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  • NEW YORK, July 31- A long-predicted dollar rally appears at last to be taking hold, with the greenback ending July with its best monthly performance in 17 months and investors positioning for the first post-crisis U.S. interest rate increase.

  • *Investors fret over Argentina default fallout, Russia tensions. *Exxon, Whole Foods both fall after results.

  • BOSTON, July 31- USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday.

  • In a note on the nonprofit's website, Tor Project leader Roger Dingledine said the service had identified computers on its network that had been quietly altering Tor traffic for five months in an attempt to unmask users connecting to what are known as "hidden services."

  • Mass. economy outpaced US in 2nd quarter Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:04 PM ET

    BOSTON— A new report says the Massachusetts economy grew at a solid clip in the second quarter of 2014, rebounding from a weak first quarter. That would outpace the national economy, which according to the U.S. Commerce Department expanded at a 4 percent annual rate in the quarter.

  • Review: 3Doodler is fun but quirky '3-D pen' Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:54 PM ET

    NEW YORK— 3- D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3- D object out of plastic. The $99 3 Doodler, made by Boston- based startup Wobbleworks, is a fat pen not unlike a hot glue gun.

  • Correction: Debt Study story Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a story July 29 about consumer debt reported to collection agencies, The Associated Press erroneously indicated that 80 percent of Americans have no debt on file. The study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute found that 20 percent of Americans with credit records have no debt on file.

  • Boston protesters rally against gas pipeline Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    BOSTON— Opponents of expanding a natural gas pipeline through northwestern Massachusetts rallied on Boston Common on Wednesday, asking Gov.

  • Internet privacy service Tor warns users it was attacked Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    BOSTON, July 30, Reuters- Tor, the Internet privacy protecting service, said on Wednesday it discovered a compromise on its network that indicated somebody was trying to monitor the activity of its users.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 29- Several hours of negotiations between Argentine officials and holdout investors ended without a resolution, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said in New York on Tuesday, just a day before the nation faces a possible default. If a deal is not reached, Argentina faces another default on its sovereign obligations.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 29- Several hours of negotiations between Argentine officials and holdout investors ended without a resolution, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said in New York on Tuesday, just a day before the nation faces a possible default.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 29- Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof unexpectedly arrived in New York on Tuesday to join last-minute debt negotiations with "holdout" investors in a bid to avert a default.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 29- Holders of Argentina's euro-denominated exchange bonds urged a U.S. judge on Tuesday to suspend a debt ruling in favor of holdout investors suing the country that risks toppling Latin America's No. 3 economy into default. Argentina has until the end of Wednesday to either fulfill a ruling by U.S.

  • Vertex Pharma posts bigger 2Q loss Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    BOSTON— Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Tuesday reported a wider loss in its second quarter, and beat analysts' expectations. The Boston- based company posted a loss of $159.4 million, or 68 cents per share, compared with a loss of $57.2 million, or 26 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

  • RadioShack may run out of cash by Oct 2015 - Moody's Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    July 29- RadioShack Corp may run out of cash as early as October 2015, giving the struggling electronics retailer little time to turn around its business, a Moody's Investors Service report said.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 29- Argentine debt negotiators held talks in New York on Tuesday with the U.S. mediator in the South American country's battle with holdout investors, in a last-ditch attempt to avert a default.

  • Mass. home prices rise, sales down slightly Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    BOSTON— A real estate group says prices for single-family homes rose again last month in Massachusetts even as sales fell off slightly compared to a year ago. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported Tuesday that the median price for a single-family home was $365,000 in June, compared to $351,000 in June 2013, a 4 percent increase.

  • US whale watching boat stranded overnight at sea Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    Boston Harbor Cruises, which operates the whale watch, confirmed that the 83- foot Cetacea strayed into a restricted area, and the company said it was cooperating with a Coast Guard investigation.

  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

  • July 28- Online flash sale site Rue La La, which was formerly partly owned by eBay, is exploring a sale that could value the company at around $400 million, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Boston- based Rue La La, which has attracted interest from online shopping site Gilt Groupe, has hired JPMorgan Chase& Co to advise a potential sale, the people said.