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General Electric is dropped from Dow Jones industrial average after more than 100 years

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The General Electric logo appeared above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in 2017. By Jon Chesto Globe Staff June 19, 2018. General Electric Co. was booted out of the Dow Jones industrial average Tuesday, a…

Tuesday, Jun 19


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…


Reinstated Whittier workers say they were blocked from center

A group of Whittier Street Health Center workers who were laid off suddenly late last week, then apparently reinstated on Sunday, said they were kicked off the property when they tried to attend a staff meeting at the Roxbury clinic on…

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

The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Tuesday will take up legislation that would slap $450 million in new assessments on the health care industry to prop up struggling community hospitals but largely avoids tackling the rising…

Monday, Jun 18


Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public

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World War II veteran Rosario “Russ” Bonanno was facing worsening dementia when his family took him last year to the Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Bedford. He had been in assisted living, but after six years, some family…

Friday, Jun 15


Behind the chaos curtain, Trump is grinding out a lot of policy wins

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s White House presents a daily tableau of chaos, falsehoods, caustic attacks, and allegations of corruption. But despite his stormy and impulsive management style — and in some ways, because of it — Trump is…


How Boston software maker PTC came back from the brink

Two companies decided to move from the bucolic ’burbs into Boston’s Seaport neighborhood, one in 2016 and the other in 2017. The chief executives of both companies liked to discuss the potential of the “industrial Internet” — the ability…

Thursday, Jun 14

Help wanted, but not from older workers: Many struggle to find jobs as employers post openings

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It’s late afternoon at the Venture Café in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. The tables are teeming with techies in T-shirts, sipping beer and pecking on laptops. Everybody works for a startup, every startup is hiring — now or soon —and every…


Steward Health Care voices opposition to Beth Israel-Lahey merger

Steward Health Care System is joining the opposition against the big merger of two of its rivals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health. A top Steward executive said Wednesday that the proposed merger would give Beth Israel…

Wednesday, Jun 13

Seattle repeals tax on companies after Amazon fights back

SEATTLE — Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City Council unanimously approved the effort to combat a…

Tuesday, Jun 12


Green Line service resumes after 2½-hour disruption that stranded morning commuters

Service resumed on the Green Line on Tuesday morning after most of the underground portion of the MBTA route was shut down for more than 2½ hours by a damaged power line near Copley Square. The shutdown forced the evacuation of two trains…

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma

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Attorney General Maura Healey is suing Purdue Pharma, the maker of powerful opioids like OxyContin, alleging the company misled doctors and consumers about their risks with the aim of getting more people to take them at higher doses for…


Ahead of summit, Trump tweets that the ‘haters & losers’ are wrong

SINGAPORE — The latest on the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump in Singapore (all times local to Singapore, which is 12 hours ahead of Eastern standard time): 6:20 a.m. President Donald Trump says the…

Monday, Jun 11


Once-missing Air Force officer found 35 years later

Captain William Howard Hughes Jr., who was formally declared a deserter by the Air Force Dec. 9, 1983. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Air Force officer with top security clearance who disappeared 35 years ago has been found in California. The Air…

Sunday, Jun 10


For all the Gronkowskis, the day was quite a ride

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NEW YORK — There aren't many things that can turn a group of five Gronkowski boys dead silent, but when their horse — who's named Gronkowski, too — came out dead last from the gate for the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, their box in the…


Trump throws G-7 into disarray with tweets after he leaves

QUEBEC CITY — President Trump upended two days of global economic diplomacy late Saturday, refusing to sign a joint statement with the United States’ allies, threatening to escalate his trade war on the country’s neighbors and deriding…

Saturday, Jun 9

Kia recalls over 500000 vehicles; air bags may not inflate

DETROIT — Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the United States because the air bags may not work in a crash. Combined with a previous recall expansion by Hyundai, the affiliated automakers are recalling nearly 1.1 million…

Friday, Jun 8


France's Macron threatens rare rebuke of US at G7, Trump fires back

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QUEBEC, Canada - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday threatened to join with other world leaders to issue a rare rebuke of the United States at a global summit here this weekend, drawing immediate and sharp replies from President…


Suicide rates rise sharply across the US, new report shows

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Suicide rates increased significantly in almost every state from 1999 through 2016, with nearly 45,000 people taking their own lives in 2016 alone, according to a report released Thursday The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Thursday, Jun 7


'Absurdity and horror': School uses nursery rhyme to teach kindergarten about lockdowns

While touring a kindergarten in Somerville on Wednesday to get a sense of what to expect when her 5-year-old daughter starts school in the fall, Georgy Cohen took stock of the items one might typically find in a classroom for young kids.…

Why hasn’t Bernie Sanders endorsed his son’s run for Congress?

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Senator Bernie Sanders has traveled to Iowa and narrated a 30-second ad to endorse one congressional candidate and journeyed to Allentown, Pa., on behalf of another. He publicly backed a mayoral candidate in Omaha. But while he’s busy…


Spade said to have fought depression

Andy Spade, the husband of designer Kate Spade, who died of what police characterized as suicide this week, said Wednesday that she had suffered from severe depression and acknowledged that they had been living apart for the last 10 months…

Wednesday, Jun 6

Another industrial revolution is taking place in Mass.

BRAINTREE — Symmons Industries, a 79-year-old plumbing manufacturer, still makes the part that started it all: a shower valve that prevents scalding when a toilet is flushed, invented by the chief executive’s grandfather. But after decades…

Tuesday, Jun 5


The ‘cruel joke’ of compassionate use and right to try: Pharma companies don’t have to comply

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rom my days in medical school, I vaguely remember learning about lysosomal storage disorders. They occupied at most part of a lecture or two in my second-year pathophysiology course. I memorized a few details about these rare diseases in…

You think the Democrats are poised to retake the House? Think again

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The congressional midterm elections are less than six months away, and while a string of successes in special elections has given Democrats reason for optimism, just a few small shifts in distant counties could mean the difference between…


Rival flash sale sites Gilt and Rue La La to team up

In a flash, two longtime competitors, Rue La La and Gilt, will go from e-commerce rivals to teammates. On Monday, the Boston-based luxury sale site Rue La La announced that it will acquire its nemesis, Gilt.com, for an undisclosed sum from…

Monday, Jun 4


Microsoft embraces collaborative coding with $7.5b deal to acquire GitHub

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion for GitHub, a popular coder hangout, as the maker of Windows further embraces the types of open-source projects it used to shun. Chief executive Satya Nadella said the all-stock deal pairs…


A car crashed into a Maine Little League game. The brave man who died saving kids had a dark secret

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Players scrambled and parents screamed as the maroon sedan ripped through the baseball field, infield dust flying into the Friday evening from under the car's spinning tires. Spectators in the stands of Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine,…


A ‘golden age’ for multiple myeloma drugs?

If you can call someone who gets a rare form of cancer lucky, then Deb Graff says she fits the bill. At age 72, Graff has survived nine years with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer for which life expectancy used to be measured in months. “I…


Microsoft is said to have agreed to acquire coding site GitHub

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Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire GitHub Inc., the code repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter. GitHub preferred selling the…