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  • BOSTON— The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to raise the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes and other tobacco products across the state, which could make it the second to raise its threshold to 21 years old. Hawaii became the first U.S. state last year to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21, and other states are considering the change.

  • WASHINGTON— The House Judiciary Committee took an election-year swipe Wednesday at the nation's growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers. Its easy approval contrasted with recent clashes between the two parties over President Barack Obama's Supreme...

  • WESTERLY, R.I. _ Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $10.9 million. The holding company for The Washington Trust Co. posted revenue of $42.4 million in the period. Keywords: Washington Trust Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters after speaking at Crosby High School, in Waterbury, Connecticut, April 23, 2016.

    Heading into the final weeks of contests, there has been intense speculation that Trump's support has a ceiling. NBC News reports.

  • WASHINGTON— Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic presidential primary in Rhode Island, claiming his first win of the night and blocking a potential sweep by Hillary Clinton of Tuesday's five contests.

  • *Deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria sixfold to 300. HANOVER, Germany, April 25- President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil war began, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies angry over Washington's cautious approach to the conflict. The deployment of up to 250 Special Forces...

  • *Deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria six-fold to 300. HANOVER, Germany, April 25- President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since its civil war began, but the move was unlikely to mollify Arab allies angry over Washington's cautious approach to the conflict. The deployment of up to 250 Special Forces...

  • BETHLEHEM, Pa., April 24- With a rusting steel mill in its center, this Pennsylvania city would seem fertile ground for Donald Trump's campaign and its vision of a declining America that only he can fix. Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley region around it have filled new industrial parks with e-commerce companies, white collar businesses fleeing New York's high...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— A Providence police officer has been arrested and suspended without pay after being accused of stealing bundles of coupons and inserts that go in the Sunday newspaper. Police say they arrested Jesse Ferrell on Friday after officers witnessed him trying to break into a company that distributes The Providence Journal. Ferrell was charged with...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Citizens Financial Group Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $223 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 38 cents per share. Citizens Financial Group shares have decreased 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, made the request in a letter dated April 20 to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas. The letter, seen by Reuters, came weeks after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists worked with media outlets including The Guardian and BBC to report on 11.5 million...

  • Medicare wants more doctors and patients to talk about the tough care decisions that must be made if a person becomes seriously ill or incapacitated. Only 17 percent of adults say they have had these discussions with a health care provider, according to the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. If you don't have Medicare, check before scheduling an appointment...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's $7.5 billion pension fund will vote "no" any time a company in which it invests nominates a slate of corporate board nominees that would cause fewer than 30 percent of directors to be women or racial minorities, the state's treasurer said Wednesday. "Even if little Rhode Island isn't necessarily going to tip the scales in a lot of...

  • The company said on Wednesday it delivered 34 business jets and 26 King Air turboprops in the quarter, compared with 33 jets and 25 King Airs in the same period last year. Revenue in Textron's aviation division, which includes Beechcraft and Cessna but not the helicopter business, rose 3.8 percent to $1.09 billion in the first quarter ended April 2, accounting for...

  • Textron said it delivered 34 business jets and 26 King Air turboprops in the quarter, compared with 33 jets and 25 King Airs in the same period last year. Textron, which also makes Beechcraft aircraft, reaffirmed its 2016 earnings forecast of $2.60- $2.80 per share. Net income rose to $150 million, or 55 cents per share, in the quarter from $128 million, or 46 cents per...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Textron Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $150 million. Textron expects full-year earnings to be $2.60 to $2.80 per share. Textron shares have declined slightly more than 9 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased roughly 3 percent.

  • Other retailers receiving the letters are BCBG Max Azria, Carter's Inc, Canada's DavidsTea Inc, Forever 21 Inc, Ascena Retail Group Inc's Justice, Pacific Sunwear of California Inc, Payless ShoeSource, Tillys Inc, Fast Retailing Co's Uniqlo, VF Corp's Van's and Zumiez Inc.. He was joined in the latest requests by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut,...

  • Other chains receiving the letters are BCBG Max Azria, Carter's Inc, Canada's DavidsTea Inc, Forever 21 Inc, Ascena Retail Group Inc's Justice, Pacific Sunwear of California Inc, Payless ShoeSource, Tillys Inc, Fast Retailing Co's Uniqlo, VF Corp's Van's and Zumiez Inc.. He was joined in the latest requests by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, the...

  • NEW YORK, April 11- Verizon Communications Inc's wireline employees will go on strike starting Wednesday after reaching an impasse in talks over a new contract, union officials said on Monday. Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represent over 37,000 employees of the wireline business, which includes...

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    San Francisco became the first U.S. city to mandate six weeks of fully paid parental leave, requiring employers to shoulder much of the cost.