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  • GRANTS PASS, Ore.— Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks. Part of that was devoted to strengthening the Democratic majority in the state Senate, the key battleground.

  • Attorney Preet Bharara filed the petition late Friday asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its Dec. 10 decision to overturn the convictions of Anthony Chiasson and Todd Newman, saying that the ruling "threatens the effective enforcement of the securities laws." Chiasson co-founded Greenwich, Connecticut- based Level Global Investors.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy ordered a second round of spending cuts in two months on Friday, slicing $31.5 million more from the state's $20 billion budget as officials warned of "very tough choices" ahead. The move was aimed at closing a $31.6 million projected deficit this fiscal year that Connecticut's chief financial watchdog...

  • Connecticut governor announces $31.5M in budget cuts Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 4:23 PM ET

    Dannel P. Malloy on Friday announced $31.5 million in spending cuts, making a second round of reductions to address a projected budget deficit of more than $120 million. Malloy's budget director, Ben Barnes, said he might need to take further steps to keep the budget in balance. The new round of cuts includes $6 million expected from the Judicial Branch, $2.3...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Connecticut's population decreased slightly from July 2013 to July 2014 as about 26,000 more people moved out of state than moved in, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The overall population drop of 2,664 people during that period, which includes births, deaths and international migration, was the first time Connecticut's population...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bond yields dropped to record lows, a day after the European Central Bank said it would launch new stimulus in an effort to boost sagging regional growth and stave off deflation. "We're trading higher in sympathy with what's going on in Europe," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A Connecticut brewery will no longer use the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers following complaints that the marketing was offensive, a state lawmaker said Friday. The label on New England Brewing Co.' s Gandhi-Bot India pale ale has a cartoon image depicting a robot version of the late Indian leader, who favored prohibition.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. Treasury yields fell on Friday as European government bond yields fell to record lows, a day after the European Central Bank said it would launch new stimulus in an effort to boost sagging regional growth and stave off deflation. "We're trading higher in sympathy with what's going on in Europe," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- Joe and Debbie Valerio, a couple in their 60 s, put their Westport, Connecticut, home of more than 20 years on the market because it was getting too big for them. That set off a chain reaction allowing Peter and Leah Baiocco, a couple in their 30 s, the ability to trade up. After renting it out for nearly a year, the Baioccos' starter house in Fairfield,...

  • GE beats 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    FAIRFIELD, Conn.— General Electric Co. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.15 billion. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 55 cents per share. Analysts expected $42.4 billion, according to Zacks.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A state lawmaker is introducing legislation that would bar insurance companies from inquiring about or discriminating against a "bully breed" dog when issuing a homeowners' insurance policy in Connecticut. Brenda Kupchick of Fairfield said constituents have difficulty getting a policy if they own dogs such as pit bull-type terriers or...

  • Legendary women's footwear designer Vince Camuto, who co-founded shoe company Nine West Group, has died in Connecticut at age 78.. Camuto died Wednesday at his home in Greenwich, said Matthew Murphy, director of the Fred D. Knapp& Son Funeral Home, which is handling the arrangements. The designer is best known for co-founding Nine West Group in 1978. He served as...

  • Hexcel meets 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:36 PM ET

    STAMFORD, Conn. _ Hexcel Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $52.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 54 cents per share. Hexcel expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.26 to $2.38 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.9 billion to $2 billion.

  • Bill to leave cap-and-trade program sees little support Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— There was little public appetite at a hearing Thursday for a bill that would pull New Hampshire out of a multistate effort to reduce carbon emissions. New Hampshire is one of nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a system where each state sells carbon emission allowances to producers. New Hampshire gets about $18...

  • Webster Financial meets 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:54 AM ET

    WATERBURY, Conn. _ Webster Financial Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $51 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 53 cents per share. Webster Financial shares have declined 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • United Rentals tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    STAMFORD, Conn. _ United Rentals Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $194 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.07 per share. United Rentals expects full-year revenue in the range of $6 billion to $6.2 billion.

  • Newtown votes to raze home of gunman in school massacre Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:17 PM ET

    NEWTOWN, Conn.— Officials in Newtown voted Wednesday night to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived before he carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The vote by the Newtown Legislative Council approved a proposal by the board of selectmen to raze the 3,100- square-foot home and keep the land as open space. Inside the large yellow house...

  • Family of comedian killed in Wal-Mart crash settles claim Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The family of a comedian killed in a New Jersey Turnpike crash that seriously injured Tracy Morgan last summer has settled a wrongful-death claim with Wal-Mart. The out-of-court settlement between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the estate of James McNair is the first stemming from the June 7 crash, in which a Wal-Mart truck slammed into a limo van carrying...

  • United Tech appoints former Pratt chief to aerospace post Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:09 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— United Technologies Corp. has brought its former president of jet engine subsidiary Pratt& Whitney out of retirement and appointed him to a new aerospace business position. He retired from Pratt& Whitney in 2014 and previously was president of aerospace parts maker Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary that later became part of United...