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Two fire districts in Lincoln, along with the Rhode Island Fire Academy, will share more than $300,000 to purchase essential equipment, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. James R. Langevin and David N. Cicilline said Wednesday. more
Brown University has one of the best women’s studies programs in the country, according to College Choice. more
Services, the biggest part of the U.S. economy, shrank this month for the first in more the two years, hurt by a late-January snowstorm that blanketed the East Coast and a dearth of orders. more
General Growth Properties Inc. paid CEO Sandeep Mathrani $39.2 million in 2015, mostly in a stock award that will vest in 2020. more
Purchases of new homes dropped more than forecast in January as contract signings slumped in the western U.S. by the most since May 2010. more
The unemployment rate for the end of 2015 has been revised to 5.4 percent, three-tenths of a percentage point higher than previously reported by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, DLT said Tuesday. more
UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s OptumRx unit struck an agreement to ease customers’ access to drugs through Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s drugstores, a move to help the business compete with rival pharmacy benefit managers. more
The U.S. homeownership rate fell to the lowest in more than 50 years as rising prices put buying out of reach for many renters. more
Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits increased to a five-week high, a sign that progress in the strongest part of the economy may be moderating. more
The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits last week rose from a three-month low, consistent with the Federal Reserve’s view of a stronger job market. more
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