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  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play Saturday, 27 Dec 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— One group of potential candidates for president probably won't be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Snyder of Michigan and John Kasich of Ohio were all elected after Republicans began taking political control of the middle of the country back in...

  • Utility seeks legislative fix on plant issues Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 1:32 PM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— The state's largest utility on Friday asked the Public Utilities Commission to pause its review of two key issues until lawmakers try to forge a solution. Public Service Company of New Hampshire filed a motion asking for a delay in the decision on how much the company should be reimbursed for a $422 million scrubber that went online at its Merrimack...

  • Schools seek streamlined distance learning process Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 8:50 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Southern New Hampshire University has become one of the largest nonprofit providers of online degrees in the country, thanks in part to a staffer dedicated to seeking program approval from other states and to the half a million dollars a year it pays those states. So New Hampshire's recent decision to join an effort to streamline that process came...

  • New Hampshire delays vote on $13M FairPoint bid Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    "I have big concerns that the poor service levels we've been seeing from FairPoint right now wouldn't live up to the terms in the contract," Democratic Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern said. Under the contract, FairPoint would provide all services through 2020. The contract is likely to come before the council again in January, said Linda Hodgdon,...

  • SEOUL/ WASHINGTON, Dec 23- North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony Pictures, experienced a complete Internet outage for hours before links were restored on Tuesday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. President Barack Obama had vowed on Friday to respond to the major cyber attack, which he...

  • HAVANA/ MIAMI, Dec 22- International rivals have a clear head start in Cuba but U.S. companies could catch up quickly if the economic embargo that has kept them away is dismantled in a new era of cooperation between Washington and Havana. "We've found it to be quite a stable and good place to do business and have had a lot of success there," said David Pathe, the chief...

  • WASHINGTON/ BEIJING, Dec 22- North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. The United States also asked China to identify any North Korea hackers operating in China and, if found, send them back to North...

  • KITTERY, Maine— Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast. "It's a revolutionary program," said Gregory Sancoff, founder and CEO of Juliet Marine Systems. "Nothing like this has ever been built by anybody, not even the Navy."

  • 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...

  • 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...