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Jun 15, 2012

Immigration overshadows Romney rural bus tour

, June 15 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney’s rural bus tour hit an unexpected bump on
Friday as he scrambled to respond to President Barack Obama’s
decision to ease deportation rules for young illegal immigrants.

On a day when Romney wanted to emphasize the gap between the
president and regular Americans, he instead was forced to
step warily into the immigration debate after Obama announced
new rules that would allow children of illegal immigrants to
stay in the country on a temporary basis.

Jun 15, 2012

On bus tour, Romney takes economic pitch to US heartland

, June 15 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama has failed to
improve the prospects of middle class voters as he launched a
bus tour on Friday that will reach out to rural voters in six
battleground states.

Romney said Obama’s speech on the economy on Thursday showed
the incumbent had no new ideas to boost opportunity for
Americans who have struggled to make ends meet in the aftermath
of the deepest recession since the 1930s.

Jun 8, 2012

U.S. authorities seek 10-year sentence for mob suspect’s girlfriend

BOSTON (Reuters) – Prosecutors are seeking a 10-year federal prison term for the girlfriend who helped reputed Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger evade capture for 16 years.

The request was made in a 36-page court document filed on Friday ahead of Catherine Greig’s scheduled sentencing hearing on Tuesday in a Boston federal court.

Jun 8, 2012

NPR’s Car Talk guys hang up wrenches, microphones

BOSTON (Reuters) – Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio’s popular “Car Talk” program, will retire in September after decades of dispensing automotive repair and driving advice laced with a side of wicked humor.

The pair, in their guise as the self-deprecating Click and Clack, the Tappett Brothers, have been taping the weekly show for WBUR, Boston’s public radio affiliate, for 35 years, but say it is time to “stop and smell the cappuccino.”

Jun 8, 2012

Reckoning arrives for Schilling’s video game firm

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – 38 Studios, the video game company owned by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, filed bankruptcy papers on Thursday, less than two years after it won a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island, and now faces a federal and state investigation.

The Chapter 7 filing indicates that the Providence-based company plans to liquidate.

Jun 7, 2012

Schilling video game company declares bankruptcy

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – 38 Studios, the video game company run by former Red Sox baseball great Curt Schilling, declared bankruptcy on Thursday, weeks after laying off most of its staff and having its funding cut by the state of Rhode Island, which had been its major financial benefactor.

The filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection was made in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

Jun 7, 2012

Yellen argues for more Fed easing amid Europe risk

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s second-highest official on Wednesday laid out the case for the U.S. central bank to provide more support to a fragile economy as financial turmoil in Europe mounts.

Janet Yellen, the vice chair of the Fed, cited risks from ongoing housing problems, a weak jobs market and worsening financial conditions in a speech in Boston. Her views carry great weight with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and her comments suggest that the Fed may be close to easing policy again.

Jun 7, 2012

Fed’s Yellen says recent economic data disappointing

BOSTON (Reuters) – Recent U.S. economic data has been “pretty disappointing,” with the economy probably growing at a 2 percent rate and the labor market stalled for now, the Federal Reserve’s number two policy-maker said on Wednesday.

Fed Vice Chairman Janet Yellen hinted that the central bank would be prepared to act if it suspects that growth will remain tepid for too long.

Jun 6, 2012

U.S. nuclear submarine fire linked to vacuum cleaner

BOSTON (Reuters) – A fire that caused an estimated $400 million in damage to a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine docked in Maine may have been caused by a vacuum cleaner, authorities said on Wednesday.

The fire in the forward compartment – which includes crew living, command and control spaces and the torpedo room – of the USS Miami on May 23 took about 12 hours to extinguish and injured seven firefighters.

Jun 5, 2012

Herb Reed of vocal group The Platters dead at 83

BOSTON (Reuters) – Herb Reed, the last of the founding members of 1950s R&B crooners The Platters, known for hits such as “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “The Great Pretender,” has died in Boston age 83.

Reed’s publicists said the singer, who in recent years lived in Arlington, Massachusetts, died on Monday after a period of declining health.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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