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  • US journalist leaves hospital after Ebola recovery Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:35 AM ET

    OMAHA, Nebraska— An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at a Nebraska hospital left the facility Wednesday afternoon and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said. Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from the Nebraska Medical...

  • New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    "I think that many members of Congress have been shocked that children are suffering nicotine poisoning from working in U.S. tobacco fields," said Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch's children's rights advocacy director. Philip Morris International, which limits the type of work children can do on tobacco farms, says it would like to see stronger U.S. regulations in...

  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    A recent test showed Ashoka Mukpo's blood is negative for the virus, according to the Nebraska Medical Center. Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets. He has been at the Nebraska Medical Center since Oct. 6 and was the second Ebola patient to be treated there.

  • Journalist feels fortunate to recover from Ebola Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— An American video journalist with Ebola says he feels lucky to be recovering from the deadly virus, but it's humbling to think about how many people have died from the disease in West Africa. Mukpo has been treated at the Nebraska Medical Center since Oct. 6, and doctors have said he could be released by the end of the week if tests confirm he is free of the...

  • Hasbro misses 3Q profit forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    PAWTUCKET, R.I.— Hasbro Inc. on Monday reported third-quarter profit of $180.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.47 per share. Hasbro shares have dropped 2 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 2 percent.

  • New England raking in millions from leaf peepers Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. "We wanted to get out in the fresh air and see the colors while it's still warm," said Christopher LeBeau, who drove from Connecticut to hike Mount Monadnock. Lingering warm weather is causing leaves to stay on the trees longer in New England.

  • Right to jury trial at issue in pension lawsuit Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    NEWPORT, R.I.— Lawyers for the state asked a judge on Friday to let a jury decide the legal battle over the state's landmark 2011 pension overhaul. Public-sector unions and retirees sued over the law that was designed to save Rhode Island $4 billion over the next 20 years by reining in pension costs. The parties appeared Friday before Superior Court Judge Sarah...

  • Oct 17- Textron Inc reported a 60.6 percent jump in quarterly profit, driven by higher deliveries in its aviation unit, which includes Cessna and Beechcraft jets. Textron bought smaller business jet maker Beechcraft in March. Textron's shares closed at $33.66 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

  • Textron tops 3Q profit expectations Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Textron Inc. on Friday reported third-quarter earnings of $159 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 53 cents per share. Textron expects full-year earnings to be $2.05 to $2.15 per share.

  • Rhode Island's unemployment rate at 7.6 percent Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's unemployment rate for September was 7.6 percent, the same as the rate for August after it was revised downward. The state Department of Labor and Training reported the new figure on Thursday. Rhode Island's rate a year ago was 9.5 percent.

  • Gas prices down 11 cents in Rhode Island Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Gasoline prices in Rhode Island have continued their decline, falling 11 cents in the last week. The latest price survey from AAA Southern New England on Tuesday found the average cost of a gallon of self-serve regular at $3.28. Still, the average for regular in Rhode Island is 9 cents more than the national per-gallon average of $3.19.

  • Friends raise money for US journalist with Ebola Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Friends of the American freelance journalist with Ebola are turning to crowdsourcing to help pay for what they say is expected to be more than $500,000 in medical bills. Ashoka Mukpo, of Providence, Rhode Island, contracted Ebola while covering the crisis in Liberia. NBC and the VICE Media Group say they're coordinating to assist in paying for his...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Reuters checks with health departments in six states and...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- The missteps in Dallas's handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, to hurricanes and dirty bombs. Reuters checks with health departments in six states and...

  • Rival gun measures on ballot in Washington state Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.— Two competing measures on the Washington state ballot this fall ask voters to take a stance on expanded background checks for gun sales. Supporters of the initiative to expand background checks have received large donations from wealthy figures, including Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, and have spent millions, far outpacing...

  • Providence Phoenix weekly ceasing publication Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The Providence Phoenix, a 36- year-old alternative news and entertainment weekly newspaper that had continued operating more than a year after its corporate parent Boston Phoenix shut down, is ceasing publication. Stephen Mindich, owner and publisher of the Phoenix Media/Communications Group, said Thursday that the last issue, dated Oct. 17,...

  • Kerry: Address climate change before it's too late Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 3:33 AM ET

    BOSTON— Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the country and the world need to confront the threat of climate change while there's still time. Kerry made the comments after touring a Boston wind technology testing center with his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, who echoed Kerry's remarks. The Wind Technology Testing Center, located on...

  • The site, already partly occupied by warehouses and distribution facilities for Wal-Mart, Amazon and Federal Express, is where Elon Musk's electric car maker Tesla Motors plans a factory to make batteries, helped by more than $1 billion of incentives provided by Nevada. For Gilman, this dry, desolate slice of Storey County is where the old Nevada, symbolized by...

  • Sept 24- Shares of Citizens Financial Group Inc, the U.S. unit of Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, rose as much as 3.5 percent in their market debut, valuing the lender at about $12.5 billion in the biggest U.S. bank IPO since the financial crisis.

  • *Citizens shares priced at $21.50, below $23- 25 predicted range. LONDON, Sept 24- The biggest U.S. bank listing since the financial crisis got a lukewarm reception from investors, forcing Royal Bank of Scotland to cut the price of shares sold in Citizens Financial Group.