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  • Boston whale watching boat returns after stranding Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 AM ET

    BOSTON— Passengers on a whale watch boat are back on dry land after spending a long night stuck at sea outside Boston. The boat got snagged by a lobster trap rope about 15 miles off Massachusetts on Monday. Green says passengers will receive a refund on their $50 ticket, a $100 gift card for a future Boston Harbor Cruise and $500 cash for their troubles.

  • 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.

  • Gas prices down 4 cents in Massachusetts Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    BOSTON— Gas prices in Massachusetts have dropped another 4 cents in the past week. AAA Southern New England says the price for self-serve regular is currently averaging $3.58 cents per gallon and has fallen 12 cents in the past month. A year ago at this time, the average price was $3.71 per gallon in Massachusetts.

  • Fashion industry, retailers and the gender binary Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    NEW YORK— As a transgender woman who began her transition about a year ago, Kylie Jack is still figuring out her fashion style, but she wanted one thing right away: well-fitting bras. Friends recommended Petticoat Fair in Austin, Texas, where she lives.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 25- Amazon.com Inc's message to investors has always been clear: trust in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Some on Wall Street wonder if Amazon may have bitten off more than it can chew.

  • *Visa, Amazon decline as earnings disappoint. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday in a broad consumer discretionary-led selloff after Visa and Amazon, a pair of closely watched bellwether names, reported disappointing results.

  • *Amazon.com, Visa down after disappointing results. NEW YORK, July 25- Some disappointing U.S. earnings, including those of Amazon.com, and weak German economic data pressured world stock markets on Friday, while the euro clung to an eight-month low against the U.S. dollar.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls on Amazon, Visa results Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    *Visa and Amazon latest major names to disappoint. NEW YORK, July 25- U.S. stocks fell on Friday in a broad consumer discretionary-led selloff after Visa and Amazon, a pair of closely watched bellwether names, reported disappointing results.

  • LONDON, July 25- Foreign equity and bond investors who had tentatively ventured back into Russia after a huge early-2014 selloff are again slashing their holdings for fear of being caught in the crossfire of Western sanctions. Russia has fared worst among the big emerging equity markets this year, with dollar-based losses of 13 percent.

  • FOX LAKE, Ill., July 25- The news about deadly crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch, followed by wave upon wave of recalls, did not bode well for General Motors dealers earlier this year. It conjured visions of worried, frustrated drivers pouring onto lots like Raymond Chevrolet, outside of Chicago.

  • Correction: Housing-Clinging to Low Rates story Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a story July 11 about people who are hesitant to sell their homes and give up their ultra-low mortgage rates, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a rental index compiled by real estate data provider Zillow had risen 19 percent in the past year.

  • SPENCER, Mass., July 24- Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK July 24- Chase Carey, Twenty-First Century Fox's president and chief operating officer, may be feeling pressure to stay in his job for several more years both from his boss, Rupert Murdoch, and from the company Murdoch is trying to buy, Time Warner Inc.

  • The law known as Obamacare, President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, provides federally subsidized private coverage through new online insurance marketplaces and an expansion of Medicaid in 26 states and Washington, D.C..

  • Patrick reviews $1B convention center upgrade bill Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    Deval Patrick's desk on Wednesday a bill authorizing a $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

  • *Cairo stock market rise reflects optimism, challenges remain. CAIRO, July 23- Egypt's new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a head start on tackling the country's economic problems, managing to introduce long-awaited subsidy reform without stirring popular unrest.

  • HOUSTON, July 23- U.S. oil and gas company Apache Corp told Reuters it is looking at ways to wring more cash out of its valuable mineral rights, as it and other energy companies face investor pressure to tap more profits from the North American shale boom.

  • Task force collects $15.6M in unpaid wages, taxes Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:03 AM ET

    BOSTON— A multi-agency task force in Massachusetts charged with recovering money lost in the underground economy has collected more than $15.6 million. Massachusetts Labor Secretary Rachel Kaprielian said the money included unpaid wages, back taxes, unemployment insurance premiums, fines and penalties.

  • July 22- Detroit will head into the critical phase of its historic bankruptcy case next month with the backing of an overwhelming majority of its active and retired workers and with opposition from a small, hard-core group of hold-out creditors.