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Apr 21, 2014

Boston Marathon men’s champ says inspired by bomb victims

BOSTON (Reuters) – American runner Meb Keflezighi said memories of the victims of last year’s bomb attack carried him through the last, difficult miles of this year’s Boston Marathon.

The Californian shocked observers on Monday by becoming the first American man since 1983 to win the world-renowned race, over a field of younger East African favorites.

Apr 16, 2014

Fed should beef up low-rate vows, two officials say

FARGO, North Dakota/BANGOR, Maine (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve ought not to raise interest rates until the economy is much closer to full strength, two of the Fed’s most dovish policymakers said on Tuesday.

“If you commit to keeping rates low even as the recovery is proceeding, even as we continue to recover, I think people have a sense, the Fed has the recovery’s back,” Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Narayana Kocherlakota said at North Dakota State University. “And that’s the message that I think we need to do a better job of promoting.”

Apr 11, 2014

Boston marathon charity donations rise a year after bombing

BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston marathon runners are poised to set an off-course record this year, in the form of charity fundraising.

Donations to charity teams linked to the world-renowned race are flooding in from around the globe and are poised to break last year’s record performance of $21 million, a year after a bombing at the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260.

Mar 27, 2014

Massachusetts declares heroin emergency, looks to anti-overdose drug

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Thursday declared a public health emergency over rising heroin and opioid addiction in the state, and announced measures to make overdose reversal medication more widely available.

The move comes as states across America report sharp increases in heroin use, a trend the Obama administration this month called an “urgent public health crisis.”

Mar 27, 2014

Special Report: A Canadian family’s ‘Plan B’ to pump tar sands oil

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (Reuters) – Keystone XL, a pipeline proposal to pump Canadian oil sands through the heart of America, has alarmed environmentalists and become one of the most contentious issues of the Obama presidency. But there is a “Plan B” to cut the United States out of the picture, and it is championed by one of Canada’s wealthiest business dynasties.

Since 2012, the billionaire Irving family has been advocating a proposal called Energy East. The 2,858-mile (4,600-km) pipeline would link trillions of dollars worth of oil in land-locked fields in the western province of Alberta to an Atlantic port in the Irvings’ eastern home province of New Brunswick, north of Maine, creating a gateway to new foreign markets for Canadian oil.

Mar 27, 2014

A Canadian family’s ‘Plan B’ to pump tar sands oil

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick, March 27 (Reuters) – Keystone XL,
a pipeline proposal to pump Canadian oil sands through the heart
of America, has alarmed environmentalists and become one of the
most contentious issues of the Obama presidency. But there is a
“Plan B” to cut the United States out of the picture, and it is
championed by one of Canada’s wealthiest business dynasties.

Since 2012, the billionaire Irving family has been
advocating a proposal called Energy East. The 2,858-mile
(4,600-km) pipeline would link trillions of dollars worth of oil
in land-locked fields in the western province of Alberta to an
Atlantic port in the Irvings’ eastern home province of New
Brunswick, north of Maine, creating a gateway to new foreign
markets for Canadian oil.

Mar 19, 2014

For Boston Marathon, finding lodgings could be the hard part

BOSTON (Reuters) – Training for the Boston Marathon may be grueling, but finding a place to stay during the event is also proving a challenge for participants and supporters this year.

Hotels across Boston are already packed for the April 21 event due to a groundswell of interest after last year’s bomb attack, and those who left lodging arrangements to the last minute are scrambling for rooms as far away as Rhode Island.

Mar 7, 2014

New England has environmental concerns over Canada oil sands

BOSTON (Reuters) – A decision by Canadian regulators to let pipeline company Enbridge pump oil sands into Quebec has environmental activists and politicians worried the oil could eventually spill into the neighboring New England region of the United States.

Canada’s National Energy Board on Thursday approved a plan by the country’s No.1 pipeline company Enbridge to reverse and expand its Line 9 from southern Ontario to Quebec on condition that it undertake additional work on consultation and safety.

Mar 7, 2014

Massachusetts bans ‘upskirt’ photos, closes Peeping Tom loophole

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts on Friday banned people from secretly taking pictures or video under another person’s clothing, two days after the state’s top court pointed out that so-called ‘upskirting’ was allowed under existing laws.

The state legislature had hastily drafted the bill making the practice a crime punishable by up to two-and-a-half years in jail, and Governor Deval Patrick signed it into law on Friday morning, his office said in a press release.

Feb 26, 2014

Cape Wind says secures $600 mln in financing from Danish agency

BOSTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Cape Wind said on Wednesday it
has secured $600 million in financing for its proposed $2.5
billion wind power farm off the Massachusetts coast, and expects
to have the rest locked up by the end of the third quarter.

Danish state-owned export credit agency EKF approved the
loan pending due diligence, Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said
at a power industry conference in Boston. EKF is the project’s
biggest financial commitment to date.

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      "Richard is based in Reuters' Dakar bureau where he has helped lead coverage of two dozen countries in West and Central Africa since September 2009. He previously ran Reuters' energy coverage in the Americas as a senior editor based in New York."
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