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Nov 6, 2013

New Hampshire court rejects appeal from state’s only death row inmate

BOSTON (Reuters) – New Hampshire’s top court on Wednesday upheld a capital conviction for cop-killer Michael Addison, but said his death sentence was still under review.

Addison became New Hampshire’s only death row inmate in 2008 and would become the first prisoner in the state to be executed in more than 70 years if his sentence is upheld.

Oct 22, 2013

Judge stalls sale of Boston Globe to Red Sox owner John Henry

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts judge has temporarily blocked the sale of The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry because it could complicate a pending class action lawsuit, according to court documents.

The New York Times Co had been due to seal the reported $70 million deal for the papers and related businesses with Henry on Friday, nearly three months after it was first announced.

Oct 18, 2013

In debate over bubbles, one Fed official warns against tighter policy

CHICAGO/BOSTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve should be “extraordinarily careful” about hiking interest rates to head off potential risks to financial stability, a top U.S. central banker said on Friday, warning about consequences to the economy.

Another policymaker underscored the importance of the issue of asset bubbles as he laid out possible approaches to protecting the broader economy, but without endorsing any one.

Oct 16, 2013

Economy will pick up by year-end, says RBI chief

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – India’s economy will pick up by year-end thanks to the start-up of billions of dollars worth of stalled resource projects and a good monsoon season that will bolster agricultural production, the Reserve Bank of India’s chief said on Tuesday.

The Reserve Bank of India is due to review monetary policy on October 29, with a rising pace of inflation bolstering odds for another central bank interest rate hike even as the economy stumbles through its worst crisis since 1991.

Oct 15, 2013

Economy will pick up by year-end: RBI chief

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – India’s economy will pick up by year-end thanks to the start-up of billions of dollars worth of stalled resource projects and a good monsoon season that will bolster agricultural production, the Reserve Bank of India’s chief said on Tuesday.

The Reserve Bank of India is due to review monetary policy on October 29, with a rising pace of inflation bolstering odds for another central bank interest rate hike even as the economy stumbles through its worst crisis since 1991.

Oct 15, 2013

India’s economy will pick up by year-end: central bank chief

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – India’s economy will pick up by year-end thanks to the start-up of billions of dollars worth of stalled resource projects and a good monsoon season that will bolster agricultural production, the head of India’s central bank said on Tuesday.

The Reserve Bank of India is due to review monetary policy on October 29, with a rising pace of inflation bolstering odds for another central bank interest rate hike even as the economy stumbles through its worst crisis since 1991.

Oct 15, 2013

Confidentiality required for Sandy Hook school demolition crews

BOSTON (Reuters) – Workers tearing down Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, site of one of Americas worst school shootings, have been required by the town to sign confidentiality agreements barring them from discussing or photographing the site.

The move is aimed at protecting families of the victims from further airing of details of the incident in which a gunman entered the school last December and opened fire, killing 20 young children and six faculty and staff before turning his gun on himself, Selectman William Rodgers said.

Oct 10, 2013

Economic growth best weapon against Eurosceptics -France Finmin

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Thursday Europe must prioritize growth over deficit-slashing if it wants to weaken the anti-European movement ahead of elections next year.

He said the European Union had already survived an existential crisis that threatened to bring down the common currency, but was now facing another crisis stemming from a lack of economic growth and high unemployment.

Oct 4, 2013

Man who claims he was shot by ex-NFL star Hernandez arrested

BOSTON (Reuters) – A man who says he was shot in the face by Aaron Hernandez, an ex-NFL star jailed on separate murder charges, was arrested on Friday for skipping a court appearance last month, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Alexander Bradley was captured in Hartford, Connecticut, after more than three weeks on the run and was scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court Friday afternoon, U.S. Marshals Service Supervisor Andrew Tingley said.

Sep 27, 2013

Caesars hopes to hit jackpot with Boston casino bid

BOSTON (Reuters) – Caesars Entertainment Corp’s (CZR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) proposed casino in Boston would draw elite international gamblers in the same way Las Vegas does, and marks one of the U.S. gaming industry’s best cash-making opportunities, CEO Gary Loveman said on Friday.

The company, which is pursuing an aggressive expansion agenda in the United States while wrestling with a mountainous debt burden of over $20 billion, is among a handful of major casino operators vying for licenses in Massachusetts.

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