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Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, illustrating the Federal Reserve’s view of a stronger labor market. more
A merger of Hasbro Inc. and Mattel Inc., which would unite two of the biggest toymakers, would need to win approval from antitrust officials in Washington who are increasingly saying no to deals marrying the dominant players in an industry. more
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza will announce on Monday that the city is joining the Rhode Island Energy Challenge: Find Your Four! energy efficiency campaign, and will ask residents to find four ways to conserve energy. more
Online shoppers outnumbered their brick-and- mortar counterparts during U.S. retailers’ pivotal Black Friday weekend, underscoring the challenges facing American malls this holiday season as Amazon.com Inc. exerts more pressure. more
The historically significant Standard Paper Box Mill, which produced paper products for the jewelry industry in Rhode Island, will receive state historic preservation tax credits for a conversion to work space apartments. more
Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates by the end of the year? You get a very different answer depending on the source. more
Manufacturing in the U.S. contracted in December at the fastest pace in more than six years as factories, hobbled by sluggish global growth, cut staff at the end of 2015. more
American manufacturing remained stuck in neutral in October as factories struggled with dwindling overseas demand and well-stocked customers at home. more
Record warmth sent U.S. natural gas prices tumbling to a 10-year low as December appeared to be a bust for bulls. more
Surging prices have almost closed off the new-home market to young buyers like Brandon and Quincey Lindemann. But the Denver-area couple has found a way in. more
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