These large Mass. companies pay little or no state taxes

Waltham, MA., 08/26/16, A wrap-around deck for outdoor dining. As Thermo Fisher Scientific prepares to move into a new corporate headquarters on a bluff overlooking Route 128 in Waltham, we look at the growth and challenges faced by the state's second most valuable public company. In the 10 years since it was formed through the merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific, it has grown its employment from 7,500 to 50,000 and its global sales from $9 billion to $17 billion. But its plan to enter the precision medicine market -- key to its future expansion -- faces formidable hurdles. Suzanne Kreiter\Globe staff

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Biogen, Raytheon, Staples, and Thermo Fisher are among those listed by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 12: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs waves to the crowd during a World Series Championship ring ceremony before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field on April 12, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Frederick Weichel was released on bail Thursday.

S. Boston man free on bail after decades in prison

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From left: Alejandro Simoes, Zachary Rice, Obehi Janice, and Maurice Emmanuel Parent in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Gift Horse.”

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Stage Review

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