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  • Census: 2013 poverty rate falls in New Hampshire

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There were about 17,000 fewer people living in poverty in New Hampshire in 2013 compared to the year before, new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests. The 1.3 percent decline from about 128,500 people in poverty in 2012 to roughly 111,500 last year is the...

  • Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday. The center is a...

  • RI unemployment rate stays at 7.7 percent

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The unemployment rate in Rhode Island remained unchanged in August. The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday that the jobless rate was 7.7 percent in August, the same as the month before. The state's rate is the lowest it has been since July 2008, having...

  • Health law enrollment now 7.3M

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says 7.3 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance under the health care law — down from 8 million reported earlier this year. Medicare Administrator Marilyn Tavenner (TAV'-eh-nur) updated the numbers at a hearing Thursday...

  • Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign. Clinton,...

  • Census: Poverty down but so are wages in Maine

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Fewer Mainers were living in poverty in 2013 compared to the year before, but family income dropped as well, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. The number of Mainers living in poverty declined 0.7 percent, from 189,786 to 180,639,...

  • Bill seeks fairer treatment for black lung victims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Bob Casey are unveiling legislation aimed at ensuring fairer treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims. The bill by the two coal-state senators Thursday comes after an investigation examined how doctors and...

  • Cyprus official: Egypt, Jordan interested in gas

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' energy minister says Egypt and Jordan are interested in buying natural gas from the Mediterranean island nation to meet their domestic needs. Cyprus' priority is to build an onshore facility to liquefy gas for export to Europe and elsewhere, but Energy Minister...

  • Stock gains lift US household wealth to a record

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Strong stock market gains and higher home prices boosted Americans' net worth in the April-June quarter to a record high, a trend that could encourage more spending. U.S. households also took on the most new debt in five years, driven mostly by student and auto loans. More...

  • Leaking lime juice sends responders to cargo jet

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A mysterious liquid leaking on a cargo jet sent emergency responders to the island that is home to the Ketchikan, Alaska, airport. Turns out, a bartender with a dish towel could have handled the problem. The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1uLea7N) the leak...

  • Ireland economy grows 7.7 percent, leads eurozone

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's economy is growing at a rapid pace last experienced at the tail-end of the Celtic Tiger boom, government statisticians reported Thursday as economists declared that the country's debt crisis was dead and buried. The report from the Central Statistics Office said gross...

  • Regulators hope to save thoroughbred horse racing

    BOSTON (AP) — State gambling regulators say they'll look for ways to preserve thoroughbred horse racing in the state now that Suffolk Downs is set to close later this month. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission says it'll focus on the impending closure of the region's lone remaining thoroughbred...

  • ProQR rises after IPO prices at top of range

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of ProQR Therapeutics are surging after the Dutch drugmaker's expanded IPO priced at the top of its expected range. ProQR's offering of 7.5 million shares priced at $13 per share. It had expected to sell 6.3 million shares for between $11 and $13 per share. The company...

  • Wisconsin job growth ranks 33rd in nation

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin ranked 33rd in private-sector job creation for the 12-month period ending in March, based on federal data released Thursday, the last update of its kind before the November election. Gov. Scott Walker's record on job-creation has been a major issue as he seeks...

  • Rite Aid beats Street 2Q forecasts

    CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) — Rite Aid Corp. topped analyst expectations for its second quarter, but the drugstore chain's stock tumbled Thursday after it also dropped its fiscal 2015 earnings forecast for the second straight quarter due in part to an expected decrease in pharmacy profitability. The...



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