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Top News & Analysis Massachusetts

  • On the company's third quarter earnings call, Dominion said the three plants are the 1,536- megawatt Brayton Point coal, natural gas and oil-fired plant in Massachusetts; the 1,158- MW Kincaid coal plant in Illinois; and the company's stake in the 1,424- MW Elwood gas plant in Illinois.

  • NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • WESTON, Mass.-- Biotech drugmaker Biogen Idec Inc. said Thursday its profit grew more than 13 percent in the third quarter, led by sales of the company's multiple sclerosis treatment Avonex. The Massachusetts- based company said revenue from Avonex grew 8 percent to $736.2 million in the period.

  • Deval Patrick's administration has unveiled a new plan for dealing with the mounting costs associated with the alleged mishandling of evidence at a state drug lab. The plan was announced by Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez after some agencies affected by the crisis missed a Wednesday deadline for submitting cost estimates.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.-- Connecticut's tourism industry is getting a boost from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Burns announced Wednesday that he has partnered with a luxury tour group, Tauck Tours of Norwalk, on a redesigned eight-day tour of New England' s "hidden gems," which will include a two-day stop in Hartford.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Money managers across the United States are avidly watching the Nov. 6 presidential election, gaming out investing strategies in the event of a second term for Barack Obama or a first one for Mitt Romney.

  • WALTHAM, Mass.-- Raytheon Co. said Thursday that third-quarter income was flat, hurt by a slight drop in revenue and tough comparisons to a prior-year quarter boosted by a hefty tax-related gain. But the profit beat Wall Street predictions and the defense contractor boosted its profit prediction for the full year.

  • California: Up 26,935, due to layoffs in all sectors, particularly the service industry. Florida: Up 3,947, due to layoffs in agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail and services. Ohio: Up 1,936, due to layoffs in transportation and manufacturing.

  • The latest numbers show that young adults 25-29 are the primary out-of-state movers; they had the biggest gain in 13 years as they struck out on their own to test the job market in urban, high-tech meccas such as Washington, D.C.; Denver; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Austin, Texas.

  • NEW YORK-- JetBlue Airways Corp. said Thursday its third-quarter net income rose 29 percent as higher traffic from an ongoing expansion in Boston and the Caribbean offset the impact of slightly lower fares. The New York airline earned $45 million, or 14 cents per share, compared with $35 million, or 11 cents per share, in the third quarter a year ago.

  • CARACAS, Venezuela-- After four election wins, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is on track to completing at least 20 years in power, and supporters such as street bookseller Cristina Tovar say they're glad to have him in charge.

  • CHICAGO-- People who collapse from cardiac arrest in poor black neighborhoods are half as likely to get CPR from family members at home or bystanders on the street as those in better-off white neighborhoods, according to a study that found the reasons go beyond race. The findings suggest a big need for more knowledge and training, the researchers said.

  • CANTON, Mass.-- Dunkin' Brands nearly quadrupled its net income during the third quarter as the company trimmed expenses enough to offset slowing sales growth at its Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins stores. Dunkin' earned $29.5 million for the three months ended Sept. 29, compared with $7.4 million a year ago.

  • BOSTON-- Two organizations that track the Massachusetts real estate market say sales of single family homes remained healthy in September in part because of stabilized prices. The Massachusetts Association of Realtors reported Thursday that sales were up nearly 3 percent from the same month last year, the 15th month of year-over-year increases.

  • NEW ORLEANS-- BP PLC said Thursday it has capped and plugged an abandoned piece of equipment that is believed to be the source of a sheen spotted near the site of its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP and the Coast Guard both say no oil has been seen leaking out of the container since it was capped and plugged.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Money managers across the United States are avidly watching the Nov. 6 presidential election, gaming out investing strategies in the event of a second term for Barack Obama or a first one for Mitt Romney.

  • *CEO Steve Bennett takes control of sales force. BOSTON, Oct 24- Symantec Corp reported results ahead of Wall Street expectations as its new chief executive took direct control of the company's sales force as part of an effort to turn around the maker of security software. You have a new CEO who is off to a good start,'' said Daniel Ives, analyst with FBR Capital Markets.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Barnes& Noble Inc said on Wednesday that customers who shopped at 63 of its stores as recently as last month may have had their credit or debit card information stolen in what the U.S. bookstore chain called a ``sophisticated criminal effort.''.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 24- Billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer says he will focus on pushing California toward an alternative energy future when he steps down from the company he founded, Farallon Capital.

  • Boston, Oct 24- Symantec Corp, the top maker of computer security software, reported results ahead of Street expectations as its new chief executive began a turnaround effort following the firing of his predecessor in July.