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UnitedHealth Group Inc., the biggest U.S. health insurer, raised its full-year forecast after saying that profit gained in the second quarter, helped by its booming Optum technology and services unit. more
Builders are more upbeat about the U.S. real-estate market than at any time in the last decade as better job prospects fuel home sales. more
More than $554,000 in federal funding has been awarded to help disadvantaged students succeed at the Community College of Rhode Island. more
Zero people support Lincoln D. Chafee for president, according to a new poll released by Monmouth University this week. more
Webster Financial Corp. reported second-quarter earnings on Thursday, featuring a 9.8 percent boost in profit to $52.5 million, or 55 cents per diluted share, compared with $47.8 million, or 50 cents per diluted share, during the same year-ago period. more
Dunkin’ Donuts, known for gooey breakfast treats and no-frills coffee, is taking a stab at a more refined business: premium tea. more
Cash sales accounted for nearly 33 percent of total home sales in the Providence-Warwick metropolitan area in April, an increase of 3.3 percentage points compared with last year, according to CoreLogic. more
Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits declined last week for the first time in a month, heading back toward the lowest levels in more than a decade and signaling firings remain muted. more
The R.I. Commerce Corporation will hire an executive search firm to help identify and hire about a dozen junior- to senior-staff members who will help the agency administer the economic-development programs created under the current state budget. more
The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded more than $320,000 in seed funding for 22 promising university and hospital medical research projects. more
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