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Ag Secretary: Use App to Inform About GMOs

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts of information could pop up, such as whether the food’s ingredients include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. …

Net Neutrality Vote Sets Up Legal Fight

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — The Federal Communications Commission for the first time classified Internet providers as public utilities Thursday, a landmark vote that officials said will prevent cable and telecommunications companies from controlling what people see on the Web. The move, approved 3 to 2 along party lines, was part of a sweeping set of new “net neutrality” rules aimed at banning providers of high-speed …

Miller Auto Dealership to Close

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lebanon — Signaling a shake-up in the Upper Valley automobile market, longtime car seller Miller Chevrolet Cadillac will close its doors on Friday, leaving Lebanon, for the first time since the dawn of the automotive era, without a Chevrolet or Cadillac dealer. Miller Chevrolet Cadillac owner Johanna Cicotte has terminated the distribution agreement …

Sunday, February 22, 2015

YouTube Marks 10th Anniversary

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It’s a fact easily forgotten, in light of all the fame and the folly that’s followed. But before Justin Bieber was a tabloid fixture, a Calvin Klein model and a teen cult leader, he was a tiny, backlit figure swaying in front of a cinderblock wall, singing Ne-Yo’s …

Farmers Markets A Glutted Market

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Have farmers markets become too plentiful for their own good? That’s a question farmers and market managers have been asking for several years. And now there’s evidence that suggests it may be so. A new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that the rate of growth …

Printing 3-D Body Parts Less Costly

Sunday, February 22, 2015

San Jose, Calif. — It sounds like something from a science fiction plot: So-called three-dimensional printers are being used to fashion prosthetic arms and hands, jaw bones, spinal-cord implants — and one day perhaps even living human body …

Wheels: The Torque Is What Makes the Car

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cornwall, N.Y. — Some costs are worth it. It is a truth that becomes reality when you spend money on a vehicle for something other than prestige and style. You spend it for value and performance. If prestige …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Audi Q5 TDI

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bottom line: The 2015 Audi Q5 TDI is worth the price, which isn’t saying the cost should not be reduced if at all possible. You can start by understanding that the Q5 is offered in seven overall trim levels with varied price tags. The gasoline models are the …

Surging Buck Hits Earnings

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn’t tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It’s the surging U.S. dollar. The two soda giants rely on overseas customers for roughly half of their revenue. When …

Wal-Mart Pay Raise May Press Others

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washington — Wal-Mart’s advertising slogan is “Save money, live better,” but for years the world’s largest retailer has been criticized for not paying its workers enough to do that. Now, facing rising minimum wages in some states, competition …

5 Unsettling Truths About Social Security System

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Social Security program is turning 80 this year, and though most Americans won’t commemorate this milestone, a huge chunk of them — 57 million — will benefit from it to the tune of more than $1,200 a month. The future of the Social Security program has been …

Money Talk: Your Options When Lender Makes an Error

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Question: A debt collector says I owe a small debt from a store credit card I opened about six months ago. The wrong address was on file, so I hadn’t received any documentation at all. After opening the account I had called the store customer service line to …