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  • The Portland Press Herald reports Washington- based transportation technology firm Inrix announced Tuesday that Portland would help pilot the AV Road Rules program. Avery Ash, who serves as Inrix's autonomous mobility lead, says Portland has the digital resources to support "safe operation and testing on public roads." City Manager Jon Jennings is confident...

  • BOSTON, July 17- A federal judge on Tuesday expressed concern about the scope of an indictment against several former Insys Therapeutics Inc executives accused of bribing doctors to prescribe an opioid and suggested U.S. prosecutors streamline the case to avoid its dismissal. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Boston said she believed the indictment did...

  • Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski said Monday they're beginning the next, larger phase of development for a wind farm to supply power to Rhode Island and Connecticut, another for Long Island, New York, and a third for Maryland's Eastern Shore. Providence- based Deepwater Wind has leased areas near Massachusetts and Maryland. The Massachusetts Lobstermen's...

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told lawmakers Tuesday that strong economic growth will keep the central bank on a path to gradually raise interest rates. Delivering his twice-a-year report on monetary policy to Congress, Powell gave an upbeat assessment of the economy's prospects. "Our policies reflect the strong performance of the...

  • Here are the top stories and upcoming coverage plans for Reuters text service as of 6 a.m. GMT/ 2 a.m. ET. HELSINKI- Standing side by side with Vladimir Putin, U.S. AMMAN- The Syrian army and its allies have taken control of a strategic hill overlooking the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights as it pushes forward with an offensive to seize the remaining parts of the...

  • Mexico's Damojh says steep take-off caused Cuba plane crash. MEXICO CITY- Mexican aviation company Damojh said on Monday a very steep take-off angle led one of its planes to crash in Cuba in May, killing 112 people, according to black boxes retrieved from the wreckage. Texas fetal tissue burial law on trial at U.S. court.

  • He became the 12th person to plead guilty as part of a larger investigation by the Justice Department into bribery at Petroleos de Venezuela SA that became public with the arrest of two Venezuelan businessmen in December 2015. De Leon is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 24. De Leon was arrested in October 2017 in Spain and was extradited to the United States...

  • Luis Carlos De Leon-Perez, 42, pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and to conspiring to commit money laundering, the U.S. Justice Department said. He became the 12th person to plead guilty as part of a larger investigation by the Justice Department into bribery at Petroleos de Venezuela SA that...

  • The Eagle-Tribune reports that 55- year-old Bernadette Coughlin was fired last month from her job as a supervisor with Sodexo at Holy Family Hospital after she was drug tested following a fall at work. However, Sodexo operates under federal jurisdiction. Coughlin has requested arbitration with Sodexo.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

    Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Trump administration are planning another deficit-financed tax-cut plan.

  • WASHINGTON, July 16- As November's U.S. elections approach, Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Trump administration are planning another deficit-financed tax-cut plan, but one widely seen as a vote-getting exercise with little chance of becoming law. House tax committee Chairman Kevin Brady says his panel and the White House are...

  • HINGHAM, Mass. _ Hingham Institution for Savings on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $8 million. The bank, based in Hingham, Massachusetts, said it had earnings of $3.64 per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • *Record Chinese trade surplus stokes U.S.- China tariff concern. NEW YORK, July 13- The dollar dipped against a basket of currencies on Friday, fading from a two-week peak which was tied to news of a record Chinese trade surplus that may fuel U.S.- China trade tensions and that briefly spurred safe-haven bids for the greenback. They could have restrained the...

  • BOSTON— A former Boston Globe employee who accused the newspaper's top editor of sending her inappropriate text messages is criticizing an investigation that found he didn't violate the company's anti-harassment policy. Hilary Sargent, a former Boston.com writer and editor, said in a statement Friday that she's "incredibly disappointed" by the Globe's...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— A $13 billion project to build a new rail tunnel into New York is scrambling to stay in the running for key federal funding as a July 14 deadline looms. According to the federal Department of Transportation, the tunnel project, the largest component of the Gateway rail project that plans to replace century-old rail infrastructure in New York and New...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in frequent contact with top officials of pharmaceutical giant Novartis as part of a $1.2 million consulting deal, and the Swiss-based company expected him to provide access to Trump administration policymakers, according to a report Friday by a group of Senate Democrats.

  • *Record Chinese trade surplus stokes U.S.- China tariff concern. NEW YORK, July 13- The dollar rose on Friday to a two-week peak against a basket of currencies after data showing a record Chinese trade surplus, which may add fuel to U.S.- China trade tensions, spurring more investors to pile into the safety of the greenback. "It's hard to see what's going to dethrone...

  • NEW YORK, July 13- As the United States ramps up import tariffs and long-date U.S Treasury debt yields remain low, stocks in so-called defensive sectors may have room to run higher in price, even though expectations for the currently quarterly earnings seasons are high. Stocks in defensive sectors, which generally pay steady dividends and have steady earnings,...

  • BOSTON— Boston Globe officials say an investigation has found the newspaper's top editor did not violate an anti-harassment policy in connection with text messages he exchanged with a former employee. A former Boston.com writer and editor, Hilary Sargent, accused Editor Brian McGrory of sending her inappropriate, sexually suggestive messages.

  • WASHINGTON— Army leaders will announce on Friday that they have chosen Austin, Texas, as the location for a new command headquarters that will focus on how to modernize the service and prepare for future wars, U.S. officials said. The Army laid out plans to create the so-called Futures Command last October, marking the first time in decades that the service has...