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  • Clarification: New England Energy story Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— In a story April 23 about energy policy, The Associated Press reported that five of New England' s six governors said they would work across the region while each state pursues individual projects. New England governors discuss ways to chop energy prices. HARTFORD, Conn.— New England' s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Health care spending is high and rising in New Hampshire, and the state should consider holding both providers and insurers accountable for improving quality and containing costs, consultants hired by the insurance department said Friday. "Every single stakeholder we talked to expressed concern about the rising cost of health care in New...

  • Actor Loren Anthony told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and eight others quit the production of the satirical Western "The Ridiculous Six" after producers ignored their concerns about its portrayal of Apache culture and the inappropriate use of props. "The Ridiculous Six" is produced by Sandler and Allen Covert and is slated for a Netflix- only release.

  • Unitil posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    HAMPTON, N.H. _ Unitil Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $13.6 million. On a per-share basis, the Hampton, New Hampshire- based company said it had net income of 98 cents. Unitil shares have fallen almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— New England' s governors agreed Thursday to a mix of regional and state actions to cut persistently high energy costs. "But if you're going to pursue an all-options approach on something like this, you need to do it on a collaborative basis, working with those who also rely on the same grid we rely on in Massachusetts." In one joint effort, Connecticut,...

  • Obama's trade agenda draws Republican support in House Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:21 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— House Republicans pushed White House- backed trade legislation toward committee approval on Thursday despite strong objections by Democrats demanding stronger labor and environmental standards as well as a ban on currency manipulation by Asian nations. With the GOP in the majority, there was no doubt the measure would clear the Ways and Means...

  • Hassan: Market may not exist for 2 New Hampshire casinos Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:43 PM ET

    Maggie Hassan on Wednesday questioned whether New Hampshire could sustain two casinos but didn't say if she would veto a two-casino bill currently making its way through the Legislature. Hassan, a Democrat, strongly supports authorizing one casino in New Hampshire as a means to generate new revenue. Hassan says the state is losing money when New Hampshire...

  • JAKARTA, April 22- Leaders of Asian and African nations called on Wednesday for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and leaves the "obsolete ideas" of Bretton Woods institutions in the past. It was not immediately clear if the remarks would satisfy China's desire for Japan to acknowledge its wartime past, but a Japanese official told...

  • WASHINGTON— Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a fierce opponent of the trade legislation, invoked a Senate scheduling rule to delay the committee's actions for hours.

  • House backs bill to boost energy efficiency Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 6:07 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a long-delayed bill to boost energy efficiency, sending the measure to the White House. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio, was widely popular in both parties, but was defeated last year after it became enmeshed in a partisan fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

  • BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 21- Maine Governor Paul LePage on Tuesday proposed amending the state's constitution to eliminate the income tax, telling lawmakers the strategy was the best way to make the tax cut he desires permanent. The proposal, opposed by Democrats who control the state House of Representatives, would insert language in the state's 195- year old...

  • New Hampshire Thrift posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 5:15 PM ET

    NEWPORT, N.H. _ New Hampshire Thrift Bancshares Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $2.3 million. The Newport, New Hampshire- based company said it had profit of 28 cents per share. The holding company for Lake Sunapee Bank posted revenue of $15 million in the period.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama hit back at fellow Democrats who oppose his trade initiatives Tuesday, saying they have their facts wrong on the eve of a key Senate vote. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass., Obama said: "I love Elizabeth. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters, "I'm not only no, I'm hell no" on Obama's bid for "fast-track" authority.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— A roster of residents from the economically distressed North Country took to the podium Tuesday at a public hearing to urge passage of a measure that could help an ambitious plan to redevelop the shuttered Balsams resort in Coos County. They see the promised restoration of one of the last grand hotels in the state as a lifeline that would create jobs...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— This winter's series of heavy snowfalls put a $9.2 million hurt on the state's annual snow removal budget and led to a raid on the fund that pays for road and bridge repair and maintenance, according to figures compiled by the Department of Transportation. It had budgeted $39.1 million and needed a transfer from the State Highway Fund to cover the...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine fishmonger Glen Libby made a disheartening discovery on Easter Sunday brunch— the cold water shrimp on the menu at a restaurant up the street from his fish market were from Canada, not the northeastern New England states. Canadian imports of the sweet, quarter-sized crustaceans are turning up more in American restaurants and seafood...

  • And some are striking a sympathetic tone with lower-income workers in a way that contrasts with four years ago when Mitt Romney struggled to overcome perceptions that he was largely the candidate of the wealthiest Americans. Then, Republican nominee Romney had the luxury of being able to hammer President Barack Obama with an unemployment rate of more than 8...

  • NASHUA, N.H.— Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in the 2016 presidential race. But to do so, Fiorina is taking a page from the gender politics playbook herself. Speaking of Clinton in an interview with The Associated Press, Fiorina said, "She wants to make it a gender-based...

  • NY comptroller approves Medicaid contract for Xerox Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 2:44 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York's comptroller on Friday approved a $565 million contract award to Xerox to redesign and operate the information management system for the state's Medicaid program. The comptroller's office said its review found insufficient grounds in the protests by Computer Sciences Corp. and Hewlett-Packard to overturn the award.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. She is hoping to build on the work of Women on 20 s, a national campaign pushing for new $20 bills by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. The current portrait of former President...