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U.S. Stock Markets Plummet; Dow Sinks Below Correction Threshold

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New York — U.S. stocks plunged lower Tuesday, following the rest of the world’s markets down, as investors reacted to fresh news of China’s economic slowdown. The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 3 percent, falling 469.68 points, to 16,058.35, while the broad-based Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 58.33, also about 3 percent, to 1,913.85. The sell-off of U.S. shares, which appeared to be finding at least a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

China’s Missteps Trip Up Others

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Beijing — Not long ago, global markets were fixated on a nation in the throes of financial upheaval. Its equities markets were crumbling, its debts sky-high. Media pundits, investors and foreign governments began to question the long-term viability …

China Slowdown Sacks Commodities Market

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Until recently, China was a beast whose appetite knew almost no limit. It feasted on the world’s raw materials, buying them in a voracious, globe-spanning spree. Indonesian coal powered villages that morphed into mega-cities. Peruvian copper lined power …

Fed Vice Chair: Rate Increase Possible

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer left the door open Saturday for a Fed rate increase in September, saying the factors that have kept inflation below the central bank’s target level have likely begun to fade. …

Economy Is Steaming Along in U.S.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and …

Secrets Routinely Sent by Email

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton’s use of a home server …

CEOs Make 200 Times More Than Workers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule that will require companies, starting in 2017, to disclose a simple calculation: At what multiple is the chief executives’ compensation vs. the median-compensated worker. It’s a concept many in Corporate America have loved to hate ever since …

Back in the Black: Financial Coach Helps Call the Plays That Pay

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Throughout Megan Sather’s childhood in Jericho, Vt., money ranked right up there with sex and religion. “Those were the three topics you were never to mention,” she said. Many other people — perhaps most people — had similar …

Office Coach: Get co-workers to join your complaint or drop it

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The woman in the next cubicle is driving me crazy. “Helen” is a heavy smoker, so she coughs all the time. Her cellphone rings constantly with calls from her kids, and she conducts these conversations in a very …

Leadership Upper Valley: Vital Communities program helps build region’s leaders

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Every September, as kids head back to school, the Leadership Upper Valley program welcomes another kind of student: adults who want to learn more about the region and how they can contribute to its strength and vitality. “I …