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Takata’s Air-Bag Crisis May Spur Maintenance Changes in Japan

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tokyo — Takata Corp.’s air-bag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices. Drivers may need to start having chemicals in their air bags swapped out because of degradation over time, said Fumihiko Ike, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and Honda. The discussions among carmakers follow recalls of …

Study: Knowledge About Retirement Is Shaky

Sunday, December 21, 2014

When are reverse mortgages due? What triggers early withdrawal penalties? What exactly is covered by Medicare, again? Retirement planning is hard, and most people struggle to understand the fundamentals, according to a new report by the American College of Financial Services, a nonprofit that educates financial advisers. Only 20 percent of people in or near retirement who were surveyed by the group passed …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

APD Names Associate VP For Information Services Lebanon — Kristen Kneisel was recently appointed associate vice president for information services at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. Kneisel served most recently as the interim director and project manager for information services at the hospital. Her experience in information systems and healthcare include working with …

Mobile Apps Still Target Kids

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washington — More than a year after federal regulators issued new privacy rules for kids’ mobile apps, online stores are flooded with cute and silly software programs that quietly collect vast amounts of data on the youngest consumers, …

Money Talk: Social Security Calculators Differ

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Question: I am 63 and my husband is almost 64. He lost his job last year. We have been living on his $1,500 monthly pension plus what I could make from small contracts and drawing down our emergency fund. The fund and the contracts are now gone. We …

Consumer Confidential: Profiting Off the Sick Is Shameful

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Express Scripts, which handles prescription-drug benefits for millions of people nationwide, is dropping coverage for 66 brand-name drugs next month in an effort to keep costs down. Rival CVS Health is dropping 95 drugs from its own list of covered drugs. Happy holidays. Soaring drug prices remain one …

Technology Changing How the World Eats

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tracy, Calif. — Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world’s newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming — the world’s oldest industry — with an audacious agenda: to make sure there …

Business Notes: Dec. 14, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

H anover — A new mobile phone store is opening in Hanover, hoping to draw students from Dartmouth College as customers in addition to people who don’t want to travel to the Route 12A commercial strip in West Lebanon or don’t purchase their phones online. Brent and Cinnamon …

Cranberry Glut Leads to Search For New Markets

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The problem is not having too much of a good thing. It’s knowing what to do with it. Cranberry growers have had abundant harvests over the last few years, flooding the market with fruit now finding its way into new products and markets. Nationally, they produced 8.5 million …

Drone Helps Threatened Sandhill Crane in Calif.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Staten Island, Calif. — Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Actually, it’s tens of thousands of birds and a single drone, an unmanned flying machine with a wingspan the size of an extra-large pizza. And on a recent afternoon, while the birds land, …

Refinements Transform New Camry

Sunday, December 14, 2014

For years, Toyota’s Camry has dominated the family sedan segment with a focus on comfort and reliability — and blithe disregard for the particulars of handling and style. The bland formula has made the trusty Camry the nation’s bestselling passenger sedan for 12 consecutive years. That won’t work …

N.H., Vt. Tops In Jobs Lost To China

Sunday, December 14, 2014

More bad news — a little bit of good — for New Hampshire and Vermont in report examining jobs lost to China The country’s trade deficit with China is costing American jobs, and New Hampshire and Vermont are among the nation’s big losers, according to a new report …

Drugmakers, Internet Companies Join Forces to Track You

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washington — Ever since the days of castor oil laxatives and mercury syphilis tablets, pharmacists and patients have had a tacit understanding: whatever you buy, the information is confidential. No longer. Drugmakers and Internet companies are quietly joining forces to link U.S. pharmacy records with online accounts to …