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  • WASHINGTON, July 31- U.S. consumers who purchase private health coverage through the federal Obamacare website HealthCare.gov are likely to find only modestly higher premiums but may still have technical problems signing up, a top health official said on Thursday.

  • Processing issue delays bar exam submissions Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    The Florida- based software provider ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. said the processing problem created a six-hour backlog that had been cleared by early Wednesday morning.

  • 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.

  • 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.