Was Boston just not big enough for Amazon?

Amazon on Tuesday confirmed that it will split its second headquarters between the Washington, D.C., region and New York City.

Five things Amazon’s HQ2 snub says about Boston

Being an also-ran might be what’s best for the region, but housing and transportation issues remain.

Paul Singer, founder and CEO of hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation. Elliott acquired a bunch of athena shares in early 2017, presaging Jonathan Bush’s exit.


$5.7b deal brings some measure of stability to athenahealth

At least for now, this deal could bring a measure of stability to athenahealth.

Boeing’s first 737 MAX 9 jet at the company’s delivery center before a ceremony transferring ownership to Thai Lion Air in Seattle. Investigators into a Lion Air crash in October are focusing on whether it was linked to a new feature in the MAX model.

After fatal crash, pilots say Boeing didn’t warn of new feature

Boeing didn’t tell airline pilots about features of a new flight-control system in its 737 MAX that reportedly is a focus of the investigation into last month’s deadly crash in Indonesia, according to pilots who fly the jet in the United States.

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GE Heads for Biggest Gain Since 2015 as Culp Speeds Up Oil Exit

General Electric Co. surged as Chief Executive Officer Larry Culp accelerated plans to pare the company’s stake in Baker Hughes with a deal that would raise almost $4 billion at current prices.

We may have ‘lost’ Amazon HQ2 but we still won in other ways

State officials and real estate brokers have a ready-made list of properties that community leaders are eager to see developed.

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Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

The nation’s leading e-cigarette maker says it has halted store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids.

Four new things we learned today about Amazon’s expansion plans

When Amazon made its official selection for the locations of its second headquarters, it was hardly a surprise to anyone following the lengthy HQ2 saga. But there were still a few new tidbits.


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The Pocket Closet is on display at the West Elm Fenway.

Robotic furniture maker Ori debuts a collapsible walk-in closet

The company, which has so far exclusively sold to property developers, said Tuesday that it is launching its first consumer product.

Crystal City, in Arlington, Va., is seen Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Crystal City is expected to be named as one of Amazon's new headquarters. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

It’s official: Amazon announces selection of New York City and Northern Virginia for HQ2

Amazon has officially announced its selection of New York City and Northern Virginia as the new sites of its next headquarters.

GE stock surges on deal to raise $4 billion from sale of Baker Hughes shares

General Electric Co. is speeding plans to pare its stake in Baker Hughes with a deal that would raise almost $4 billion at current prices. The shares of both companies climbed.

People stand in front of a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Asian stocks sank Tuesday after a tech sell-off dragged Wall Street lower. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 1.1 percent. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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Boston about to give hotel manager a cold welcome

Reed Kandalaft’s career in the hotel industry has taken him to a number of sunny, warm-weather locales. Think Florida or Hawaii.

Trump’s NAFTA plan could be upended by Democrats’ House takeover

President Trump’s promise to quickly pass a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement has been upended by the midterm elections, with Democrats who will soon control the House vowing to withhold their support to extract greater protections for American workers.

FILE- In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo trader Timothy Nick, center, works with specialist Michael O'Mara on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Dow drops 600 points as tech giants slide

Stock trading turned jittery again after two weeks of gains amid a broad sell-off in technology companies.

This undated photo provided by T. Rowe Price shows H. Lawrence Culp Jr., who was named chairman and CEO of General Electric on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. The 55-year-old Culp was CEO and president of Danaher Corp. from 2000 to 2014. During that time, Danaher's market capitalization and revenues grew five-fold. He's already a member of GE's board. (T. Rowe Price via AP)

GE’s stock in another steep fall despite CEO’s attempt to soothe investors

Shares of General Eletric fell as much as 10 percent Monday as new CEO Larry Culp failed to instill confidence during a CNBC interview.

Nuance Communications Inc. is expected to release an earnings report on Monday.

Nuance selling its document business for $400 million

Burlington speech-recognition company to focus on A.I, cloud services.

Athenahealth to be acquired, combined with former GE Healthcare operation

The Watertown company agreed to the merger as part of an acquisition by two private equity firms for $135 per share.

A rendering of two proposed Back Bay buildings, as seen from Boylston Street.

Plans for two towers above the Mass. Pike move forward

The cost of the complicated Back Bay project has been pegged at about $350 million.

Jeff Immelt, former CEO of General Electric and current chairman of athenahealth.

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Looks like Jeff Immelt played matchmaker in athenahealth deal

Immelt was quoted in the press release today, though it didn’t say whether he’d have a role in the combined company.

The company’s co-founder and longtime chief executive, Jonathan Bush, had sought to keep control of the company. But prospects for a deal improved after Bush resigned in June.

Watertown’s athenahealth to be bought by New York financial firms, report says

The $5.5 billion deal would end a period of uncertainty at the company, whose longtime CEO recently stepped down.

Workers readied the sports betting area last week at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Legal sports betting will begin in R.I. casinos later this month

Fans will be able to place legal wagers on their favorite teams at the Twin River Casino by the end of Thanksgiving week.

The week ahead in business

Speed networking, office hours, and other events and things to know.

The office of Santander’s US CEO, Scott Powell, includes a cricket bat (held by Powell).


Scott Powell is running Santander under less stress

As CEO of the Spanish bank’s US operations, Scott Powell has helped oversee a turnaround.

