$15 minimum wage, mandatory paid leave remain rare

The wide-ranging “grand bargain’’ bill would also impose a small payroll tax on workers and employers to pay for the leaves.

Fed chair signals gradual rate hikes

Jerome Powell noted there are few signs, so far, that the ultra-low US unemployment rate is pushing up inflation.

Twenty-First Century Fox said the new offer from Disney, now valued at $71.3 billion, was “superior to the proposal” made by Comcast last week.

Disney raises offer for Twenty-First Century Fox in bidding war with Comcast

The Walt Disney Co. sharply increased its offer for Twenty-First Century Fox on Wednesday as it looks to win a bidding war with Comcast for Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment conglomerate.

The European Union will start taxing a range of US imports Friday, including prototypical American goods such as Harley-Davidson bikes, bourbon, and cranberries, in response to President Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.

Republicans, Trump official square off in heated hearing over tariffs

The tariffs are a culmination of the protectionist threats that President Trump campaigned on and mark the clearest dividing line between Trump and a Republican Party that has traditionally embraced free trade.

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Read the Supreme Court’s full Internet sales tax ruling

The Supreme Court has opened the door for states to collect sales taxes on products their residents buy from Internet retailers in other states.

In Wayfair case, Supreme Court to let states collect Internet sales tax

The ruling, which opened the door for states to collect sales taxes on products their residents buy from online retailers in other states, is a loss for Mass.-based online retailer Wayfair.

Whittier workers vote ‘yes’ on union

After a turbulent week in which 20 workers were suddenly let go and then rehired on the eve of a union vote, employees voted to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

Burger King apologizes for Russian World Cup pregnancy promotion

The chain had offered a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by World Cup players, ensuring “the success of the Russian team for generations to come.’’

CLF plans suit to overturn new zoning that allows skyscrapers on harbor’s edge

The Conservation Law Foundation says it plans to sue to overturn zoning that will allow too many high-rises on the edge of Boston Harbor.


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Hitchbot, seen here hitch-hiking in Marblehead in 2015 after its tour of Germany and Canada, ended up being destroyed by vandals in Philadelphia.


Afraid of robots? The feeling is mutual

Robots are turning up in everyday situations — sometimes as victims.

Stocks finish mostly higher as tech and media companies lead

US stocks rose Wednesday as investors bet that technology companies and small, domestically focused firms will continue to do well even if the US-China trade dispute worsens.

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An American airline jet is parked at a gate at Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba.

Two airlines ask government not to fly separated migrant children on their flights

American Airlines and United Continental both asked the federal government not to fly children separated from their families on their aircraft.

NuTonomy’s self-driving cars are about to roll out of the Seaport District and into the rest of Boston’s busy streets.

Boston driverless car company will expand testing citywide

After operating in the Seaport since early 2017 with no safety issues, NuTonomy Inc. received approval to send its vehicles into the rest of Boston.

 Cambridge-based Foundation Medicine is now valued at $5.3 billion, based on the Roche deal.

Roche will pay $2.4 billion to complete its takeover of Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine is a cancer-focused gene-sequencing company that recently won approval for a diagnostic test aimed at personalizing cancer care.

Clockwise from top left: Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon, and Dr. Atul Gawande.

Bezos, Buffett, Dimon health venture will be based in Boston

Formed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, the company will be led by Brigham and Women’s surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande.

The General Electric logo appeared above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in 2017.

GE is dropped from Dow Jones industrial average

General Electric, an original member of the stock index, will be removed and replaced by Walgreens.

“Added sugars” labels had been planned for maple syrup and honey.

FDA retreats: Maple syrup may not need an ‘added sugars’ label, after all

The Food and Drug Administration will rethink its controversial proposal to require maple syrup and honey producers to label their products as containing added sugars.

Senator Ron Wyden probed the use of data.

Verizon, AT&T will suspend sales of customer location data, after a prison phone company was caught misusing it

The decision brings telecom companies further into the debate over data privacy, which has intensified in recent months.

MassMutual wants to open a 17-story, $240 million office building at the Seaport’s Fan Pier in 2021.

MassMutual poised to receive $46m in tax breaks for expansion

The insurer plans to move 1,500 jobs to its Springfield headquarters, as well as add 800 jobs in the Seaport.

Business groups face tough fight on subsidized health care

After vanquishing the so-called millionaires tax, the state’s business groups have an arguably tougher fight on their hands: reining in the expenses of subsidized health care.

Markets across the world fell Tuesday in response to President Trump’s announcement late Monday that he was prepared to impose $450 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods.

In trade war, White House says Beijing has more to lose

Markets tumbled Tuesday after President Trump threatened to impose tariffs on $450 billion of Chinese goods.

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CEO Frederica Williams had said the job cuts were not related to the union effort.

Whittier workers officially reinstated, set to vote in union election

The 20 workers who were suddenly laid off from Whittier Street Health Center last week have been officially rehired — just in time to vote Wednesday on whether to unionize.

Above: Raytheon’s Waltham headquarters.

Trump signs 10,000,000th patent for Raytheon employee

A Raytheon Co. employee from California who found a new way to get real-time readings from large laser radars now holds the nation’s 10 millionth patent.

Dow posts 6th loss in a row as trade fight heats up

Big industrial and technology companies skidded Tuesday as the US-China trade dispute threatened to come to a boil.

Recent college grad Gabriel Howson, 22, at home in Dorchester with his mother, Monica Beato-Howson.

Why are millennials living at home? Housing costs and student debt, for starters

The high cost of housing in the region is forcing some recent college graduates to move back in with mom and dad to save money.

