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  • WASHINGTON— The never-ending political fight over health care hit the Supreme Court Wednesday, and insurance coverage for millions of Americans is on the line. Yes, but foes of President Barack Obama's signature law hope this time the justices will gut "Obamacare." Actually, a lot has changed since the Supreme Court's big health care decision of 2012..

  • Senate fails to override Obama's veto of pipeline bill Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, the first of many confrontations between the Republican-controlled Congress and the White House this year over energy policy. Already, the White House has issued more than a dozen veto threats on legislation.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Ex-Rhode Island House Speaker Fox charged with bribery, wire fraud, filing false tax return.

  • Nortek posts 4Q profit Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 6:48 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Nortek Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $4.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Providence, Rhode Island- based company said it had net income of 29 cents. Nortek shares have declined slightly more than 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Honeywell to close Cranston plant by end of year Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 6:38 AM ET

    CRANSTON, R.I.— Honeywell International Inc. has announced it will close its Cranston plant by the end of next year. The company, which makes safety equipment at the Cranston plant, said it will phase out operations starting later this year, ending in 2016. Manufacturing and distribution employees will be laid off, but non-production employees will be moved to...

  • House Roll Call: Approving 1-week DHS funding bill Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:25 PM ET

    The 357-60 roll call Friday by which the House approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week. The bill goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Republicans— Aderholt, X; Brooks, N; Byrne, Y; Palmer, N; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— A veteran newspaper executive credited with successfully growing online readership and digital advertising has been named publisher of The Providence Journal. Janet Hasson, 55, will be the second female publisher in the 185- year history of Rhode Island's largest newspaper. Hasson has been serving as the president and publisher of the...

  • NEWPORT, R.I.— The public-sector unions and retirees suing the state over the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's public pension system asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to delay the trial after a lower court refused. Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter ruled earlier in the day that all parties have had enough time to prepare for the trial.

  • Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 12:11 PM ET

    ATLANTA— A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students. So the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices declined to recommend routine shots for all adolescents and college students. One woman, Patti Wukovits from New...

  • Governors looking to expand renewable energy, natural gas Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:17 PM ET

    BOSTON— The governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are joining forces to look for ways to increase the region's reliance on renewable energy sources while also expanding natural gas capacity. He said it's important for Massachusetts to embrace regional cooperation with neighboring states to pursue natural gas expansion.

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • Brazil detains alleged deforestation king of Amazon Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO— Brazil has detained a land-grabber thought to be the Amazon's single biggest deforester, the country's environmental protection agency said. The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources said Ezequiel Antonio Castanha, who was detained Saturday in the state of Para, operated a network that illegally seized...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. Q. Would Congress have...

  • Private equity fund managers, gathering in Berlin on Monday for their largest annual conference, will weigh the potential threat of deep pocketed buyers from developing economies in Asia and the Middle East. This group, which includes China's property and entertainment giant Dalian Wanda Group Co and sovereign wealth funds from Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait and...

  • Private equity fund managers, gathering in Berlin on Monday for their largest annual conference, will weigh the potential threat of deep pocketed buyers from developing economies in Asia and the Middle East. This group, which includes China's property and entertainment giant Dalian Wanda Group Co and sovereign wealth funds from Singapore, Qatar, Kuwait and...

  • New England farm receipts up; Vermont, Maine lead Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 9:45 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— New England farm cash receipts for 2013 were up 4 percent over the previous year, led by top producers in Vermont and Maine, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Vermont ranked highest in cash receipts at $836 million— 10 percent higher than the previous year. Milk is the top money maker in Vermont.

  • Allen Reichman, 55, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a case that originated with a related investigation into a failed New York bank. In December one of his co-defendants, Kentucky businessman Wilbur Huff, pleaded guilty. The case grew out of a probe into Park Avenue Bank, which went under in March 2010.

  • LONDON, Feb 20- Royal Bank of Scotland is likely to write down the value of its U.S. bank Citizens by about 4 billion pounds next week, industry sources said, potentially wiping out much of the state-backed bank's annual profit. RBS, 80 percent owned by the UK government after being rescued in 2008, sold 29 percent of Citizens Financial Group in September and is...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 17- President Barack Obama's administration faces a difficult and possibly lengthy legal battle to overturn a Texas court ruling that blocked his landmark immigration overhaul, since the judge based his decision on an obscure and unsettled area of administrative law, lawyers said. The failure to do so, Hanen wrote, was a violation of the 1946...

  • More than 50 million people from Michigan to southern Canada were in the path of the storm, which was tracking east over the Great Lakes and gaining strength as it approached the Atlantic coast of New England, the National Weather Service said. The most severe weather was heading for the New England coast, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and...