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  • Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. Alex Hobson, a spokeswoman for a Solar Energy industry group in Washington, D.C., declined to comment on the Long Island proposal,...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine's unemployment rate rose has crept upward to 3.7 percent in June. The state Department of Labor says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was up from 3.5 percent in May. Maine's unemployment rate was lower than the New England rate of 4.4 percent.

  • FAIRFIELD, Conn.— General Electric moved to a profit in its second quarter, bolstered by strong performances from its power, aviation and health care segments. That topped the 46 cents per share that analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected. General Electric Co. has been shedding its financial and capital units over the last few years in an effort...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— The state's Democratic legislative leaders announced Friday they have agreed on a new plan to fund transportation projects by boosting the state's gas tax and cutting other taxes, a proposal immediately criticized by Republican Gov. Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced the proposal a day after Christie...

  • STAMFORD, Conn.— Synchrony Financial on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $489 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 55 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.26 billion.

  • NEW BRITAIN, Conn. _ Stanley Black& Decker Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $271.5 million. Stanley Black& Decker expects full-year earnings to be $6.30 to $6.50 per share. Stanley Black& Decker shares have climbed nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased almost 6 percent.

  • Drawn from New York and Boston by good-paying jobs at the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods resorts, Chinese and other Asian immigrants have been buying homes, raising families and growing their own food in what had once been largely white communities along Connecticut's Thames River. I can even fish, " Xu Song Mu, a 62- year-old former Mohegan Sun worker who moved from...

  • BRIDGEPORT, Conn. _ People's United Financial Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $68.5 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 22 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $331.6 million.

  • SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's foray into the barbecue-loving Midwest has gone up in smoke with the closing of its year-old Chicago restaurant. The Syracuse- based chain of barbeque and live music joints told Chicago media outlets Wednesday that its eatery on the Windy City's North Side would close up for good that night. The closing of the Chicago...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— With a strike against the Trump Taj Mahal casino about to enter its fourth week and no end in sight, Atlantic City's main casino workers union turned up the heat Thursday, surrounding the massive gambling hall with hundreds of picketers, some traveling hundreds of miles to support the walkout. Picketers from unions in Baltimore, Washington, New...

  • July 20- Massachusetts will ban the sale of "copycat" assault-style weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. "The gun industry has openly defied our laws here in Massachusetts for nearly two decades. They have been used in massacres in Orlando, Florida; San Bernardino, California; Newtown,...

  • FARMINGTON, Conn. _ First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $3.6 million. The holding company for Farmington Bank posted revenue of $20.5 million in the period. Keywords: First Connecticut Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • STAMFORD, Conn. _ Hexcel Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $66.1 million. Hexcel expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.48 to $2.56 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.99 billion to $2.05 billion. Hexcel shares have fallen 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • STAMFORD, Conn. _ United Rentals Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $134 million. United Rentals expects full-year revenue in the range of $5.6 billion to $5.8 billion. United Rentals shares have declined nearly 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— The Maine Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan, against the recommendation of its staff and objections from environmentalists, to require utility ratepayers to help pay for expanded natural gas— if other New England states follow suit. Maine would participate only if four other New England states agree to similar plans.

  • WALLINGFORD, Conn. _ Amphenol Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $206.5 million. For the current quarter ending in October, Amphenol said it expects revenue in the range of $1.54 billion to $1.58 billion. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $1.58 billion.

  • WATERBURY, Conn. _ Webster Financial Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $50.6 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 52 cents per share. Webster Financial shares have decreased 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • GLASTONBURY, Conn. _ United Financial Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $9.1 million. The Glastonbury, Connecticut- based bank said it had earnings of 18 cents per share. The holding company for United Bank posted revenue of $48 million in the period.

  • GREENWICH, Conn. _ Interactive Brokers Group Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $27 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 35 cents per share. Interactive Brokers shares have fallen 14 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SS&C has also filed a similar lawsuit against another former employee, Richard Pullara, in federal court in Connecticut. In the two lawsuits, SS&C contends that the former employees emailed or made digital copies of confidential customer and product documents before they left work at SS&C's Chicago office, and that they used or intended to use the information...