Business

Shops Small, But Mighty

Friday, November 28, 2014

Norwich — Will plaid become the new black? To offset the gravitational pull of people into big-box stores during the post-Thanksgiving frenzy known as Black Friday, Norwich Bookstore co-owner Liza Bernard is inviting community-minded customers to don an item of plaid clothing — a shirt, skirt, scarf or socks — in recognition of “Plaid Friday,” which celebrates “the diversity and creativity of independent businesses” on the busiest shopping day of …

Snow Makes Thanksgiving Travel ‘A Little Hairy’

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mineola, n.y. — A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington to Boston corridor. By early evening, more than 700 flights had been canceled, the bulk …

Nestle’s Next Food Frontier: Exercise in a Bottle

Monday, November 24, 2014

Zurich — Tucked away near Lake Geneva, a handful of Nestle scientists are quietly working on realizing every couch potato’s dream: exercise that comes in a bottle. The world’s biggest food company, known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules, says it has identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13, a potential first …

Cyber-Insurance Now a Necessity

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Washington — More than 3,000 American businesses were hacked last year, many of them small and midsize firms that are often less protected than their multinational counterparts, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. That surge in cyberattacks has led to a booming industry that aims …

Social Security Q&A: Applying for Supplemental Security Income

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Question: How can I apply for Supplemental Security Income? Answer: If you are applying for SSI based on a disability, you can start the process by going online to complete the disability report at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi/ssi.html. Then you can call 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778) to schedule an appointment with a …

Wheels: A Racehorse in a Fenced World

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It is a matter of trade-offs. If you want an exceptional driving experience, BMW will give you that, replete with exceptional engineering and an exceptionally high price. If you want anything extra — advanced electronic safety systems, onboard …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 BMW M235i

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bottom line: If your primary concern is the joy of driving, the way a rightly hewn, superbly engineered compact car feels in hand and on the road, the 2015 BMW M235i coupe is for you. Considering its on-road performance, it is hard to beat even at its $40,000-plus …

Once Thriving, Duck Farms On Long Island Fade Away

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Flanders, N.y. — When Brooklyn chef Jason Marcus talks about preparing Long Island duck, he can’t help salivating. “There’s a great balance between the fat and really, really, tender meat,” said the owner of trendy nightspots Traif and …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Valley Regional Offers Free Info Session on Health Insurance O ptions Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital has announced that, beginning in January, it will be included in the following networks through the New Hampshire Health Insurance Marketplace: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Assurant Health; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; and …

Drones Patrol U.S.-Mexico Border

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sierra Vista, Ariz. — The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and …

Farmers’ Woes: Strong Harvest, Low Prices Create Storage Problems

Sunday, November 16, 2014

This has been a challenging fall for farmers. First, forecasts of a record harvest forced grain prices to their lowest levels in years. Then, late season rains slowed efforts to bring in crops. And now, growers need to store a lot of corn and soybeans. A complicated dance …

Consumer Confidential: Do You Trust Telecom Industry? That’s Why We Need Open Internet

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Be honest now: Do you trust big businesses to play fair when they issue credit cards or loans? Do you trust them to release only safe products, to protect the environment, to follow all financial rules and to act in the best interest of society? Thank you. That’s …

4 Health Benefits Changes From Overhaul Tax

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Many workers will soon find that their health insurance costs more and covers less next year, and that employers have taken a sharper interest in their well-being. Experts say the impact of a health care overhaul tax that …