BOSTON — A state fund that covers unemployment benefits is nearly $3 billion in the hole, and that's squeezing employers who fund the system.

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BOSTON — Pot shop owners are urging the state to curtail fees they’re forced to pay to cities and towns to set up operation, arguing that they have minimal impact on police, fire and other municipal services.

BOSTON — Retail cannabis stores in Massachusetts should become able to purchase and then sell consumer-ready hemp products within "the next few weeks" after the Cannabis Control Commission approved new guidance Thursday.

BOSTON — Business groups are urging the state to restore a work-search requirement for people collecting unemployment benefits, arguing that stricter rules are needed to get more workers back on the job.

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As the country’s manufacturing industry experiences a talent shortage, a neighboring college is partnering with Gloucester High School to help students tune their skills as they prepare to enter the workforce. 

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DALLAS — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case, leaving the powerful gun-rights group to face a New York state lawsuit that accuses it of financial abuses and aims to put it out of business.

BEVERLY — When Joseph Vittori was killed in the Korean War, the death of the 22-year-old Beverly man left his parents devastated. As a way to pay tribute to their son and help ease the pain of losing him, Dora and Peter Vittori donated land on their vegetable farm on Brimbal Avenue for the c…

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An offshore wind project off Massachusetts that would create enough electricity to power 400,000 homes and is touted by backers as a key piece of America's transition to renewable energy was approved Tuesday by the federal government.

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After a painful year of joblessness, the future has finally brightened for Alycia St. Germain, a 22-year-old college senior at the University of Minnesota.

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WASHINGTON — The operator of a major U.S. pipeline hit by a cyberattack said Monday it hopes to have service mostly restored by the end of the week.

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BEIJING (AP) — China's space agency said a core segment of its biggest rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere above the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and that most of it burned up early Sunday.

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BOSTON — One of the most generous tax credits given by any state to the film industry is so politically popular on Beacon Hill that support is now growing to make it permanent.

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BOSTON — As the state enters the final stages of its reopening plan, retailers want to cancel senior hours, one-way aisles and other restrictions they say are no longer needed.

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While those in Cape Ann’s hospitality industry were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, some are having a better spring now than in 2019. 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Peloton is recalling its treadmills, less than a month after denying that they were to blame for the death of a child and the injuries of 29 others.

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BEVERLY — Federal prosecutors say a former Essex man grossly inflated the number of employees and payroll at the Beverly pizza shop he owned to fraudulently obtain federal COVID-19 relief funds — some of which he used to buy a farm and some alpacas up in Vermont.

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DETROIT (AP) — Hyundai is recalling more than 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada for two problems that can cause engine fires. In one recall, owners are being told to park their vehicles outdoors until repairs are made.

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ROCKPORT — Thanks to some generous “re-donations,” there are now a few more chances to win a coffee for life while helping the Educational Foundation for Rockport.

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WASHINGTON  — In the first Biden administration rule aimed at combatting climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to phase down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners.

Truck drivers and mechanics for Shaw's supermarkets represented by the Teamsters went on strike Monday, stopping shipments to Shaw's and Star Market grocery stores in Gloucester and across New England.

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CHEYENNE, Wyo.  — While most states pursue ways to boost renewable energy, Wyoming is doing the opposite with a new program aimed at propping up the dwindling coal industry by suing other states that block exports of Wyoming coal and cause Wyoming coal-fired power plants to shut down.

BOSTON — The state's largest utilities are testing geothermal systems to determine if the renewable energy source could help reduce the state's reliance on natural gas and oil to heat and cool Massachusetts homes.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Powered by consumers and fueled by government aid, the U.S. economy is achieving a remarkably fast recovery from the recession that ripped through the nation last year on the heels of the coronavirus and cost tens of millions of Americans their jobs and businesses.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates  — An American warship fired warning shots when vessels of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard came too close to a patrol in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday. It was the first such shooting in nearly four years.

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden declared Wednesday night in his first address to a joint session of Congress that “America is rising anew," and pointed optimistically to the nation's emergence from the pandemic as a vital moment to rebuild the U.S. economy and fundamentally transform govern…

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BOSTON  — The owner of seafood restaurants on Cape Cod has eliminated lunch service and delayed the opening of some locations because his summertime influx of foreign workers hasn’t arrived yet.

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Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals have partnered together to open Physical Therapy Gloucester at the new Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA at Gloucester Crossing.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker says he is working on a plan to offset massive unemployment insurance rate hikes for businesses that are set to go into effect in two months.

BOSTON — New jobless claims in Massachusetts dropped last week as the state's pandemic-battered labor market continued to rebound.

BOSTON — The latest pandemic relief bill that is showering Americans with stimulus checks pumped billions of dollars into the economy to help keep it afloat.

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Behind the tables and counters at a local cafe, a piece of history is literally cemented in time.

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WASHINGTON — For more than a half-century, the voice emerging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s monolithic, Beaux Arts-styled building near the White House was predictable: It was the embodiment of American business and, more specifically, a shared set of interests with the Republican Party.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers said Sunday they have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one company to move ahead with plans to manufacture batteries in Georgia. President Joe Biden called it “a win for American workers and the Americ…

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BOSTON — The tourism industry is pushing lawmakers for more help for hotels, attractions and other hospitality businesses that have been hammered by the pandemic.

BOSTON — Plans to build a new power plant in Peabody are the latest flashpoint in a battle over expanding the state's natural gas infrastructure.

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SALEM — Before there were the groundbreaking stories and accolades, before Columbia and Tufts universities, there was Rachel Zoll's hometown of Salem, where lifelong friends this week recalled a warm, kind, and fiercely intelligent young woman. 

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