Accenture to add 400 jobs in Boston

The consulting firm will grow its local workforce by more than 25 percent during the next three years.

State Senator Jason Lewis is cochairman of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee in the state Legislature. The panel is looking at noncompete contracts.

Noncompete contracts in Massachusetts? Lawmakers are near a deal

Legislative negotiators expect to produce a measure within weeks to limit noncompete contracts in the state.

JetBlue is handing out $1,000 bonuses, as are a number of other major corporations.

GOP tax cuts are so far spurring bonuses more than pay raises

American Airlines is giving $1,000 to its employees. So are AT&T, Bank of America, Nationwide Insurance, Comcast, JetBlue Airways, and US Bancorp.

Debra Stark (left), with employee Gregoria Vanhoogen, has been unable to start a juicing program for lack of a new hire.

How much effort does it take to fill one job?

As the labor shortage stretches on, a $15-per-hour kitchen position in Concord, with benefits, has gone unfilled for two years.

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GE chief says breakup is on the table following huge after-tax charge

On a conference call with analysts,CEO John Flannery pledged to weigh all options, including possible separations of businesses.

Dow hits 26,000 milestone as earnings optimism feeds rally

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plowed past 26,000 as optimism over corporate earnings turbocharged the equity bull market.

Chinese carmaker may use Fiat Chrysler to enter US market

GAC Motor on Monday outlined a broad plan to build up its US operations and begin selling a vehicle here in 2019.

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A leader in service? United falls short after the storm

It was the day after the storm. Like thousands of others who’d had their travel plans upended, Linda Coyne spent all morning on the phone arguing with an airline.

Don’t listen to Washington, tourist organizations tell foreigners

Persuading international travelers to visit did not used to be difficult, but things have gotten complicated.

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Finally, more drug trial results are being made public

The reporting of trial results to a public database — mandated by federal law — has improved sharply in the last two years.

Aveo Oncology, which once had 300 employees, now has fewer than 20. But it has hopes for a comeback for its cancer drug.

Aveo CEO says biotech is rising from ashes of ‘an absolute catastrophe’

Its kidney cancer drug — rejected by the FDA in 2013 — is on the market in Europe, and the Cambridge company is likely to seek US approval in 2019.

The former Gate of Heaven school building will be torn down to make way for parking.

Former Gate of Heaven School in South Boston to be demolished

After more than five years of debate in the neighborhood, the parish and archdiocese have decided to use the space for parking.

The week ahead in business

Professional workshops, networking over apps and cocktails, and other events and things to know.

Barbara Lynch has run three Seaport restaurants for nearly a decade.

Feeling the (financial) heat, Barbara Lynch is back in the kitchen at Menton

Investors fear that the restaurant’s struggles threaten to topple the Boston chef’s crown jewel.

Scott Memhard, president of Cape Pond Ice Company, at work in the historic building on the Gloucester waterfront.

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For this man, it’s a cool career, any time of year

Cape Pond Ice Company’s Scott Memhard spoke about why making ice cubes can be so much work.

At 18moons, the goal is to have a Planet Kids token equal to about 10 cents worth of the cryptocurrency ether.

The newest place you can use cryptocurrency? Kids TV

A Newton-based children’s programming startup plans to raise millions with a new kind of cryptocurrency.

Job Doc

When the inside candidate gets the job

Internal candidates aren’t guaranteed the role, but it does typically represent a competitive situation.

The numbers are in: Retailers had the best holiday season in years

Shoppers fueled the strongest growth in holiday retail sales since the end of the recession.

Visa won’t require signatures, a move Wal-Mart long sought

Visa Inc. will stop requiring signatures for purchases made in North America using chip-card technology, a significant win for big brick-and-mortar retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that could help them cut the cost of accepting plastic.

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Businesses bullish on Boston space

Real estate brokerage NAI Hunneman’s latest report on Boston’s office market indicates that the waves of employer immigration into the city show no sign of abating.

Decades after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., many are still struggling for a life above the poverty line.

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Take up the charge for financial freedom

For many, the road to a more financially stable future begins with approaching wealth a different way.

“We built Facebook to help people stay connected and bring us closer together with the people that matter to us,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

How Facebook plans to change your mind

Mark Zuckerberg thinks we need to improve our relationships — starting online at his social media creation.

“We have no plans to relocate Aetna’s operations from Hartford and, in fact, view Hartford as the future location of our center of excellence for the insurance business,” CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis said in an e-mail.

CVS Health confirms that Aetna will stay in Hartford

Aetna won’t be bound for Manhattan after all now that the health insurance giant is planning to be acquired by CVS Health.

Chef Robert Linton of Bar Mezzana prepared pasta tagliolini with crab, Meyer lemon, and chili for delivery by Caviar, which works only with higher-end restaurants.

You may love high-end restaurant delivery — but the chefs kind of hate it

In a competitive dining scene, more upscale restaurants are now offering delivery straight to your door.

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Passively scrolling through social media can make you feel bad. The social media giant whose platform has become a daily addiction for hundreds of millions of people sheds light on both sides of the issue a blog post Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Facebook wants feeds to be more ‘meaningful’

There will be fewer posts from brands, pages and media companies and more from people.

The Kuvée system includes a digital display instead of a paper label, a special valve that keeps oxygen away from the wine, and a Wi-Fi connection that allows you to reorder a vintage with a quick touch.

SCOTT KIRSNER | INNOVATION ECONOMY

These startups want to change your wine-drinking habits

But so far, their high-tech preservation systems have been a hard sell.

Inventories of the heating fuel tumbled by 359 billion cubic feet last week, topping the previous record decline of 288 billion four years ago, government data showed.

