BOSTON — Republican lawmakers are pushing for a repeal of fees charged to companies that aren’t providing health insurance to a majority of their workers.

BOSTON — A new law aims to give Massachusetts students the tools they need to navigate their financial futures, including milestones like buying a home and planning for retirement.

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BOSTON — Republican lawmakers are pushing for a repeal of fees charged to companies that aren’t providing health insurance to a majority of their workers.

BOSTON — A new law aims to give Massachusetts students the tools they need to navigate their financial futures, including milestones like buying a home and planning for retirement.

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Amid the government shutdown, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, took to Twitter last week to say: “Donald Trump doesn’t know what it’s like to rely on a tax refund, and now he’s holding yours hostage.”

City councilors and the Cape Ann Brewing Company are partnering for several events to benefit local charities and nonprofits.

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MANCHESTER — Superfine Food has closed its restaurants in Marblehead and Newburyport, leaving Manchester-by-the-Sea as its sole location.

BOSTON — Confidence levels among Massachusetts employers hit a two-year low in December, driven by national factors such as the federal government shutdown and the largest one-month stock market decline since the Great Depression.

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BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker has signed off on a proposal aimed at guarding against breaches of personal financial data and other information.

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State Senate Majority Leader Bruce Tarr didn't waste any time in the new legislative calendar to again push the state to liberalize its lobster processing laws to allow in-state processing and sale of raw and frozen lobster parts.

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While developer Sam Park spoke of firming up new tenant agreements, including with coffee giant Starbucks, city officials Thursday visited Gloucester Crossing for a first-hand look at updated plans that include a pair of drive-through facilities and other work on the site.

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BOSTON — The MBTA is losing tens of millions of dollars a year because of riders not paying fares, including many who are freeloaders on the commuter rail system.

BOSTON— Massachusetts is inching closer to licensing so-called "cannabis cafes" where individuals could smoke the drug in a communal setting — while also allowing for the home delivery of marijuana.

Gloucester city councilors are poised to give the go-ahead for a pair of drive-through windows within a still-growing Gloucester Crossing complex.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government.

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Three days into our new era of plastics Prohibition here in Gloucester, everybody seems to be behaving civilly and within the environmental spirit at the center of doing away with single-use plastic bags.

BOSTON — Natural gas companies would be required to have experienced technicians on job sites to monitor gas pressure in the lines during work, under a proposal filed Thursday.

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Americold hopes to embark this summer on two projects to upgrade and repair support pilings at its waterfront facilities at 69 Rogers St. and 1 Rowe Square and also plans to rebuild a 300-foot seawall at the latter site.

NEWBURYPORT — Weeks after a sign popped up on the front door of Superfine Foods in Newburyport alerting diners that it would be closed for the holidays, lights remain off and the doors locked.

With retail marijuana sales seeing big numbers across the state, Gloucester enters the new year still awaiting its first application for a pot shop, despite having zoning regulations in place since summer.

NORTH ANDOVER — Customers are receiving their first gas bills since the Sept. 13 explosions and fires — and for some, it’s quite the sticker shock.

BOSTON — Natural gas companies are compromising public safety by cutting back on skilled staff who oversee pipeline projects, according to state lawmakers, gas safety experts and union leaders who are pressuring Beacon Hill for more oversight of the industry.

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When the Radio Shack chain finally pulled the plug on its lone Cape Ann store amid a second company bankruptcy nearly 18 months ago, Frank Bernardini said it wasn't long before he heard laments from his own customers.

PEABODY — Supervisors at a Peabody nursing home failed to investigate several incidents of sexual abuse by a resident this year, at one point telling a nurse who reported one incident that "nothing happened," according to an investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

 BOSTON — A new version of legislation to tax and regulate short-term rentals through websites such as Airbnb is moving in the House on Thursday in what appears to be an attempt by lawmakers to revive a bill that passed the Legislature in July.

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PEABODY — PGA Tour Superstore plans to open an "experiential" golf superstore in February in the former location of the Toys R Us at the Northshore Mall.

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ROCKPORT — The old Burgess & Mackey Funeral Home on Main Street has been torn down to make room for three duplexes and a single-family home.

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BOSTON — Communities that have embraced recreational marijuana sales are plodding ahead with plans to open more retail pot shops, but local officials say challenges remain.

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IPSWICH — For small Bay State business owners such as John Webb, the owner of an Ipswich-based transportation company called Webb Transportation Services, the bill for the “grand bargain” is about to come due.

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BOSTON — Three lease winners have each agreed to pay $135 million to gain access to ocean tracts off the coast of Massachusetts where they may someday build commercial-scale wind energy installations.

SALEM — Some residents might fear the headaches from Alternative Therapies Group opening up recreational pot sales on Saturday. But others — especially businesses that thrive on tourist dollars — view it as October all over again. 

PEABODY —  Peabody police have been working with their counterparts in Salem on a regional plan to deal with traffic backups when retail cannabis sales start Saturday morning at Alternative Therapies Group on Grove Street in Salem.

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BOSTON — A key lawmaker questions whether the consulting firm the Baker administration brought on to evaluate the state's gas system is truly independent of the gas industry and whether its report will be free of bias.

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