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  • BOSTON— More than 82,000 people have picked and paid for insurance plans through the state's Health Connector website since the start of the latest open enrollment period in mid-November. An additional 195,000 have been enrolled in MassHealth, the state's Medicaid program, during the same period. Charlie Baker announced he was extending through Jan. 28 the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- European stocks hit seven-year highs on Friday, continuing a rally ignited by the European Central Bank's plan for massive regional economic stimuli that also knocked the euro to fresh 11- year lows. Wall Street fell on soft corporate earnings news after the S&P 500 had rallied 1.5 percent on Thursday's $1 trillion bond-buying announcement...

  • Gov. Baker reassures municipal leaders on budget Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 11:49 AM ET

    Charlie Baker promised a gathering of hundreds of local officials on Friday that he would be a strong advocate for Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns, while offering reassurances that they will not have to shoulder the burden of state budget cuts. Baker told the Massachusetts Municipal Association that he had signed an executive order— his first since taking...

  • Children's TV activist Peggy Charren dies at 86 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    BOSTON— Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children's Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children's programming has died. Charren, who had vascular dementia, died Thursday in Massachusetts, Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel in Providence, Rhode Island, said in an obituary posted on its website. But the grassroots...

  • State Street tops 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:41 AM ET
    State Street Corp.'s headquarters stand in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

    State Street on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $544 million.

  • *UPS shares fall after outlook, Starbucks up on results. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stocks fell modestly on Friday, pressured by some disappointing results from major multinational companies which offset optimism triggered by the European Central Bank's recent decision to buy bonds and boost euro zone growth. United Parcel Service Inc gave a fourth-quarter...

  • *Uber applies for radio taxi license in New Delhi. NEW DELHI, Jan 23- Uber, the U.S.-based online taxi-hailing company, has restarted services in India's capital after a ban following rape allegations against one of its drivers, but a government official said the company remains blacklisted. Uber's app showed taxis available for booking in New Delhi on Friday.

  • 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,...

  • National Grid proposes transmission line project Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    PELHAM, N.H.— National Grid has presented a $520 million transmission line project to officials in Pelham, New Hampshire, saying it would be necessary to meet long-term energy needs in the southern part of the state and in the Greater Boston area. The Eagle Tribune reports National Grid says the proposal would extend from Tewskbury, Massachusetts, to Londonderry,...

  • Berkshire Partners, New Balance buying Rockport Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:45 AM ET

    BOSTON— Private equity firm Berkshire Partners and athletic shoe maker New Balance are buying The Rockport Co. from the Adidas Group. As part of the deal, New Balance affiliate Drydock Footwear LLC will join with The Rockport Co. to create The Rockport Group. Drydock founder and President Bob Infantino will serve as CEO of The Rockport Group once the...

  • State Street tops 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:45 AM ET

    BOSTON _ State Street Corp. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $544 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.26 per share. Analysts expected $2.67 billion, according to Zacks.

  • *Application follows tie-up in Korea, CEO job-creation promise. NEW DELHI, Jan 23- U.S. taxi-hailing app maker Uber Technologies Inc has restarted services in India's capital after a ban following rape allegations against one of its drivers, but a government official said the company remains blacklisted. The service restoration comes as Uber works to counter...

  • Lori Simons took the bright orange pill at 3 a.m. Eight hours later, doctors sliced into her brain, looking for signs that the drug was working. With special permission from the Food and Drug Administration and multiple drug companies, an Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before.

  • Independent Bank Corp. posts 4Q profit Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 5:10 PM ET

    ROCKLAND, Mass. _ Independent Bank Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $16 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 67 cents per share. Independent Bank Corp. shares have fallen slightly more than 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Skyworks beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    WOBURN, Mass. _ Skyworks Solutions Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $195.2 million. Analysts expected $774.2 million, according to Zacks. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.03.

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Boston's ageing pipeline network leaks about $90 million worth of natural gas each year, marking a sizeable financial loss and a threat to the environment, according to a study released on Thursday by Harvard researchers. "Some 2.7 percent of the gas that is brought to the Boston region never makes it to customers, it escapes into the atmosphere,"...

  • BOSTON— A Revere man who bought two lottery tickets at a Boston grocery shop to break a $100 bill so he could buy lunch ended up winning $10 million. Lottery officials announced Thursday that Richard Noll and his wife claimed the prize at lottery headquarters in Braintree earlier this week. Noll says he needed to break a $100 bill to get lunch at a sandwich shop and...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, Jan 22- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's crusade to win back investor confidence has entrusted policymakers with the tough mission of hiking interest rates while major central banks cut them, raising the prospect of another recession in Latin America's biggest economy. The move left the Brazilian central bank at odds with the...

  • Lori Simons took the bright orange pill at 3 a.m. Eight hours later, doctors sliced into her brain, looking for signs that the drug was working. With special permission from the Food and Drug Administration and multiple drug companies, an Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before.

  • US Sen. Warren to file bill targeting top drug companies Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:24 PM ET

    Elizabeth Warren is shifting her focus from Wall Street to the nation's top pharmaceutical companies. Warren's bill would require that whenever drug companies enter into a settlement with the government over alleged wrongdoing, they must pay a portion of their annual profits over five years to support research at the National Institutes of Health and the...