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Monday, Aug 21


US stock indexes inch higher after back-to-back down weeks

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks inched higher Monday, as the Standard & Poor's 500 index steadied following back-to-back losses the last two weeks.


Survey: Average price for gas lower in Massachusetts


BOSTON — Gasoline is getting a bit cheaper to come by in Massachusetts as summer winds down.


US stock indexes hold steady after back-to-back down weeks

NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes bounced between small gains and losses Monday, stabilizing after the Standard & Poor's 500 index's back-to-back losses over the last two weeks.


Herbalife held unsuccessful sale talks

NEW YORK — Herbalife says that it was in talks to be acquired and taken private, but that those negotiations ended last week.

US stock indexes dip, following back-to-back down weeks

NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes dipped in morning trading on Monday, ahead of what may be a calmer week for markets. Following back-to-back losses for the Standard & Poor's 500 index the last two weeks, few market-moving events are…

Sempra Energy bids $9.45B for Oncor, topping Buffett offer

SAN DIEGO — Sempra Energy is buying Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, wresting it away from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

Emirates approves new 'sin tax' to boost government revenue


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates has issued a new law that imposes taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks to boost revenue and help offset the impact of lower oil prices.

Feds setting up designated habitat for endangered sturgeon


PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government is designating critical habitat for the Atlantic sturgeon in a step regulators say will help the fish recover its population.


Samsung puts VR in sights of Galaxy users

Samsung Galaxy Gear VR ($34.45, Amazon.com)

Booting Up: Book prescribes a framework for survival in changing world

The entire left-versus-right dichotomy that informs most of what we read and listen to on a daily basis is a relic of the past, an outgrowth of systems and institutions that were built for a different time.

Sunday, Aug 20


‘Co-marketing’ arrangements leave Zillow in hot water


You’re probably familiar with the online realty marketing giant Zillow because of its voluminous home sale listings and its controversial “Zestimate” property valuation feature.


‘Big Papi’ takes a swing at business game

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has gone from swinging bats to selling vats ... of wine.

Conflict of interest may have led to Icahn leaving Trump post

WASHINGTON — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn stepped down from an unpaid post as President Trump’s adviser on deregulation efforts just days before The New Yorker was preparing to publish a lengthy article detailing potential conflicts of…

Soaring housing prices a growing concern

The Bay State’s booming economy is bringing with it a downside for those looking to rent an apartment or buy a home in the state: soaring housing costs, particularly in Greater Boston.

Saturday, Aug 19

Icahn is latest Trump adviser to walk away


WASHINGTON — President Trump has lost another informal adviser from the business world: billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who gave the White House guidance on its deregulation efforts.

Suit: Poland Spring packaging info is all wet

Bottled water giant Poland Springs, a subsidiary of Nestle, is facing a federal lawsuit claiming its “natural spring” water is nothing more than common ground water.

Rover remains regal, rugged

Regal yet ready for the rough and tumble, the understated 2017 Land Rover Discovery HSE Luxury Td6 is a surprising package of nobility, utility and playfulness.

Stocks hit in late trading


NEW YORK — U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading yesterday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market.

High court to consider fish petition

PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government has waived its right to respond to a fishermen’s group’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court about a court battle over the cost of fishing monitors.

A quiet, little oasis in the bustling city

As Paul Campano of Keller Williams Realty showed the yellow townhouse at 4 North Mead Street Court in Charlestown this week, he stopped near the front entrance with the stained glass transom. Late morning sunlight was flooding in,…

Friday, Aug 18


Foot Locker and Deere slide while Estee Lauder jumps


NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday:; Foot Locker Inc., down $13.32 to $34.48 The athletic gear retailer had a weak quarter and plans to close more stores.


11 US states added jobs in July


WASHINGTON — Hiring increased in 11 U.S. states in July, while the unemployment rate tumbled to record lows in two states.


Hot Property: A slice of Beacon Hill in Bay Village

Peer out the top floor of 34 Fayette St. — through the tall dormer windows of the building’s mansard roof — and you might think you were in Beacon Hill.

Mylan finalizes settlement in EpiPen case

PITTSBURGH — Generic drug giant Mylan announced yesterday that it has finalized its settlement with the Department of Justice for overcharging Medicaid for the EpiPen.

Amazon gives Boston a pick-me-up

Amazon.com is preparing to open a Boston pickup location that will include its new Instant Pickup service that lets its Prime members order certain products and pick them up within two minutes.

The Ticker

A lawsuit claims Poland Spring Water is deceiving consumers with evergreen labels that say its bottle contains “100 percent natural spring water” from Maine.

Donald Trump missteps sink stocks

Stocks tumbled yesterday as investors and business leaders questioned whether President Trump can deliver on business-friendly policies such as tax reform, a day after some of the nation’s top executives cut ties with the White House over…

Thursday, Aug 17


LL Bean boosting production of iconic boot


LEWISTON, Maine — L.L. Bean hopes to give the boot to backlogs of its most iconic product.


US weekly requests for jobless aid down 12,000 to 232,000

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows.


Apple CEO: Donald Trump neo-Nazi comments run 'counter to our ideals as Americans'


Donald Trump's statements defending white nationalists -- and pledged in a memo to employees that the company would provide monetary support to anti-hate groups.