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.

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

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

Mass. beer wholesalers propose tweaks to distributor law

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

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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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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.

A driver using Autopilot in a 2015 Tesla Model S died when the vehicle failed to spot a tractor-trailer crossing the car’s path.

US ends probe of Tesla fatal crash without seeking recall

But US safety regulators are warning auto manufacturers and drivers not to treat semiautonomous cars as if they were fully self-driving.

Trump antitrust candidate Wright has pro-merger track record

Joshua Wright promotes a laissez-faire approach to antitrust enforcement and has been outspoken about how consolidation can benefit consumers.

Jewish charity’s suit claims bank held $3b from heirs

Deutsche Bank was sued in Florida by a Jewish charitable trust that claims the firm wrongly withheld as much as $3 billion from the heirs to a wealthy German family.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to supporters during a rally Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Ex-chief of VW denies wrongdoing

Volkswagen’s former chief executive, Martin Winterkorn, yielded no ground Thursday during a polite grilling by German lawmakers over the carmaker’s diesel-emissions deception.

Dow erases its gains for 2017

The Dow Jones industrial average fell for the fifth day in a row.

South Boston, MA -- 1/4/2017 - NuTonomy's driverless car pauses as a truck pulls out as it takes a spin around Drydock Ave. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 05driverlesscar Reporter:

Mass. law would tax autonomous vehicles by the mile

Only freight and emergency vehicles would be permitted to travel more than a mile continuously without a passenger inside.

A street vendor held a flag bearing the likeness of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington.

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City seeks exemption to allow shadow cast by Winthrop Square tower

Developer is offering to pay the city $153 million for the rights to build on the site of a defunct parking garage.

Boston, MA 10/26/11 Cathy Minehan (cq) is the new dean of the Simmons College School of Management. She is photographed, on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff); Reporter: Katie J. Chase; Section: Business; Slug: 1204Simmons Library Tag 12042011 Diversity Boston - Winter 2011

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Who will be at the Women’s March in Boston? Everyone, it seems.

Organizers expect more than 80,000 to participate in the local march, from grass-roots activists to CEOs.

FILE -- Bouchaib El Hassani, a Lyft driver, makes his way through New York, Oct. 16, 2014. Lyft, the San Francisco-based ride-hailing startup, announced a partnership with Didi Kuaidi, China’s preeminent ride-hailing company, that will allow the U.S. company to operate in China for the first time. (Bryan R. Smith/The New York Times)

Lyft to begin pickups at Logan Airport Feb. 1

Massport is negotiating a similar arrangement with Uber, Lyft’s larger rival, the authority said.

Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck speaks to media at TD Garden, Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Celtics NBA Draft Party in Boston. The Celtics selected Jaylen Brown, a forward from California, with the third pick in the 2016 NBA draft. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Celtics co-owner’s VC firm wants to raise $175m for sports tech investments

Causeway Media Partners’ interests include the online ticket-purchasing platform SeatGeek.

Whistleblower gets $3.6 million in wrongful Medicare billing settlement with ambulance company

Leominster-based MedStar Ambulance Inc. agreed to a $12.7 million settlement in a case alleging they wrongfully billed Medicare from 2011 to 2014.

Boston, MA - 01/09/17 - Thomas Sullivan (cq) has helped bury former Mayor Tom Menino and oversees three active cemeteries and 16 historic burying grounds. As superintendent of cemeteries, his division does between 800 and 1000 burials a year, requiring juggling the logistics of digging the plots, maintaining over 200 acres of cemetery land, and overseeing a crew of 40, who work rain or snow. He prides himself on cemetery grounds that are respectful of the deceased and beautiful for loved ones. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Cindy Atoji Keene) Topic: (onthejob)


He oversees the burial of up to 1,000 people a year

“A final resting place is an important part of our culture,” says Thomas Sullivan, superintendent of Boston’s cemetery division.

A scientist holds a lobster underwater off the coast of Maine. Sweden is working on how to deal with lobsters sent there that escape from pounds into Swedish waters.

Sweden not giving up fight over lobster imports

Sweden isn’t giving up on a long-running battle with the US and Canada over lobsters that have turned up in Swedish waters.

Mass. ends 2016 with lowest unemployment rate in 16 years

The state’s jobless rate dropped to 2.8 percent in December.

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Tech publisher IDG to be bought by Chinese conglomerate

The purchase of the Boston-based tech publisher ends long-running speculation about its future.

