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  • WASHINGTON, May 8- Americans with health insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally satisfied with it, a Reuters/ Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to repeal it. One of the most divisive U.S. laws in decades, Obamacare helped launch the conservative Tea Party movement that has reshaped...

  • BOSTON, May 6- Puerto Rico's troubled electric utility on Wednesday asked a U.S. appeals court for an alternative to restructure some $9 billion in debt, saying it would otherwise be at the mercy of U.S. bond funds. The legal battle moved on Wednesday to Boston where lawyers for both sides argued for more than an hour before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...

  • BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 21- Maine Governor Paul LePage on Tuesday proposed amending the state's constitution to eliminate the income tax, telling lawmakers the strategy was the best way to make the tax cut he desires permanent. The proposal, opposed by Democrats who control the state House of Representatives, would insert language in the state's 195- year old...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- Democrats' support is softening for Hillary Clinton, their party's presumed 2016 presidential front-runner, with many favoring an independent review of her personal email use when she was secretary of state. Support for Clinton's candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid-February among Democrats, with as few as 45...

  • Support for Clinton's candidacy has dropped about 15 percentage points since mid February among Democrats, with as few as 45 percent saying they would support her in the last week, according to a Reuters/ Ipsos tracking poll. Clinton, who ran for the White House in 2008 and lost to Obama, is expected to announce as early as April that she plans to seek the White House...

  • LOS ANGELES, March 9- President Obama' s aborted attempt to tax 529 plans may end up being a boon to the state-run college savings plans. Assets in 529 plans have grown steadily since the IRS formulated rules for them in 1996, and got a big boost five years later when Congress made distributions from the plans tax-free if used for qualified higher education...

  • Monster winter storm about to sock Northeast US Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    A resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, November 20, 2014.

    The National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and New England.

  • Not just snow: There's a coastal flood threat, too Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 11:31 AM ET
    Wet and slushy conditions in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, New York.

    Towns and cities along the Northeastern and mid-Atlantic coast were under flood watches, warnings and advisories on Monday morning.

  • Much warmer weather is finally on the way Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 11:10 AM ET
    Commuters try to stay warm as they wait for a train on an L platform during the early morning rush in Chicago, Jan. 7, 2015.

    After a cold spell, much of the United States can expect warm weather in the days ahead, NBC News reports.

  • New antibiotic may conquer superbugs Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 4:23 PM ET
    This black iChip was developed by researchers at Northeastern University to grow bacteria that usually don’t grow in the lab. They used it to get a potentially very powerful new antibiotic from bacteria living in this soil samples, from a field in Maine.

    A new family of powerful antibiotics may provide a weapon against the growing threat of drug-resistant superbugs. NBC News reports.

  • L.L. Bean's hot boots Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 1:18 PM ET
    L.L. Bean's hot boots

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan says the rise in popularity of the "lumberjack chic" look has caused a rise in demand for L.L. Bean's boots.

  • 'Lumberjack chic': Demand for L.L.Bean boot soars Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:28 PM ET
    Women's Bean Boots by LL Bean

    L.L.Bean has seen such a surge in demand for its iconic "Bean" boot, that it's had to double its manufacturing capacity.

  • Made in the USA: An iconic holiday toy comes home Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:31 AM ET
    Logs being cut at Pride Manufacturing’s Burnham, Maine, plant. They will be turned into Lincoln Log toys.

    The iconic Lincoln Log toy has moved its manufacturing back to the U.S., without hurting its profit margins. Here's a look behind the scenes.

  • Mother Nature is a turkey: Nor'easter threat looms Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 AM ET
    A resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, November 20, 2014.

    A nor'easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations.

  • Judge rejects bid to restrict nurse's movement Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 1:20 PM ET
    Judge rejects bid to restrict nurse's movement

    A Maine judge rejects a bid by state health officials to restrict the movements of Kaci Hickox, who has been defying a quarantine, reports CNBC's Mandy Drury.

  • Aid groups see fallout from Ebola quarantines Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:54 PM ET
    Health workers wearing protective gear carry a man, suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus, to be transported to a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 15, 2014.

    The fight over Ebola quarantines in the U.S. is discouraging doctors, nurses and other health workers from going to Africa. NBC News reports.

  • NYC health dept disputes report Ebola doc lied Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:38 AM ET
    Dr. Craig Spencer is at Bellevue Hospital in New York undergoing treatment for Ebola.

    New York City's health department said a doctor being treated for Ebola "cooperated fully" with officials, dismissing a report that he initially lied.

  • 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.

  • 45. Maine Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Maine stands tall for education and quality of life, but a sluggish economy and limited infrastructure create issues for business.