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State economy outpaced US in 2nd quarter

A new report says the Massachusetts economy grew at a solid clip in the second quarter of 2014, rebounding from a weak first quarter.

Judge tosses lawsuit by NY ports' largest operator

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the operator of the largest marine container terminal in the New York area against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

30 protesters arrested in union rallies at UPMC

Thirty protesters were arrested Wednesday during a demonstration for a labor union and higher employee wages at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, organizers said.

Small cars fare poorly in crash tests

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.

Survey: Remaining uninsured harder to reach

Survey: US companies add 218,000 jobs in July

A private survey shows that businesses hired at a healthy pace in July, though the job gains slowed from the previous month.

Former IRS official called GOP 'crazies' in email

A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails.

Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug

Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois' Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.

J&J withdraws fibroid treatment device from market

Johnson & Johnson is asking surgeons not to use a line of devices for removing growths from the uterus amid regulators' growing concern that the electronic surgical tools raise the risk of spreading cancer to other parts of the body.

The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround

Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer.

Lawyer sues GM on behalf of 658 plaintiffs

A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.

G-7 leaders say more Russia sanctions possible

The United States and European leaders say they're prepared to intensify sanctions against Russia unless it moves to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.

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Barclays chief applauds claw-back idea on bonuses

The CEO of Barclays said having provisions to claw back bankers' bonuses, as outlined by regulators on Wednesday, is a good idea in principle.

Grain mixed, livestock mostly higher

Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

New suit claiming Chinese drywall destroyed homes

Lawyers for people who say their homes were wrecked by defective drywall made in China have filed a new lawsuit against the manufacturers and a new defendant — the Chinese commission that oversees 117 companies that include aerospace, nuclear power and electronics.

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.

Nintendo reports loss on shaky Wii U sales

Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales.

State environmental chief touring Upper Peninsula

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is opening a new Upper Peninsula district office in Marquette.

Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution amid fears that militants with the Islamic State group have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe.

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