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  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, closing schools, cancelling thousands of flights and leaving residents in the hardest-hit parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut digging out as much as 2 feet of snow, though New York City was spared the storm's brunt. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping as much as 2 feet of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City's subway system restarted...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, Jan 27- A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping more than a foot of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. The governors of New York and New Jersey lifted travel bans they had imposed a day earlier and New York City's subway system was set to...

  • Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012.. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts declared states of emergencies as people were urged to stay home with transit systems, including the New York City...

  • Citizens Financial Group posts 4Q profit Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Citizens Financial Group Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $197 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 35 cents per share. Citizens Financial Group shares have decreased nearly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Children's TV activist Peggy Charren dies at 86 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    BOSTON— Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children's Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children's programming has died. Charren, who had vascular dementia, died Thursday in Massachusetts, Sugarman-Sinai Memorial Chapel in Providence, Rhode Island, said in an obituary posted on its website. But the grassroots...

  • Bill to leave cap-and-trade program sees little support Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— There was little public appetite at a hearing Thursday for a bill that would pull New Hampshire out of a multistate effort to reduce carbon emissions. New Hampshire is one of nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a system where each state sells carbon emission allowances to producers. New Hampshire gets about $18...

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • WPRI-TV reports that the quasi-public agency that oversees the loan program, Commerce RI, alerted the governor's office last month that there was not enough money to pay back $2.25 million remaining on the $3.7 million loan received by North Kingstown- based The Corporate Marketplace in 2011.. The same program was used to get a $75 million loan in 2010 by 38...

  • Rhode Island governor faces $34.5 million budget shortfall Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's new governor faces a $34.5 million shortfall for the current fiscal year instead of a surplus and a deficit that will likely continue growing, a public policy group said Wednesday. Gina Raimondo because the state is spending more on Medicaid than expected and agencies are overspending. The report said Medicaid expenditures are...

  • National Grid plans $93M electrical system for Aquidneck Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:10 AM ET

    NEWPORT, R.I.— National Grid is planning a $93 million project to upgrade the electrical system on Aquidneck Island to meet growing demand. The Newport Daily News reports that plans include two new substations, removing five substations from service and installing high-voltage transmission lines and steel poles. National Grid says electricity use per...

  • WASHINGTON— The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday rejected Democrats' bids to ban exports from the Keystone XL oil pipeline and to require building the project with American-made steel. In largely party-line votes, the Senate sidetracked the first two additions to a bill seeking to approve construction of the 1,179 pipeline. The Senate...

  • WASHINGTON— A delegation of congressional Democrats began a three-day visit to Cuba on Saturday to discuss expectations for the normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, said in a statement Saturday that the lawmakers want to explore opportunities for greater cooperation and to encourage Cuban...

  • CLEVELAND, Texas— Standing in a prison chow hall, Richard Chavez Jr. outlines his past: violent felon, former gang member, the fourth member of his family to go to prison. Then his future: owner of a mobile counseling youth service that goes where the troubled kids are. Arching a tattooed eyebrow, Chavez credits an innovative program run out of the Cleveland...

  • WARWICK, R.I.— The president of U.S. Navy contractor Electric Boat asked Rhode Island officials on Thursday to help ensure there are enough qualified state residents to fill thousands of jobs needed to build submarines in the coming years. The Groton, Connecticut- based company employs about 12,800 people, mainly in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

  • Details of Obama's proposals for more paid leave Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:46 AM ET

    He's calling on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to let millions of private-sector workers earn a modest amount of paid sick time. He'll also ask Congress for more than $2 billion to help states create paid family and medical leave programs. —Call on the newly Republican-controlled Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers...

  • Foxwoods Resort Casino, owned by the Mashantucket Pequots, still reported a decline in the share of wagers known as revenue, to $36.2 million, down 4 percent, from December 2013. The Mohegan Sun posted a 7 percent increase, to $49 million, in revenue, from December 2013. Bobby Soper, president and chief executive officer of Mohegan Sun, credited the falling price of oil...

  • Deepwater Wind expects produce more power than expected Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The energy company planning an offshore wind farm near Block Island expects its five-turbine project to produce more power than initially projected. Deepwater Wind chief executive Jeffrey Grybowski told the state Public Utilities Commission Wednesday that lower costs will result, benefiting consumers. The Providence Journal reports...

  • Obama tries again to get paid leave for more workers Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 3:42 AM ET

    BALTIMORE— President Barack Obama launched a fresh push Thursday to bring paid sick and family leave to working parents and other private-sector employees as the White House unveiled proposals that could benefit tens of millions of people. Most require action by the Republican-controlled Congress. The White House said Obama will push the issue anew in the...

  • Obama to renew push for paid leave for working parents Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 5:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Renewing a push for paid leave for workers, President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid sick time a year, the White House said. He'll also ask Congress for more than $2 billion in new spending to encourage states to create paid family and medical leave...