America’s gas stockpiles drop most on record after polar blast

The “bomb cyclone” that left the eastern United States shivering last week led to the biggest drop ever recorded for natural gas stockpiles.

Timing of $24 million stock sale by Intel CEO draws fire

Two US lawmakers are calling for an investigation into whether Intel’s CEO improperly sold company stock after learning of a serious security flaw in the tech giants’ microchips but before it was publicly disclosed.

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Joann Joseph, an e-commerce assistant manager, searches for an item at Walmart in Turnersville, N.J., in July.

Walmart to raise starting hourly wage to $11, offer paid parental leave

Walmart to raise starting hourly wage to $11, offer paid parental leave.

 A patient’s window at a recovery center in Youngstown, Ohio.

Trump administration halts ‘evidence-based’ program that evaluates behavioral health therapies

The Trump administration has abruptly halted work on a highly regarded program to help separate effective “evidence-based” treatments for substance abuse and behavioral health problems from worthless interventions.

Philips NV said it will lease about two-thirds of a 430,000-square-foot office and lab building at Cambridge Crossing for about 2,000 employees.

Philips to move company headquarters from Andover to Cambridge

The health care tech giant says about 2,000 employees will work in the new building by 2020.

US stocks return to setting records after one wobbly day

The stock market brushed aside its first wobble of the year and got back to setting records on Thursday.

An electronic advertisement for DraftKings hung on the side of Madison Square Garden in New York.

DraftKings plans hundreds of new hires, move to Back Bay

The daily fantasy sports provider will bring its Boston work force to more than 600.

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Walmart is closing more than 60 Sam’s Club stores

A call to the Sam’s Club in Worcester was met with a pre-recorded greeting that said the local store was closed on Thursday, but would reopen Friday.

You might soon be able to throw axes while drinking a beer in Somerville

If you ever wanted to throw an ax at a big wooden target while drinking a nice, cold beer, then you could soon have your wish.

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Brown University to challenge Partners’ merger with R.I. hospitals

The announcement adds an unexpected wrinkle to efforts by Partners HealthCare of Boston to acquire Care New England Health System of Providence.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MAURITZ ANTIN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9306344c) (FILE) - The signage of MoneyGram International office in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 27 January 2017. Reports on 03 January 2018 state the sale of MoneyGram International to Chinese Alibaba's digital payment service Ant Financial has been blocked by US government. According to reports, the US authority Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) voiced doubts about the security of data of US citizens. MoneyGram shares lost 8.4 per cent in value following the collapse of sale. US authorities block sale of MoneyGram International to Alibaba, Frankfurt, Germany - 27 Jan 2017

MoneyGram shares jump after company says it’ll test Ripple’s digital coins

MoneyGram climbed the most in 10 months after saying it was working with blockchain startup Ripple to test the use of its digital currency to move funds.

Apple phones dating as far back as the 2014 iPhone 6 are entitled to a new battery for $29 .

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Will Apple’s battery bombshell drain smartphone sales?

Remember when people lined up at Apple stores for new iPhones? These days, the crowds are back, but to get their their used phones a new lease on life.

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Walmart is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour.

Walmart raises starting wages, handing out $1,000 bonuses

Walmart is boosting its starting salary for US workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its parental leave benefits.

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Amazon is seeking up to 1 million square feet in Boston

Amazon is on the hunt for as much as one million square feet of Boston office space. Could it be part of the company’s search for a site for its second headquarters?

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, with (from left), Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corp. president, and Masamichi Kogai, Mazda Motor Corp. president and CEO, at a press conference, Wednesday, where the plans to build a $1.6 billion plant in Huntsville was announced.

New Toyota-Mazda plant will bring 4,000 jobs to Alabama

Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda on Wednesday announced plans to build a $1.6 billion joint-venture plant in Alabama.

Akamai helps customers better deliver online content over the Internet, from video to software downloads.

Cambridge’s Akamai reportedly considering sale

Akamai Technologies Inc., under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp., is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale, people familiar with the matter said.

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange used a baseball cap to mark the reaching of a milestone on Jan. 4.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

Should we be worried that stocks are headed for a crash?

The stock market has always crashed after reaching the kinds of highs we’re currently seeing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to happen this time.

FILE-- Cannabis at Harborside, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 20, 2016. The Trump administration on Jan. 4, 2018, will free federal prosecutors to more aggressively enforce marijuana laws, effectively threatening to undermine the legalization movement that has spread to six states, most recently California. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Study: Legal marijuana could generate more than $132b in federal tax revenue

Legalizing marijuana nationwide would also create more than a million new jobs in the next decade, according to a new study.

Trump administration opts for speed over accuracy in implementing new tax law

The Trump administration is pushing American businesses to withhold fewer taxes from paychecks by February, aiming to quickly deliver the boost in take-home pay that Republicans promised their tax law would bring.

Brexit Secretary David Davis co-authored an op-ed for Wednesday’s edition of German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that stated ‘‘the economic partnership should cover the length and breadth of our economies including the service industries — and financial services.’’

Britain presses Germany for Brexit financial services deal

Two senior British officials urged Germany on Wednesday to support a post-Brexit deal that protects the important financial services sector and doesn’t hamper trade with unnecessary red tape.

Unusually strong start for stocks in 2018 stalls after interest rates rise

It was the first hiccup for a market that had climbed six straight days to start the year.

The Washington Post suspended reporter Joel Achenbach on Wednesday for what it called ‘‘inappropriate workplace conduct’’ involving current and former female colleagues.

Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach suspended for ‘inappropriate’ conduct

The paper’s top news managers declined to describe Achenbach’s misconduct in detail and said the investigation into his behavior took two months.

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Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

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Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.