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O'Bee Byrd of Hartford, Ct. boards an Amtrak train heading south out of Claremont Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A meeting was held in Claremont Wednesday to discuss improvements to the stop, the only one on the western side of the state. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Train Station In Claremont Due for Update

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Claremont — Train travelers planning a stop in Claremont won’t find much to do there if they rely on Amtrak’s website. The site provides a few options for lodging and several restaurants but just two places to “see”: Maple Lanes Bowling and the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church. Moreover, the website notes that the station has no enclosed waiting area, no …

U.S. Economy Rebounds From Winter

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Washington — After suffering the sharpest contraction since the recession ended, the U.S. economy rebounded this spring, providing fresh evidence that the recovery is finally turning a corner. Government data released Wednesday shows the economy expanded at an annual rate of 4 percent during the second quarter. Consumers pulled out their wallets, businesses …

Bank Fined $1.3 Billion in Loan Case

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Los Angeles — Countrywide Financial hustled to make the loans. Bank of America, once again, is picking up the bill for the damages caused — the latest buffeting since the bank’s disastrous acquisition of the Calabasas high-risk lender six years ago. A New York judge ordered Bank of America to pay nearly $1.3 billion in penalties in a civil fraud case involving a …

Consumer Confidential: Bank of America Won’t Take No for a Permanent Answer

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The letter Richard Knee received from Bank of America opened with a warning: “You may be missing out on valuable offers.” “According to our records, you are not being mailed offers from Bank of America because you have opted out of postal mail marketing offers,” the letter said. …

Teen Program Grows Veggies, Leaders

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yes, the kids are learning how to slice and dice, why a nicely set table is important, and the difference homegrown produce can make to health and well-being. But Teen Leadership Corps, an unusual summer program at Awbury …

Has the iPad Already Gone Past Its Peak?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — The numbers are clear: Apple is selling fewer iPads. The company reported this week that sales of its sleek, pricey tablet were down 19 percent from last quarter and 9 percent year-over-year. CEO Tim Cook tried to reassure investors that Apple’s new partnership with IBM …

BMW’s High-Riding Compact a Fix for Empty-Nest Syndrome

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Munich — Juergen Bergmann likes to spend time in the forests near his home in Hamburg. What the active 72-year-old doesn’t like is squeezing himself into low-slung cars to drive there. “Getting in and out of my wife’s BMW convertible is a struggle,” said Bergmann, who used to …

Nuts and Bolts: Chrysler 300

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bottom line: Know what you are buying and why, especially when shopping a multilayered car line such as the Chrysler 300. If you want a big sedan with reasonable fuel economy, be happy with the base 300. If you just want to look tough, get the 300 S, …

Wheels: Big, Bold and Priced Right

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It seems odd that something so large and ungainly should have the temerity to call itself “sport.” But such is the case with the larger-than-life Chrysler 300 S, a full-size sedan available with rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Blame …

Landscaping Can Deter Intruders

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural. Landscaping experts who’ve earned high marks from Angie’s List members say overgrown bushes and shrubs are like welcome mats to burglars. Keep plants …

Finally, an Answer To Sooty Marks on Wall

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A tip of the Heavens hat to Medford, Pa., architect Charles J. Collins Jr., ably assisted by Joe Ponessa, for helping to solve a riddle from a few weeks back: sooty marks on walls above electric baseboard radiators. Collins has inspected many homes and has renovated houses with …

Federal Reserve Will Continue to Be Too Patient

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Patience is a key attribute for any successful long-term investor. In these days of high-frequency trading, co-location services and millisecond trading orders, patience may be measured in minutes instead of months or years. But patience comes with risks. History will tell us if the Federal Reserve has been …

GM Sets Aside Millions For Recall Victims

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Detroit — General Motors, posting a second-quarter profit that missed analyst estimates, said it will spend at least $400 million to pay victims of the 2.59 million compact cars with a potentially faulty ignition switch linked to at …