Woburn, MA - January 13, 2017: Donna Robbins poses for a portrait on the Aberjona Nature Trail along the Aberjona River near Well G in Woburn, MA on January 13, 2017. Well G and others were contaminated due to toxic dumping by several nearby companies. (Robbins was one of the plaintiffs in the landmark Woburn water pollution lawsuit in the early 1980s that was chronicled in the book and movie A Civil Action. Her son Carl Robbins III (better known as Robbie) died aged 9 of leukemia. He was among several children in the area who became ill or died of leukemia allegedly tied to the contamination of the water supply due to toxic dumping by several nearby companies. ) (Globe staff photo / Craig F. Walker) section: Lifestyle reporter:

New development transforms a symbol of Woburn’s painful past

For many, development of the former W.R. Grace property will finally transform the last of what has long been considered Woburn’s symbolic black eye.

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 13, 2011 shows the Netflix company logo at Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, California. US stocks rose early on October 18, 2016 following a handful of mostly solid earnings reports, with on-demand television service Netflix surging 19.0 percent after subscriber results topped expectations.Netflix shares took off after reporting 3.57 million in new subscribers for the third quarter and projecting a gain of 5.2 million in the fourth quarter, much better than expected. / AFP PHOTO / Ryan AnsonRYAN ANSON/AFP/Getty Images

Netflix grows by 7m new subscribers

Netflix has delivered strong international gains and could see foreign subscribers exceed its US base this year.

ON, which stands for “Old/ New,” from GPinto is the first plug-and-play turntable, capable of managing all kind of audio sources, analog and digital. The turntable is designed for vinyl records, but it also has USB and Bluetooth support for digital music files.

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And now, a second act for film and vinyl

Consumers are increasingly willing to put up with the messy imperfections of analog media over the cool precision of digital.


A State House go-to guy on energy issues finds a new place in the sun

Ben Downing was the Senate’s lead negotiator on energy issues.

SEC settles with 10 firms over ‘pay-to-play,’ including two from Mass.

The companies were predominantly involved in private equity and venture capital.

Brookline man sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for insider trading scheme

Prosecutors said Amit Kanodia tipped off two friends about an upcoming acquisition.

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals names new chief executive

Richard Peters fills a role that’s been vacant since the October resignation of Robert Mulroy.

Cambridge--06/26/15 Thomas Mathers, CEO of CoLucid. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(business)

Eli Lilly to pay $960m for CoLucid, a Cambridge company with 7 employees

The deal will result in the drug giant buying back an experimental migraine headache treatment discovered in Lilly’s labs and licensed to CoLucid in 2005.

Thursday’s business agenda

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

Massport gets three bids to oversee Logan Airport shops, restaurants

The bidders are Airmall, which currently manages Terminals B and E; MarketPlace Development, an affiliate of Boston-based New England Development; and ASUR, a Mexican airport operator.


MIT professor brings Deflategate to high school classrooms

MIT’s John Leonard made a name for himself with sports fans through the pro football scandal. Now he’s taking those lessons to schools.

Stock indexes at a standstill

Stocks have been in a wait-and-see period in recent weeks.

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More than 1,000 volunteer to help Doris Buffett give away her brother’s money

About 1,100 people volunteered to help Doris Buffett give away her billionaire brother’s money.

Secretary of State William Galvin filed a complaint against Yasuna Murakami.

State says Cambridge hedge fund manager ran Ponzi scheme

Secretary of State William F. Galvin alleges that three funds and the man who started them improperly took in $15.3 million from 47 investors.

Google is buying an arm of Twitter that makes software tools for mobile app developers.

Twitter sells Cambridge software division to Google

A Cambridge-based engineering team that worked on developer tools for Twitter will now work for Google.

Packs of cigarettes for sale at a convenience store in Somerville.

After Mass. raised its cigarette tax, smuggling exploded, study finds

Researchers said nearly 30 percent of all the cigarettes smoked in the state in 2014 were smuggled into the state, many from New Hampshire.

The Hilltop cactus sticks with new development

The old restaurant site’s developer said it plans to incorporate the iconic cactus sign in a new mixed-use development.

New England Aquarium chief executive Nigella Hillgarth is leaving the Boston institution after three years.

New England Aquarium CEO to step down

Less than three years after taking the top job at the New England Aquarium, Nigella Hillgarth said she is stepping down to return to her first love: field research.

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