EzCater connects restaurants with businesses in need of food for a company gathering.

Boston catering marketplace ezCater takes on international expansion

The company announced early Tuesday that it had taken in $100 million in new investment from venture capitalists.

Startup aims to make allies of human gut’s microbes

It sounds like a preposterous idea: Collect a sample of every type of bacteria that lives in the human gut. But that’s the goal of Bernat Olle, an MIT-trained chemical engineer. Over the past three years, the Cambridge biotech startup he runs, Vedanta Biosciences Inc., has assembled a menagerie of some 60,000 bacteria types.

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Google, rebuilding its presence in China, invests in retailer JD.com

Google’s best-known products have been blocked by authorities in mainland China for years. If the US Internet giant wants that to change someday, then half a billion dollars’ worth of goodwill couldn’t hurt.

Whitter Street Health Center chief executive Frederica Williams seemed to imply in an e-mail to staff on Sunday that city and state officials had offered funding that would allow her to rehire the employees.

Reinstated Whittier workers say they were blocked from center

Workers at the Whittier Street Health Center who lost their jobs last week — and then were apparently reinstated Sunday — weren’t allowed into the building Monday.

MathWorks expansion could bring up to 2,000 new jobs to Natick in the next five years

Three decades ago, Jack Little made a fateful decision to move his software startup from Silicon Valley to Massachusetts in search of engineering talent.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler in Barcelona, Spain, on July 11, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Pau Barrena.

Audi CEO arrested in Germany over diesel emissions scandal

The CEO of Audi, Rupert Stadler, was arrested Monday on suspicion of fraud in relation to the German car maker’s emissions-cheating scandal.

Procter & Gamble Co. has also teamed up with Katie Couric in support of her new media company.

World’s biggest advertiser P&G to hire more female directors

Procter & Gamble Co. is putting the advertising industry on notice.

Brockton Hospital, here, and other community hospitals would benefit under the Mass. House bill.

Mass. House seeks $450 million to prop up struggling community hospitals

The House bill aims to extend a lifeline to smaller hospitals without a direct hit on taxpayers.

This Sunday, June 17, 2018 photo shows Norman Pearlstine, photographed in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pearlstine, who has spent 50 years in journalism helping shape some of the nation's most prominent publications including Time Inc. magazines, Bloomberg News, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal on Monday, June 18, 2018, was named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via AP)

Norman Pearlstine named editor of the Los Angeles Times

Patrick Soon-Shiong, the billionaire biotech executive who on Monday officially took ownership of The Los Angeles Times, said he seeks to restore the newspaper’s morale.

Illness shouldn’t divide us, Blue Cross CEO says

Bold Types: As chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Andrew Dreyfus is worried Congress may try to weaken requirements for covering preexisting conditions.

Two Massachusetts brothers settle with FTC over get-rich-quick scheme targeting Amazon sellers

Two Massachusetts brothers and a Nevada man have been ordered by the Federal Trade Commission to pay millions of dollars to victims of the trio’s scheme.

FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, various models of iPhone are displayed during a preview event at an Apple Michigan Avenue store in downtown Chicago. The Supreme Court said Monday, June 18, 2018, that it will consider whether the purchasers of iPhone apps can sue Apple over allegations it has an illegal monopoly on the sale of the apps. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Apple’s iOS 12 will automatically share location data when people dial 911

Your iPhone will soon be able to share your location data automatically if you ever have to call 911, Apple announced Monday.

Stocks mixed as S&P 500 falls third time in four days; Biogen leads the index lower

US stocks shrugged off early losses and wound up with a mixed finish Monday.

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SJC clears measure on nurse staffing ratio for November ballot

The ballot petition is backed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

The coastline of Marshfield days after a nor'easter hit in March.

Rising seas could mean 62,000 Mass. homes will face chronic flooding by 2060, report says

By 2060, many homes could flood 26 times or more a year just from high tides, according to data from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Sharon, MA - 6/12/18 - Barry Arntz talks about the $119, 425.61 bill of deferred taxes and interest due to the town of Sharon, for his mother's home. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 18consumer Reporter: Sean Murphy

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An inheritance damaged by delayed property taxes

Barry Arntz thought he and his sister owned the house passed down to them by their deceased mother “free and clear” — no mortgages, no liens, no encumbrances of any sort.

Policy on cyberattacks gets more aggressive

The Pentagon has quietly empowered the US Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against cyberattacks.

Wayfair, anticipating rapid growth, leases more office space in the Back Bay

Wayfair, the fast-expanding online retailer, has signed a lease for another 395,000 square feet of office space in the Back Bay.

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ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, APRIL 15 - In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018 photo, Dr/ Robert Pellerin works on polishing and contouring the teeth of a patient at his dental office in Virginia Beach. Va. Pellerin has been a dentist for 40 years and was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis four years ago. Pellerin believes that early exposure to toxic materials prior to the use of protective face masks could be the cause of his disease and he shared his theory with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Delta Dental, dentists find common ground on payment rates

A year after sparring over payment rates, Massachusetts dentists and the state’s largest dental insurer have made peace.

The White House says the tariffs are necessary to reset the \US trade relationship with China. Above, President Trump and China’s Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2017.

US and China expand trade war as Beijing vows to match Trump’s tariffs

It’s the latest twist by a White House that has vacillated between taking a tough stance on Chinese trade practices and declaring that the trade war was “on hold.”

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Why regional economies still matter

New federal data show just how localized certain types of jobs can be.

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