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Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock wants to create what he calls a "business in a box" program that would link unemployed Vermonters with business ideas that would be funded by private money.

Brock outlined his proposal Monday at a Williston business as part of a package of ideas that he said would help spur economic development and create more jobs in the state.

State and federal officials have announced $120 million in federal funding to build part of a high-speed rail project between New Haven and Springfield, Mass.

The 62-mile project calls for service every 30 minutes during peak periods and every 60 minutes at other times. Speeds would reach up to 110 miles an hour.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office projects 1.26 million riders annually by 2030.


Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren jousted on everything from immigration reform and Afghanistan to jobs and the Supreme Court during their second televised debate.

Brown began Monday's match-up by demanding Warren release her personnel records at Harvard University, even as he conceded she is "a qualified academic."

Warren pressed Brown for more information on the clients he represented as a private attorney and said if elected to the Senate, Brown would help fellow Republicans block President Barack Obama's agenda.

 A union representing 14,000 New England janitors has reached a tentative contract agreement that allows them to avoid a strike.

A spokeswoman for Local 615 of the Service Employees International Union said early Monday that the agreement followed a day of negotiations that went beyond the union's midnight deadline. She declined to discuss details of the proposed contract. A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at theunion's Boston headquarters.

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Connecticut Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon is getting a visit from the GOP's 2008 presidential candidate.

Arizona Sen. John McCain is scheduled to appear with McMahon at two campaign events on Monday.

McCain will address the "Veterans for Linda" coalition at the Disabled American Veterans Hall in Danbury. Later, he will greet McMahon supporters at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center.

McCain had previously endorsed McMahon's rival in the GOP primary, former Congressman Christopher Shays.

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New York regulators expect to reopen their rulemaking process for shale gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, shedding doubt on whether a 4-year-old moratorium on development will be lifted before next year.

Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said Sunday that the agency expects to miss a Nov. 29 deadline for finalizing regulations, making it necessary to reopen the process with at least one public hearing.

When a private firm failed to meet its promise of providing enough guards for the Olympics, the British military was called in to "mind the gap" in security.

But even though the government is bringing in those troops — as well as RAF Typhoon combat jets, surface-to-air missiles on rooftops, and an aircraft carrier on the River Thames — organizers say it will still look like the Summer Games, and not war games.

General Motors will suspend production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks amid disappointing sales.

A GM spokesman said Friday that the company will shut down production of the Volt from March 19 until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

"We're taking a temporary shutdown," said GM spokesman Chris Lee. "We're doing it to maintain our proper inventory levels as we align production with demand."

One of three officials accused of mismanaging the mortuary at Dover Air Force Base, Del., and of retaliating against three whistle-blowers, has resigned.

The Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, said Friday that Quinton Keel had resigned and that it is in touch with Air Force officials about their final decisions on disciplinary action against the two other accused officials.

South Korea conducted live-fire military drills near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea Monday, despite Pyongyang's threat to respond with a "merciless" attack.

North Korea did not carry out the threat as it focuses on internal stability two months after the death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il and prepares for nuclear disarmament talks with the United States later this week. But with American forces scheduled to conduct additional military exercises with ally South Korea over the next few months, tensions are expected to remain high in the region.