In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, cases of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Coors Light are stacked next to each other in a Milwaukee liquor store. Pabst Brewing Company and MillerCoors are heading to trial starting Monday, Nov. 12, to settle a contract dispute in which Pabst accuses the brewing giant of trying to undermine its competitor by breaking a contract to make their products. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno)

Pabst says MillerCoors is trying to put it out of business

Pabst Brewing Company’s lawyers argue that the company’s very existence relies on the partnership with Chicago-based MillerCoors.

A page from the 2019 US Medicare Handbook.

Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors

Starting next year, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores and respite for caregivers through private Medicare Advantage insurance plans.

graduation cap with 529 Plan text, on hundred dollar bills - college education savings concept


How a grandparent-owned 529 account affects need-based financial aid

The cost of college has risen so high that many families are relying on two generations to help cover expenses.

Representative Richard Neal.

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Momentum builds for Springfield-Boston rail service

Representative Richard Neal of Springfield is now poised to chair the powerful House Ways and Means committee.

Fortune magazine sold to Thai businessman for $150 million

Meredith Corp. will sell Fortune magazine to a Thai businessman for $150 million, the company said, as it continues to offload some of the storied brands it acquired with its purchase of Time Inc.

Conor Flaherty works in the lab at Moderna Therapeutics in 2015.

Moderna aims to raise $500 million in biotech’s largest-ever public offering

In an SEC filing, the Cambridge company says it hopes to raise $500 million.

Chick-fil-A plans to open first Boston store in Back Bay

The Atlanta-based chain has a devoted following in much of the country for its chicken sandwiches, its iced tea, and its waffle potato fries.

GE advertising at the New York Stock Exchange in March.

GE’s stock falls below $9 for first time since the financial crisis

The drop followed a report by JP Morgan analyst Stephen Tusa, who lowered his price target for the Boston-based company to $6.

Startup creation and venture capital funding, in Phil Libin’s view, are too focused on “the 50 miles around Stanford University,” in the heart of Silicon Valley.


This former venture capitalist is reinventing the way a company works

Phil Libin says his new venture, All Turtles, is a “startup studio,” not a conventional business.

Chiedozie Uwandu and Jaleesa Jackson.

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Here’s the resolution between Airbnb and the couple whose host crashed into their bedroom

The plight of Jaleesa Jackson and Chiedozie Uwandu was detailed in a Boston Globe column last month.

Bo Abrams and daughter, Rebecca Dowd, blamed StubHub for trying to extract extra money out of them for tickets to Hamilton.

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A ‘Hamilton’ ticket mixup, and a $675 StubHub charge

Rebecca Dowd, 17, came home from “Hamilton” last month glowing with excitement. It was a perfect evening, she gushed to her mother. Except that she almost missed it.

A new main entrance to the TD Garden on Causeway Street has opened for Garden events.

For the first time in 23 years, TD Garden is growing

A $100 million addition will add concessions, spruce up club areas, increase seating, and — finally — give the Garden a proper front door.

Eversource writes off its investment in Access Northeast because of Columbia Gas disaster

When fires and explosions rocked Lawrence-area homes and businesses in September, the Columbia Gas incident was bound to hurt the already-tenuous political stature of the natural gas industry around here.

In this Aug. 15, 2016 , three of Deepwater Wind's turbines stand in the water off Block Island, R.I. Providence, R.I.,-based Deepwater Wind announced Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, that the Danish offshore wind company Orsted has entered into an agreement to buy it. The agreement must be approved by federal regulators.


Deepwater Wind bought by Danish company

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Google employees in Kendall Square in Cambridge joined a worldwide walkout on Nov. 1 in protest of company policies on sexual harrassment.

After walkouts, Google agrees to step up its transparency, harassment policies

In an e-mail to employees, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai said it was clear that the company needed to make changes to protect its workers.

Crystal City is believed to be one of Amazon’s two choices.

Crystal City, Va., is boring, corporate, and perfect for Amazon’s HQ2

Crystal City, a clutch of ’80s-vintage office buildings just outside of Washington, D.C., feels like the polar opposite of a hip tech hub like Boston or San Francisco.

Fed leaves key rate unchanged but sees further hikes ahead

The next rate increase is expected in December.

Tesla's board has named Robyn Denholm as chairman to replace Elon Musk, complying with terms of a fraud settlement with US securities regulators.

Tesla names Robyn Denholm as chairwoman, succeeding Elon Musk

The company is trying to move beyond regulatory troubles and concerns about its stability under Musk, its colorful but erratic co-founder.

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A wealth building conference, a startup competition, and other events and things to know.

Domino's Pizza says it will pay a one-week Christmas bonus to any former Papa Gino’s employee who works for at least 45 days.

Domino’s will offer jobs to laid-off Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo workers

The national chain says it’s aiming to hire 1,000 people in Greater Boston.

In this July 17, 2018 photo, a customer pumps gas in Salem, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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It’s going to get cheaper to gas up the car — and here’s why

The US crude oil market just entered bear market territory, marking a 20 percent decline since its most recent peak.

Errik Anderson joining Biomatics Capital Partners

New Hampshire entrepreneur is also the founder of Boston’s first pro rugby team.

Tesla says Robyn Denholm of Telstra to be new board chair

Tesla’s new board chair replacing Elon Musk will be a technology and automotive industry veteran, Robyn Denholm of Australia’s Telstra.

The positive effects that living in income-restricted housing has had . . . is real and longlasting,’’ said Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, co-chair of the Mayor’s Housing Task Force.

City survey finds 1 in 5 units are income restricted

Officials said the review, the first of its kind, provides an analysis of the city’s housing stock and provides insight as they seek to develop more income-restricted housing.

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