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Rhode Island has the sixth-highest smoking costs in the nation, according to a WalletHub study released Tuesday in light of Tobacco-Free Awareness Week. more
Purchases of new homes in the U.S. surged in December to the highest level in 10 months, closing out the best year for housing since 2007. more
Orders for business equipment fell in December by the most in 10 months, a sign U.S. companies were slashing capital investment even before the turmoil in global financial markets. more
Massachusetts had the highest number of single-family home sales in December since 2004, The Warren Group, publisher of Banker & Tradesman, said Wednesday. more
A former Smithfield resident bequeathed $6.8 million to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and The Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island chapter for land and water conservation, the largest single donation in ASRI’s 117-year history. more
Brookline Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported 2015 profit grew 15.5 percent to $52.4 million, or 71 cents per diluted share, compared with $45.3 million, or 62 cents per diluted share, in 2014. more
Meredith Corp. walked away from its attempt to merge with Media General Inc., allowing Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. to proceed with its plan to acquire the TV station owner after months of negotiation. more
(Updated 11:31 a.m., 12:24 p.m. and 4:09 p.m.) Former mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. has died, according to news reports. more
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly declined last week to match a more than 42-year low, indicating employers are upbeat about an economy that bogged down in the first quarter. more
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart said the central bank should wait until at least next month to consider raising interest rates because of a slowing labor market and the British vote on European Union membership, adding his voice to the argument for a delay ahead of a speech by Chair Janet Yellen. more
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