Plainridge has its slowest month yet as casino competition increases

Revenue numbers for October also dropped again at the Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield.

A rendering of the apartment building planned for 3368 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain.

City approves supportive housing complex for homeless in Jamaica Plain

The building would be developed by the Pine Street Inn and partners and include 140 studio apartments, along with social services.

Roche is based in Basel, Switzerland.

Swiss drug giant Roche buying Lexington’s Promedior for $390m

The local biotech is working on a treatment for a rare and deadly lung disease.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently settled with Boston gig economy company Stynt.

As gig economy expands into temporary staffing, worker protections retreat

A settlement with Massachusetts attorney general creates a hybrid model offering protections that independent contractors lack.

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White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices

New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.


WeWork had $1.25b in losses in the third quarter

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The new Gannett will be the largest newspaper publisher in the US

Roughly one in four newspapers in the United States has closed since 2004, and many that managed to survive have been cut to the bone. Now, more than 260 dailies will be controlled by the same company.

Consumer Reports finds vehicle redesigns come with glitches

When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable.


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A conference on doing business in Latin America, a personal finance seminar, and other events and things to know.

Handguns on a rack at the Smith & Wesson factory in Springfield, where the gun portion of the company will stay after the split.

CHesto Means Business

Gunmaker’s split underscores challenges facing the industry

These are tough times to be running a gun manufacturer. Just ask the people who lead American Outdoor Brands.

S&P 500 ekes out record high after listless day of trading

The benchmark index notched its third consecutive gain after spending most of the day wavering between small gains and losses.

Though Deval Patrick was once a leading civil rights lawyer, his resume is heavy on corporate positions.

Deval Patrick worked at Bain Capital, a one-time Democratic target. How will voters respond now?

Patrick focused on impact investing, pitched as a kinder, gentler kind of private equity.

Amazon plans lawsuit challenging loss of Pentagon cloud deal Inc. has given notice that it will file a lawsuit challenging the Defense Department’s decision to award Microsoft Corp. a cloud computing contract valued at as much as $10 billion over a decade.

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell testified during a hearing before the House Budget Committee Thursday.

Powell urges Congress to tackle growing budget deficit

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation’s economy.

An artist’s rendering of the condo building planned for India Street on the edge of the Greenway.

More luxury condos planned for along the Greenway

The 12-story building will feature units that are larger than is typical for downtown, starting at more than $2 million.

Keith and Mary Irvine pose for a portrait in their home in Waltham. The couple has been waiting months for the delivery of a special Neil Diamond plaque.

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Good times not so good for Neil Diamond fans whose plaque wasn’t delivered

Keith and Mary Irvine ordered a special commemorative Neil Diamond plaque in August for their daughter. It was supposed to arrive within 10 business days. They’re still waiting.


Top Baker aide leaving for renewable-energy developer

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Facebook also said it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September.

Facebook reports it took action against tens of millions of posts for breaking rules on hate speech, harassment, and child exploitation

It also said it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months.

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Mortgage rates, a public speaking workshop, and other events and things to know.

American Outdoor to split into two firms, separating its gun business

American Outdoor Brands Corp. said it will split into two publicly traded companies, one focused on firearms and the other on outdoor products.

Subzero Interest Rates Are Luring Insurers to Risk

MUNICH — It was a crisp fall morning and Tom Wilson was contemplating the latest sign that the world of finance had turned upside down.

Linda Birnbaum said the plan “will practically lead to the elimination of science from decision-making.”

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal

A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the United States regulates threats to public health.

Wobbly day for stocks ends mixed

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 index each eked out a modest gain that was good enough to nudge them to record highs.

Chaya Rusk (center) used the “alternative seating” (a swing) and Shuya Gong got comfortable in the mobile table.


At IDEO, everything happens by design

Inside and out, IDEO’s colorful cube-shaped building on Prospect Street in Cambridge is a three-dimensional demo of the global design firm’s brightest ideas, as well as an incubator of the firm’s creative culture.

Brake lights dominated a stopped-up Storrow Drive in both directions in Boston.

Chesto Means Business

Dozens of mayors and town managers call for 15-cent gas tax hike

The business community may be divided on a gas-tax hike, but Greater Boston’s mayors are embracing a relatively big one.

Sugarbush purchased by Denver-based ski conglomerate

The Vermont ski mountain was one of the last independently run resorts in an industry consolidating under a few conglomerates.

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell testifies on the economic outlook, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Fed’s Powell brushes aside Trump’s call for negative interest rates

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments came 24 hours after Trump bashed the Fed for not slashing interest rates more.


Debut of Disney streaming service has some hiccups

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FILE -- A McDonald's in Manhattan on Oct. 2, 2019. A former McDonald’s employee who says she was assaulted by a manager at a Michigan store who grabbed her breasts and buttocks is suing the chain, blaming her mistreatment on what she called a culture of sexual harassment. (Jeenah Moon/The New York Times)

McDonald’s lawsuit targets ‘pervasive’ culture of sexual harassment

A former McDonald’s employee who says she was assaulted by a manager at a Michigan store who grabbed her breasts and buttocks is suing the chain, blaming her mistreatment on what she called a culture of sexual harassment.

