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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, a man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. Alphabet Inc., Google's holding company, reports financial results Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Alphabet Tops Apple in Total Value

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

San Francisco — Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, topped Apple as the world’s most valuable business in after-hours trading Monday after reporting surging earnings. Alphabet Inc. earned $4.9 billion in net income on revenue of $21.3 billion in the fourth quarter. If not for employee stock expenses and certain other items, Google said it would have earned $8.67 per share. …

Social Security Q&A: Explaining Different Disability Documents

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Question: What is the difference between the disability application and the disability report? Do I have to complete both? Answer: A disability application is a claim for Social Security disability benefits. A disability report provides information about your current physical or mental condition that is needed to process your disability application. To establish a claim for disability benefits, you need to file a …

Some Funds Offer Stability, But at a Price

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New York — Freaked out by the stock market’s big swings? Then the investment industry has something it built just for you: funds that hope to offer a steadier ride. That sounds especially comforting after this year’s jarring start for markets, in which drops of more than 1 percent have become typical. But …

A Crossover That Doesn’t Stand Out

Sunday, January 31, 2016

As Mitsubishi retreats from U.S. shores, cresting at 2 percent market share in 2002 before dipping to less than one-half of 1 percent since 2009, it has cast the redesigned Outlander crossover to hook budget-minded buyers looking for …

Calorie-Counting App Helps Dieters

Sunday, January 31, 2016

How’s that New Year’s diet going for ya? Yeah, I thought so. If you’re like most people trying to lose weight, you’ve been tracking calories, because research has shown that keeping a food diary is an effective weight-loss strategy. And you’ve also learned what a hassle tracking calories …

Urban Planning for Self-Driving Cars

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Detroit — With technologists racing to get autonomous-driven vehicles on the road in 10 years or less, America’s urban planners need to resolve a host of questions about how cities will respond to the future of transportation. A …

Report: Wing on Google’s Drone Failed, Caused Crash

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A massive drone Google was testing as part of a project to provide Internet service with unmanned aircraft instead of satellites crashed after it encountered an updraft and one of its wings failed, U.S. accident investigators have concluded. The Solara 50 had just lifted off from a remote, …

Route 12A RadioShack Closes

Sunday, January 31, 2016

West Lebanon — The RadioShack store on Route 12A, a longtime presence on the West Lebanon commercial strip, closed for good last week, another victim of the Fort Worth, Texas-based company’s February 2015 bankruptcy. Last year, the electronics retail chain filed for bankruptcy and sold 1,700 of its …

Fiat Chrysler Shifting Production Plan

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Detroit — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said last week it will shift its production emphasis toward building more Jeep SUVs, Ram pickups and hybrid or electric vehicles to meet what it sees as permanent changes in the trends driving the North American automotive industry. The automaker now is aiming …

Break Up the Big Banks?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Washington — Battling across Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-country vote on Monday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are dueling on fertile populist ground: resentment against Wall Street, bailed-out big banks and a financial system seen as rigged. Their …

U.S. Consumers Appear to Thrive as Companies Struggle

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Call it a tale of two economies. Consumer spending grew last year by the most since 2005, in spite of a slight slackening in the fourth quarter. Nonresidential business investment, meanwhile, rose at its slowest pace since 2010 as oil and gas companies sharply curtailed spending. The key …

Stocks Soar to Finish A Tough Month

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New York — Stocks soared on the last trading day of January, with Microsoft, Visa and other tech stocks making the biggest gains in a broad market rally Friday. Indexes rose throughout the day and finished with their biggest gains in about five months. Asian stocks jumped after …

German Giant Buys CD-adapco

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lebanon — The purchase by a German engineering giant of a Long Island, N.Y.-based company reverberated in the Upper Valley last week, although the local long-term impact was not immediately clear. Melville, N.Y.-based CD-adapco, which employs 65 people at offices in the Centerra office park in Lebanon who …