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Aug 28, 2014

Exclusive: Air quality problems dog Irving’s New Brunswick oil-by-rail terminal

BOSTON (Reuters) – Irving Oil’s oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, has seen increasing air quality problems since it started up in 2012, undermining the company’s assurances to regulators the project would likely not impact the environment, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

The case at Canada’s largest oil-by-rail terminal could have implications for the scores of other facilities planned across North America to handle a surge in domestic crude output, particularly those planned near urban areas.

Aug 28, 2014

Air quality problems dog Irving’s New Brunswick oil-by-rail terminal

BOSTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Irving Oil’s oil-by-rail terminal
in Saint John, New Brunswick, has seen increasing air quality
problems since it started up in 2012, undermining the company’s
assurances to regulators the project would likely not impact the
environment, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

The case at Canada’s largest oil-by-rail terminal could have
implications for the scores of other facilities planned across
North America to handle a surge in domestic crude output,
particularly those planned near urban areas.

Aug 28, 2014

Buyout deal caps feud over Market Basket supermarket chain

BOSTON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A family feud and employee revolt
that tipped New England supermarket chain Market Basket into
chaos ended late Wednesday with a deal to sell the company to
its ousted CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, according to a statement
announcing the deal.

“He and his management team will return to Market Basket
during the interim period while the transaction to purchase the
company is completed,” the statement said, without detailing the
value of the deal. The statement was provided by a spokesman for
Arthur T. Demoulas.

Aug 7, 2014

Robotic helpers? Scientists tout cheap robot that assembles itself

BOSTON (Reuters) – Scientists say they have developed a low-cost robot prototype made from paper and children’s trinkets that can assemble itself and perform a task without human help.

The technology could eventually lead to affordable ‘robotic helpers’ for use in everything from household chores to exploring space, according to the team of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers who developed it.

Jun 27, 2014

Massachusetts abortion clinics boost security, lawmakers seek fix

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts is beefing up security around abortion clinics and scrambling for a legal fix after the U.S. Supreme Court voided the state’s buffer zone law that kept protesters 35 feet away, saying it violated freedom of speech.

Boston, Worcester and Springfield, the state’s largest cities, have deployed extra police to clinics, and abortion-provider Planned Parenthood said it was training new “patient escorts” to help women through protests if needed.

Jun 24, 2014

A year on, Quebec town remains in grip of ‘train from hell’

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec, June 24 (Reuters) – Each time a train
rumbles past her house and the clothing shop where she works,
Lucie Roy relives the moment last year when explosions leveled
much of her neighborhood – and she and her two children narrowly
escaped injury.

“I freak out inside when I feel that train shake the
ground,” she said, looking out a window at the tracks and the
blast zone, an open pit crawling with heavy machinery. “I’m
doing my best to move on, but it is hard when I have to face my
nightmare on a daily basis.”

Jun 5, 2014

Fed officials put financial stability concerns on front burner

BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO, June 5 (Reuters) – A pair of Federal
Reserve officials on Wednesday warned that raising U.S. interest
rates to fend off bubbles and other troubling signs of financial
market unrest could undercut the Fed’s efforts to put the U.S.
economy on a sounder footing.

But they embraced broadly different approaches to address
the possibility that, as policymakers from Fed Chair Janet
Yellen on down have said, extremely loose monetary policy may be
encouraging businesses and households to take risks that set the
financial system up for another crash.

May 21, 2014

No sign yet of missing British sailors -U.S. Coast Guard

BOSTON, May 21 (Reuters) – Planes and ships from the United
States, Canada, and Britain have turned up no fresh signs of
four British sailors missing in the Atlantic, the U.S. Coast
Guard said on Wednesday, adding search efforts would continue.

The crew members on board the yacht Cheeki Rafiki went
missing on Friday as they were returning to Britain from a
sailing event in Antigua in the Caribbean and reported that the
vessel was taking on water, forcing them to change course for
the Azores.

May 15, 2014

Ex-NFL star Hernandez charged in 2012 Boston double-murder

BOSTON (Reuters) – Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murder in connection with the July 2012 shooting of two men in Boston, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said on Thursday.

The former tight end for the New England Patriots is already in jail awaiting trial on charges he and two accomplices shot a man to death last June. The Patriots released Hernandez from the team hours after his arrest in that case.

May 13, 2014

Insight – From black to green: U.S. billionaire’s ‘Road to Damascus’

BOSTON/JAKARTA/MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Billionaire Tom Steyer has rapidly become one of America‚Äôs most visible environmental advocates, vowing to punish lawmakers who don’t oppose climate change and pledging to spend up to $100 million to put the issue centre stage in the Nov. 4 elections.

His in-your-face tactics have made him fierce enemies on the right who accuse him of hypocrisy and claim that he made much of his fortune through investments in fossil fuel energy at Farallon Capital Management, the San Francisco-based hedge fund he founded in 1986.

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