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  • 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...

  • PARIS, March 20- Aircraft leasing company Amedeo may sign up two customers for the Airbus A380 this year, its chief executive told Reuters. Airbus and Amedeo declined comment on specific airlines. For the 20 new jets, it has a co-operation deal with Airbus making Amedeo an "extended marketing operation," Lapidus said.

  • PARIS, March 20- Aircraft leasing company Amedeo may sign up two customers for the Airbus A380 this year, its chief executive told Reuters. Airbus and Amedeo declined comment on specific airlines. For the 20 new jets, it has a co-operation deal with Airbus making Amedeo an "extended marketing operation," Lapidus said.

  • BOSTON— A Tony Award from the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music" has fetched a lot of do-re-mi at auction. Mary Martin's Tony for her role as Maria von Trapp in the 1959-60 staging of the beloved musical sold for $43,750. Boston- based RR Auction says the prize for the late actress' starring role was auctioned off Thursday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Atlantic City rejected by voters on new Monopoly games Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:10 PM ET

    Atlantic City is where the Monopoly board game began, but voters in a global contest to pick cities for new editions of the 80- year-old game have turned their attention elsewhere. According to results released Thursday— the 80th birthday of Monopoly— Atlantic City, whose streets provided the names for the game's squares when it was created in 1935, did not make...

  • The American Civil Liberties Union filed the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, asking a judge to force the Transportation Security Administration to divulge how it runs the programs and the results they have achieved since they began in 2003.. "What we know about SPOT suggests it's a waste of taxpayer money, leads to racial...

  • BOSTON— New Bedford is all-in as it vies for the state's final gambling license. Monday had been the most recent deadline, but the New Bedford and Somerset developers had appealed for more time. "We're ready to go in New Bedford."

  • New bugs uncovered in encryption software Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    BOSTON/ FRANKFURT, March 19- New bugs in the widely used encryption software known as OpenSSL were disclosed on Thursday, though experts say do not pose a serious threat like the "Heartbleed" vulnerability in the same technology that surfaced a year ago. There's been a week building up to this, "said Cris Thomas, a strategist with cybersecurity firm Tenable Network...

  • State unemployment rate fell in snowy February Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 9:46 AM ET

    BOSTON— The unemployment rate in Massachusetts dropped two-tenths of a point to stand below 5 percent in February, a month in which the region was clobbered with record snowfall, the state's labor office reported Thursday. The unemployment rate fell from 5.1 percent in January to 4.9 percent in February, marking the first time since March 2008— seven years ago—...

  • *Indexes up: Dow 1.3 pct, S&P 1.2 pct, Nasdaq 0.9 pct. NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve suggested a less aggressive timeline for raising interest rates even as it opened the door for the first hike in almost a decade. "By lowering its expectations for the pace at which rates will rise, it sent a clear signal that it is in no hurry to...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St surges as Fed statement offers relief Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 3:31 PM ET

    *Indexes up: Dow 1.3 pct, S&P 1.4 pct, Nasdaq 1.2 pct. NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve cut its expected pace of growth and inflation, suggesting a less aggressive timeline for raising interest rates even as it opened the door for the first rate hike in almost a decade. "By eliminating' patient' from its guidance it removed an...

  • BOSTON— A group pushing for a 2016 ballot question on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana is warning against imposing excessive taxation or fees on the sale of pot. Bay State Repeal on Wednesday released a statement saying it welcomes a bill filed by more than a dozen Massachusetts lawmakers that would allow marijuana to be taxed and regulated like...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St jumps as Fed statement relieves worries Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:36 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stocks climbed on Wednesday, reversing course as the Federal Reserve moved a step closer to its much-anticipated first rate hike since 2006 by removing "patient" from its language. "Some may have been fearing a more hawkish Fed, and that explains the rally we're seeing right now," said John Carey, portfolio manager at Pioneer Investment...

  • Stock markets rallied after the Fed statement, while the U.S. 10- year Treasury yield dipped below 2 percent for the first time since March 2 and the euro rose against the dollar on the more dovish forecasts that appeared to argue against a June move. "This was largely what was expected, though some may have been fearing a more hawkish Fed, and that explains the rally...

  • Google's moonshots, gender bias at South by Southwest Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    The head of Google's division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor. Some of Google's most secretive projects like Google Glass and driverless cars have come out of its five-year-old division, so attendees flooded in...

  • BOSTON— Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday filed proposed regulations that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, prohibit free product giveaways or sampling, and require the devices be kept out of the reach of customers at stores. Currently there is no state law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Massachusetts.

  • The widespread use of a combination of drugs that include Gilead Sciences Inc's Sovaldi, known generically as sofosbuvir, will nonetheless be a significant cost for the U.S. healthcare system, researchers wrote. Sovaldi's initial $84,000 price drew widespread criticism last year, and insurers have since pressed Gilead and rival AbbVie Inc to offer steep...