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  • Hackers who said they were incensed by the film attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines and distributing unreleased films on the Internet. "Sony has no further release plans for the film," a Sony spokeswoman said on Wednesday when asked whether the movie would be released later in theaters or as video on demand.

  • 14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64 Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:07 AM ET

    The co-founders, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are accused of using expired ingredients and failing to follow standards for cleanliness at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, which is blamed for tainted steroids that caused the deadly outbreak. The most serious charges in the...

  • "If people think this is just to raise the flag, it's not going to last long," said Christopher Flensborg, Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, the Swedish bank that's the world's largest underwriter of green bonds. Green bonds used to come exclusively from AAA-rated organizations like the World Bank; the...

  • Massachusetts ride-share driver accused of rape Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:23 PM ET

    Authorities say 46- year-old Alejandro Done was arraigned Wednesday in Cambridge District Court. The Boston man pleaded not guilty to charges including rape and kidnapping. Investigators say Done picked up the woman in Boston on Dec. 6.

  • Hackers who said they were incensed by the film attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines, and now they have forced an apparently unprecedented change of plans for a major movie release. "Sony has no further release plans for the film," a Sony spokeswoman said when asked whether the movie would be released later in theaters or as...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 17- Sony Pictures on Wednesday pulled the theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," hours before a U.S. government source said investigators determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony over the film. Hackers attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines, and now have forced a...

  • Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:55 PM ET

    Last week, prosecutors in California, where Uber is based, filed a lawsuit alleging that the company exaggerates how comprehensive its driver background checks are. They do not, for example, require that drivers be fingerprinted— unlike drivers of regulated taxis in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Wednesday blog post did not mention the California lawsuit,...

  • Regal Cinemas and AMC Theaters were among the cinema chains announcing they will not show "The Interview" as planned on Dec. 25, citing security threats by hackers that breached Sony Corp's computers. The move is the clearest sign of the widening influence of the hackers who have also leaked Sony documents that drew global headlines, and now have forced a change of...

  • *FOMC stresses patience in normalizing interest rates. *Yellen sees boost for U.S. from oil drop, downplays risk. NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S.

  • WASHINGTON/ BOSTON, Dec 17- Government investigators fear the hackers behind the unprecedented attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may never be caught if they are under the protection of North Korea, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The law enforcement official, who declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing, said authorities will require...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St adds to gains as Fed upbeat on economy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. stocks extended gains on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve gave a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, suggesting confidence in the U.S. economy. "It's pretty upbeat on the economy, and that's what the stock market is reacting to," said John Canally, investment strategist and economist at LPL Financial...

  • WASHINGTON/ BOSTON, Dec 17- Government investigators fear the hackers behind the unprecedented attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may never be caught if they are under the protection of North Korea, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. A threat against theaters planning to show Sony Corp's controversial movie about the assassination of the leader of North Korea...

  • Massachusetts couple sues Whole Foods, ranch Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    BOSTON— A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8- year-old son's death on the ground beef they bought at a Whole Foods Market have sued the supermarket chain and the ranch they say produced and processed the meat. Melissa and Andrew Kaye, of Braintree, said in their suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston that the grass-fed beef they bought at...

  • TREASURIES-U.S. bond yields flat ahead of Fed statement Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 17- U.S. Fed Chair Janet Yellen will hold a press conference half hour later. "They have set up the path for a rate hike unless something really goes awry," said Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist at Prudential Fixed Income in Newark, New Jersey.

  • 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Federal prosecutors leveled those allegations in bringing charges Wednesday against 14 former owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy in connection with a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people. The 2012 outbreak was traced to tainted drug injections manufactured by the now-closed New England Compounding Center of Framingham.

  • Recommended and rejected New York casino proposals Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:05 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York state has authorized up to four casino licenses to be divided among three regions: the Albany- Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid- Hudson River Valley. —Sterling Forest Resort, Orange County. Location: Tuxedo in Orange County, which applicant boasts is 35 miles from the George Washington Bridge.

  • Five Star reports 1Q loss Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    NEWTON, Mass. _ Five Star Quality Care Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $1.9 million in its second quarter. On a per-share basis, the Newton, Massachusetts- based company said it had a loss of 4 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores. The eight-member jury in U.S. District Court handed Apple a victory by rejecting a claim from attorneys for consumers and iPod...

  • INTERVIEW- Barney Frank on practically everything Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    Dec 16- Long a legislative lion for Democrats, Barney Frank retired from Congress two years ago. In Congress, he was the controversial Democratic leader on the House Financial Services Committee and was a co-sponsor of the eponymous 2010 Dodd-Frank act, which brought sweeping reform to the financial industry. REUTERS: What do you make of Congress last weekend...

  • CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— Bluebird Bio is capitalizing on a recent stock price spike with a public offering of more shares that it expects to raise over $211 million, most of which will go toward clinical research. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, company said Tuesday that it will price its offering of about 2.7 million shares at $85 each before underwriting discounts.