Plan for new Coast Guard museum in Conn. gains momentum

Supporters of the National Coast Guard Museum say a $100 million museum will become a reality in New London, Conn., soon.

A mural is painted onto the back of the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. A state agency just paid $800,000 to buy a building across from the theater that houses a pawn shop.

Mass. agency buying properties in bid to revive older downtowns

MassDevelopment hopes that putting a shabby building or vacant lot to better use will be a catalyst for positive change.

Partners HealthCare’s chief executive, Dr. David Torchiana, topped the list of executives at the state’s largest nonprofit hospitals who received sizable pay raises in 2015.

Partners CEO tops hospital pay list

Dr. David Torchiana, who oversees the state’s largest health system and largest private employer, earned nearly $4.3 million in total compensation in 2015.

Padma Lakshmi (left) testified at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in the Teamsters extortion trial.

Verdict in Teamsters’ case could have wide-reaching implications

The acquittals could have a profound effect on the labor movement.

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Organizers postpone Google protest marches, citing ‘alt-left terrorist’ threats

The postponement of Saturday’s rally comes on the heels of bloody clashes in Charlottesville.

Solar developers and panel makers clash over tariff request

Tariff opponents and proponents argued that the future of the solar industry is at risk.

Three-nation efforts to revise NAFTA set to begin

Of all the trade deals he lambasted on the campaign trail as threats to American workers, President Donald Trump reserved particular scorn for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Wednesday’s business agenda

CEO panel, networking, workshops, and other notable events and things to know.

Uber agrees to privacy audits in settlement with FTC

Uber has agreed to two decades of privacy and security audits to settle federal accusations that it did not keep promises to protect customer data.

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Stocks end the day about where they started it

Stocks were coming off their biggest one-day gain in more than three months.

Rebecca Onie is founder and CEO of Health Leads.

Five things to know about Rebecca Onie

Rebecca Onie is chief executive of Health Leads, a Boston-based nonprofit with a mission of persuading health care institutions to address food, electricity, and other basic resources that patients need to be healthy.

Wisconsin Assembly committee approves $3b Foxconn tax break

A $10 billion plant could employ up to 13,000 workers.

British IT expert Marcus Hutchins, branded a hero for slowing down the WannaCry global cyberattack, and an unnamed co-defendant has been charged with conspiring to commit computer fraud in the state and elsewhere.

British cybersecurity expert pleads not guilty to US charges

Marcus Hutchins pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges accusing him of creating malicious software to steal banking information three years ago.

A FedEx-like track-and-trace system mandated by Congress is being phased in to protect the public against fakes.


Facing deadlines, drug makers move to beef up defenses against counterfeit medications

A FedEx-like track-and-trace system mandated by Congress is being phased in to protect the public against fakes.

Many taxi drivers considered the arrival of Uber and Lyft at Logan as a death knell. The airport had been the one place where they were protected against competition by app-based ride-hailing operations.

Taxi business at Logan is down 10% since Uber, Lyft began picking up fares

Taxis are still king of Logan International Airport, but not quite the way they were.

Neurala’s self-driving car, on Newbury Street in Boston, automatically identified pedestrians, cars, cyclists, and trucks in the scene. Recognition is done in real time.

Boston firm’s artificial intelligence technology may have broader applications

Neurala Inc. is teaching body cameras worn by police officers to detect suspicious people or locate missing children faster than the human eye.

Trump calls for review of China intellectual property policy

The action adds to the list of trade irritants between the world’s two biggest economies as they work to contain North Korea.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York president William Dudley said he would favor a third increase this year in the bank’s benchmark short-term rate if the economy stayed strong.

Top Fed official tells AP: Bond portfolio could shrink soon

A top Federal Reserve official suggested that the Fed will likely announce next month that it will begin paring its bond portfolio — a step that could lead to slightly higher rates on mortgages and other loans.

