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  • Boston, several suburbs see major population growth Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    The U.S. Census Bureau in estimates released this week said Boston and four of its immediate suburbs added the most new residents from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014. Boston gained nearly 6,000 new residents, with Cambridge, Everett, Watertown and Chelsea closing out the top five. The greater Boston population has been growing in the past five years, said Susan Strate,...

  • BOSTON— Passengers on a cruise ship that ran aground on a reef near Bermuda during a seven-day vacation shrugged their shoulders and said the mishap was no big deal as they disembarked Friday. "It was really nothing... and we got another day in Bermuda. Fran Kinsall, of New London, Connecticut, was calmed by her husband's Navy experience.

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. They were joined by 49 of 54...

  • IRETON, IOWA/ CHICAGO, May 21- Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show. In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters reporter found procedures at...

  • U.S. Senate Democrats press for Amtrak funding increase Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 4:44 PM ET

    One day after an Amtrak train derailed on May 12 near Philadelphia, killing eight passengers, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee approved a $1.14 billion Amtrak budget, a $252 million cut from fiscal 2015.. "Philadelphia was preventable and it was predictable," Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said at a news conference.

  • Connecticut casino bill now faces uncertain path Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Legislation creating a two-step process for possibly opening a new tribal casino in Connecticut faces a vote in the state House of Representatives, but the level of support in that chamber remains unclear. House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said Thursday that the majority Democrats, who control the House, have not taken any preliminary vote counts...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican senators advanced legislation Thursday that would ease rules on smaller banks and other requirements of the landmark law reining in Wall Street and the financial industry after the 2008 crisis. But it received no support from Democrats, making its chances of Senate passage slim. Now tables have been turned by last November's...

  • IRETON, IOWA/ CHICAGO, May 21- Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show. In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters reporter found procedures at...

  • Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama on Thursday moved closer to winning the power to speed trade deals through the U.S. Congress when the Senate advanced legislation important to his Asian trade push. The TPP is part of Obama's so-called pivot to Asia, a strategy to counter China's rising economic and diplomatic clout in Asia. Thirteen of 44 Democrats...

  • *Weekly jobless claims rise 10,000. *Four-week average of claims at new 15- year low. WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. economy was on a modest growth path early in the second quarter with home resales falling in April and manufacturing activity on the backfoot in May, although the labor market continued to tighten.

  • Amtrak says the system will be ready by year's end throughout the Northeast Corridor, which stretches from Boston to Washington, with the exception of some track owned by commuter railroads in New York. Democrats want Congress to give Amtrak the entire $2 billion in subsidies the railroad requested for the budget year that starts Oct. 1. They say GOP lawmakers...

  • May 21- Biotech firm Bluebird Bio Inc said its experimental gene therapy continued to exhibit a positive effect in an ongoing early-stage study of patients with rare types of blood disorders. The product, LentiGlobin, is being tested in patients with beta-thalassemia major and those with severe sickle cell disease, two hereditary conditions.

  • *Senate vote xx to xx shows solid/weak support base. Washington, May 21- President Barack Obama's signature Asian trade push cleared another hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Thursday after a knife-edge vote moved the White House closer to gaining the power to speed trade deals through Congress. Thirteen of 44 Democrats supported the legislation through the second...

  • Boston expands lawsuit against state gambling commission Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:33 AM ET

    BOSTON— An amended lawsuit filed by the city of Boston is asking a judge to bar the current Massachusetts gaming regulators from any future action on the $1.7 billion casino proposed for neighboring Everett. Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday the city amended its complaint that challenges the Massachusetts Gaming Commission's decision to award Wynn...

  • Felix Rappaport, president and chief executive officer of Foxwoods, said the 315,000- square-foot Tanger Outlets with 80 stores is intended to attract visitors who don't necessarily play the slot machines or work the poker tables. Foxwoods, which is promoting the Tanger Outlets with weekend activities that include a tightrope walk 80 feet up by Nik Wallenda,...

  • Massachusetts unemployment rate falls to 4.7 percent Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    BOSTON— Massachusetts gained jobs for an eighth consecutive month in April while the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.7 percent, the state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday. The Massachusetts rate has dropped for seven consecutive months and is more than full point lower than in April 2014, when it stood at 5.8 percent.

  • Instead, researchers from the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice found those costs are sometimes covered by other county agencies or general funds, adding to the true costs of incarceration. The New York City Department of Correction, which runs the nation's second-largest jail system with about 11,000 average daily inmates, has a $1.1 billion budget.

  • BOSTON/ LOS ANGELES, May 20- Four U.S. public pension fund officials on Wednesday warned that McDonald's Corp and other companies may be jeopardizing their own futures by returning excessive amounts of cash to investors via share buybacks. The statement by the fund officials marks the first time in which some of the nation's biggest institutional investors...

  • BOSTON/ LOS ANGELES, May 20- Four U.S. public pension fund officials on Wednesday warned that McDonald's Corp and other companies may be jeopardizing their own futures by returning excessive amounts of cash to investors via share buybacks. The statement by the fund officials marks the first time in which some of the nation's biggest institutional investors...

  • *April FOMC minutes support view June rate hike unlikely Greece debt concerns spurred earlier safety bids for bonds. *Nearly $40 bln corporate bonds sold so far this week- IFR. NEW YORK, May 20- U.S.