Top News & Analysis Vermont

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— A pending deal between the state and federal governments will give a big boost to efforts by Vermont's largest health care provider to get 80 percent of its revenue by 2018 for keeping people healthy, rather than treating illnesses, the top official at the University of Vermont Medical Center said Friday. Once Vermont's deal with the federal...

  • Donald Trump says he saved former Miss Universe Alicia Machado's job by shaming her into losing weight. Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly Wednesday night that he "saved her job because they wanted to fire her for putting on so much weight." Donald Trump wants to know how many Christian conservatives are backing him in Iowa.

  • Rob Portman's re-election campaign in Ohio is happening under the fingertips of voters. Google says Portman has made some of the savviest use this election cycle of its digital resources as his campaign has begun to unravel an early lead by former Ohio Gov. In fact, Strickland's Senate campaign also has employed the company's search lifts and data mining tools...

  • NEW YORK— American Express did not violate antitrust laws by barring merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another and steering consumers to another form of payment, a federal appeals court said Monday. To do so, it said, likely would increase the market shares of Visa and MasterCard at the expense of American Express, whose card members tend...

  • BURLINGTON, Vt.— The University of Vermont College of Medicine is changing the way physicians are trained by switching exclusively to a hands-on approach to learning designed to encourage students to solve medical puzzles rather than just memorizing body parts and diseases. "Shifting completely away from the traditional lectures in that way, we are not...

  • The Yahoo hack exposed personal details from at least 500 million user accounts, potentially the largest breach of an email provider in history. Despite the size of the break-in, attackers don't appear to have accessed obviously sensitive information such as financial data or Social Security numbers. Thieves potentially accessed Social Security numbers,...

  • Would-be publishers have sent in essays from as far away as Australia and Europe with promises to keep a tiny Vermont weekly alive. But the owner of the Hardwick Gazette said Wednesday he hasn't yet gotten enough entries to choose a winner to take over the 127- year-old community newspaper. Ross Connelly, who at 71 is ready to retire, came up with the $175 essay...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— Maine utility regulators are considering a $500,000 fine against FairPoint Communications for failing to meet minimum service standards for landline customers, but FairPoint contends the standards are both unattainable and unnecessary in the fast-evolving telecom industry. FairPoint, which provides telephone service in Maine, New...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 13- The company building a pipeline to transport oil from North Dakota to the U.S. Gulf Coast said on Tuesday it remained committed to completing construction even after the U.S. Justice Department blocked the project while Native Americans and other protesters geared up for another day of demonstrations. The U.S. Justice Department on Friday...

  • *Bicycle company says Berkshire illegally diverted premiums. *Berkshire does not immediately provide comment. The complaint, filed late Friday by Breakaway Courier Systems, came as Berkshire's Applied Underwriters unit faces scrutiny over its workers' compensation policies, including some that have been banned by California, Vermont and Wisconsin.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 30- Democrat Elizabeth Warren and 19 other U.S. senators voiced concern to the chief executive of Mylan NV about the high cost of its EpiPen on Tuesday, calling the device used in the case of life-threatening allergies "exorbitantly expensive." Mylan has been under fire for steadily raising the price of the device from about $100 in 2008 to about...

  • Ron Read

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  • Then along came Jeffrey Bullock, the newly appointed secretary of state for Delaware. Delaware's second-biggest biggest source of revenue was fees from few-questions-asked company registrations and other corporate services. The global pushback against shell companies was threatening to dim Delaware's longstanding appeal as a secretive corporate...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- A data breach at 20 U.S. hotels operated by HEI Hotels& Resorts for Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt and Intercontinental may have divulged payment card data from tens of thousands of food, drink and other transactions, HEI said on Sunday. About 8,000 transactions occurred during the affected period at the Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara hotel in California,...

  • LONDON, Aug 9- Global pressure on health spending is forcing the $1 trillion- a-year pharmaceutical industry to look for new ways to price its products: charging based on how much they improve patients' health, rather than how many pills or vials are sold. In the United States, both parties are promising fresh action on drug prices whoever wins the White House.

  • HOUSTON, Aug 4- A pact that 15 U.S. states signed to jointly investigate Exxon Mobil Corp for allegedly misleading the public about climate change sought to keep prosecutors' deliberations confidential and was broadly written so they could probe other fossil fuel companies. After numerous filings under sunshine laws, a copy of the agreement was obtained by the...

  • Reading a food label

    Obama has signed a law that would require all food labels to declare whether the item contains GMO's, NBC News reported.

  • District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington, D.C. ruled that AstraZeneca was not likely to win a lawsuit claiming it should get seven more years of exclusive rights to the drug thanks to its recent approval to treat a rare pediatric illness. Crestor, which accounted for more than 20 percent of AstraZeneca's $23.6 billion in sales last year, was approved by the FDA...

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