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Treasuries lose investors along with volatility

The U.S. government securities market, once the world’s most influential, is losing its “masters of the universe” cachet with big banks, according to Bloomberg...

MBTA to centralize customer service

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority this month will open a centralized customer service department that aims to appease riders and streamline the...
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Bernanke, Fed forecast get mixed reception from Dems

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, in his first clash with the Democrat-controlled House, signaled that the central bank may need to...
BILL GATES, chairman of Microsoft Corp., speaks late last month at a promotional event for the new Windows Vista. /

Microsoft settles Iowa consumer antitrust lawsuit

Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, has settled a case claiming it used its monopoly position to overcharge Iowa consumers for software products...
IS IT ADVERTISING? Lawyer Jon Pincince says he uses his blog, above, to keep up with current events, not to attract clients. But he has gotten business because of the exposure. /

Regulators in quandary over lawyers’ blogs

Wakefield attorney Jon Pincince says he keeps a blog on Rhode Island legal issues, court cases, laws, legislation, social issues and political issues mostly...

Consumer unit reaches out to R.I. businesses

It's hard enough running a small business, and it's harder in Rhode Island, with its relatively high taxes and high benefits and utilities costs,...
Gov. Deval Patrick
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Patrick seeks to realign Mass. state government

BOSTON – Gov. Deval Patrick has filed legislation to reorganize the governor's cabinet and group together and reconfigure several state agencies, saying he wants...

R.I. awards $500,000+ for jobs partnerships

CRANSTON – The Governor's Workforce Board last week awarded its second round of industry partnership grants, totaling more than $500,000, to engage "high-wage, high-growth"...
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Employers find ways to keep retirees on the job

If you are 55 and have worked for five years at Citizens Bank or Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, you're eligible...
FOUNTAINCREST, a 76-unit condo complex south of Route 1, is one of the highest-profile new developments in the town. /

Hot housing market has pros, cons for Westerly

In recent years, Westerly has witnessed a spike in housing construction, retail development and out-of-state banks coming into the area. And according to Town...
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