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Nor’easter Could Test FairPoint

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A nor’easter that arrived Tuesday could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike. The company, meanwhile, accused striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said an automated phone-jamming effort attempted to disrupt its call centers. Charlotte, N.C.-based FairPoint Communications …

Arts Program Aims to Grow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The founders of Vermont Independent School of the Arts at the Seven Stars Center in Sharon may be on the brink of realizing their dream. If all goes as planned, the 14-year-old nonprofit center and school, which has helped hundreds of students become better musicians, singers and visual artists, will qualify for a …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or …

Stocks End Week On Upbeat Note

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rallied Friday, trimming last week’s decline, as earnings beat estimates, consumer confidence reached a seven-year high and investors speculated that central banks will add more economic stimulus. Schlumberger, the largest oilfield-services provider, jumped 3.7 percent after reporting earnings and saying falling crude prices …

Whole Foods Begins Produce Rating Plan

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York — Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as “good,” “better” or “best” based on the supplier’s farming practices. Most notably, the supermarket chain says its “responsibly grown” labeling …

Food Crisis Latest Ebola Warning

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Des Moines, Iowa — Financial aid and global coordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from West African nations at the center of the Ebola outbreak said Wednesday. …

CBS Launches Online Streaming

Friday, October 17, 2014

CBS on Thursday launched an online streaming service that allows consumers to view current and previous seasons of its shows without a cable or satellite subscription, adding momentum to a radical shift in the television industry toward a la carte digital entertainment. CBS’s move follows HBO’s announcement this …

Stock Markets Fall As Anxiety Abounds

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First it was fresh concerns about the fragile eurozone recovery. Then there was the sudden steep fall in oil prices. Now investors are worrying whether the American economy can pull up a slumping global economy. And overlaying all …

HBO Plans To Decouple From Cable

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New York — Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see …

Co-op Sued For Disputed June Firings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Woodstock — Two former workers at the Lebanon Co-op have filed suit against the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, citing age discrimination, emotional distress and multiple counts of wrongful termination in their claim. Dan King, a manager in the …

Social Security Q&A: What Can I Do at Government’s Social Security Website?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Question: What can I do at www.socialsecurity.gov ? Answer: There are myriad things you can do at Social Security’s website. You can conduct most of your Social Security business with a suite of online services at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. There, you can get an estimate of future benefits, find out …

Social Security Statements Are Back in the Mail

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It took an act of Congress, but Social Security statements are back in the mail. The annual personal earnings record and benefit statements were largely canned in 2011 in a cost-cutting move, but complaints soared and legislation ensued. Beginning this month, the Social Security Administration said, it will …

Wheels: The Right-Sized Pickups

Sunday, October 12, 2014

San Diego — I’ve never understood why U.S. car and truck manufacturers abandoned mid-size pickup trucks. I’ve heard the excuses: Americans want big trucks; it costs as much to make smaller pickups as it does to make larger …