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Television Advertising Sales Fall Far Short of Industry Targets

Monday, July 28, 2014

TV advertisers are being unexpectedly tight-fisted. Wall Street and TV networks had been banking on an improving economy this year to help drive demand. But the annual “upfront” advertising market, when marketers place their orders for commercial spots for the coming year, was unexpectedly weak. Broadcast networks ABC, CBS and Fox collectively booked $600 million less this summer than during last year’s market, according to estimates by network executives and …

Despite Law, D.C. Folks Can Get Booze in N.H.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire is assuring residents of the nation’s capital that they can purchase alcohol in the state despite a law that suggests otherwise. But cigarettes? Maybe not. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently told retailers they should accept Washington, D.C., driver’s licenses when determining a buyer’s age, even though state law does not explicitly include them and instead refers to licenses …

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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : What is the purpose of Supplemental Security Income, or SSI? Answer : The purpose of SSI is to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little income and few resources to support themselves. It provides financial assistance to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. You can receive SSI even if you have not worked and paid into Social …

BMW’s High-Riding Compact a Fix for Empty-Nest Syndrome

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Munich — Juergen Bergmann likes to spend time in the forests near his home in Hamburg. What the active 72-year-old doesn’t like is squeezing himself into low-slung cars to drive there. “Getting in and out of my wife’s BMW convertible is a struggle,” said Bergmann, who used to …

Nuts and Bolts: Chrysler 300

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bottom line: Know what you are buying and why, especially when shopping a multilayered car line such as the Chrysler 300. If you want a big sedan with reasonable fuel economy, be happy with the base 300. If you just want to look tough, get the 300 S, …

Wheels: Big, Bold and Priced Right

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It seems odd that something so large and ungainly should have the temerity to call itself “sport.” But such is the case with the larger-than-life Chrysler 300 S, a full-size sedan available with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Blame …

Landscaping Can Deter Intruders

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural. Landscaping experts who’ve earned high marks from Angie’s List members say overgrown bushes and shrubs are like welcome mats to burglars. Keep plants …

Finally, an Answer To Sooty Marks on Wall

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A tip of the Heavens hat to Medford, Pa., architect Charles J. Collins Jr., ably assisted by Joe Ponessa, for helping to solve a riddle from a few weeks back: sooty marks on walls above electric baseboard radiators. Collins has inspected many homes and has renovated houses with …

Federal Reserve Will Continue to Be Too Patient

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Patience is a key attribute for any successful long-term investor. In these days of high-frequency trading, co-location services and millisecond trading orders, patience may be measured in minutes instead of months or years. But patience comes with risks. History will tell us if the Federal Reserve has been …

GM Sets Aside Millions For Recall Victims

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Detroit — General Motors, posting a second-quarter profit that missed analyst estimates, said it will spend at least $400 million to pay victims of the 2.59 million compact cars with a potentially faulty ignition switch linked to at …

Money-Market Funds Must Allow Share Value to Float

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Washington — The riskiest money-market mutual funds will be required to abandon their stable, $1-share value and allow their prices to float under rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The rules, approved Wednesday on a 3-2 vote, conclude a four-year struggle to toughen regulations after a …

Sluggish, but Sturdy: Slow Recovery May Leave U.S. Economy Stronger

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Washington — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged. That conclusion, one held by a growing number of economists, might surprise many people. After all, …

Wal-Mart’s New Chief Faces Bare Shelves

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — Empty shelves, grumpy customers, long lines at the register: These are just some of the challenges facing Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s new U.S. chief. Greg Foran, who takes charge Aug. 9, inherits a chain wedded to an outdated big-box model, struggling to increase sales in its …