Business

Hormel agrees to buy organic and natural meat maker Applegate Farms

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hormel to Buy Organic and Natural Meat Maker Applegate Farms Minneapolis — Hormel Foods has agreed to buy Applegate Farms, a leading organic and natural meat maker, for $775 million, its largest acquisition and a big play in the hot organic food market. The buyout of Bridgefield, N.J.-based Applegate is also the latest of three major deals for Hormel over the past two years, as the packaged food company, based …

Time Warner Deal Expected Today

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Charter Communications is close to a $55 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable, a merger that would create a powerful cable and broadband Internet contender in an industry long lacking competition. The companies are expected to announce their proposed merger early this morning, with Charter agreeing to pay about $195 a share for Time Warner Cable — $100 in cash and the …

‘A Beautiful Mind’ Subject, Wife Die

Monday, May 25, 2015

Trenton, n.j. — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but not without a struggle with mental illness that would make him …

At the Hospitals: May 24, 2015

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Healthy Living Programs Receive Mini-Grants New London — Three local organizations have received community wellness grants from the The Wellness Connection: For a Healthy Lake Sunapee Region. Created this year, the mini-grant program provides funding for area nonprofits, …

Chairwoman Expects Fed to Raise Key Interest Rate This Year

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Washington — Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen said Friday she expected the central bank to raise its benchmark short-term interest rate this year if the economy continues to slowly improve. It was her clearest signal yet of when the Fed would increase the so-called federal funds rate …

More Grads Get Jobs in Their Field

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Washington — It was one of the most iconic symbols of post-recession America: the college graduate working as a coffee shop barista, carrying a mountain of student debt and a bachelor’s degree into a job that ordinarily would have required only a high school education. Almost half of …

Books Outside the Big Box

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pittsburgh — At the time Dan Iddings opened the doors of Classic Lines Bookstore in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood last year, his greatest fear was that the technologies that ate up some of his largest competitors would swallow …

Women-Led Businesses on the Rise in N.H.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Concord — There was only one problem 28 years ago when Pam Sullivan wanted to launch her own marketing company in Boston. As a female sole proprietor, she had trouble securing a loan. With help from the Small Business Development Center, she put together a business plan and …

Five Banks Admit Guilt, To Pay Fine

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Washington — They called themselves the Cartel, and that turned out to be an appropriate name. Traders and sales agents used electronic chat rooms, prosecutors said, to conspire to manipulate prices in the $5 trillion-a-day foreign currency markets. They secretly marked up transaction costs, telling customers they hadn’t. …

Airbag Recall Doubles In Size

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Washington — Nearly 34 million cars and trucks nationwide were declared defective Tuesday because of deadly air bags made by auto-parts giant Takata, in what is expected to be the biggest recall of any consumer product in U.S. history. The expanded recall doubled the number of vehicles believed …

Obama, Senate GOP Team Up

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Washington — The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress. In rapid-fire order, the administration threatened …

Emotions and Our Money

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The people who have money problems are captives of self-delusion. Let’s face it, many people have money problems, and not simply by failing to have enough greenbacks in the bank. Some are misers, some are tightwads, Some are willfully naive. Thus comes the rise of a new type …

At the Hospitals: May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Among ‘Outstanding Americans’ Lebanon — Dr. James Weinstein, chief executive officer and president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system, has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. This …