At the Volpe site, which MIT won rights to develop, the university has filed zoning plans that would include up to 1,400 apartments and condos — with 280 set aside for low- and moderate-income residents — in market-rate buildings, but no student housing.

MIT students press for more on-campus housing

Grad students and Cambridge residents want MIT to provide 1,800 more dorm beds for graduate students.

Bitcoin price surges after agreement on software update

On Monday afternoon, bitcoin was trading above $4,290, an increase of about 7 percent.

Tuesday’s business agenda

Earnings report, software workshop, and other notable events and things to know.

A fifth of people in a study say their workplace is hostile or threatening

The American workplace is grueling, stressful, and surprisingly hostile, according to

FILE - In this Monday, May 8, 2017, file photo, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of GE's new headquarters, in Boston. General Electric said Immelt is stepping down as CEO. John Flannery, president and CEO of the conglomerate's health care unit, will take over the post in August. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Jeff Immelt to stay on Trump panel amid Charlottesville turmoil

General Electric said it is important for the company to remain engaged in discussions on the economy.

Stocks jump as tensions with North Korea appear to ease

US stocks rallied as technology companies and banks helped companies regain a lot of the ground they lost last week.

Gavin McInnes (center) was scheduled to speak at Saturday’s planned free speech rally on Boston Common. On Monday, he said he wasn’t coming.

Speakers at ‘free speech’ rally dropping out

Three of the six speakers scheduled for Saturday’s rally in Boston now won’t appear.

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Startup Institute takes its tech training to Belgium, Armenia

The institute is sending its curriculum overseas through a licensing deal.

White supremacists carried torches through the UVA campus in Charlottesville on Friday.

GoDaddy boots white supremacist website after protest violence

A prominent white supremacist website that promoted a Virginia rally that ended in deadly violence Saturday is losing its internet domain host.

Visitors rode a tour bus Monday in Tumon, Guam.

North Korea’s threats aren’t keeping tourists away from Guam

Visitors are still coming to the tropical island, even though the US territory has been named as a target.

A Los Angeles native, Scott Baker worked with two partners to launch a courier service called Skycom. “I found Boston to be a very parochial place,” he said.

Business leaders step up efforts to bring minority-owned firms into the fold

“It’s shameful, in a city like Boston that is thriving in a major way, that few of us are participating in it. . . As a whole, the [minority] community has been left behind.”

Oliver Sanchez (left) is founder and CEO of Plug; Peter Yao is the Cambridge incubator’s chief operating officer.

Cambridge incubator targets immigrant entrepreneurs

Immigrant entrepreneurs are increasingly in need of community, both physically and emotionally, to excel in the entrepreneurship ecosystem of Boston.

National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NiMH) Winter Meeting, February 10, 2012, Rockville, Maryland by Rodney Choice/


We touch our phones 4,000 times a day. Can this behavior predict mental illness?

A neuroscientist says people’s behavior on smartphones — such as the speed and cadence of their typing and scrolling — could be used to improve the diagnosis and treatment of mental health.

Bryan Canterbury is a longtime emergency medicine physician, and works at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.


ER doctor ‘hard-wired’ for high-stress job

Newton-Wellesley emergency room doctor Bryan Canterbury has worked all over the world and feels at home in the ER.

Zaria Bailey (left) and her mother, Sonya, both of Bridgewater, waited to go on a tour of an Amazon warehouse in Fall River.

As Amazon booms, retail jobs shift

Are workers better off packing and shipping boxes than selling suits and skirts?

A report said background checks similar to those conducted for Uber and Lyft drivers are not feasible for the taxi industry.

State governs Uber drivers, but couldn’t handle taxis, report says

The state government has processed background checks for tens of thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers, but would be unable to do so for taxi drivers, it said in a report.

Comcast may offer to send a technician if it identifies a service issue.


This cold call from Comcast is not a scam

Many consumers don’t know that Comcast runs an outreach program to identify potential service and equipment problems or maintenance needs.

