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  • 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.

  • Ax throw, log climb at Adirondack lumberjack class Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    The annual Adirondack Woodsmen's School is being held this summer amid the tall pines and placid waters of Paul Smith's College. I had to come, "said the incoming Paul Smith's freshman from Riverside, Connecticut.

  • LHC to acquire Life Care Home Health Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 10:37 AM ET

    LAFAYETTE, La.— Lafayette- based home nursing firm LHC Group will buy 14 home health agencies from a Tennessee company for $10 million in cash. Life Care Home Health Inc.' s agencies are spread across seven states. The Life Care agencies are in Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.

  • Dairy Farmers of America ends price suit for $50M Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    The lawsuit charged the cooperative, its marketing arm, Dairy Marketing Services, and Dallas- based Dean Foods with working together to monopolize the market for raw milk in the Northeast, driving down prices paid to dairy farmers. Dairy processor Dean Foods Co. agreed to a settlement of $30 million in 2011. Dean Foods also did not admit any wrongdoing.

  • Gas prices drop 2 cents to $3.72 per gallon in RI Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 11:49 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The price of a gallon of regular gas in Rhode Island has fallen 2 cents to an average $3.72. It says prices in Rhode Island have increased 4 cents per gallon since last year at this time. The price in Rhode Island is 11 cents higher than the national average of $3.61 per gallon.

  • Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    SACO, Maine— Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Ry Russell, general manager of Saco Drive-In, launched a social-media campaign to win an $80,000 digital projection system in a contest sponsored by Honda.