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  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The U.S. Navy awarded a $5 billion contract to General Dynamics' Electric Boat Thursday to finish designing a new class of ballistic-missile submarines so construction can start. The Navy called the program its top priority because ballistic-missile submarines help deter nuclear war. The first of the 12 submarines is expected to be delivered...

  • Credit reporting company Equifax corporate offices are pictured in Atlanta, Georgia, September 8, 2017.

    CEO Richard Smith will testify before the Senate Banking Committee about the Equifax security breach.

  • A first time voter, walks up to polling booth to cast her vote at a polling station set-up at Watts Towers Arts Center on November 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

    Evidence of Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election is changing voting machine practices, USA Today reports.

  • NEW YORK— State and federal authorities are proposing tougher regulations against Equifax and the entire credit monitoring industry after the company announced that personal information like Social Security numbers of about 143 million Americans was exposed. This is on top of the lawsuits already filed against Equifax by state attorneys general, and a...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Steve Ballmer says he started his new venture, USAFacts, as a way to "suck out all the data" collected by government agencies and shoot it back out to the public in a digestible form. The former Microsoft CEO, philanthropist and LA Clippers owner talked with The Associated Press about data— and the way people and machines collect it.

  • An attendee checks out a new iPhone X during an Apple launch event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017.

    Customers ready to shell out for the high-priced new iPhone could face trouble getting the financing if their credit is frozen.

  • PHOENIX— Motel 6 says its employees in Phoenix will no longer work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents following news reports that its workers were providing guests' names to agents who later arrested 20 of the people on immigration charges. The news that Motel 6 workers in Phoenix were aiding ICE agents immediately thrust the chain into the...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island's unemployment rate has kept steady at 4.3 percent. Rhode Island's rate was down one percentage point from a year ago. Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced Tuesday that it's relocating its headquarters from New Haven, Connecticut, to Boston and cutting 20 percent of its global workforce.

  • NEW YORK— Apple fans who froze their credit after the Equifax data breach may end up with another hassle on their hands if they try to get one of the new iPhones that can cost more than $1,000. Since Equifax disclosed that 143 million Americans had their Social Security numbers and other personal data hacked, experts have encouraged people who may affected to put...

  • Credit reporting company Equifax corporate offices are pictured in Atlanta, Georgia, September 8, 2017.

    A U.S. House panel said Wednesday the chief executive of Equifax will testify about a massive data breach that impacted up to 143 million Americans.

  • NEW YORK— Worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software after the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab software on Wednesday. Best Buy and Office Depot said they will no longer sell software made by the Russian company, although one security researcher said most consumers don't need to be alarmed.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Sept 13- Nearly 40 states have joined a probe of Equifax Inc's handling of a massive data breach that exposed valuable information on up to 143 million Americans and sent shares of the credit reporting company tumbling. Congress is also probing the hack, and Equifax's chief executive, Richard Smith, is expected to testify on Oct. 3 before a...

  • DETROIT— Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has told a group of senators he never made any promises to billionaire investor Carl Icahn about renewable fuel credits that were costing one of Icahn's companies millions of dollars. In 2012, Icahn bought an 82 percent stake in CVR Energy, a refinery in Sugar Land, Texas. Icahn unsuccessfully tried...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 13- A U.S. House panel said Wednesday the chief executive of Equifax will testify about a massive data breach that impacted up to 143 million Americans at an Oct. 3 hearing, as the company's shares fell another 14.6 percent amid pressure on the company to explain its handling of the hack. Representative Greg Walden, Republican chairman of the...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ United Natural Foods Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $38.9 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 69 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.37 billion.

  • The lawmakers signed a letter asking the Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Trade Commission to probe about $1.8 million in stock sales by three executives between the time the company learned about the hack and when they made it public. "If that happened, somebody needs to go to jail," Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat on the...

  • CRANSTON, R.I.— Rhode Island officials say they'll assist hundreds of employees affected after the southern New England retail chain Benny's announced it was closing its doors. The director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training tells WPRI-TV agency workers will help Benny's employees work on their resumes, apply for unemployment benefits and...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— The federal government is shutting down the shortfin squid fishery later this week to avoid exceeding quota for the year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the fishery will close at 12:01 a.m. on Friday until Dec. 31. The shortfin squid fishery is located mostly off of Rhode Island.

  • *To shift headquarters to Boston, close some sites. The company named longtime Biogen Inc finance chief Paul Clancy as CFO in June, months after appointing former Baxalta executive Ludwig Hantson as CEO. Alexion's restructuring efforts showed the drugmaker was focused on execution and serious about controlling costs, Cowen& Co analyst Eric Schmidt said.

  • The drugmaker also said it would relocate its headquarters to Boston from New Haven, Connecticut by mid-2018. Alexion named long-time Biogen Inc finance chief Paul Clancy as CFO in June, as newly appointed Alexion CEO Ludwig Hantson stepped up efforts to regain investor confidence. It expects pre-tax expenses of $340 million to $440 million related to the...