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  • 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...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 30- A push to reform Phoenix's retirement system has become the latest front in a battle between union-backed groups and a Texas hedge fund billionaire over the future of America's public pensions. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, much of it anonymous out-of-state money, has been flowing to backers of a November 4 ballot initiative in Phoenix...

  • A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. "People are not so much voting for governor in some of these states but how they want the pensions addressed," said Craig Brandon, Co-Director...

  • Ford recalls 205,000 SUVs for fuel tank leaks Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The SUVs are being recalled in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,...

  • DC (and these states) may go to pot next week Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    Voters in D.C. and in two states will decide on measures to legalize marijuana.

  • Gas prices fall another 5 cents in Rhode Island Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Gasoline prices in Rhode Island are continuing their decline, falling another nickel in the past week. The price in Rhode Island a year ago this week was 29 cents higher, or $3.44 a gallon. The AAA survey found a 36- cent range in prices, from a low of $3.04 to a high of $3.40.

  • RI job growth revised upward for 2nd quarter Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— State officials are reporting stronger job growth in the second quarter of the year in Rhode Island than originally estimated. The new figure for Rhode Island jobs in June is 477,800. That includes 800 more in the private sector and 400 more in the public sector. The estimates shows Rhode Island gained 5,400 jobs between June 2013 and June 2014.

  • US journalist returns home after Ebola recovery Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at an Omaha 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 Center's...

  • Highlights of ballot initiatives voters to weigh Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:05 AM ET

    Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting millions of dollars in ads behind ballot measures this year, from questions about oil companies' profits in Alaska to recreational marijuana in Florida, according to an analysis of advertising data released Thursday from the Center for Public Integrity. Colorado casinos are helping fund $5.7...

  • Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads. Through Oct. 20, TV ad spending on ballot issues totaled roughly $119 million, according to an analysis conducted by the Washington- based Center for Public Integrity, based on preliminary data...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...