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At the Hospitals: Sept. 21, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New London, Cottage Hospitals Receive Awards Concord — Two local hospitals were among those honored recently by the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Bruce King, president and CEO of New London Hospital, received the Leslie A. Smith President’s Award. The annual award is given to an individual who has made “an exceptional contribution to the NHHA,” the hospital said in a …

A Fight for Digital Copyright Reform

Sunday, September 21, 2014

When the Librarian of Congress reversed course and banned the unlocking of cellphones two years ago, Sina Khanifar took it as almost a personal affront. Khanifar was involved in the original effort to legalize unlocking back in the mid-2000s after he developed a program that helped consumers break the technological barriers that tied their phones to particular carriers. Motorola demanded that he stop, …

Yelp Fined $450K Over Registration Minors

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington — Yelp has agreed to pay a $450,000 settlement after federal officials accused the company of violating privacy rules by not properly screening minors in its registration process. But are kids rating restaurants? Not exactly. The restaurant review site admits its registration process failed to screen minors. But the company says the episode also highlights how in many instances, people lie about …

Investigation Uncovers Cyberattacks On Military

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Defense contractors recently suffered a barrage of cyberattacks from the Chinese government, according to a Senate investigation released Wednesday that revealed startling vulnerabilities in how the Pentagon transports troops and equipment. Contractors working for the U.S. Transportation Command were successfully hacked about 50 times over a 12-month span …

Spirit Airlines Paves the Way for Bare-Bones Flying

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Miramar, Fla. — When you purchase a ticket to fly America’s fastest-growing and most-criticized airline, here is what you get: a seat, a mini-tray-table, free use of the bathroom, room for your legs, maybe even some room for your knees. You pay for everything else. A printed boarding …

Wynn Resorts Wins Casino Bid

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Boston — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which …

Going Green In Vermont Hits Milestone

Monday, September 15, 2014

Burlington — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the …

Social Security Q&A: Will Private Policy Reduce Disability Benefit?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Question: I’m thinking about getting disability protection from a private company. If I become disabled and have a private policy, would it reduce my Social Security disability benefit? Answer: No. Having private insurance does not affect your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. But you may be interested …

Study: Car Technology Systems Failing Consumers

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Here’s why consumers say they don’t like the fancy tech systems in their cars: They don’t work very well. Auto manufacturers face deepening challenges with technology as customer frustration with their multimedia systems builds, according to a study from market research firm J.D. Power and Associates. Technology issues …

Farm Education at N.Y. Farm

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pocantico Hills, n.y. — Agriculture tourism lures travelers each fall with farms offering petting zoos, dressed-up scarecrows, pick-your-own pumpkins and pony rides. But Stone Barns, in New York’s Hudson Valley, offers a different type of agritourism. Stone Barns …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dartmouth Faculty, Alumni Discuss Advances in Disease Treatments Hanover — Faculty and alumni of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will discuss recent advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic and life-threatening diseases in a …

Blood Drives Include Woodstock Event

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Woodstock — A series of blood drives being held across Vermont this month includes one on Sept. 26 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Woodstock Union High School. The American Red Cross is sponsoring the drives as part of National Preparedness Month. “A stable blood supply is central to ensuring …

Move to Canada Risks Burger King Loyalty

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Burger King Worldwide is at risk of losing U.S. customers in the wake of a decision to move its headquarters to Canada, according to a survey from YouGov BrandIndex. Consumer perception of the brand -- measured by YouGov BrandIndex’s Buzz score -- has turned negative following an Aug. …