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  • Charlie Baker formally asked the federal government on Friday to declare a disaster in 10 Massachusetts counties after a relentless series of winter storms brought record snowfall and frigid temperatures, causing 25 deaths and costing the state and its cities and towns an estimated $400 million. The state is also asking Obama to issue a major disaster...

  • BOSTON— Outside political action committees raised and spent more on last year's race for governor than the candidates themselves, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance. More than half of the 2014 money— $11 million— went to help elect Republican Charlie Baker governor. Democratic candidate Martha Coakley...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Eighteen years, three governors and $567 million after a study was commissioned to come up with a way to improve public transportation in central Connecticut, a bus-only corridor is about to open, promising to overtake motorists sitting on traffic-clogged Interstate 84. Dannel P. Malloy, state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and...

  • BOSTON— A Lawrence financial and legal services firm and its owner accused of preying on vulnerable customers during the foreclosure crisis have been ordered by a judge to pay Massachusetts more than $1.9 million. Attorney General Maura Healey announced the judgment Thursday against Pinnacle Financial Consulting LLC and owner Robert Burton.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— The commissioner of Connecticut's Transportation Department is outlining priorities in the governor's 30- year plan to overhaul highways, bridges and rail lines. Commissioner James Redeker says the plan for railways includes upgrading Civil War-era tracks and ties and a bridge over the Connecticut River that he describes as the biggest...

  • Bankruptcy hearing could decide fate of RadioShack Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 3:07 PM ET

    RadioShack, based in Fort Worth, Texas, says an offer valued at about $160 million from hedge fund Standard General LP was the best bid submitted in an auction that began Monday in New York and was suddenly reconvened in Wilmington, Delaware after midnight Thursday, just hours before the court hearing. RadioShack's bankruptcy plan calls for Sprint, the No. 3 U.S....

  • AP Investigation: Is the fish you buy caught by slaves? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:12 AM ET

    BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • AP Investigation: Are slaves catching the fish you buy? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:37 AM ET

    BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish. Tainted fish can wind up in the supply chains of some of America's major grocery stores, such as Kroger, Albertsons and...

  • BENJINA, Indonesia— The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home. The men the AP interviewed on Benjina were mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma, one of the poorest countries in the world. They were brought to Indonesia through Thailand and forced to fish.

  • APNewsBreak: Massachusetts seeks disaster aid for snow Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 4:26 PM ET

    BOSTON— Massachusetts will seek a federal disaster declaration for the record-setting snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the state and piled up what state officials estimate to be $400 million in snow removal costs and other damage, Gov. As of March 15, Boston had received 108.6 inches of snow, topping a seasonal record of 107.9 inches that was set in 1995-96....

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— One-time billionaire and Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth owes almost $74 million in back taxes, penalties and interest in Montana, state revenue officials said Tuesday, after a tax board ruled that the real estate mogul diverted huge sums from the luxury resort for personal use. Revenue officials said the Washington state resident and...

  • WORCESTER, Mass., March 24- A hefty robot designed for search-and-rescue and a spindly four-legged rival that bounds along on hydraulic limbs will face off next month along with more than a dozen other entrants in the debut Vecna Robot Sprint Challenge outside Boston. "It's a fantastic trend; I'm all for it," said Massachusetts Institute of Technology associate...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Mass.— With confetti and fanfare, MGM officially broke ground Tuesday on an $800 million casino in western Massachusetts that represents the largest economic development project the region has seen in generations. MGM seeks to become Massachusetts' first resort casino as rivals in Connecticut and the Boston area are also trying to open casinos.

  • BOSTON— The nation's mayors are calling on Congress to increase transportation funding in order to keep roads and bridges in good repair. The call came Monday during a task force meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Congress needs to do more than just maintain existing funding for the bill, which he said has been...

  • BOSTON, March 23- Bank of America's Merrill Lynch brokerage unit agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine in Massachusetts to settle charges that it failed to follow its own compliance rules, the state's top securities regulator said on Monday. Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin accused Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner& Smith of failing to supervise employees...

  • US home sales rebound slightly in February Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Slightly more Americans bought homes in February, but tight inventories, affordability problems and nasty winter weather point to sluggish sales in the coming few months. Sales of existing homes rose 1.2 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.88 million, a slight rebound after plunging in January yet still underperforming...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US home sales Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 6:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The National Association of Realtors reports on February sales of existing homes Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern. Housing starts plunged 17 percent in February, the Commerce Department reported last week. Buyer traffic also slipped last month, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index.

  • March 20- Bank of America Corp joined a growing list of U.S. companies that are changing their corporate governance rules to make it easier for shareholders to nominate directors, after talks with pension funds. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees pension funds and has pushed for proxy access at other companies, said Bank of America made its...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, March 20- Rapid7, LogRythm and Mimecast are joining a growing list of cybersecurity firms planning to go public in 2015 to capitalize on investor interest following a spate of hacker attacks, according to people familiar with the matter. Shares of publicly traded cybersecurity firms have outperformed the market in recent months, as...