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  • NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, ahead of a key statement by the Federal Reserve which is expected to provide clues on the next monetary policy move by the U.S. central bank.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to open flat, eyes on Fed statement Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stocks were set to open little changed on Wednesday ahead of a key statement by the Federal Reserve which is expected to provide clues on the next monetary policy move by the U.S. central bank.

  • Environmentalist's group targets Maine Gov. LePage Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— A California billionaire's political operation is entering Maine's three-way race for governor and will target 90,000 potential voters who it believes can help defeat Republican Gov.

  • No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. A No Labels-backed Problem Solvers caucus formed on Capitol Hill and attracted close to 100 lawmakers. Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat and a No Labels supporter.

  • Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it's unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had advertised.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican considering a 2016 U.S. presidential run, accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of being "science deniers" when it comes to energy, a critique often aimed at his own party.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican considering a 2016 presidential run, on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of being "science deniers" when it comes to energy, a critique often lobbed at his own party.

  • Navy prison redevelopment plan moving forward Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    KITTERY, Maine— The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's shuttered prison. The Navy is trying for a third time to breathe life into the fortress-like structure that has priceless views of the Atlantic Ocean but also needs millions of dollars of repairs.

  • Brookstone President and CEO Speltz resigns Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    NEW YORK— James Speltz, the president and CEO of gadget retailer Brookstone, has resigned. Chief Merchandising Officer Steve Schwartz will serve as interim president and CEO. Schwartz has been with the Merrimack, New Hampshire, company for 15 years.

  • Natural gas company seeks federal OK for pipeline Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

    BOSTON— An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. Houston- based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday.

  • Summit focuses on health cost innovations Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    BEDFORD, N.H.— New Hampshire health care providers who have started getting paid for how well they do instead of how much they do said Tuesday they're optimistic about controlling costs and improving outcomes.

  • Senate fails to override juvenile justice veto Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 10:38 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Republicans on Monday fell two votes short of overriding Gov. Sharon Carson, a Londonderry Republican who sponsored the bill, said lawmakers began hearing last year about disciplinary and budgeting issues at the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester.

  • Gas prices fall 2 cents in New Hampshire Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 8:37 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Gas prices in New Hampshire have decreased 2.1 cents in the past week, averaging $3.42 a gallon. Gasbuddy.com says that's 3 cents more than the national average, which fell 4.2 cents last week to $3.39 a gallon. Gas prices in New Hampshire are 19.3 cents per gallon lower than they were a year ago, and 8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

  • Market Basket chief reflects, looks ahead Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 6:56 AM ET

    Arthur T. Demoulas is back in control after offering more than $1.5 billion to buy shares of the private company from rival relatives who had fired him in June. "Sales are already at 100 percent of where they were last year," he said in an interview with The Boston Globe.

  • Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.

  • Fall tourism rising: Fewer crowds, nice weather Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Fall used to be off-peak for tourism everywhere except New England and other fall foliage destinations. Lara Berdine and Mark Petrella, New Yorkers in their 40 s, visit Italy each fall because "it's cheaper, the weather is cooler and we can see the country as it really is, rather than in high season when it's inundated with tourists," said Berdine.

  • Sept 9- The parent of White Rose Inc, one of the biggest independent food distributors in the New York City area, on Tuesday filed for bankruptcy and said it had agreed to sell substantially all its assets to C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc, one of the largest privately held U.S. companies.

  • Gas prices down slightly in New Hampshire Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Gas prices in New Hampshire have fallen slightly in the past week, averaging $3.45 a gallon. Gasbuddy.com says that's a penny more than the national average, which increased 1.3 cents last week to $3.44 a gallon. Gas prices in New Hampshire are 19.2 cents per gallon lower than they were a year ago, and 7.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

  • Vermont uses new technology to speed bridge repair Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Last month, construction crews placed a series of hollow tubes over the Wanzer Brook in Fairfield as part of a Vermont Transportation Agency program that uses new technology to cut construction time, save money and reduce the backlog of bridges that need replacement.

  • Market Basket chain begins recovery after turmoil Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 9:30 AM ET

    RAYNHAM, Mass.— Alice Farrington has her pick of four supermarkets, all a quick drive from her home. After a six-week protest that cost Market Basket millions in lost sales, the company announced that an agreement had been reached for Arthur T. Demoulas to buy the chain, putting him back in control of the century-old business.