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In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, Phanice Cherop, a 29-year-old single mother of two, works at the AAA Growers’ farm in Nyahururu, four hours’ drive north of the capital Nairobi, in Kenya. This Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance your flowers came from Kenya as the cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses - propelling it to become the fourth-largest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia. (AP Photo/Ilya Gridneff)

Kenya Preps Valentine’s Day Flowers

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nyahururu, Kenya — This Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. “I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine’s Day,” said Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya. “They are very beautiful.” On a crisp February morning, Cherop squeezed through a row of shoulder-high white roses, cut a flower and methodically placed …

APD Works to Revaccinate Children After Mishandling Doses

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lebanon — Upper Valley parents and health care providers continue to respond to the refrigeration lapses that compromised vaccines and prompted a revaccination program for more than 800 young patients at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. The vaccine problems were announced in letters to parents of children who had received care at the hospital’s Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care. The letters, …

Twitter Shares Tumble

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

San Francisco — The recent negativity shown toward many Internet companies hit Twitter hard Monday, as the social-media leader’s stock price fell to its lowest level ever ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report. Shortly after trading began, Twitter shares fell more than 5 percent, to $14.87, hitting their lowest point since the company went public in November 2013. The losses added to …

What Unites Congress? Scorn For Shkreli

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Washington — A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill last week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed. But the gridlocked …

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 …

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 …

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 …

People in Business: Jan. 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Alison Bruce, of East Corinth, has been promoted to senior vice president at Ledyard National Bank. Bruce celebrated her 16th anniversary with the bank last year. Her new title is an acknowledgement of how her role has expanded …

Business Notes: Jan. 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Norwich — The Bike Hub, which sold and repaired bicycles and related gear from its shop on Route 5 adjacent to Fogg’s Hardware and Building Supply, closed its doors on Jan. 23. Owner Bill McFadden posted the news on the store’s Facebook page, announcing “we will still be …

Developers Thinking Inside The Box — the Cargo Box

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Los Angeles — Slinging fresh juices and smoothies at two shops in Los Angeles, the owners of The Juice were initially skeptical when approached with an unusual proposition for a new location: a pop-up housed in a shipping …

Bee Business Beginning to Boom

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Janesville, Wis. — There’s a serious buzz surrounding bees these days, and at least one Wisconsin retailer is seeking to build some business out of it. Blain’s Farm and Fleet, based in this city about 60 miles southwest …

Consumer Confidential: When Collectors Call, Demand Proof of Your Debt

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Suzanne Husted went through a rough patch about a decade ago and had to take out a pair of $300 payday loans to get by. She said she paid each back within a couple of months. Now she’s getting calls from two different debt collectors insisting that $2,400 …

Rivier University Offers Job ‘Guarantee’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Concord — A small Catholic university in southern New Hampshire is becoming the latest college to offer a money-back guarantee of sorts to its students. Rivier University, which has a total student population of about 2,600 in Nashua, …