick (right) has been helping her son with his student loan debt, and her roommate, Annette Pelaez, is still paying off debt from her college years.

This is the fastest-growing segment of borrowers burdened by student loans

Since 2005 the number of consumers over age 60 with college debt has quadrupled to 2.8 million.

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Drones hold great promise, despite some controversy

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Karen Rosado made leather knives in Southbridge.

Trump wants to fight the effects of trade, but what about automation?

If more factories come back to the United States, will they need people to work them?

Brendan Geldart loaded a rack of circular blades into an oven that heat treats them at the Hyde Group’s factory in Southbridge.

As Trump takes office, Mass. manufacturers talk globalization

Companies’ decisions about where to base factories involve more than labor costs.

Mass. beer wholesalers propose tweaks to distributor law

The measure would let smaller breweries end their contracts with distributors.

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As you start gathering your paperwork and fantasizing about how to spend your refund, make sure you know where to go and what to look out for.

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It’s Inauguration Day, so it goes without saying that President Donald Trump is dominating the news.

NuTonomy's self-driving car during a test run along  Drydock Avenue earlier this month.

Proposed law would wreck self-driving car industry, says nuTonomy

The Cambridge startup says Mass. would be the first state to levy a tax on the vehicles’ use.

Rates jumping for long-term care insurance

The Mass. Division of Insurance has negotiated rate increases of up to 40 percent spread over four years with more than a dozen companies.

Donald Trump has his own, unorthodox vision on the economy — call it Trumponomics.

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What does ‘America first’ really mean?

Starting today, President Trump has a lot of ambitious campaign promises to keep.

General Electric light bulbs were on display at a store in Wilmington, Mass. The company missed revenue estimates.

GE misses revenue estimates, weighed down by oil slump

GE is looking to regain momentum after constrained growth in 2016.

Atrius Health adds 20 doctors from Plymouth group

The Newton-based physician group will combine with PMG Physician Associates in June.

Friday’s business agenda

Economic reports, seminars, and other notable events and things to know.

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