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  • Gas prices drop 4 cents in Rhode Island Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 11:38 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Gas prices in Rhode Island have fallen another 4 cents, but they're still a lot higher than the national average. AAA Southern New England says Monday the latest weekly price survey shows the average cost of a gallon of self-serve regular in the state is $3.64.

  • Beach town's ban prompts battle over shave ice Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 1:43 AM ET

    George Manko sells Hawaiian shave ice in a private parking lot for beachgoers in Westerly, where celebrities including Taylor Swift and Conan O'Brien have summer homes. He believes the councilors do not like the look of street vendors and are trying to turn Westerly into the next Martha's Vineyard.

  • Cops: Dealership owner beaten in bad car deal dies Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Police say a Providence man who was struck by a two-by-four in a fight over a car deal that went wrong has died. David A. Lapatin says Jonathan Stack, the owner of a car dealership, died Saturday night.

  • SPENCER, Mass., July 24- Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.

  • RI home sales dip, prices rise in 2nd quarter Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The number of homes sold in Rhode Island during the three-month period ended in June fell, but the median price of homes sold during the period was up.

  • GateHouse Media parent to buy Providence Journal Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The parent company of Gatehouse Media LLC on Tuesday announced an agreement to buy The Providence Journal and related print and digital assets from A.H. Belo Corp. for $46 million cash.

  • Judge approves 1st settlement in 38 Studios case Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— A judge on Tuesday approved the first settlement in the lawsuit brought by the state's economic development agency over the collapsed video game company founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

  • Pain of Atlantic City casino closings far-reaching Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Yomary Blanco cleans rooms at Trump Plaza, one of three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down by September. Her husband works the buffet at the Showboat, which is scheduled to close on Aug. 31.

  • Alex and Ani OK'd to sue BJ's, others over jewelry Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    Alex and Ani says a California- based company, Elite Level Consulting, pretended it was going to give out its trendy bracelets in VIP goodie bags at a film festival and at a dressage competition, or as the judge describes it in his order, "horse ballet.

  • Gas prices drop 4 cents per gallon in Rhode Island Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Gas prices in Rhode Island have fallen 4 cents per gallon and are now averaging $3.68 for regular. That's according to AAA Southern New England's weekly survey released Monday. The price in Rhode Island is still 11 cents more than the national average of $3.57.

  • Hasbro 2Q profit falls 8.2 percent Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    PAWTUCKET, R.I.— Hasbro Inc. on Monday reported profit that decreased by 8.2 percent in its second quarter, and missed analysts' expectations. The Pawtucket, Rhode Island- based company said net income decreased to $33.5 million, or 26 cents per share, from $36.5 million, or 28 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    A Congressional Budget Office report earlier this year lent some support for that view. It found that a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, as President Obama supports, could cost 500,000 jobs nationwide.

  • La. jobless rate rises in June for second month Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June 2013. Both sets of figures— adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes— were released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

  • Mississippi jobless rate rises to worst in nation Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi's unemployment rate rose to worst in the nation at 7.9 percent in June, as the state's economic recovery lags behind others. Phil Bryant, who has made economic development a central focus, acknowledged the poor figure but said Mississippi's economy has improved since he took office.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Rhode Island tied for worst jobless rate in US Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's unemployment rate of 7.9 percent is now tied for the worst in the country with Mississippi. Rhode Island has had the highest rate in the U.S. for months. The state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday that the Rhode Island rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point from May to its lowest level since July 2008.

  • Nevada June jobless rate ticks down to 7.7 percent Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:34 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada's jobless rate has dipped to its lowest level in nearly six years, dropping from 7.9 percent in May to 7.7 percent in June as the state saw an 11th month of job gains. "Although this positive news is welcomed, we must remain vigilant in our economic development efforts to continue moving Nevada forward."

  • Ala. only state with higher unemployment over year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama is the only state with a higher unemployment rate for June than a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Alabama's unemployment stayed the same from May to June at 6.8 percent. Alabama recorded 6.5 percent in June 2013.

  • Rhode Island jobless rate falls to 7.9 percent Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:15 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in June, but the state shed several hundred jobs. The state Department of Labor and Training reported Thursday that the unemployment rate fell three-tenths of 1 point from May to its lowest level since July 2008.

  • Italy's Gtech buying IGT for $4.7B Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— The Italian lottery operator Gtech is buying slot machine maker International Game Technology for $4.7 billion in cash and stock. Gtech said last month that it was in talks with the Las Vegas company and IGT said at the time that it was weighing its options.