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  • Illinois Amtrak train hits 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:08 PM ET

    JOLIET, Ill.-- An Amtrak passenger train has reached a speed of 110 mph for the first time in Illinois. The five-car, two-locomotive train zipped through the central Illinois countryside, hitting its high speed between the towns of Dwight and Pontiac.

  • Mass. casino application process begins Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    BOSTON-- What promises to be a lengthy vetting process for would-be Massachusetts casino developers has officially begun.

  • Go big or go home: Jason Aldean sets stadium shows Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:50 AM ET

    The hard-rocking country music star made a whirlwind run around the eastern U.S. on Thursday, announcing shows at Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago's Wrigley Field and on the University of Georgia campus in the space of 12 hours. Aldean will make the first appearance by a country music performer at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

  • Ill. Amtrak train set to hit 110 mph in test run Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 7:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- In a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision, test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph Friday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Illinois Gov.

  • Fund manager: Plenty of reason to be cautious now Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 5:07 PM ET

    BOSTON-- The Appleseed Fund is unusual, and not just because of its strict socially-responsible investing mandate. One reason Morningstar analysts give the fund a bronze-medal rating is its nearly 7 percent average annualized return over five years, a period that includes the 2008 stock market meltdown.

  • Eaton Vance raises quarterly dividend Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 3:58 PM ET

    BOSTON-- Investment manager Eaton Vance Corp. said Thursday that its board of directors approved a 5.3 percent increase to its quarterly dividend. The company will pay 20 cents per share to shareholders on Nov. 14 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 31. Eaton Vance shares rose 5 cents to $29.19 in afternoon trading.

  • Restaurant cell phone distractions still irritate Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- The digital divide is wider than ever between diners who talk, tweet and snap pictures mid-meal and those who wish they'd just shut up, shut down and be present. "There's no place to get away from the chatter," said Julie Liberty of Miami, who started the Facebook page "Ban Cell Phones From Restaurants" earlier this year. "

  • GOP's Sen. Brown sorry for remark on Warren ad Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:16 PM ET

    Scott Brown is apologizing for suggesting Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren used paid actors in political ads defending her legal work in an asbestos lawsuit. The Taunton Daily Gazette reported that Brown was asked how Warren got family members of asbestos victims to appear in her ads.

  • Mass. gains jobs, but unemployment rate higher Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:14 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Massachusetts gained an estimated 5,100 jobs in September even as the state's unemployment rate crept up two-tenths of a point to 6.5 percent, officials said Thursday. Massachusetts remains below the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 7.8 percent in September.

  • Audit: MassHealth program must tighten oversight Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump is urging the state to tighten up oversight of its MassHealth program.

  • Ukrainian man accused of disturbing Delta flight Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:45 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY-- A Ukrainian man, hung over from a 50- day drinking binge, said he believed the wing of the airplane was on fire when he disrupted a Salt Lake City- bound Delta Air Lines flight and had to be wrestled to the floor by passengers, authorities allege in a criminal complaint.

  • 'Forbidden Broadway' extends its run until April Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:40 AM ET

    John Freedson, a producer of the off- Broadway musical revue that hilariously tweaks Broadway shows and stars, said Wednesday that its run will be extended through April 28.

  • 'Binders full of women' effort predated Romney Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 8:38 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Members of a coalition of Massachusetts women's groups on Wednesday disputed Mitt Romney's assertion that he requested the names of potential female candidates for high-level, state positions when he was elected governor.

  • Stolen art can be burden without connections Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:34 AM ET

    PARIS-- The burglars dashed out the back door with seven masterworks, then sped on screeching tires into the night. If the thieves who robbed Rotterdam's Kunsthal exhibition this week don't have a plan, the stolen art could quickly become a burden.

  • Jason Aldean makes surprise announcement in Boston Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:29 AM ET

    BOSTON-- Jason Aldean will be making history at one of baseball's most historic sites. Aldean will be the first country music star to play a concert at Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox.

  • Utility to help preserve open space in Connecticut Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:27 AM ET

    ENFIELD, Conn.-- Northeast Utilities says it is setting aside nearly 1,000 acres in a land trust to help preserve open space in Connecticut. The Hartford- based parent company of Connecticut Light& Power announced Thursday that the land trust will include 723 acres in Sharon, 188 acres on the Connecticut River in Enfield, 57 acres in Newtown and 13 acres in Waterford.

  • Armstrong out as Livestrong head, loses sponsors Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 6:17 PM ET

    Armstrong was dumped by Nike, Anheuser-Busch and other sponsors, and he gave up the top spot at Livestrong, his beloved cancer-fighting charity, a week after an anti-doping agency released evidence of drug use by the seven-time Tour de France winner.

  • Surge in US home construction could lift economy Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 5:33 PM ET

    U.S. home construction is making a comeback that could invigorate the economy's still-weak recovery. Builders last month started construction on single-family houses and apartments at the fastest rate in more than four years, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

  • Satcon files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 1:19 PM ET

    BOSTON-- Satcon Technology Corp. on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following years of financial struggles and a severe downturn in the solar power industry.

  • Study: Multivitamins may lower cancer risk in men Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:33 AM ET

    Ernest Hawk, vice president of cancer prevention at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and formerly of the National Cancer Institute. Hawk reviewed the study for the American Association for Cancer Research, which is meeting in Anaheim, Calif., where the study was to be presented on Wednesday.

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