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  • In New England, where a regional casino war is afoot, Connecticut's Foxwoods is remaking one of its gambling floors— now christened "The Fox"— as a hip, fun scene in the sprawling 30- year-old casino complex. In Rhode Island, the more modest-sized Twin River Casino removed 274 slot machines to make way for more poker and other table games favored by younger gamblers...

  • Report: Climate change threatens food fish in Northeast Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 4:01 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Fish and shellfish that humans rely on for food and that are important to the economy are on a list of Northeastern marine species considered most vulnerable to climate change, a federal government report released Wednesday and published by the journal PLOS ONE said. The study ranged from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to the Gulf of Maine and is...

  • The White House said it supports making cyber intrusion tools available overseas for legitimate cybersecurity activities, according to a letter made public Tuesday. The Obama administration agrees that "keeping these technologies from illegitimate actors must not come at the expense of legitimate cybersecurity activities," according to a letter from...

  • An Associated Press review of campaign finance records found the change— which doubled the maximum annual allowable donation from $500 to $1,000— has helped flood candidates campaign accounts with money. According to the AP's review, 1,267 individuals kicked in $1,000 checks to Baker, a haul of more than $1.2 million. Karyn Polito, pulled in $580,000 in $1,000...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? Airports in Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire send everything from box loads of pocket knives and scissors to unclaimed luggage to New Hampshire's state surplus division. The $700,000 the state grosses from surplus sales is barely a fraction of the business...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island is offering $2,500 rebates to encourage residents to buy or lease plug-in cars, joining a growing number of states inviting drivers to go electric. Only about 450 electric-powered vehicles are on the roads of the nation's smallest state, far fewer than in neighboring Massachusetts— where nearly 5,500 are registered— or...

  • Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have dozens of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals. All told, 51 proposals need to be vetted in coming months as the three states look to sign long-term contracts for electricity from wind turbines, dams and solar...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— It would cost up to $20 for big-rig trucks to cross through Rhode Island along the East Coast's most-traveled highway under a new plan proposed Thursday by the state's Democratic leaders. The bill also includes a provision lawmakers added to reassure Rhode Island residents the bill would not collect tolls on cars. Each truck toll would be about...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Friend, employer confirm former Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci has died at 74..

  • Textron misses Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 6:47 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Textron Inc. shares are skidding as the military and civilian aircraft maker dialed back its outlook for 2016 and reported fourth-quarter earnings that missed Wall Street expectations. Textron is forecasting full-year earnings of $14.3 billion, about $2.60 to $2.80 per share, down from previous estimates. Textron shares fell nearly 10...

  • Washington Trust posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 4:22 PM ET

    WESTERLY, R.I. _ Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $10.7 million. The holding company for The Washington Trust Co. posted revenue of $41.4 million in the period. Keywords: Washington Trust Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Brown to open entrepreneurship center with $25M gift Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 12:30 PM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Brown University says it will create a center for entrepreneurship with a $25 million gift it has received from a 1977 graduate who founded a private equity firm. Brown President Christina Paxson says the center is aimed at encouraging students to apply what they learn in the classroom to experiences working with entrepreneurs and...

  • Truckers fret over cost for I-95 tolls in Rhode Island Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 11:18 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Hauling goods through Rhode Island along the East Coast's most-traveled highway could become an expensive hassle for big-rig truckers if the state follows through with a plan to become the first to install truck-only tolls. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, a Newport Democrat, said she is still waiting for the plan's details— including toll...

  • GROTON, Conn.— U.S. Navy contractor Electric Boat is building and designing so many submarines that the company's president told a group in Connecticut on Monday it's a "terrific time" to be in the submarine business. Funding for submarine programs is projected to increase from $7.2 billion in the 2016 fiscal year to more than $8 billion in 2017, Electric Boat...

  • BOSTON/ FAIRFIELD, Conn., Jan 13- General Electric Co's decision to move its corporate headquarters from Connecticut to Boston will boost the city's efforts to revitalize a once run-down district where mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger carried out some of his most notorious murders. The maker of products ranging from jet engines to high-tech medical devices said on...

  • BOSTON/ FAIRFIELD, Conn., Jan 13- General Electric Co's decision to move its corporate headquarters from Connecticut to Boston will boost the city's efforts to revitalize a run-down district where mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger carried out some his most notorious murders. The maker of products ranging from jet engines to high-tech medical devices said on...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- Companies would have to disclose publicly whether they have anyone on their board who is a "cyber security expert" under legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. The outlook for approval of this proposal was unclear, but it comes at a time of growing concern in Congress about damaging computer hacks that have hit companies such as...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Greece was the best government bond investment in the euro zone this year despite almost leaving the currency bloc in a dispute over its third financial rescue while Finland, a champion of fiscal responsibility, lost the most money for investors. Meanwhile Finland, which threatened to stay out of Greece's third bailout, has lost its allure as an...

  • COLUMN-Five apps to organize your financial life Monday, 7 Dec 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Dec 7- Earlier this year a tax pro mentioned the FileThis organizing app to me. Within seconds of installing it, I wondered, "Where has this been all my life?" I have tried an absurd number of software programs that promised to simplify, streamline and de-clutter our family's financial life.

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, Nov 11- Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile Netherlands division has drawn interest from private equity groups Apax and CVC, which are putting the finishing touches to their rival bids, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The unit, which lags competitors KPN and Vodafone in the market, could be valued at up to 3 billion euros and is being sold...