Phone tax surprises many buyers

As more people buy pricey smartphones, an obscure state tax directive created at the beginning of the wireless market is getting a lot more attention. Romney foes lean hard on Bain cuts

Mitt Romney’s rivals redoubled their efforts yesterday to cast him as a heartless executive, setting off alarms in conservative circles.

Innovation Economy

PayPal in talks to expand Boston office

PayPal representatives will make another trip to Beacon Hill next week to discuss adding “several hundred people” to their North End office, an executive said.

MGM Resorts announces Brimfield casino plan

The company has signed a contract to purchase 150 acres of land in the western Mass. town for a “world-class resort” that would generate 3,000 jobs, an executive said.

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Tech Lab

Coming soon: TVs that take voice commands

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, software makers and electronics firms showed off products that will bring speech and motion control to millions of TV viewers.

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Former president Wilson not overpaid, UMass board says

A committee concluded yesterday that the $425,000 salary for Jack Wilson while he is on sabbatical is appropriate.

Gardner shows off its graceful update

When leaders of the 109-year-old Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum unveiled its $114 million addition yesterday, they did so with an eye toward the past.

“I am proud of all of our Republican candidates. But we have a real problem when we have Republicans talking like Democrats against the free market.”

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley 


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Ornate Back Bay pews are reborn in Haiti

Contractors building a new hospital in Haiti installed an uncommon gift that promises a touch of grace to a people still coping with overwhelming tragedy.


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Germany, too, may be nearing recession

Germany’s economy slipped into reverse in the last quarter of 2011 despite strong growth of 3 percent for the full year, the country’s Federal Statistics Office said yesterday.


Political Notebook

Santorum moves up to fourth, Gingrich drops to fifth in N.H.

The final tally in the New Hampshire primary showed Rick Santorum clinched fourth place and Newt Gingrich took fifth, according to the New Hampshire secretary of state.

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta

Panetta: Marines urinating on dead Taliban ‘deplorable’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today condemned as ‘‘utterly deplorable’’ a video that purports to depict four US Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters.


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Tim Tebow stretched during practice yesterday.

Tim Tebow’s uniqueness will challenge Patriots

Built like a fullback, shifty, a load to bring down, Tebow has a skill set that doesn’t resemble any other NFL QB. Luckily, the Patriots are dealing from a position of strength.