Regulators approve NStar merger with Northeast Utilities

The merger will create New England’s largest utility and likely give the new company more influence over regional energy and environmental policies.

Opponents of the proposed MBTA fare increases wore signs at a board meeting at the State Transportation Building.

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MBTA board votes to raise fares, cut service

Dozens of people voiced their displeasure, but the MBTA board voted to raise most fares and institute modest service cuts starting July 1.

// Cahill: Running lottery ads ‘was the right thing to do’

Former state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill pleaded not guilty today, expressing confidence that his corruption case will end with “my name being cleared and my reputation being restored.”

Michelle Smith, a designer for Milly, and Craig Reingold, president of Sperry, at a party in February celebrating their collaboration.

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How Sperry got its groove back

After the preppy heyday of the 1980s, the Top-Sider, made by Lexington-based Sperry, became decidedly uncool. Now, a new generation has discovered the brand and made it hip again.

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett put pressure on Spurs forward Tim Duncan in the first quarter at TD Garden.

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Celtics come up short

Paul Pierce’s jumper hit the rim on the game’s final play, giving the Spurs the win after the Celtics had come back from a 17-point first-half deficit.

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// Nokia Lumia 900: The ultimate Windows phone?

The sleek, high-performance Lumia is a worthy rival to the more costly iPhone from Apple and the horde of high-end phones running Google’s Android software.

Researchers explore gene mutations tied to autism

Three new studies look at gene mutations in egg and sperm cells that become more frequent in children as parents age.

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Former editor of BU newspaper says she’s learned from mistake

Chelsea Diana, who quit after publishing a controversial April Fool’s edition of the student newspaper, says the experience will make her a better journalist.


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Yahoo cutting 2,000 jobs

The largest US Web portal is eliminating about 14 percent of its workforce, a step that will create a “smaller, nimbler, more profitable” company, Yahoo’s CEO said.

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