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  • Vermont regulator, FairPoint agree to repair plans Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Department of Public Service said Friday that FairPoint Communications has agreed to take steps to ensure timely repairs for those without phone service while a workers' strike continues in northern New England. The department said it has received more than 700 complaints about FairPoint's service since more than 1,700 workers...

  • Striking FairPoint workers rally in New Hampshire Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Two hundred FairPoint Communications workers promised on Friday to remain on strike until company officials return to the bargaining table, even as the 10- week-old strike begins to take a personal and financial toll on the workers and their families. FairPoint's 1,700 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont began striking in October...

  • DAVENPORT, Iowa, Dec 18- Life-long Republican Bob Shelley neatly folds his newspaper and uses it as a coaster, placing his coffee mug over a photo of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who just announced he will explore a bid for the White House in 2016.. In Iowa, which holds the first presidential nominating contest in early 2016, voters are used to hearing out...

  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    KITTERY, Maine— Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring more than 700 workers to deal with an increase in work as the Navy aims to reduce maintenance delays, particularly on nuclear submarines, officials say. The Navy is also hiring at its three other public shipyards, with about 1,520 workers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, about 850 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and...

  • DAVENPORT, Iowa, Dec 18- Bob Shelley neatly folds his newspaper and uses it as a coaster for his coffee mug. By no coincidence, it covers the face of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who just announced he will explore a bid for the White House in 2016.. Carol Crain, a volunteer at the Scott County Republican headquarters in downtown Davenport, says Republicans "are...

  • Temporary tax breaks _ which ones affect you? Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:23 PM ET

    Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a bill extending more than 50 expired tax breaks through the end of 2014. They include:. —A tax credit for the production of wind, solar and other renewable energy. Nine states have no tax on wages: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

  • Dec 15- GT Advanced Technologies Inc altered its settlement with former partner Apple Inc to produce more near-term cash to support its emergence from bankruptcy, a lawyer for the sapphire maker told a court on Monday. The new terms should be worth $50 million more than the original settlement, according to an attorney for GT noteholders, providing financing...

  • Market Basket deal completed, ending family feud Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:55 PM ET

    TEWKSBURY, Mass.— A New England supermarket chain chief executive who was ousted earlier this year but returned after a worker revolt has completed an ownership deal that ends a family feud over control of the company. Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and his family announced Friday that they completed the purchase of the 50.5 percent of the company that was...

  • Shumlin: Time to resolve FairPoint strike, outages Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    A FairPoint Communications spokeswoman and a union leader responded with a fresh round of recriminations. It came two weeks after a Nov. 28 outage in which Vermont's 911 emergency calling system was out of service for large parts of the state due to problems on FairPoint's network. Shumlin said he would urge the unions representing FairPoint workers, the...

  • Christmas tree shopping: Cost vs. convenience Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:17 AM ET

    In one camp are thrifty folks paying as little as $5 for trees they harvest themselves from national forests. New Hampshire offers both options: the U.S. Forest Service provides permits for cut-your-own Christmas trees in the 800,000- acre White Mountain National Forest, while several of the state's farms ship trees all over the country.

  • National Grid joins proposal for cable in Maine Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300- mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Utility giant National Grid is partnering with a company that specializes in underwater cable projects in an alliance seeking to build a 300- mile cable to bring Canadian hydropower and Maine wind power to Greater Boston to help meet the energy needs of power-hungry southern New England, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • Northeast dealing with heavy rains, snow, wind Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 1:39 AM ET

    The storm made for a slippery Tuesday morning commute in parts of Massachusetts, where state police responded to numerous crashes and spinouts caused by icy roads, some involving their own cruisers. At least 2 inches of rain is forecast for southern New England, where flood advisories are in effect in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

  • Early shoppers queue up, analysts see stellar deals Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 1:14 AM ET
    A customer shops for TV deals on Black Friday at Kmart in Griffith Indiana.

    Economists are closely watching whether retailers can entice shoppers to spend during what retailers consider the biggest shopping weekend of the year, the NYT reports.

  • Safran opens composites plant for LEAP jet engine Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:54 AM ET

    COMMERCY, France, Nov 24- French President Francois Hollande on Monday inaugurated a $200 million Safran plant in eastern France designed to make carbon-composite parts for its new LEAP aircraft engine. LEAP is the latest engine produced by the CFM International joint venture between Safran and General Electric, and will power the next generation of Boeing...

  • Nov 19- Creditors of GT Advanced Technologies complained in a bankruptcy court filing that the sapphire company may have gotten too little in its proposed settlement with Apple Inc over legal claims stemming from a deal to supply sapphire screens. GT Advanced shocked investors by filing for bankruptcy in October in a case that was initially shrouded in...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- An influential group of U.S. lawmakers, including John McCain, in line to become the head of the Senate's powerful Armed Services Committee, on Thursday pledged to thwart the Pentagon's plans to retire the U.S. fleet of A-10 "Warthog" aircraft. The Pentagon, facing mandatory "sequestration" budget cuts, has sought to eliminate all of the...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 10- Saving for college can be tough, but many families do not tap a potentially generous resource: relatives and friends. "I think people can feel comfortable going out and saying they prefer gifts that are more meaningful," said Erin Condon, vice president of Upromise, a college savings and cash rewards program, run by Sallie Mae.

  • Nov 6- Genworth Financial Inc lost more than a third of its market value after the life and mortgage insurer said a turnaround in its long-term care business would take longer than expected and posted a surprise quarterly loss. Shares of Genworth, the largest long-term care insurer in the United States, fell as much as 38 percent, wiping out about $2.7 billion of...

  • NASHUA, New Hampshire, Nov 2- Long viewed as an ally by Wall Street, likely 2016 presidential contender Hillary Clinton has increasingly been taking banks and big business to task while on the campaign trail for Democrats across the country. It comes days before Tuesday's midterm elections and as Clinton ramps up her political activity ahead of a probable White...