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How can Healey stop the Steward crisis from spreading? Remember the lesson of Lehman Bros.

OK, the Steward-Wall Street analogy is a stretch. But the underlying moral is the same: Cooperation between the state and hospital leaders might mitigate much of the shock from a Steward shutdown.


Vineyard Wind now generating power

Stories you may have missed from the world of business.

In Watertown visit, Senator Warren and FTC head Lina Khan look to jumpstart right-to-repair

“The people of Massachusetts have spoken to this issue by a margin of three to one and, by golly, they ought to have the right to repair that they voted for,” said Warren, during a tour of Direct Tire & Auto in Watertown.

Stocks rally as AI craze sweeps across the world

The stock rally powered ahead as Nvidia Corp.’s bullish outlook rekindled the artificial-intelligence mania and data showed the world’s largest economy is still going strong.

IRS to crack down on corporate jet users who abuse tax code

The scrutiny of corporate jet use will involve new data analytics tools to determine when executives or other company officials might be using corporate planes for vacations and private trips.

Google suspends Gemini AI chatbot’s ability to generate pictures of people

Gemini users this week posted screenshots on social media of historically white-dominated scenes with racially diverse characters that they say it generated, leading critics to raise questions about whether the company is over-correcting for the risk of racial bias in its AI model.

Remember your landline? In these Massachusetts households, they never stopped ringing.

In cases of emergencies, like Thursday's AT&T outage, landlines are still the most reliable way to communicate. But many have held on to the retro technology for reasons of comfort, simplicity, and nostalgia.

Teens call on Stop & Shop to use consumer data profits to erase price inequities at stores

The group’s demand comes nearly a year after it probed the effects of inflation on low-income families, and found price disparities at local Stop & Shop stores.

Stop & Shop responds to Boston youth group’s letter on price inequities

The company stuck to its pricing strategy in a written statement Thursday morning, calling the public letter “misleading.”

Applications for US jobless benefits fall again as labor market powers on

Massachusetts reported 5,257 new “advance” initial claims for unemployment insurance last week.

Moderna stock rises as COVID shot gains market share on Pfizer

Shares of the Cambridge-based biotech were up in early trading Thursday after the company reported fourth-quarter revenue that beat analysts’ expectations by gaining COVID vaccine market share on its main rival.

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The housing market is a nightmare. An Andover startup wants to use robots to help fix it.

Reframe Systems wants to leverage robots working alongside humans in an assembly line to build small houses in a factory and then truck the houses to a site.

Hours-long cellular network outage hits users nationwide

A major network outage was affecting phone service across Greater Boston Thursday morning.

New York AG says she’ll seize Donald Trump’s property if he can’t pay $454 million civil fraud debt

The amount Trump owes the state goes up $87,502 daily until he pays. Here’s a look at where things stand after his costly verdict.


Can we bring back manufacturing to the US?

Rachel Slade, a Boston journalist, discusses how it’s not only possible, but necessary, to bring manufacturing back to the US on the latest episode of Globe Opinion’s Say More podcast.

Norwood hospital construction on pause as vendors await payments from Steward

US Representative Stephen Lynch said he was informed some companies working on the hospital project had begun pulling building materials and equipment from the property.