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New-home construction in the U.S. exceeded a 1 million annualized pace in November for a third consecutive month, continuing a slow recovery in the housing market. more
Hanukkah, the eight-night Jewish holiday that starts this evening, is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. more
CVS Health Corp. plans to buy back as much as $10 billion of stock and pay out more cash to shareholders as the biggest U.S. seller of prescription drugs benefits from the increasing number of Americans with insurance coverage. more
U.S. stocks retreated, after the worst week in more than two years for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as the continuing selloff in oil overshadowed a surge in industrial production and corporate deals. more
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has launched the new Energy Star Home Advisor, an online tool to help consumers save money and improve their homes’ energy efficiency through recommended home improvement projects, according to regional administrator Curt Spalding. more
The Council on Elementary and Secondary Education last week selected 26 Rhode Islanders to serve on the Ambassador Design Team, which will write the next five-year strategic plan for elementary and secondary education in the state. more
The city’s next mayor has planned a weekend of events on Jan. 3 to mark his inauguration. more
Gasoline prices plunged again in Rhode Island and Massachusetts this past week due to falling oil prices, 11 cents and 10 cents, respectively, AAA Southern New England said on Monday. more
Rhode Island will soon have the country’s next national park. A project that has been decades in the making, the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, now only needs the president’s signature. more
Industrial production surged in November by the most since May 2010 as U.S. assembly lines churned out more consumer goods and business equipment, signaling manufacturing is bolstering economic growth. more
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