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  • Offshore wind turbines more likely as auction set Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    BOSTON— Massachusetts is one step closer to seeing its coastline waters dotted with wind turbines as federal officials announced Monday that an auction date has been set for wind energy leases to develop more than 742,000 acres off the coast. Deval Patrick said his administration has worked with federal, state, tribal, industry and community representatives...

  • Desaulniers named AP's New England media director Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    BOSTON— Dwayne Desaulniers, a former business and technology director for The Associated Press, has been named the news cooperative's director of local media for New England. "Dwayne brings a great mix of news, technology and entrepreneurial experience to our New England market, as well as an in-depth understanding of AP services and our mission to inform the...

  • New Media to buy Worcester Telegram & Gazette Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 8:07 PM ET

    WORCESTER, Mass.— The Worcester Telegram& Gazette is changing hands for the second time in recent months as New Media Investment Group Inc. acquires its parent Halifax Media Group. New Media's subsidiary GateHouse Media LLC operates several eastern Massachusetts dailies and the Providence Journal in Rhode Island. Halifax bought the T&G in May from Boston...

  • Former Brown dean whose group won Nobel Prize dies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— David Greer, a doctor who co-founded a group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for working to prevent nuclear war and who helped transform the medical school at Brown University, has died. Colleagues from Brown said Greer was a "visionary" who taught students about social responsibility. Greer moved to Fall River nearly 60 years ago to practice...

  • Block Island wind farm gets final permits Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    The Coastal Resources Management Council last week unanimously approved the paperwork for Deepwater Wind's project off Block Island. The five-turbine project is three miles off Block Island and is competing with the larger Cape Wind off Cape Cod to become the nation's first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski tells Rhode Island Public...

  • Thanksgiving getaway: 46.3 million to hit the road Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. AAA says the average retail price for gasoline is $2.85 per gallon, 43 cents cheaper than Thanksgiving Day last year. With the average car getting 18.5 miles per gallon, that means a family driving 300 miles will save $6.97 in fuel this holiday.

  • Nov 19- Almost two thirds of adults won't spend more this holiday season despite lower gas and fuel costs, a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll shows, in a bad sign for retailers looking for an extra boost in gift buying from cheaper prices at the pump. "We live on a budget so we have a certain amount for groceries, a certain amount for birthdays, a certain amount for holidays," said...

  • More restrictions for Gulf of Maine cod fishery Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Federal regulators voted Wednesday to close several areas to commercial cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine as they seek to rebuild the depleted fishery. Many lobstermen adamantly opposed that idea, which Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association President Bernie Feeney said would "turn fishermen against fishermen." Regulators have said Gulf of...

  • Hasbro helps kids with disabilities learn to play Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Toymakers at Hasbro don't want Mr. Hasbro Inc. has partnered with The Autism Project, a group of parents and professionals that help people with autism to create instructional videos and tools to help children with developmental disabilities learn how to play with their toys. Parents and caregivers can access the tools for eight of Hasbro's...

  • Regulators cut New England cod quota Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The maximum amount of cod fish that fishermen can take from the Gulf of Maine will be reduced by 75 percent next year after a Tuesday vote by a federal regulatory council. Regulators said the reduction in quota is necessary to rebuild the struggling fishery, on which Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts fishermen all rely to harvest the popular...

  • Judge awards Lifespan $30M in hospital breakup Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    The decision stems from a 1997 affiliation agreement between Lifespan and New England Medical Center, now Tufts Medical Center. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley also intervened, suing Lifespan on behalf of New England Medical Center because of its status as a public charity. Following a 2011 trial, New England Medical Center and Coakley's...

  • RI gas under $3 mark for 1st time since 2010 Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Gas prices in Rhode Island have fallen another 3 cents and are now averaging less than $3 a gallon for the first time in four years. Monday's price survey by AAA Southern New England found the average cost of a gallon of regular self-serve in Rhode Island is $2.98. Drivers filling up in Rhode Island were paying 42 cents more, or $3.40 per gallon on...

  • Governor-elect Raimondo faces daunting to-do list Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Gina Raimondo will inherit a daunting list of problems when she is sworn into office in January as Rhode Island's 75th governor: continued high unemployment, a huge projected hole in the next state budget and a pension overhaul that is locked in litigation with billions in savings at stake. The 43- year-old Democrat, who has served as state...

  • Cod restrictions will cost consumers who buy local Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— New restrictions on commercial cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine will likely make local cod more expensive for New England consumers, but markets and fish-and-chip shops are unlikely to run low because of abundant foreign sources. Supply from countries such as Iceland and Norway, as well as Alaska, is steady enough that a lack of Gulf of Maine cod is...

  • DreamWorks climbs on report of Hasbro deal talks Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. are soaring in Thursday premarket trading following a media report that toy company Hasbro is in discussions to buy the studio. The New York Times, citing anonymous sources briefed on the talks, reported that Hasbro is in "advanced talks" with DreamWorks about a potential deal that would include a combination of...

  • Marijuana patient sues after firm won't hire her Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    Christine Callaghan, who is studying textiles at the University of Rhode Island, sued Westerly-based Darlington Fabrics Corp. and its parent, the Moore Company, on Wednesday. The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Callaghan, said it believes it's the first lawsuit of its kind in the state. Patients who have been...

  • The pro-reform camp drew in more than $1.4 million in contributions, with more than $1 million coming from Arnold, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper. Pension costs and debt were significant factors in the bankruptcies of Detroit, and of Stockton and San Bernardino in California, where bankruptcy judges have said public pensions are no longer...

  • Exchanges including Nasdaq, Intercontinental Exchange Inc's New York Stock Exchange, Bats Global Markets and CHX Holdings Inc's Chicago Stock Exchange said they deserve "absolute immunity" because they regulate themselves, and that only the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission could review the plaintiffs' claims. A co-defendant, Barclays Plc, said the...

  • Upside-down politics in Rhode Island governor's race Saturday, 1 Nov 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Nov 1- In Rhode Island, the next governor could be a Democrat preferred by Wall Street or a Republican favored by rank-and-file union members. "It's upside down politics in Rhode Island now," said Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science at Brown University. The race pits Democrat Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island's current Treasurer and a former...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- Media General Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy LIN Media LLC after agreeing to divest television stations in five markets, the Justice Department said on Thursday. To win government approval for the deal, the companies agreed to sell one station in Birmingham, Alabama, two in Savannah, Georgia, one near Alabama's border with Florida, one...