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  • BOSTON— As Massachusetts has increased its reliance on solar, wind and other sources of renewable power over the past decade, companies specializing in alternative energy have begun flexing their political muscles on Beacon Hill. Veolia reported spending $183,400 on lobbying in 2014. It hadn't reported any spending on lobbying before 2011..

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— SpaceX still is trying to figure out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but is getting close to an answer, the company's chief executive said Tuesday. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station had just lifted off on June 28 when the accident occurred. Speaking Tuesday at a...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. July 7- SpaceX is still homing in on why its Falcon 9 rocket exploded after liftoff last week, unable to resolve conflicting data radioed back to the ground before the explosion, CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday. We take these missions incredibly seriously, "Musk said at a webcast International Space Station research and development conference in...

  • BOSTON/ LONDON, July 6- Jeff Feig, the co-chief investment officer of hedge fund Fortress Investment Group LLC's macro fund is leaving the company after less than a year, with Michael Novogratz becoming sole CIO, three sources with knowledge of the changes said. Feig, 48, joined Fortress less than a year ago from Citigroup Inc, where he was a foreign exchange...

  • BOSTON— The casino gambling industry is off and running with the recent opening of the Plainridge Park Casino in southeastern Massachusetts. Gambling revenues from the Plainville slots parlor are flowing daily into the state coffers, though the Massachusetts Gaming Commission cautions it's too early to say whether revenues will meet projections.

  • Things to know Massachusetts' state budget delay Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 11:22 AM ET

    July 1 came and went without a final agreement between the House and Senate on how Massachusetts should spend roughly $38 billion over the next 12 months. The governor wanted a two-week interim budget, but the Legislature gave him one that would cover the entire month of July if necessary, which was seen as a possible sign that talks were progressing slowly.

  • Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to American-made goods. Over a year after the announcement, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have still not purchased a...

  • BOSTON— The brutal winter had only a "transitory, and ultimately minor" effect on the state's overall economy, according to economists who said Thursday that Massachusetts is in many ways experiencing its strongest expansion since the late 1990 s. A series of winter storms from late January through early March pummeled Massachusetts with record snowfall.

  • Supreme Court ruling against a federal regulation aimed at cutting air pollution from power plants will limit growth for Cabot Corp and Calgon Carbon Corp, which make activated carbon used to curb mercury emissions. The tiny $80 million market for activated carbon could have shot up to $300 million- $350 million by 2017, analysts had said.

  • BOSTON— One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. "Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket" is being edited and is scheduled to be released in the fall, said director Jay Childs, a New Hampshire- based film maker who's been working on the project for two years. The documentary is about the...

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked protests and boycott threats earlier this year before being quickly revised, is...

  • National Transportation Safety Board investigator Doug Brazy said Tuesday that investigators found a hole in the engine's crankcase but don't know the cause. Joseph Richard Kalister, of Knoxville, Tennessee; his wife, Betty Kalister; and their teenage daughter, Nicole Kalister. The daughter had been scheduled to attend a new-student orientation at...

  • BOSTON— When a paid sick time requirement takes effect Wednesday, state officials say the focus will be on educating employers about the new law, not punishing any for noncompliance. Regulations drafted by Attorney General Maura Healey's office do not spell out penalties for employers who skirt the law. Civil enforcement would be possible through the state's...

  • US home prices climbing steadily Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit jumps in Denver and San Francisco. Prices in the Denver metro areas climbed 10.3 percent, while home values in San Francisco rose 10 percent. Values increased more than 7.5 percent in Dallas, Miami, Seattle and Tampa.

  • PITTSBURGH— An American Airlines operations manager who was among the few people to learn of the first 9/ 11 hijacking before the jet struck the World Trade Center has been arrested near Pittsburgh in an online child-sex sting. He was arrested Friday in Moon Township, about 13 miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh, and charged with criminal attempt to commit...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 26- Anxiety about Greece and uncertainty about the timing of higher U.S. interest rates may keep Wall Street on edge early next week, but one ray of hope for investors could be an unusually long streak of ambivalence on Main Street. "The market climbs a wall of worry and if there's some bearishness out there it means there's potential buying power...

  • Census data show commuters in the Providence- Warwick area who took public transportation in 2013 spent an average of 59.5 minutes commuting to work, compared to 57.7 minutes in the Las Vegas area, for instance, and 36 minutes in Rochester, New York. Public transit commutes in the Providence- Warwick area also were higher than the national average of 48.7 minutes,...

  • At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the return trip, Los Angeles' infamously snarled traffic often stretches their afternoon commute to three hours. "If we don't change, in 2045, the...

  • Total debt: Fiscal year 2015 debt service is $56 million, representing 6.6 percent of BART's operating budget. Funding sources: Fares, a 75 percent share of a half-cent sales tax in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and a dedicated property tax assessment in those counties. Age of system: The Chicago Transit Authority began full operations on Oct. 1,...