Business

Obama Drives Climate to Forefront

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Anchorage, Alaska — President Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Alaska on Monday, aiming to thrust climate change to the forefront of the global agenda with a historic visit that will put the state’s liquefying glaciers and sinking villages on graphic display. During his three-day tour of Alaska, Obama planned to hike a glacier, converse with fishermen and tape a reality TV show with survivalist Bear Grylls …

Strong Forecast For N.E. Apples

Monday, August 31, 2015

Boston — As summer winds down in New England, apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop. According to the U.S. Apple Association, the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than last year’s and 18 percent above the region’s five-year average. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics …

What’s Not to Like? Not a Thing

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lake Placid, n.y. — Rare is the vehicle that makes perfect sense. The 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi with all-wheel drive is that rarity. It meets all criteria — pricing, perfect size for urban use, accommodating comfort for highway travel, flexible utility, advanced safety, good fuel economy, and more-than-adequate road performance for people …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Geisel Name Surgery Chair Lebanon — Dr. Sandra L. Wong, the William W. Coon Professor of Surgical Oncology and associate chairwoman of clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Health System, has been named chairwoman of …

One Man’s Failed Effort to Copyright a Popular Chicken Sandwich

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In 1987, Norberto Colón Lorenzana had what we can all agree is a pretty unremarkable idea. Colón, who had just started working at a fast food joint called Church’s Chicken in Puerto Rico, suggested to his employer that they try adding a basic fried chicken sandwich to a …

Investors Grapple With Question: When to Spend Savings?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pittsburgh — After working hard at a job or business for decades — scrimping and saving for the better part of a lifetime — many people wrestle with the question of when to spend the money they’ve accumulated. “I often mention to our clients that I have yet …

Hamilton’s Female Fans Not So Keen on New $10

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — Even as Alexander Hamilton is celebrated in a hit Broadway musical, he soon may have to share his space on the $10 bill with a woman. Not so fast, says a surprising group: prominent women in economics and finance. Abby Joseph Cohen, president of Goldman Sachs’s …

Cellphones for Children May Not Be a Wise Choice

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My colleague Michelle Quinn got her son an iPhone when he entered middle school last year. My son wasn’t so lucky. Not only did he not get a smartphone when he entered middle school, but I don’t plan to get him even a simple cellphone anytime soon. Michelle’s …

U.S. Raises Farm-Income Forecast After Crop Sales Increase

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — The U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its forecast for U.S. farmers’ profits this year, with crop sales rising above an earlier estimate and help coming from other sources of income such machine rentals. Income will be $100.3 billion, the USDA said last week in a report, …

Slow and Steady: Model T’s Cross-Country Trip

Saturday, August 29, 2015

After 34 days and 3,600 miles across America on dirt roads, the Model T that recreated Edsel Ford’s 1915 road trip from Detroit to San Francisco reached its destination earlier this month. “Seeing America in the slow lane turns out to be amazingly pleasant,” said Mark Gessler, president …

Survey Says American Satisfaction With Vehicles Declines

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Car prices keep going up, but so do the number of recall notices being sent to car owners. It’s not a combination designed to make customers happy. Customer satisfaction with vehicles is down for the third year in a row, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The …

Smartphone Sales to Fall

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Worldwide sales growth for smartphones is slowing down, thanks to maturing markets, but remains strong, according to International Data Corp.’s quarterly mobile phone tracking report. The market intelligence forecaster expects global smartphone shipments to grow 10.4 percent in 2015 to 1.44 billion units, down from 27.5 percent growth …

As Self-Driving Cars Come to More States, Regulators Take a Back Seat

Saturday, August 29, 2015

When self-driving cars begin zipping through Virginia this year, they won’t need any special registration, and the testers sitting behind the wheel won’t need a special license. In the eyes of the law, they’ll be regular cars. Virginia …