• Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage.

    Updated: 11:02 am

  • Improved technology saves maple syrup producers time, energy

    UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) — Maple syrup doesn’t get that rich flavor and color in an instant. It’s a long process from tree to bottle.

  • Pioneer Valley or West Mass? Regional rebranding is fraught

    BOSTON (AP) — A new nickname for the river valley in western Massachusetts isn’t sitting well with some residents.

  • What popular tax breaks are at risk if GOP overhauls taxes?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans say they want to lower taxes and get rid of loopholes to make up the lost revenue, they’re talking about eliminating some very popular tax breaks enjoyed by millions of people.

  • Warren Buffett says don’t waste money on investment fees

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett reiterated his rosy long-term outlook for the U.S. economy and his distaste for high Wall Street fees in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that always draws a big audience.

  • Buffett’s firm says 4Q profit up 15 percent on investments

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett’s company says fourth-quarter profit improved 15 percent, but most of the gains came from the paper value of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s investments and derivative contracts.

  • Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect “a great wall” along the 2,000-mile border.

  • Lawmakers consider bills aimed to payday loan industry

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of House lawmakers on Friday reached what supporters are touting as a compromise as consumer advocates push to rein in the payday and title loan industry in New Mexico.

  • US rig count increases 3 this week to 754; Texas up 8

    HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 754.

  • Pipeline protest camp cleared, but area far from normal

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from a large Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North Dakota, but it will be a while before the region returns to normal.