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Derick Senecal, a tractor operator for Murdo Limlaw, spreads liquid manure on a field in Piermont, N.H., on April 23, 2014. 
(Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

Farmers Spread Thin

Thursday, April 24, 2014

West Lebanon — Now that spring has arrived, Upper Valley farmers are looking to the growing season ahead. Just this week, dairy farmers began spreading manure and seeding hay fields, while the region’s vegetable and berry growers planted a few early crops such as peas, carrots and greens and brought equipment into working order. Ted Putnam, a Claremont dairy farmer …

FCC Expected to Back Away From Net Neutrality

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Washington — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday will circulate proposed rules that could give high-speed Internet providers more power over what content moves the fastest on the Web based on which firms pay the most, according to a person familiar with the plans. The move represents a retreat from the agency’s position in past years on the net neutrality principle, in which …

Earth Day Pick-Me-Up

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On Earth Day on Tuesday, workers from Hypertherm fanned out across the Upper Valley to pick up litter. Ken Woods, left, and Tate Picard filled a bag along Airport Road in West Lebanon. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck …

Wheels: Up to Date, But Not Quite Up to Speed

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Jeep Cherokee, absent from the U.S. auto market since 2001, is back. But it is a more luxurious, fuel-efficient version of its former self. You can boo, or celebrate the changes. If you are a devotee of …

Nuts & Bolts: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bottom line: The new Jeep Cherokee is well worth the look, but only with the optional V-6 engine and, if you really intend to use it off-road, with the Trail Rated four-wheel-drive system. Ride, acceleration, handling: The ride is comfortable. Acceleration is miserable with the four-cylinder engine but …

Salmonella Appears on Decline, Food Poisoning Report Says

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New York — The government’s latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed …

At the Hospitals: April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gifford Mammography, Nuclear Medicine Earn National Accreditation Randolph — Gifford Medical Center’s mammography and nuclear medicine departments have both been awarded three-year reaccreditations by the American College of Radiology. The accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting American …

Consumer Confidential: When Insurers Play Games, Patients Lose

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dr. Theodore Corwin, a plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for the past 30 years, has had run-ins with insurers before, but never one so aggravating — and pointless — as this. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as …

Subaru Awaits Toyota U.S. Plant Decision

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Los Angeles — Fuji Heavy Industries’ Subaru, which added more U.S. market share than any international carmaker last year, is pushing ahead with U.S. expansion plans as it awaits a Toyota decision on whether to keep using its Indiana plant to build Camrys. Capacity to build Subaru vehicles …

Monoprice Takes on Amazon

Sunday, April 20, 2014

You’d only have to drive by the empty shells of Circuit City stores, and soon RadioShacks, to see why a company in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., represents a nightmare for the retail electronics industry. Off the 15 freeway is …

With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co. has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5S: the Galaxy S5. The device, released over the weekend, is the fifth edition of the company’s successful line of Galaxy S smartphones. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, sold more than 10 million units worldwide …

White Walls? Then Choose the Right White

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New York — So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites to choose from. Many have familiar yet poetic names that conjure up ever-so-slightly different hues: cream, pearl, vanilla, …

Long-Term Unemployed Trapped in Vicious Cycle

Sunday, April 20, 2014

For the long-term unemployed, finding a job is hard — but keeping one may be even harder. New research tracking people who have been out of work for six months or longer found that 23 percent landed a …