Temporary visa holders divided over plan to shake up green card system

The legislation would remove limits on the share of green cards that can be allotted to workers each year from any one country, reviving an issue that has divided thousands of skilled foreign workers.

A rendering of the planned Andrew Square project along Dorchester Avenue in Andrew Square.

New developer signs on to Andrew Square housing project

Samuels & Associates’ participation could help move forward stalled plans to build 656 apartments and condos.

Owen Simoes founded an antique furniture flipping business called SquidFlip in Concord, N.H., in spring 2017.

No kidding: At age 12, he’s running a business

New Hampshire’s Owen Simoes is among a growing class of “kidtrepreneurs” who design websites, sell goods, and manage social media accounts.

Decision on Humana’s Mass. tax break delayed

Health insurance giant Humana is going to have to wait for that state tax incentive.

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Europe to investigate Amazon’s dual role of merchant and platform

For many independent merchants who sell their goods on Amazon, there has long been deep concern that if the e-commerce giant saw a particular product selling well, the company would duplicate it, but at a lower price.

China’s premier appeals for free trade amid tariff battle

China’s number two leader appealed Wednesday for support for free trade and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies.

Stocks finish mixed but bond yields surge

Major US stock indexes finished unevenly Wednesday as gains by banks and other financial companies outweighed losses elsewhere in the market.

Columbia Gas withdraws $33 million rate increase

The rate hike for customers was supposed to take effect while the utility is responding to a gas catastrophe in the Merrimack Valley.


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A delivery truck took down wires and power in Watertown. But who’s to blame?

New England Building Supply, whose truck caused the incident, won’t reimburse residents because it says the wires were too low.

Peter Evans (left) and Stephen Prozinksi.


Change is afoot as Boston realty firm rebrands itself

There’s a new CEO, a new look, and a new name (kind of) at Hunneman.

Among the celebrations that accompanied the opening of MGM’s new casino in Springfield last month was a grand parade featuring Budweiser Clydesdales.

No surprises in early MGM Springfield casino revenue numbers

The first returns are in, and they’re essentially unremarkable.

Columbia Gas workers were at work in South Lawrence Tuesday after last week’s chaos.

Who’ll pay to rebuild Columbia Gas network? Maybe the customers

After last week’s disaster, Columbia Gas has started rebuilding miles of pipelines. But figuring out who is going to pay for all that work is an open question.

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Justice investigators requested documents from the company last month related to chief executive Elon Musk’s announcement, Tesla spokesman Dave Arnold said, and the company has complied.

Tesla facing Justice Department investigation over Elon Musk tweets

The Department of Justice is investigating Tesla over statements its chief executive Elon Musk made last month about taking the company private.

Stocks rise as traders shrug off latest tariffs

US stocks closed solidly higher Tuesday as investors largely brushed off the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods.

Locked-out workers picketed at the National Grid gas facility in Malden earlier this month.

Gas explosions put spotlight on National Grid lockout, safety

The Merrimack Valley disaster could give locked-out union workers leverage over a company that doesn’t want to risk a catastrophe of its own.

A truck carrying a cargo container in Long Beach, Calif.

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President Trump is getting away with China tariffs, for now

That’ll only be true as long as investors remain bullish and corporate profits stay strong.

Dr. David Longworth is now CEO of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

Lahey Hospital names David Longworth as its permanent CEO

Longworth has been interim chief executive of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center since April.

As Cambridge officials begin to develop new rules of the road for electric scooters (pictured in Rhode Island) that can be rented with a smartphone app, officials say it will probably be months before they can welcome them back.

Those electric scooters like Bird and Lime? They’re illegal in Mass.

Cambridge wants to adopt rules to allow Bird, Lime, and other scooter rentals back in. But a state law is in the way.

A handful of Indigo Ag’s probiotic soy seeds.

Indigo Ag lands massive new investment as it pushes new farming practices

The Boston startup is now worth $3.5 billion, more than three times what it said it was worth a year ago.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (right) looked at a monitor showing the BFR spacecraft.

First private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people to join him on board the SpaceX rocket.

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Trump imposes tariffs on $200 billion more of Chinese goods

The fresh round of tariffs in the trade war comes on top of $50 billion worth of Chinese products taxed this year.

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Trump imposes tariffs on $200 billion more of Chinese goods

The fresh round of tariffs in the trade war comes on top of $50 billion worth of Chinese products taxed this year.

To save money, some consumers sign up for services like Hulu or Netflix to binge-watch a favored series, cancel when it’s over, and re-up when the next binge-worthy show comes along.


What does $50 a month buy you on TV? It could buy plenty

A huge menu of channels and careful shopping can yield a rich entertainment package.

The billionaire behind the National Debt Clock has had it with Trump

Douglas Durst has a message for Congress: Tax the rich more.

Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk

A British diver who helped rescue youth soccer players in Thailand is suing Elon Musk, alleging Musk falsely accused him of being a pedophile.

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UK leader warns rebels: It’s my Brexit agreement or no deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned opponents of her blueprint for Brexit that rejecting it means crashing out of the European Union without a deal, an outcome the International Monetary Fund said Monday would have “very large” economic costs.

The new 100- and 200-euro banknotes are designed to be harder to counterfeit.

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Large denomination Euro banknotes now slimmer, harder to counterfeit

New versions of the 100- and 200-euro banknotes have updated anticounterfeiting features and a slimmer size that should make them easier to fit into wallets and purses.

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The Playboy Club is back on these shores

Like a lot of media companies, Playboy sees its future in “experiences.”

Tech firms lead slide as trade worries weigh on US stocks

A tech-sector slide helped pull US stocks lower Monday, snapping a five-day winning streak for the market.

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Dr. Martha Murray leads MIACH.

Biotech’s idea for a better ACL treatment gets funding from NFL players union

Boston-based MIACH Orthopaedics Inc. working on technology it says could speed healing.

Amazon investigating claims of bribes and leaked data

The company says it is investigating reports that its employees may have taken bribes from sellers on its site.

Laid-off older workers file age discrimination complaint against IBM

A federal age discrimination complaint brought against IBM Corp. this morning alleges the technology giant systematically fired tens of thousands of older workers.

In this drawing, the proposed Hood Park —  including a 295-foot tower — is seen from Rutherford Avenue.

Hood Park development plans get bigger, bolder

Hood Park is expanding its vision for a high-tech campus on the 20-acre Charlestown site.

Marc Benioff, chairman and co-chief executive officer of Salesforce.com, and his wife spent $190 million to buy Time Magazine.

Tech billionaire agrees to buy iconic Time Magazine

Marc Benioff, a cofounder of Salesforce, and his wife will pay $190 million for the publication.

Stephen Schwarzman, chairman of Blackstone, is said to have played a critical role in organizing trade talks.

Wall Street’s trade advice falling on deaf ears in D.C.

China is hoping Wall Street’s political heft will to soothe tempers in Washington, but it might not happen.

Jack Stoddard has joined the Boston-based Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health care venture as chief operating officer.

Boston-based health venture hires Jack Stoddard, a reformer with digital chops

Stoddard has worked in health care for 25 years. Most recently, he led the reshaping of health benefits at Comcast Corp.

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Garelick Farms closed its Lynn plant and laid off 300 workers earlier this year.

After ‘right-sizing’ closes Lynn dairy plant, schools complain of supply problems

Garelick Farms is struggling to keep up with orders more than three months after Dallas-based parent Dean Foods closed Garelick’s dairy plant in Lynn, putting 300 employees out of work.

At Microsoft’s Garage in Cambridge, engineers Arthur Berman (right) and Jean-Yves Ntamwemezi got the Reality room ready for others to use.


The Garage is the place to be at Microsoft

It’s where employees and guests go to learn and create in Cambridge.

Stocks stage late rally to close up

Financial markets were whipsawed last week by conflicting reports on the status of trade relations between the world’s two largest economies.

Yoko K. Sen demonstrating how she relaxes and focuses on sound while lying down, mimicking a patient in a hospital bed.


Redesigning a heart monitor’s chirps

In recent years, Yoko K. Sen has created a corporate niche for herself: revamping the soundscape in hospitals.


Don’t be an ingrate. Send grandma that thank-you note

Times change, but good manners are forever.

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Robots in aisle 2! These startups want to change the way you shop for groceries

Alert Innovation and Takeoff Technologies say they can help time-starved consumers, and supermarket chains threatened by Amazon.

Abby Johnson, Fidelity Investments CEO, spoke Friday at a presentation during Boston Fintech week.

Abby Johnson touts Fidelity’s tech push

During Boston Fintech Week, the Fidelity CEO said she believes it’s imperative for many of her employees to think and act like they work for a startup.

$1.5m settlement for Muslim workers fired in prayer dispute

Cargill Meat Solutions also agreed to train managers and hourly workers in accommodating Muslim employees’ prayer breaks at its Fort Morgan, Colo., beef processing plant, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said.

Citigroup pays almost $13 million to settle SEC dark pool probe

Citigroup Inc. has become the latest bank sanctioned in a years-long crackdown on misconduct tied to dark pools, with an affiliate paying almost $13 million to settle a U.S. regulator’s allegations that it misled customers about the presence of high-speed traders on a private trading platform.

FDA plans meeting to discuss safety data on breast implants

The Food and Drug Administration said it would hold the meeting even as its officials and several independent experts disputed the new work.

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