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GE sell-off of financial assets goes on

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric’s sell-off of its financial and lending operations continues, the latest a $485 million deal for its GE Asset Management. GE said last year that it was putting the unit on the block and on Wednesday confirmed a sale to State Street Corp., which expects to increase its assets under management by about $100 billion. General ...

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US Virgin Islands, Massachusetts launch probes into Exxon

NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys general in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Massachusetts are investigating whether Exxon Mobil deceived the public or shareholders about the effects of climate change, joining similar inquiries into the oil giant launched by New York and California. The investigations announced Tuesday came as nearly two dozen state attorneys general said at a New York newsconference that they’d formed a ...

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Regulators set votes on FirstEnergy, AEP rate deals

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio utility regulators plan votes Thursday on two proposed energy deals that have drawn national attention from consumer, business, energy and environmental groups. The power purchase agreements were submitted separately in December by Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based AEP. Both ask regulators to permit rate increases over the next eight years to subsidize certain aging coal-fired and ...

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Gov. Walker reiterates call for budget plan amid dour forecast

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A dour revenue forecast brought with it a warning from Gov. Bill Walker that state legislators need to deliver a plan to address Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit this year or face a special session. Legislative leaders say Walker has a role to play, too, in building support for his proposals. House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said it’s ...

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The Latest: Entry badges withdrawn at Belgian nuclear plants

Police guard a check point during a police raid in the suburb of Schaerbeek in Brussels, Friday, March, 25, 2016. Belgium's prime minister refused to accept the resignations of his justice and interior ministers Thursday despite increasing evidence of intelligence and law enforcement failures to prevent this week's suicide bombings by Islamic militants. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the suicide bombings this week in Brussels (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Belgium’s nuclear agency has withdrawn the entry badges of some staff and has denied access to other people amid concern the country’s nuclear plants could be a target for extremists. Nuclear control agency spokeswoman Nele Scheerlinck said Friday that “in recent days, ...

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Montana Editorial Roundup

The Independent Record, March 27 On the closure of a state facility for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled: Whether you agree with it or not, the Legislature’s decision to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder is now state law. And members of the committee enlisted to help ease the transition now have a responsibility to follow through with ...

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