U.S. retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop


US retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices

U.S. business stockpiles rise in December, but sales fall

US business stockpiles rise as sales fall, sign of possible economic weakness

Court: Facebook can be sued in France in nude painting case

Facebook has lost a crucial legal battle as a Paris court ruled the social network can be sued in France over its decision to remove the account of a French user who posted a photo of a famous 19th-century nude painting

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House sales way up statewide in December

A strong December showing — best for single-family home sales since 2006 — helped the Connecticut real estate market come to a favorable finish in 2015.

Foxwoods reports revenue gains in latest quarter

Gaming revenues of $195.4 million were up 1.8 percent while nongaming revenues of $57 million were up 4.2 percent

Benet named trustee at Seaport

Jay S. Benet has been named to the Mystic Seaport board of trustees for a three-year term.

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Fewer people seek US jobless aid, sign of stable job market

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign that employers aren't cutting jobs in response to global economic weakness and sharp stock market drops

All-day breakfast propels McDonald's

For the first time in a long time, McDonald's is thrilled to tell everyone how it's doing.