Construction at The Beverly in Boston.

What price is affordable? Luxury apartments at a discount — sort of

The Beverly, set to open near North Station early next year, isn’t quite like all the other luxury housing that has sprouted up in downtown Boston recently.

J.C. Penney results extend a gloomy week for retailers

Sales at the retailer’s established stores faded again during its most recent quarter.

Abbott-Action has a state of the art corrugated box-making facility. A worker checked the label on one of the stacks of precut boxes that were ready to be shipped out. The boxes lie flat in the stacks and are folded into shape by the clients.

Why online shopping may not save the cardboard box

Online shopping may be a game-changer for the cardboard industry, and for recycling habits.

GM accuses bankruptcy trust of plotting with plaintiffs

The accord pits GM against the “Old GM” General Unsecured Creditors Trust for the first time since the 2009 bankruptcy sale.

Leaked e-mail shows HBO negotiating with hackers

Hackers released an email from HBO in which the company expressed willingness to pay them $250,000 as part of a negotiation over electronic data swiped from HBO’s servers.

Snap Inc. shares saw a 13 per cent fall at Wall Street on Friday following the release of the company's 2nd quarter 2017 results. Acccording to reports, investors were disappointed as Snap was only able to increase the number of its daily users by 7 million instead of expected 10 million.

Snap, Blue Apron fall flat as incumbents smash the upstarts

Two of 2017’s most prominent technology IPOs are fighting an uphill climb against established behemoths like Facebook and

Three Uber investors ask Benchmark to forfeit board seat

The investors don’t hold seats on the board or a majority of the company’s stock, but the letter said they’re seeking other shareholders to join their petition.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 31: A man shoots-up by a railway underpass in the Kensington section of Philadelphia which has become a hub for heroin use on July 31, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today was the first day of a long anticipated clean-up of one of the largest open air drug markets on the East Coast. Hundreds of outreach workers, city employees and Conrail workers started to clear an area of heroin users from a stretch of train tracks in Philadelphia's Kensington section known as El Campamento. Over 900 people died last year in Philadelphia from opioid overdoses, a 30 percent increase from 2015. As the epidemic shows no signs of weakening, the number of fatalities this year is expected to surpass last year's numbers. Heroin use has doubled across the country since 2010, according to the DEA, part of an epidemic of opioid abuse that began in the 1990s, when doctors began prescribing higher doses of powerful painkillers. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


Cost of treating opioid overdose victims rising fast

A new study that assessed costs over a seven-year span concludes sick patients are placing a greater strain on an overmatched health system.

Jeff Barnett, CEO of Salesforce Commerce Cloud.

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West Coast’s makes its mark in Boston

Four years ago,, maker of cloud-based business software, wasn’t even on the map in Boston.

Christopher Kimball at his office at Christopher Kimball's Milk Street in downtown Boston.

Chris Kimball wins ‘Milk Street’ trademark challenge

A judge ruled the celebrity chef’s new business, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, doesn’t infringe on the name of a popular Boston cafe.

Macy’s Inc. shares hit a seven-year low on Thursday.

Department store chains see key sales figures fall again

It’s still a rough time to be a department store.

Major rental home companies set to merge as US house prices recover

The deal would create an owner of 82,000 rental homes.

Diet eyed as therapy for a kidney disorder

In an age when seemingly every ailment is treated with a pill, could a change in diet essentially force this disease into remission and, possibly, save these children’s lives?

Tech stocks lead worst fall for US market since May

Tensions between the United States and North Korea put investors in a selling mood again Thursday.

The beleaguered US Postal Service is counting on a different strategy to stay ahead in the increasingly competitive package business: more freedom to raise your letter prices.

More red ink, missed payments at US Postal Service

The USPS warned Thursday that it will likely default on up to $6.9 billion in payments for future retiree health and pension benefits for the fifth straight year.

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