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A woman waits in a classic American car that's used as a shared taxi by commuters in Havana, Cuba, early Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Hope and Some Fear In Cuba Amid Change

Friday, December 19, 2014

Havana — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings. On the first full day after the surprise announcement, many Cubans expressed hope that it will mean greater access to jobs …

Environmentalists Applaud New York’s Imminent Ban on Fracking

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Albany, n.y. — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby …

U.S., Cuba Restore Relations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Washington — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Obama’s dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by Cuban …

PSNH Requests 7% Rate Increase

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — Public Service of New Hampshire plans to raise electric rates by 7 percent this winter, a moderate increase compared with increases as high as 40 percent or more from other utilities. In a request filed with the Public Utilities Commission Monday, PSNH proposes to increase its …

A Rich-Poor Barrier Slows Climate Talks

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lima, Peru — A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up progress can be overcome with a year to go before a landmark pact is supposed to be adopted in Paris. Still, it remains …

Social Security Q&A: What Is Supplemental Security Income?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Question: What is Supplemental Security Income? Answer: SSI provides monthly income to people with limited income and financial resources. People who never worked at a job that withdrew Social Security tax won’t qualify for Social Security, but may still be eligible for SSI. To be eligible, an individual …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

D-H Names Chief Clinical Officer And Executive Vice President Lebanon — Dr. Clifford J. Belden has been named chief clinical officer and executive vice president, integrated delivery system, for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system. In this role, he will …

Charitable Giving On the Rise Among Wealthy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Do you want to keep up with the Joneses? Then, give away some of your money. In fact, if you are affluent — with an income of at least $200,000 or net worth of at least $1 million — you will be keeping up with the average level …

Mobile Apps Still Target Kids

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washington — More than a year after federal regulators issued new privacy rules for kids’ mobile apps, online stores are flooded with cute and silly software programs that quietly collect vast amounts of data on the youngest consumers, …

Money Talk: Social Security Calculators Differ

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Question: I am 63 and my husband is almost 64. He lost his job last year. We have been living on his $1,500 monthly pension plus what I could make from small contracts and drawing down our emergency fund. The fund and the contracts are now gone. We …

Consumer Confidential: Profiting Off the Sick Is Shameful

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Express Scripts, which handles prescription-drug benefits for millions of people nationwide, is dropping coverage for 66 brand-name drugs next month in an effort to keep costs down. Rival CVS Health is dropping 95 drugs from its own list of covered drugs. Happy holidays. Soaring drug prices remain one …

Technology Changing How the World Eats

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tracy, Calif. — Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world’s newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming — the world’s oldest industry — with an audacious agenda: to make sure there …

Business Notes: Dec. 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

H anover — A new mobile phone store is opening in Hanover, hoping to draw students from Dartmouth College as customers in addition to people who don’t want to travel to the Route 12A commercial strip in West Lebanon or don’t purchase their phones online. Brent and Cinnamon …