Nissan profit tumbles as it struggles to move past management problems

Nissan reported Tuesday the latest bad news in a very difficult year: Its profit has continued tumbling and the situation is expected to get worse.

Stocks edge higher as investors weigh trade

The S&P 500 eked out a gain after retreating from a record as remarks by President Trump didn’t add much insight into negotiations between the world’s two largest economies.

General Electric unveiled the world's largest offshore wind turbine blade at a wind testing facility in Charlestown last week. AIM’s top energy expert, Bob Rio, attended the event.

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Associated Industries of Mass. joins the effort to save Vineyard Wind

Lately, the employer group has emerged as an unlikely champion of offshore wind power.

Juul Labs Inc. will eliminate 650 jobs and freeze hiring, part of a plan to cut $1 billion in costs as it pulls back on marketing and tries to get its vaping device cleared for sale by US health regulators.

Juul to cut 650 jobs, slash expenses as it scales back marketing

“As the vapor category undergoes a necessary reset, this reorganization will help Juul Labs focus on reducing underage use. . . and creating new technologies while earning a license to operate in the US and around the world,” said chief executive K.C. Crosthwaite in a statement.

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The Food and Drug Administration has halted a clinical trial involving a Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene therapy from Solid Biosciences after a patient suffered serious kidney and blood-related injuries, the company said Tuesday.

FDA halts trial of Duchenne gene therapy treatment from Solid Biosciences

This is the third time that the Cambridge-based life science company has run into a serious safety problem with its gene therapy.

A Disney+ sign is displayed during a media preview of the Disney+ streaming service at the D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 22, 2019. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Patrick T. Fallon.

Disney Plus suffers some technical difficulties at launch

Disney’s brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success.

Dean Foods files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization

Dean Foods has been posting losses after losing its biggest customer, Walmart Inc., which built its own plant.

Group offers cool ideas for a hotter Boston in coming decades

The local chapter of the Urban Land Institute releases a report on how the city might cope with rising temperatures.

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At nonprofit PowerOptions, Takle ready to take charge

Heather March Takle will replace the retiring Cindy Arcate.


Uber CEO backtracks on comment that likened Khashoggi murder to a car accident

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Connecticut college gymnast dies after training accident

An accomplished gymnast at Southern Connecticut State University has died following a serious spinal cord injury suffered in a training accident.

Boeing surges most since June on optimism over 737 Max timeline

Boeing Co. soared after providing more detail on how the 737 Max will return to the skies — even as the company backed away from saying the grounded jet would win full regulatory approval next month.

FILE - This June 25, 2019, file aerial photo shows a view shows a Walgreens drug store in Richmond, Va. The company said Monday, Nov. 4, that it will close 150 Walgreens-run clinics by the end of the year, but it will keep open more than 200 that are run in partnership with health care providers. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

KKR makes formal approach to Walgreens Boots on record buyout

KKR & Co. has formally approached drugstore giant Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. about a deal to take the company private, in what could be the biggest-ever leveraged buyout, people familiar with the matter said.

A worker delivered packages to customers during Singles’ Day — the world’s biggest 24-hour shopping event — in Beijing on Monday.

Alibaba says Singles Day in China was another hit

The planet’s biggest shopping day has come and gone, and Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth again showed the world how many mountains of stuff it could persuade people to buy in the 24 hours.

Allston residents will watch closely to see how Harvard’s development plans address housing.

As Harvard narrows bidders for Allston land, a focus on housing emerges

The three development teams that just made the finals in Harvard’s Great Allston Chase may be quite different. But they share one important trait: All three want more housing.

Boston, MA., 12/07/2018, Star Wars movie playing at the front desk at Carbonite for Workspace feature. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Boston data backup company Carbonite sold for $1.42b

Founded in 2005, Carbonite was among the first companies to offer consumers an easy way to back up their personal computers by storing the data in the Internet cloud.

In this March 25, 2019 photo, Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, spoke about the Apple Card at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif. Though the company pitched its new card as a model of simplicity and transparency, claims of sex-bias against the card’s overseers have plagued the launch.

Apple Card’s sex-bias claims look familiar to old-school banks

The increasing use of algorithms in lending decisions has sharpened the debate about “disparate impact” — whether models are only entrenching discrimination that algorithm-driven lending is meant to stamp out.

Business agenda

A pitch competition, a workshop on operating a business with a shoestring budget, and other events and things to know.

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber.

Uber CEO walks back comment calling Jamal Khashoggi’s murder a ‘mistake’

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is being criticized for calling the murder of a Washington Post columnist “a mistake” and comparing it to the death of a pedestrian struck by one of the company’s autonomous vehicles.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.