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  • They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the plight of young immigrant "dreamers" and other contentious issues. The House approved the measure shortly thereafter, and President Donald Trump later signed it behind closed doors at the White House. If those talks don't yield a deal in the next three weeks, the Republican...

  • Jan 22- Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month. Neighboring Massachusetts, nearby Maine and six other states have legalized marijuana use as a result of voter initiatives.

  • The grocer has struggled because of its modest size and limited store footprint, according to credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service Inc. The company's debt load totaled $723 million as of last April. The chain has more than 15,000 employees at its stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Massachusetts. The grocer could owe as much as $184 million...

  • Before the government can reopen the Senate must vote on final passage, the House must approve in turn, and President Donald Trump must sign the measure. Democrats climbed onboard after two days of negotiations that ended with new reassurances from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Senate would consider immigration proposals in the coming...

  • As the Senate appears to inch closer to an agreement to end a shutdown, the White House says President Donald Trump won't budge on his demand that Democrats vote to reopen the government before negotiating on immigration policy. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders accuses Democrats of trying to distract from Trump's first-year accomplishments...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— The Vermont Senate is considering a proposal to save money on prescription drugs by importing them from Canada, where many are sold for a fraction of the cost in the United States. He supports the proposal that was discussed Thursday during a meeting of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of...

  • MORRISVILLE, Vt. _ Union Bankshares Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.9 million. The Morrisville, Vermont- based bank said it had earnings of 43 cents per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $8.4 million, or $1.89 per share.

  • The rules barred companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules. FCC spokesman Brian Hart declined to comment on the litigation.

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The company that bought FairPoint Communications is discarding the old name and making plans to upgrade the service of tens of thousands of customers in northern New England. Consolidated Communications, which has operations in 24 states, is going to begin rebranding with its own logo for trucks and buildings early in the new year, providing...

  • The attorneys general from 12 states signed the letter: New York, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia. Public consumer advocacy offices and state regulatory agencies from Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont also are involved.

  • PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia— Malaysia's government said Wednesday it will pay U.S. company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it can find the wreckage or black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within three months, in a renewed bid to solve the plane's disappearance nearly four years ago. The government signed a "no cure, no fee" deal with the Houston, Texas- based...

  • BURLINGTON, Vt.— The editor of Vermont's largest newspaper who was fired after a series of tweets about a state proposal to add a third gender option to driver licenses says he voiced the wrong opinion. Gannett, the owner of the Burlington Free Press, says former editor Denis Finley violated the company's social media guidelines. "USA Today Network Vice President...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Energy startups have been using blockchain to power electricity sharing in microgrid trials from Texas to Tasmania for a year or so. "What the internet did for communications, blockchain will do for trusted transactions, and the energy and utilities industry is no exception," said Stephen Callahan, Vice President, Energy, Environment& Utilities,...

  • WUZHEN, China, Dec 5- Top executives at Apple Inc and Facebook Inc managed to find something to praise Beijing for at an internet conference in China this week, even as its Communist Party rulers ban Western social media and stamp on online dissent. China's World Internet Conference attracted the heads of Google and Apple for the first time to hear China vow to open...

  • Dan Barouch, a vaccine researcher at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where one of three trials of the vaccine are taking place. In February 2016, the World Health Organization declared the Zika outbreak in Brazil and elsewhere an international public health emergency because of the link between the virus and severe birth...

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  • French President Emmanuel Macron, COP23 President Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama of Fiji and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a photo with Timothy Naulusala from Fiji during the COP23 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, November 15, 2017.

    Almost 200 nations kept a global agreement to tackle climate change on track after talks overshadowed by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out.

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Nov 15- State and local governments could suffer hits to revenue collections under the tax reform bills being considered in the U.S. Senate and House because of the potential loss of a federal subsidy applied to bond issues and because a proposed increase in the standard taypayer deductions would affect some states. The future federal subsidy...

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Nov 15- States and local governments face additional revenue risks under U.S. House and Senate Republican tax reform bills from a potential loss of a federal subsidy and increases in standard taxpayer deductions that would cut cash to some state coffers. Now, the U.S. House of Representatives bill, which was unveiled Nov. 2, could knock out a...

  • The 10 states with the highest taxes are represented in the Senate by Democrats, and by Vermont's Bernie Sanders, an independent who votes with Democrats. A Senate tax plan about to be unveiled on Thursday was expected to propose ending the SALT deduction entirely. Here are the U.S. states with the highest annual combined state and local income taxes and property...