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  • WASHINGTON— Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, offered this year's hopefuls advice about a hard-learned lesson: Release your tax returns before the primaries and avoid tough scrutiny later. Even as other candidates— most notably Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush— have already disclosed years' worth of private tax returns to dispel questions...

  • The FDA rules will require restaurants and other establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R- Wash., would leave the Food and Drug Administration rules requiring the labeling in place but make it easier for...

  • The Department of Environmental Conservation sent a letter to New Jersey- based Honeywell International and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, part of a Paris- based global conglomerate, demanding that they enter into binding consent orders to finance a state Superfund cleanup launched four weeks ago in Hoosick Falls, a small village on the Vermont border.

  • The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration completed the review of the Department for Children and Families on Friday. A letter with the findings has been given to the commissioners of the child welfare agency and the Department of Buildings and General Services and was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Social worker Lara Sobel...

  • Smith, who is executive director for a group called Vermonters for a Clean Environment and is not a lawyer, held a news conference on Monday at the Statehouse before a crowd of nearly 100 cheering supporters. She and her supporters maintain the backdrop for the complaint against her is a Public Service Board review process that is too legalistic and unfriendly...

  • BOSTON— Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. Among several plans yet to secure final approval are the $1.4 billion Northern Pass project, designed to bring 1,090 megawatts of Hydro- Quebec power through New Hampshire into southern New England and a 1,000- megawatt transmission line beneath Lake Champlain...

  • Feb 5- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to appear in an interview with Larry David on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", the New York Times reported on Friday. The U.S. senator from Vermont will travel to New York this weekend for the TV appearance, interrupting his campaign in New Hampshire, NYT reported on Friday, citing a senior campaign official.

  • Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 3:12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Still facing political jeopardy, President Barack Obama's health care law beat expectations by earning solid sign-ups this year, according to figures released Thursday by the administration. "It's not the unequivocal success that Obamacare advocates had hoped for, but also not the disaster that critics thought could make it a talking point on...

  • "We do not have any concerns or objections to the decommissioning road map that Entergy has developed," NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said Thursday. He made the comment shortly after the NRC made public a letter it had written to New Orleans- based Entergy Corp. that touched on several aspects of managing the Vernon reactor post-shutdown. Vermont Yankee closed...

  • Winter thaw triggers sap run in maple country Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 1:35 PM ET

    WEST TOPSHAM, Vt.— A winter thaw in the Northeast has triggered sap to flow in maple trees, launching an early start to the syrup season for some producers in parts of New England who have already decided to tap their trees. As for the price of the sweet stuff, which in Vermont goes for an average of about $49 a gallon, it's too early to tell how the four-to-six-week season...

  • WASHINGTON— The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients. At issue is how food companies will deal with Vermont's law. The food industry wants Congress to pre-empt Vermont's law and bar mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods before it goes into effect.

  • Feb 3- The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on Wednesday imposed a new policy banning staff from tweeting from its official Twitter account on their personal devices, a day after the bank apologized for an employee's unauthorized tweet dismissing the Iowa caucuses as irrelevant. On Monday night, as results were coming in from the Iowa caucuses, a San...

  • SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.— Raise your spoons: Ben& Jerry's now has nondairy ice cream. The Vermont ice cream maker has created four flavors using a certified vegan almond milk base. University of Vermont nutrition Professor Mingruo Guo, says he's not surprised Ben& Jerry's came out with nondairy products because a growing number of people don't want to eat dairy...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks slide as oil prices dive again Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 4:23 PM ET

    *U.S. crude settles below $30/ barrel. NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. and European stock indexes fell sharply on Tuesday and buyers sought safe-haven government bonds after another tumble in depressed oil prices. Benchmark Brent crude settled down 4.4 percent, while U.S. crude fell 5.5 percent, settling below $30 a barrel.

  • *U.S. crude settles below $30/ barrel. NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. and European stock indexes fell sharply on Tuesday and buyers sought safe-haven government bonds after another tumble in depressed oil prices. Benchmark Brent crude settled down 4.4 percent, while U.S. crude fell 5.5 percent, settling below $30 a barrel.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- Oil prices fell more than 3 percent on Tuesday amid worries about demand, renewing pressure on global equities and boosting buying of safe-haven U.S. government bonds. U.S. crude prices slipped below $30 a barrel before recovering somewhat as hopes for a deal between OPEC and Russia on output cuts faded. "People want to see stability in that market...

  • Working while sick? Vermont bill would ease the need Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 4:20 AM ET

    The Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to its version of a House-passed bill requiring paid time off after a year on the job: three days in the law's first two years; a minimum of five days a year after that. The measure is expected to win final Senate approval Wednesday, and go to Gov. The Vermont chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Annette Smith has been fighting the power for more than 15 years, tenaciously opposing energy projects she believes harm the environment or quality of life in Vermont. Smith's efforts to give towns and local groups greater say in large-scale renewable energy projects are meant to "help those who cannot afford the high priced lawyers the...

  • 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...

  • Robert Califf, is a cardiologist and researcher who joined the FDA a year ago as a deputy commissioner. Califf's extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry give me no reason to believe that he would make the FDA work for ordinary Americans, rather than just the CEOs of pharmaceutical companies, "Sanders said in a statement. Peter Pitts, a former associate...