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  • BURLINGTON, Vt.— Two advocates for dairy farm workers were released on bond Tuesday following their arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement about two weeks ago. Zully Palacios and Enrique Balcazar, who are in the United States illegally, said they were still fighting for the release of a third activist, who remained behind bars. ICE said Sanchez told them...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Shareholders of telecommunications companies Consolidated Communications and FairPoint Communications voted on Tuesday to approve a proposed merger. Consolidated announced in December it was buying FairPoint for $1.5 billion, assuming its debt and offering dividends to stockholders. Shareholder voting took place Tuesday at...

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Maryland lawmakers voted Monday to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, a process better known as fracking. Fracking isn't being done in Maryland now, but a moratorium on issuing permits ends in October. "The Republican governor closest to D.C.— Larry Hogan of Maryland— has joined scientists and health leaders in agreeing that fracking...

  • BOSTON— Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Boston to protest the detention by federal immigration officials of two advocates for Vermont dairy farm workers. Jose Enrique Balcazar Sanchez and Zully Victoria Palacios Rodriguez are scheduled to appear Monday in immigration court in Boston for a custody hearing. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

  • A March 14 letter from Nissan executive Scott Becker to the United Auto Workers union declines to address demands presented after a March 4 pro-union rally. Among other things, the union had demanded that Nissan discuss a neutrality agreement with the UAW covering an employee vote on union representation. Nissan's management opposes unionization in Canton,...

  • NEWPORT, Vt.— A Vermont company has won a U.S. Army contract worth up to $98 million to produce lightweight next-generation combat helmets for soldiers. Revision Military Ltd. said Tuesday it will manufacture the helmets at its Newport facility and the work could generate 50 to 100 jobs. Patrick Leahy is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

  • University of Vermont researchers have been raising the exotic spice now grown primarily in Iran and are encouraging growers to tap into what they hope will be a cash crop. said Patricia Fontaine, of Palmer Farm in Little Compton, Rhode Island. She, her mother and brother attended a sold-out workshop this month on growing saffron hosted by the University of...

  • NEW YORK, March 16- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday said the city would suffer huge cuts to a wide array of services and capital funding, jeopardizing everything from housing inspections and senior services to transit projects and counter-terrorism efforts, under President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget. "New York City is directly in the...

  • TORONTO, March 14- Canada's biggest airport canceled more than a hundred flights on Tuesday as a late winter storm brought more snow to southern Ontario, forcing several colleges to suspend classes. Sheridan College, Brock University, Mohawk College and McMaster University all in Ontario province were closed, according to a local media report.

  • SAO PAULO, March 13- Brazilian meatpacker and food processor JBS SA on Monday said it reached an agreement to acquire U.S.-based ham and bacon producer Plumrose USA for $230 million, according to a securities filing. The Brazilian company said the deal includes five prepared foods plants located in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi and Vermont and two distribution...

  • NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks ended little changed in light volume on Monday, with traders eyeing a Federal Reserve meeting expected to result in an interest rate increase later this week. Shares of Mobileye jumped nearly 30 percent to a high of $61.51 after chipmaker Intel agreed to buy the driverless technology maker for $15.3 billion. Mobileye closed up 28.2...

  • *More M&A: Intel buying Mobileye, Wood Group for Amec Foster. NEW YORK, March 13- Major U.S. stock indexes paused on Monday as investors braced for a potential U.S. interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve later in the week, while oil prices hovered near three-month lows. "Other than the Fed on Wednesday, I dont see anything going on to make any decisions on," said Paul...

  • NEW YORK, March 13- U.S. stocks ended little changed in light volume on Monday, with traders eyeing a Federal Reserve meeting expected to result in an interest rate increase later this week. Shares of Mobileye jumped nearly 30 percent to a high of $61.51 after chipmaker Intel agreed to buy the driverless technology maker for $15.3 billion. Mobileye closed up 28.2...

  • March 9- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to the consumption of soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery that has led to two deaths. Six people were hospitalized in Connecticut, Florida, New York and Vermont, including two fatalities in Connecticut and Vermont, the CDC said on...

  • WASHINGTON, March 7- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and 11 other Democrats said on Tuesday it was "critical" that the Trump administration leave in place new vehicle fuel efficiency rules, saying the higher standards were achievable. EPA spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn declined to comment on the letter "since the agency has not announced how it will...

  • Feb 21- Insurance giant American International Group Inc has reached a deal to sell one of its lesser-known assets: a northern Vermont ski slope. Vail Resorts Inc, a Broomfield, Colorado- based company that runs mountain resorts, has signed a $50 million agreement to buy the ski operations of Stowe Mountain Resort from AIG's real-estate business, the resort...

  • Feb 21- Insurance giant American International Group Inc has reached a deal to sell one of its lesser-known assets: a northern Vermont ski slope. Vail Resorts Inc, a Brookfield, Colorado- based company that runs mountain resorts, has signed a $50 million agreement to buy the ski operations of Stowe Mountain Resort from AIG's real-estate business, the resort...

  • Joe Ready, head of Wells Fargo's institutional retirement plan business, for example, told trustees of the city of San Diego's defined contribution plan that participants' $1 billion in assets were walled off from other parts of Wells Fargo. San Diego pension officials declined to comment for this story. Wells Fargo declined to make Ready available and said it...

  • HAVANA, Feb 20- The Mississippi ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport signed agreements in Cuba on Monday with an eye to future business and with a Republican U.S. senator from the state looking on, despite concerns President Donald Trump might backtrack on improved relations. There is great potential for business between these ports and Cuba due to the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Marathon Pharmaceuticals LLC said on Monday it was "pausing" the launch of its Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug after U.S. lawmakers questioned why the company priced it at $89,000 a year when patients had been able to import it for as little as $1,000. Marathon's drug, Emflaza, known generically as deflazacort, is a steroid, one of a class of drugs...