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  • Clinton, in an op-ed published by the Huffington Post, was critical of the "so-called revolving door" between government and Wall Street firms in particular, saying it erodes public trust "if a public servant's past and future are tied to the financial industry." "That's when people start worrying that the foxes are guarding the hen house," Clinton, the front-runner...

  • Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil. This is the first year Oregon farmers can grow hemp, following the Legislature's approval in 2009. Growing hemp without a federal permit was banned in 1970 due to its classification as a controlled substance and relation to marijuana.

  • Algae drives down property values on Lake Champlain Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    GEORGIA, Vt.— The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain will someday be passed down to her children but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won't amount to much of an inheritance. The algae, which can be toxic to humans and dogs, prompted the town of Georgia to reduce the property values $50,000 each...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Four years after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene nearly destroyed Vermont's fish hatchery in Roxbury, officials still are looking for the estimated $5 million it would take to rebuild it to meet modern standards. Meanwhile, a hatchery on the White River in Bethel owned by the federal government is closed although it was nearly fully repaired...

  • Democratic Party lags in money before presidential year Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 11:17 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor. Its $24 million debt from the 2012 presidential election, only recently paid down, has squeezed investments in the next White House race. The Republican National Committee, coming out of years in the red,...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont attorney general's office is conducting a criminal investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat following a whistleblower's complaints about alleged Medicaid fraud at the private psychiatric hospital, The Associated Press has learned. Its 2014 annual report said about a quarter of its $65 million annual budget came from state...

  • President Barack Obama signed a federal declaration of emergency for Washington state on Friday, authorizing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts in 11 counties and several Indian reservations hard hit by wildfires. The Okanogan Complex includes the so-called Twisp River fire,...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine officials say the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in July and was little changed from the month before. The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that the jobless rate last month was down from 4.7 percent in June. Vermont had the lowest rate among the six states at 3.6 percent and Rhode Island had the highest rate at 5.8 percent.

  • The Nebraska Labor Department said the preliminary July rate was six-tenths of a point under the July 2014 rate of 3.3 percent. U.S. Labor Department figures said Nebraska was trailed by North Dakota at 3 percent and Utah and Vermont at 3.6 percent. The Omaha rate remained unchanged at 3.2 percent but was down seven-tenths of a point from July 2014.

  • ATLANTA— As part of her promise to address rising college costs, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling to expand the AmeriCorps service program launched under her husband's administration. Clinton calls for spending about $20 billion over 10 years on the expansion, increasing the number of civil service volunteers from...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- World stock markets and oil prices fell on Thursday as another slump in the equity market of China, the No. 2 economy, stoked concerns about sluggish global growth. Stocks in China tumbled again, with both the Shanghai and Shenzhen markets down more than 3 percent. "This is clearly the indicators that are coming out of China," said Paul Mendelsohn, chief...

  • NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada— Hillary Rodham Clinton is voicing opposition to President Barack Obama's authorization for oil drilling in the Alaska Arctic and his delays on Keystone XL, in some of the clearest signs of the Democratic front-runner distancing herself from the president. In the course of a few hours, she announced her disapproval of his move to allow...

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska. "The Arctic is a unique treasure," Clinton said in a Twitter post. On Monday, the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell PLC final approval to...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 17- Hillary Clinton has told the AFL-CIO she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors, offering a glimpse of the Democratic presidential front-runner's thinking on a topic she has rarely addressed on the campaign trail. In a questionnaire on labor issues from April that has not been made public, Clinton said she...

  • Aug 6- Dairy Farmers of America Inc has agreed to pay $50 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in which farmers in the northeastern United States accused the marketing cooperative of conspiring to drive down milk prices. In their lawsuit, which began in October 2009, farmers accused Dairy Farmers of America, its Dairy Marketing Services LLC arm, and dairy...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 6- Democratic presidential candidates will hold the first of six primary debates on October 13 in Nevada, the party said on Thursday, setting out a debate calendar that rivals of frontrunner Hillary Clinton say is insufficient. Announcing the calendar on the day of the first Republican primary debate, the Democratic National Committee set the...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 6- Democratic candidates for the White House in 2016 will hold their first primary debate, hosted by CNN, in the swing state of Nevada on October 13, the party said on Thursday. Announcing the Democrats' debate calendar on the day the first Republican primary debate takes place, the Democratic National Committee also set five other Democratic...

  • *Utilities lead declines on Wall Street. The dollar rose sharply against the euro after Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart, a member of the Fed's policy setting committee who typically votes with the core, told the Wall Street Journal it would take a sharp turn for the worst in economic data to change his view in support of a rate hike after...

  • *Utilities lead declines on Wall Street. The dollar rose sharply against the euro after Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart, a member of the Fed's policy setting committee who typically votes with the core, told the Wall Street Journal it would take a sharp turn for the worst in economic data to change his view in support of a rate hike after...

  • CEO's $70K starting pay minimum sparks backlash Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 4:25 PM ET
    Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price attends the Canoche Benefit for the RC22 Foundation on June 3, 2015 in Seattle.

    When Dan Price said he would set a minimum salary of $70K for his 120 employees, he didn’t foresee the turmoil it would cause, NYT reports.