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At the Hospitals: Sept. 21, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New London, Cottage Hospitals Receive Awards Concord — Two local hospitals were among those honored recently by the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Bruce King, president and CEO of New London Hospital, received the Leslie A. Smith President’s Award. The annual award is given to an individual who has made “an exceptional contribution to the NHHA,” the hospital said in a …

A Fight for Digital Copyright Reform

Sunday, September 21, 2014

When the Librarian of Congress reversed course and banned the unlocking of cellphones two years ago, Sina Khanifar took it as almost a personal affront. Khanifar was involved in the original effort to legalize unlocking back in the mid-2000s after he developed a program that helped consumers break the technological barriers that tied their phones to particular carriers. Motorola demanded that he stop, …

Yelp Fined $450K Over Registration Minors

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington — Yelp has agreed to pay a $450,000 settlement after federal officials accused the company of violating privacy rules by not properly screening minors in its registration process. But are kids rating restaurants? Not exactly. The restaurant review site admits its registration process failed to screen minors. But the company says the episode also highlights how in many instances, people lie about …

Europe Rejects U.S. Apples Because of Freshness Coating

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington — With the harvest underway, Jon Alegria figures he’ll pack more than 400 million apples from this year’s crop by mid-November, relying on a widely used chemical to keep them looking fresh for months. Before sending them …

Don’t Look to Chiropractors for a Cure for Diabetes, Other Illnesses

Sunday, September 21, 2014

There are thousands of competent chiropractors in California helping people deal with back or neck pain. And then there are some who run newspaper ads with bold claims about breakthrough treatments for diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Robert Puleo, executive officer of the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, …

American Tests $8,000 ‘Lie-Flat Bed’ to Los Angeles

Sunday, September 21, 2014

For $8,000, American Airlines treats select Los Angeles passengers to private berths, three- course meals boasting shrimp scampi and even vented compartments that can house socialites’ chihuahuas. The costliest U.S. domestic fare is a bet that some fliers …

Are Prisons Holding Back U.S. Recovery?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington — Janet Yellen and her colleagues at the Federal Reserve are bringing the economy in for a landing, but the instrument panel has gone haywire, giving contradictory readings on the job market. Many Americans are still working only part time, and workers still aren’t getting higher wages …

Red Flags Don’t Temper Alibaba’s Hot Debut

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington — The Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce powerhouse, made history Friday when it raised more than $21 billion in a record-breaking stock market debut. So what exactly did investors buy? A piece of a Caribbean-based holding company with tenuous ties to the actual firm. An ownership stake that’s …

Beer Icon Pabst Blue Ribbon Sold to Russian Beverage Firm

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pabst Brewing Co. is changing owners for the second time in about four years, as Russia’s Oasis Beverages and TSG Consumer Partners LLC linked up to buy the company behind American brews such as Pabst Blue Ribbon. Pabst, which also sells brands such as Schlitz and Old Milwaukee, …

Google, Car Firms At Odds Over Driverless Future

Sunday, September 21, 2014

San Francisco — With its vision for a future where cars drive themselves, Google is putting itself at odds with an auto industry that shares its desire for safer, less-congested roads - yet won’t abide the “driverless” part. The clash pits the Internet giant, public for barely a …

VW Denies Microbus Rumor

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet. Volkswagen is not poised to introduce a new version of its legendary microbus. A spate of rumors and even a set of photos sprang up on the Web this week, featuring stats, specs and details on the 2015 version of …

U.S. Stocks Move Little Despite Alibaba Debut

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday after a three-day rally as shares of Alibaba began trading and corporate takeovers boosted investor optimism. Alibaba climbed 38 percent in its U.S. trading debut, after the company raised a record-breaking $21.8 billion. Dresser-Rand rallied 9.4 percent as …

Internet Inventor Slams Corporate Agenda of Web

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A quarter-century ago, Timothy Berners-Lee designed the world’s first Web browser and server, kicking off a thing that people started calling the World Wide Web. In a visit to The Washington Post, on Thursday, Berners-Lee said that system is now in danger from Internet service providers (ISPs) who …