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APD Added To Anthem Health Plans

Friday, October 31, 2014

Lebanon — Care at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital will be covered next year for New Hampshire consumers with health insurance policies issued by the state’s largest health insurance company and sold through the state’s federally operated exchange, known as the Marketplace. The deal to include Alice Peck Day in the Pathway network of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire, which was announced Thursday by the hospital, highlights …

U.S. Economy Grows in Q3 At 3.5 Percent

Friday, October 31, 2014

Washington — The U.S. economy grew at a healthy 3.5 percent annual rate in the last quarter, but Thursday’s report from the Commerce Department might do little to make voters feel more upbeat before next week’s elections, and the good growth is unlikely to be replicated in the final quarter of 2014. The 3.5 percent annual rate of growth for the gross domestic …

Fed Ends Bond-Buying Program

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Washington — The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market — a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike. The Fed did reiterate its plan to maintain its benchmark short-term rate near zero “for a considerable time.” …

New Combination Herbicide Gains Federal OK

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Minneapolis — A new herbicide, long awaited by farmers as a tool to fight “superweeds” but long opposed by environmental groups, has received final federal approval and is likely headed for Midwestern fields next year. Enlist Duo, manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, could become an important competitor to Monsanto’s …

Scandal May Deter Female Video Gamers

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The confusing, nasty muck of the Gamergate scandal, in which anonymous attackers have harassed and sent death threats to women linked to the video-game industry, has morphed into a bitter culture war over the world’s $100 billion gaming …

Survey: Online Harassment Is Widespread

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York — A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty percent …

S&P 500 Posts Its Best Week Since 2013

Sunday, October 26, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index capping its best week since 2013, as companies from Procter & Gamble to Microsoft climbed after reporting earnings. P&G added 2.3 percent after saying it would exit its Duracell battery business. Microsoft gained …

Business Notes: Oct. 26, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Claremont — When Claremont Savings Bank opens its new branch office on Charlestown Road, probably in February, the retail location on Maple Avenue will close. Sherwood Moody, president of Claremont Savings Bank, said last week one of the factors contributing to the decision to move the bank’s presence …

Is Refinancing Now Worth Costs, Fees?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The interest rate pendulum has swung in favor of homeowners again. A steady decline in recent weeks brought down the average rate for a 30-year fixed home loan below 4 percent to 3.92 percent last week, the lowest level in more than a year. As recently as January, …

P&G Spinning Off Duracell

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cincinnati — Procter & Gamble is removing the batteries and making Duracell a stand-alone company. The world’s largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, announced earlier this year that it would shed more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two. …

People in Business

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Victoria Mesropian, of Windsor, has joined Ledyard National Bank as Assistant Vice President, Private Banking Relationship Manager. In her new post, Mesropian will manage a portfolio of banking and financial relationships for professional clients and their families. Mesropian …

Airbag Defects Affect 30 Million Vehicles

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Washington — More than 30 million cars and trucks nationwide are equipped with dangerously defective airbags, congressional officials say, a number that raises questions about whether the U.S. auto industry can handle what could become the largest recall in history. Federal safety authorities have recalled 7.8 million vehicles …

Cost of Cocoa No Concern in U.S.

Friday, October 24, 2014

New York — Jacques Torres is betting Americans simply can’t kick their chocolate habit, even after the price of cocoa surged to the highest in three years. Torres, a former pastry chef at New York’s swanky Le Cirque …