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  • Cape Wind seeks lease option for staging in RI Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The developer of a planned wind farm off Cape Cod wants the option to lease land in Rhode Island for a staging and assembly area, the Quonset Development Corp. announced Wednesday.

  • 'Kinky Boots' star prepares for high-kicking tour Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Kyle Taylor Parker is going from backup dancer to leading man— but staying in 6- inch heels. The performer who has been in "Kinky Boots" since it made its debut in Chicago in 2012 will step into Billy Porter's formidable high heels as the star of the first national tour of "Kinky Boots," which kicks off in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.

  • MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 1:22 AM ET

    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts— Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

  • Study: Rhode Island lead paint law not followed Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 12:17 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Just one in five of the rental properties covered by a Rhode Island law meant to reduce toxic lead paint hazards for children were complying with it five years after it passed, according to a new study released Monday by Brown University.

  • Senate's 'Rhode to Work' plan sees mixed success Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    That includes five that passed the Senate late in the session and then did not get heard on the House side, and two that didn't get a Senate vote before final adjournment June 21. A few of the bills that stalled in the House were turned into nonbinding resolutions and passed by the Senate in the session's final hours.

  • Submarine maker plans expansion in Rhode Island Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.— Submarine maker Electric Boat plans to double its workforce in Rhode Island to build a new class of submarines under a $95 billion Navy program, welcome news in the state with the nation's highest unemployment rate.

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 3:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. employers accelerated their hiring last month, adding a robust 288,000 jobs and helping drive the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008.

  • Subaru recalls 660K vehicles for brake line rust Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    DETROIT— Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles.

  • Recovery of lost jobs by states, at a glance Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The United States in May finally recovered all the jobs lost to the Great Recession. But 32 states still don't have as many jobs as they did when the recession officially began in December 2007. The rankings from best to worst:.

  • Senate approves Newport casino bill for 2nd time Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    The measure was originally approved 24-2, with 12 not voting, around 3:30 a.m. on June 21, just before the Senate recessed for the year. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said Monday she learned of the potential problem from the governor's office.

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has backed the proposed increase to $8.50 from the current $7.25 an hour, but the bill has met heavy resistance in the state senate, where Republicans have a power sharing agreement with a breakaway group of Democrats.

  • U.S. lawmakers urge ban on e-cigarettes on airplanes Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, June 10- E-cigarette use should be banned on domestic flights and those to or from the United States, seven U.S. senators said on Tuesday in a letter urging the Department of Transportation to finalize rules proposed almost three years ago.

  • WASHINGTON, June 1- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans on Monday to propose a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions from the country's existing power plants by 2030, people briefed on the proposal told Reuters. The White House and the EPA declined to confirm or comment on the rules before they are released.

  • May 30- The City of Los Angeles has sued JPMorgan Chase& Co, accusing the largest U.S. bank of engaging in discriminatory mortgage lending practices that drove up foreclosures among minority borrowers.

  • BOSTON, May 29- Providence, Rhode Island, filed a federal lawsuit against Santander Bank on Thursday alleging it has refused to make prime mortgages available in the city's minority neighborhoods, a charge the bank rejected.

  • Scenes From Hurricane Sandy Friday, 23 May 2014 | 2:29 PM ET

    The East Coast's most populated region is struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Sandy, its worst storm in generations.

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- Six U.S. senators asked antitrust regulators to take a hard look at Pfizer Inc's plan to buy rival AstraZeneca PLC if the two companies reach a deal, saying they had "significant concerns" about how the proposed transaction would affect consumers.

  • WASHINGTON, May 14- Six U.S. senators have asked antitrust regulators to take a hard look at Pfizer Inc's plan to buy rival AstraZeneca PLC if the two companies are able to reach a deal, saying they had "significant concerns" about the proposed transaction's effect on consumers.

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- The U.S. Senate Banking Committee appears likely to back a bill to wind down government-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to sources familiar with talks on the legislation.

  • NEW YORK, April 18- Dozens of the largest U.S. stock exchanges, brokerages and high-frequency trading firms were hit with a class action lawsuit by the capital of the state of Rhode Island, accusing them of manipulating the U.S. securities markets.