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  • A proposed settlement of a national class-action lawsuit, filed Oct. 16 in U.S. District Court in Vermont, says the government will revise its Medicare manual to make benefits available when care would only ``maintain the patient's current condition or... prevent or slow further deterioration''.

  • NH testing fish for radiation levels Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.-- New Hampshire health officials are testing fish in various parts of the state to see if there are elevated levels of radiation following a 2010 tritium leak at Entergy Corp.' s Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

  • NYC's Bloomberg: $500K to gay marriage campaigns Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 10:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is poised to spend $500,000 of his personal fortune on gay marriage campaigns in Maine, Minnesota and Washington state, he said Monday, following up on a major political spending push the billionaire businessman-turned-politician announced last week.

  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • Vt. jobless rate up, but said sign of optimism Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percent last month to 5.4 percent, the fourth straight monthly increase.

  • Vt. ski resort to run lift with power from manure Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    KILLINGTON, Vt.-- Vermont's Killington ski resort says it's going to power one of its lifts this season with electricity generated from methane gas recovered from cow manure.

  • Lawsuit: Aspen Dental clinics operating illegally Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Aspen Dental Management and the private equity firm that controls it illegally operate dental clinics across the country and engage in aggressive, misleading profit-driven practices that cause patients economic harm, claims a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in New York.

  • Restaurant cell phone distractions still irritate Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- The digital divide is wider than ever between diners who talk, tweet and snap pictures mid-meal and those who wish they'd just shut up, shut down and be present. "There's no place to get away from the chatter," said Julie Liberty of Miami, who started the Facebook page "Ban Cell Phones From Restaurants" earlier this year. "

  • Coe loses appeal in Miss. telemarketing scam Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- A federal appeals court has upheld the more than 14- year sentence George Coe Jr. received for his role in a telemarketing scam case in Mississippi. Prosecutors said the scam netted tens of thousands of dollars from victims in California, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Vermont.

  • Vt holds public meetings on maple grading changes Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Maple syrup producers will get a chance to weigh in on whether Vermont should do away with the term fancy for its maple syrup. The proposed changes to the maple grading system would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada.

  • Entergy nuke plant hearings start with tech talk Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y.-- A federal hearing that could decide the future of an Entergy Corp. nuclear plant in the New York City suburbs began Monday on a less-than-dramatic note. The hearing was dominated by a highly technical discussion about how to predict where corrosion might occur in the miles of piping at the Indian Point nuclear plant.

  • Squirrel population boom frustrates fruit growers Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 2:39 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Don't let the bright eyes and bushy tails fool you. In southern Vermont, Clarence Boston said he hasn't seen such an infestation of pests in the 33 years he has been an orchardist on 60 farms in five states. This year's squirrel boom in parts of Vermont followed two seasons of bountiful acorn and beechnut crops and last year's mild winter.

  • Meetings next week on change to Vt. maple grading Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 9:52 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Public meetings are planned this week in Vermont on a sticky issue _ a proposed change to the state's grading system for maple syrup. The change would unify the classification system across the United States and Canada. Vermont's syrup would go from Grade A Fancy to "Golden Delicate."

  • NY nuke plant opponents try to block new licenses Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 8:55 AM ET

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y.-- For the people who want to shut down Entergy Corp.' s nuclear plant in the New York City suburbs, where 17 million people live within 50 miles, this day has been a long time coming. Andrew Cuomo _ who have campaigned against the plant, on the Hudson River in Buchanan, 35 miles north of Manhattan.

  • Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the state's gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov.

  • YOUR MONEY-Should you buy extra insurance at work? Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 11- Does an office perk count as a benefit if you pay for it yourself? Apparently so, because an increasing number of companies are using so-called voluntary benefits to bulk up workplace offerings.

  • Amtrak, Downeaster trains set ridership records Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:59 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine-- Amtrak as well as its Downeaster passenger service between Maine and Boston have set new ridership records. Records were also set in other regions of the country, including New England.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • Vt.'s Grace Potter to sing online for fair trade Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:31 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.-- Fans of Vermont singer Grace Potter will be able to watch her give an online concert where she is going to be promoting fair trade coffee. She's going to be singing at Joe's Pub in New York live Tuesday on the Facebook page of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc..

  • $1.7 million in tax credits go to Vt. downtowns Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    They include the reconstruction of the Brooks House in Brattleboro, which was damaged by fire last year and encouraging investment in the Blanchard Block in downtown Barre and Catamount High School in Bennington.