Heating oil prices fall as natural gas prices start to rise

Russ Berg delivered heating oil for Noar’s Oil, of Worcester. Dealers may see an uptick in business as prices moderate.

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Natural gas prices are rising in the region, while home heating-oil prices have plunged to their lowest levels in four years.

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About 50 machinists, welders, and other workers have launched a strike in contract dispute over benefits and other contract provisions.

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Plimoth Plantation hosts its annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, and yes -- it requires a cornucopia of food.

Maura Healey names former labor secretary to transition team

Attorney General-elect Maura Healey has named to her transition team Joanne Goldstein.

Mass. home sales rise in October

October housing sales were higher than in October 2013, according to two real estate tracking groups.

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US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

A dispute escalated when the government threatened fines and legal action unless the company admits that driver’s air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall.

US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October

The small uptick suggests that they’re still wary of buying too much ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season.

FDA updates label for Biogen MS pill due to Brain infection case

Federal regulators said they are updating the label after a recent case of a patient who developed a rare brain infection while taking the drug and later died.

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Hewlett Packard stock rises despite earnings miss

Hewlett-Packard Co. surged 4.1 percent even after the computer maker reported fourth-quarter sales that missed estimates.

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US stock indexes hold near record; Deere slumps

Semiconductor stocks were among the gainers on Wednesday after Analog Devices Inc. reported income and revenue that exceeded Wall Street’s forecasts.

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