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  • Power outages drop to under 900 in Vermont Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The number of homes and businesses still without power in Vermont has dropped to just under 4,000.. By late Sunday afternoon, Green Mountain Power was reporting about 1,600 outages, with the largest concentration in Rutland County. The Vermont Electric Cooperative was reporting more than 2,200 outages, most in Chittenden County.

  • How low can gas go? Low, high prices by state Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    A 78- day plunge in gasoline prices that is showing no signs of slowing has dropped the national average price to $2.60 a gallon, its lowest level since December of 2009. It's saving a typical household $60 a month compared to last year around this time, enough for an extra holiday gift or two.

  • Shumlin: Time to resolve FairPoint strike, outages Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    A FairPoint Communications spokeswoman and a union leader responded with a fresh round of recriminations. It came two weeks after a Nov. 28 outage in which Vermont's 911 emergency calling system was out of service for large parts of the state due to problems on FairPoint's network. Shumlin said he would urge the unions representing FairPoint workers, the...

  • Man celebrates his new 'eat more kale' trademark Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 1:48 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— A folk artist who became a folk hero to some after picking a fight with fast-food giant Chick-fil-A over use of the phrase "eat more kale"— similar to their trademarked "eat mor chikin"— has won his legal battle. He silk-screens the phrase on T-shirts and sweatshirts and prints it on bumper stickers that are common in Vermont and beyond.

  • Attorney Preet Bharara's Wall Street crackdown. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said prosecutors presented insufficient evidence to convict Todd Newman, a former portfolio manager at Diamondback Capital Management, and Anthony Chiasson, co-founder of Level Global Investors. That establishes a tougher standard that could make future...

  • Nov 25- The final vote tally on an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients was so close that state officials are doing a recount, a spokesman for the state said on Tuesday. Final results show the Oregon measure losing by 812 votes out of a total of more than 1.5 million votes, according to the Oregon...

  • Nov 17- Starbucks Corp said on Monday it has been wrongly accused in online petitions of supporting a Grocery Manufacturers Association lawsuit to block Vermont's GMO labeling law. Petitions posted to websites such as Sumofus.org and Care2.com accused Starbucks of teaming with fellow GMA member Monsanto Co to kill GMO labeling in Vermont, which in May...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 6- The controversial patent assertion company MPHJ Technology Investments has reached an agreement with U.S. authorities barring it from using phony legal threats to demand patent licensing fees from small businesses, the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday. "A patent is not a license to engage in deception," said Jessica Rich, director of...

  • Nov 6- Genworth Financial Inc lost more than a third of its market value after the life and mortgage insurer said a turnaround in its long-term care business would take longer than expected and posted a surprise quarterly loss. Shares of Genworth, the largest long-term care insurer in the United States, fell as much as 38 percent, wiping out about $2.7 billion of...

  • GMO label efforts fail but 'fight will continue' Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 10:47 AM ET
    A lab technician sorts corn plants in a greenhouse at the Monsanto Chesterfield Village facility in Chesterfield, Missouri.

    Colorado and Oregon ballot measures to label food products that have GMOs were defeated, but proponents vow to fight on.

  • Nov 5- The defeat of twin measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients sets the stage for a battle over the issue in the nation's capital, both sides of the debate said on Wednesday. The Oregon measure lost 49 to 51 percent, according to unofficial results reported by the Oregon Secretary of...

  • FACTBOX-GMO crops have history of controversy Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    Oct 29- Since commercialization of the world's first genetically engineered crops in 1995-1996, there has been an ongoing debate globally about the safety and effectiveness of the crops. On Nov. 4, voters in Oregon and Colorado will weigh in on proposed laws that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops and sold in those states to be labeled...

  • As regulators work on new so-called "net neutrality" rules, Leahy wrote to chiefs of AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Time Warner Cable Inc and Charter Communications Inc.. Large ISPs, including Verizon, Comcast and AT&T, have been asserting that they had no plans for such paid prioritization arrangements and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said he would not...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 22- U.S. stocks turned lower in afternoon trading on Wednesday, with major indexes erasing earlier gains as a shooting at the Canadian parliament unnerved investors and Boeing and Biogen sold off following results. Market benchmarks began drifting lower in late morning after a gunman fatally wounded a soldier in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, and...

  • Nor'easter with heavy rain heads toward New England Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:30 AM ET
    Pedestrians at City Hall Plaza in Boston.

    Heavy rain and wind slowed down the morning commute Wednesday as a Nor'easter makes its way through New England. NBC reports.

  • Oct 20- IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing and big data analytics. IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday. IBM took a related pre-tax...

  • Oct 17- Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show. Voters in Colorado and Oregon weigh in on the issue in mid-term election voting on Nov. 6.

  • Consumers are being misled by the "natural" label, said Urvashi Rangan, executive director of Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability. Consumer Reports said it had conducted a survey of more than 80 different processed foods containing corn or soy, the two most widely grown genetically engineered crops in the United States, to determine whether...

  • Oct 6- AT&T Inc informed about 1,600 customers that an employee gained unauthorized access to their personal data in August, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, the latest in a flurry of data breaches in recent months. According to a letter posted on the website of the Attorney General of Vermont on Oct. 1, the company said the person may have obtained...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 30- The dollar surged on Tuesday after data showed inflation in the euro zone barely rose in September, with the U.S. currency on track for its biggest quarterly gain in six years, while world stock markets headed to their largest quarterly drop in more than two years.