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  • NEW YORK, June 21- U.S. states could reap billions in online sales tax revenue and buttress their budgets after the nation's top court ruled on Thursday that e-commerce companies could be forced to collect the money, even if they have no physical presence in a state. The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of South Dakota and against Wayfair Inc and two other online...

  • BOSTON— Massachusetts lawmakers swiftly approved a compromise bill Wednesday that could keep proposals on paid leave, the minimum wage and a reduction in the sales tax from going before voters on the November ballot. The Senate followed, approving the bill by a 30-8 tally. The measure would gradually raise the state's minimum wage from the current $11 to $15 an...

  • MONTAUK, N.Y.— Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country's top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York. However, an Associated Press investigation found the company was linked to some of the same practices it vowed to fight. The New York- based...

  • NEWPORT, R.I.— The group that owns The Breakers mansion in Rhode Island is opening a welcome center that has drawn strenuous opposition from neighbors, preservationists and many descendants of the Vanderbilt family. The Preservation Society of Newport County is cutting the ribbon Thursday on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark in Newport.

  • MONTAUK, New York— Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country's top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York. However, an Associated Press investigation found the company was linked to some of the same practices it vowed to fight.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Information technology outsourcing firm Infosys is partnering with the Rhode Island School of Design for a planned design center. RISD president Rosanne Somerson says faculty, students and alumni will help train Infosys employees to focus on using "creativity and imagination" to solve problems. Infosys president Ravi Kumar says Providence...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday meant to prohibit pet stores in Rhode Island from selling dogs and cats from "puppy mills," but the state's veterinarian thinks the policy would be ineffective. Patricia Serpa, who sponsored the bill, said she was motivated by horror stories of puppy mills, where animals are bred on a large scale in "a...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— State lawmakers and nursing homes said Tuesday they have reached a deal to settle a high-profile case regarding Medicaid funding. Fifty-nine nursing homes in April won a Superior Court judgment that found the state made unauthorized cuts to their Medicaid funding. In response, the proposed $9.6 billion budget unveiled by Democratic House...

  • The $9.6 billion budget, unveiled late Friday and still in the works, includes an 8.5 percent cut in Medicaid payments to nursing facilities over nine months, beginning on July 1. The impact will be closures, "said Virginia Burke, president of the Rhode Island Health Care Association. She said the facilities, which rely on Medicaid payments because two-thirds of...

  • Social Security checks may or may not be taxed, depending on your income. Whether and how much of your Social Security benefit is taxed will be determined by "combined income." That's your adjusted gross income, plus any non-taxable interest, plus half your Social Security benefit.

  • Citi Bike share in New York City.

    Uber and Lyft each want to be the all-encompassing transportation platform of the future, shepherding people around the world through whatever means is best suited.

  • FRANKFURT, June 8- Buyout group Pamplona is viewed as the front runner to buy German home shopping TV network HSE24 from investor Providence, after other suitors dropped out, two people close to matter said. Providence, Pamplona, Apax and BC Partners declined to comment. An 85 percent stake in HSE24- which markets more than 20,000 different products to customers...

  • Recruiters and job seekers are seen at a job fair.

    Job seekers in the oil and energy fields might want to consider Houston. According to the monthly LinkedIn Workforce Report, the city has more jobs in those sectors than available workers.

  • NEW YORK, May 29- Citigroup Inc does not plan to use high deposit rates to attract customers to its new digital bank accounts when it begins marketing this fall, the chief of its global consumer bank said on Tuesday. Speaking at an investor conference, Stephen Bird said offering high rates tends to attract "hot money" depositors rather than loyal customers.

  • May 23- Massachusetts on Wednesday selected a partnership between Avangrid Inc and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners to develop what will be the largest U.S. offshore wind farm off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. The announcement came at the same time Massachusetts neighbor Rhode Island said it had awarded a 400 MW offshore wind procurement to Deepwater...

  • EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 16, 2018

    Sen. Tom Udall submitted evidence in a Senate hearing contradicting Pruitt's claim he can't recall asking security to use lights and sirens in his motorcade.

  • Gary Bettman

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, despite opposing this week's Supreme Court decision, concedes it could actually help hockey.

  • Horse racing in Monmouth Park in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey.

    Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, says companies rushing to cash in on the Supreme Court's decision need to act responsibly.

  • Justify #7 with Mike Smith up wins the 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.

    A Supreme Court decision on sports gambling could bring a temporary revenue windfall for states. But those betting on a long-term, reliable source of new funds face some long odds.

  • Nov. 01 2014 Mike Smith aboard Judy the Beauty celebrates winning the DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at the Breeders' Cup, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA

    The U.S. Supreme Court will allow more states to legalize sports betting, breaking up Nevada's monopoly on the practice.