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  • WALTHAM, Mass. _ Care.com Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $7.2 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 25 cents per share. Care.com shares have dropped 26 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Aug 3- Solar and wind energy in the United States is likely to have a secure future thanks to President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon emissions by forcing utilities to use renewable sources to produce electricity, the industry said on Monday. "The manufacturers will keep investing if we can look forward and say over the next five-plus years we're going to see...

  • And even if Boston could challenge the license award, the commission said, the city lacks standing because the casino project is outside city limits in Everett. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's administration, which didn't immediately comment Monday, has argued that Boston should be considered a host city like Everett because the main entry into the casino...

  • NATICK, Mass. _ Cognex Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $43.7 million. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $151.5 million. For the current quarter ending in September, Cognex said it expects revenue in the range of $106 million to $109 million.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 3- Macy's Inc said on Monday the department store chain will expand same day delivery services to nine cities and metropolitan areas this month, pushing into an aggressive field dominated by e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc.. Macy's, the nation's largest department store chain, said it will now offer same day delivery to customers in 17...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Construction of a second track for the expanded rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Massachusetts, began Monday, and commuters will be bused along the route for the next year. The project will boost north-south rail transportation from six daily round-trip trains to 17 a day south of Hartford and 12 north of Hartford. It's also part of a broader...

  • BOSTON— The Boston Symphony Orchestra said Monday it was extending the contract of Andris Nelsons, who last year became the orchestra's youngest conductor in a century. The 36- year-old Latvian-born Nelsons served as music director of the Latvian National Opera and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England before taking the post with the Boston...

  • BUFFALO, N.Y.— The clock is ticking for leaders of New York's most chronically underperforming public schools, who under a new state law must quickly begin to turn things around or lose control to an outsider— a tactic that has produced mixed results elsewhere. On the other hand, Buffalo parent leader Sam Radford sees "the dawn of a new day" for schools where progress...

  • PITTSBURGH— A Chinese citizen who lives in western Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to charges she used phony passports to take English-language fluency tests used for college entrance purposes for two other Chinese women, including one now enrolled at Virginia Tech.. Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh allege they scammed tests run by Educational Testing...

  • No injuries were reported in the fire, which broke out Sunday night at the Obadiah McIntyre Farm Winery, part of the Charlton Orchards Farm. The fire was difficult to contain, Charlton fire Chief Charles Cloutier. Firefighters from Charlton and several other communities were hampered by a lack of water, which had to be trucked to the site.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 2- Verizon Communications Inc and the unions representing its wireline unit employees on the U.S. East Coast said work will go on and talks continue after their current contract expired. Since June, the unions have been in talks with Verizon over the company's plans to cut costs by controlling healthcare and pension-related benefits over a...

  • —In 2014, 1.6 percent of the electricity purchased in the U.S. came from Canada, and 60 percent of that went to New England and New York, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Canadian imports made up 12 to 16 percent of retail electricity sales in New England and New York. —In 2014, Hydro- Quebec, the biggest Canadian player in New England, exported...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec's rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation's highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. The six New England governors say reining in the costs is a...

  • Verizon workers to stay on job without new contract Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 | 12:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Verizon and unions representing workers in nine states said employees will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled. Marc Reed, Verizon's chief administrative officer, said the company is "disappointed" it was unable to reach an agreement with the unions despite "six weeks of good faith bargaining and a very strong effort by the...

  • The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair early Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks. The kid-size robot set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 1- Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Times columnist Maureen Dowd also said Biden, 72, has been "having meetings at his Washington residence to...

  • PHILADELPHIA— The manufacturer of the jet that crashed on takeoff in Massachusetts last year, killing the co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and six other people, has reported a problem with a fail-safe system that can allow the planes to reach high speeds on the runway even if they are prevented from taking off. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said in a document...

  • Joe Biden: Well, maybe I will after all... Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 2:52 PM ET
    Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE) (R) with his son Beau Biden in 2008.

    Vice President Joe Biden has begun to actively explore a presidential campaign, say several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his advisers.

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. Last week, the Communications Workers of America announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers covered by the contract voted to strike in a recent poll, if a new agreement isn't reached.

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. Last week the Communication Workers of America announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers covered by the contract voted to strike in a recent poll, if a new agreement isn't reached.