Business

Comcast to Drop Mega-Merger

Friday, April 24, 2015

Washington — Comcast is planning to drop its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, after Washington regulators raised concerns that the combined giant would hold too much sway over the rapidly evolving television and entertainment industries, according to people familiar with the matter. The decision caps a spectacular collapse for one of the biggest deals ever to come before federal officials. The merger would have combined the two largest …

Intuit Sued Over TurboTax Security

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Two victims of identity theft have sued Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, claiming that poor security measures contributed to a possible spike in tax fraud this year. In the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in the Northern District Court of California, the two taxpayers accused the company of not taking enough steps to protect customers’ data or to stop criminals from using that …

Tree’s Company: After Fire, Unity Couple Keep Branching Out

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Unity — Sometimes a bronze glow isn’t what it seems. Stan McCumber and his wife, Jenny Wright, have grown accustomed to the question prompted by their perennial mid-winter tans: Have you been in the Caribbean? “Nope. Westminster, Plainfield,” the 67-year-old McCumber replies, naming Vermont and New Hampshire towns where they do big pruning …

At the Hospitals: April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TDI Receives $800,000 For Neonatal Care Study Lebanon — The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice has received a three-year, $800,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation for a nationwide study of neonatal intensive care, the first of its kind, researchers say. “Very few published reports have …

Advertising Rules For Kids Not the Same With Apps

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Washington — For decades, advertising to children on television has been held to tougher rules than commercials for adults. Federal regulators have long been concerned that kids are more vulnerable to marketing and have a tougher time distinguishing between an ad and a show. Now with new apps, …

Cottage Hospital Project On Track

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Woodsville — A 16,000-square-foot, $4.3 million building with clinical and administrative space is under construction at Cottage Hospital and on track to open by September, according to a hospital spokeswoman. “The project has been a while in the making,” said Maryanne Aldrich, Cottage’s community relations and fund development …

Fight Looms Over New Adviser Rules

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Major financial industry trade groups are offering a restrained response to a new Labor Department proposal designed to curb conflicts of interest in the financial advisory business serving retirees, even as proponents of the measure gird for a major battle. After years of preparation and behind-the-scenes lobbying, the …

Privacy Tops List of Drone Concerns

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pittsburgh — Amazon wants to use them to deliver orders. One hovered over a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game last summer. And earlier this year, one crashed onto the White House lawn. Drones are not everywhere yet, but once …

Digital Technology In Grocery Aisles

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Horicon, Wis. — Mike Hansen, a resident of this small, southeastern Wisconsin town, got a computer six years ago but has yet to set up an online connection. Hansen, however, has started borrowing an iPad from the service desk at a nearby Piggly Wiggly store to do his …

More Spent Dining Out Than at Grocery Stores

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Washington — Pass the menu, hold the shopping cart. Grocery stores are finding it harder to make headway with shoppers as a surge in spending at restaurants over the past several months signals Americans are more likely to ditch the brown bags in favor of doggy bags. Sales …

Study: Teens Still Prefer Facebook

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York — Remember those declarations that teens are done with Facebook? Think again. Facebook remains the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17, according to a new study from the Pew Research …

Just-in-Time Delivery: After Frantic Start, Rymes-Fuller Oil Merger Going Smoothly

Sunday, April 19, 2015

It was late November, and oil delivery crews from Rymes Propane and Oil started showing up to fill the tanks of Fred Fuller Oil and Propane customers after the two companies merged. For some customers, it was a …

Consumer Confidential: Plans to Cram More Seats in Airliners Won’t Sit Well With Fliers

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Airlines increasingly are missing scheduled takeoffs and landings, losing travelers’ bags and overbooking flights, according to a report released last week. And the bad news: Things will probably get worse. Even as the latest performance stats showed that major carriers are having trouble with the most basic functions …