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Easter Seals Stymied In N.H. Guard Bid

Monday, July 21, 2014

Concord — A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families is caught in a disagreement over whether aiding one group of veterans could end up hurting another. Created in 2007, the Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program has been widely praised for helping nearly 3,000 individuals with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing. Since the start, it has been managed by the Department of …

Social Security Q&A: What Is a Social Security Credit?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: What is a Social Security “credit?” Answer: During your working years, earnings covered by Social Security are posted to your record. You earn Social Security credits based on those earnings. The amount of earnings needed for one credit rises as average earnings levels rise. In 2014, you receive one credit for each $1,200 of earnings. You can earn up to a maximum …

Squatters Can Pose a Problem

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In Madison, Wis., where Wi-Fi hot spots often are easier to find than a parking space, you wouldn’t think that a cafe would turn off its wireless Internet connection. But that’s the case at Madison Sourdough cafe and bakery on Williamson Street, where owner David Lehrentz has pulled the plug on Wi-Fi Saturday …

Lindt Adds To Nestle’s U.S. Chocolate Woes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Zurich — Nestle typically seeks to be first or second in all its businesses, yet isn’t even close in the U.S. chocolate candy market, where the Swiss company is dwarfed by Mars and Hershey. When No. 3 Lindt & Spruengli completes its planned purchase of Russell Stover Candies, …

Reconnecting With AT&T Has Hang-Ups

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Breaking up isn’t hard to do, an AT&T wireless customer learned. It’s getting back together that’s the trick. And when you know you’re right and the company’s wrong, it doesn’t hurt to stick to your guns. Kate Anger, 49, has been an AT&T wireless customer for more than …

U.S. Stocks Rebound To End Week Higher

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Investors jumped on a wave of strong corporate financial results Friday, propelling stocks higher for the third time in five days. The gains wiped out much of the market’s losses from the day before, when the downing of …

Aronia Berry Gains Market Foothold

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Missouri Valley, Iowa — A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular “superfoods” like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from …

Amazon Is Starting $9.99-a-Month Service For Unlimited E-Books

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Amazon.com introduced a $9.99-a-month service for unlimited Kindle e-book downloads, letting customers devour books like they binge on TV services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Kindle Unlimited includes more than 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of audiobooks from Audible, Amazon said Friday in a statement. Readers can access …

Google Mulls NYC Pay Phones For Wi-Fi Spots

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New York —Google is among several technology companies considering a plan that uses pay-phone locations to give New Yorkers free wireless Internet access. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company was among more than 50 attendees at an informational meeting in May for the project, according to a city document. …

Working Part Time Is Not A Disaster for Recovery

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — By many indicators, the recent job market is clearly improving. It still has a long way to go, but the pace of employment growth is up and unemployment has fallen sharply in recent months. Importantly, the recent decline in the jobless rate has been for the …

Market Basket deliveries missed at Concord locations

Saturday, July 19, 2014

At least five managers from the Market Basket on Storrs Street in Concord attended a rally at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts yesterday to show support for ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and rebellion against his replacements. The …

White House OKs Offshore Exploration

Saturday, July 19, 2014

St. Augustine Beach, Fla. — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is …

Study: Americans Holding More Cash

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Americans are holding more cash in their bank accounts than they have at any other point during the past two decades, a new study found. The average checking account balance reached $4,436 at the end of 2013, nearly double the average balance of $2,100 during the past 25 …