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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 …

Forget Power Grid: Worry About Toasters

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hijacking “smart” toasters and refrigerators and hacking corporate ventilation systems are among the new threats envisioned by cybersecurity experts as an increasing array of items are connected to the Internet. The Internet of Things, a movement that seeks to control everything from factory equipment to traffic lights and …

Health Care Fines Press Millennials

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Washington — Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Obama’s health care law. Fines for being uninsured rise sharply in 2016 — averaging nearly $1,000 per household, according to an independent …

Water Fears Flow in N.Y.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hoosick Falls, n.y. — After his factory worker father died a painful death from kidney cancer at age 68 in 2013, Michael Hickey made it his mission to find out why so many people in his hometown along …

All-Day Breakfast Fuels McDonald’s

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

McDonald’s Corp., waging a comeback effort under Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook, posted its best quarterly growth in almost four years after a move to serve breakfast all day helped fuel U.S. sales. Global same-store sales surged 5 percent in the fourth quarter, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company …

Social Security Q&A: How Long Does It Take to Get a Child’s Card?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Question: I applied for my child’s Social Security card in the hospital but have not received it. How long does it take? Answer: In most states it takes an average of three weeks to get the card, but in some states it can take longer. If you have …

Ways to Save Money On Groceries This Year

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Grocery shopping can take a big bite out of your household budget. In fact, a family of four spends up to an average of $1,300 a month on food at home, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That means families can shell out more than $15,000 a …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Is Business of the Year New London — Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice has been named 2016 business of the year by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce. “I am …

People in Business: Jan 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Jessica Willis, of Springfield, Vt., has been promoted to director, business strategy and marketing operations, at Maponics, the White River Junction-based spatial data company that specializes in mapping areas and populations of interest. Willis, who previously served as …

A Great Hybrid Gets Even Better

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Toyota Prius is easy to mock. It’s shaped like a clog, has an eye-crossing split window hatch, is as fun to drive as a hot dog cart and it is the vehicle of choice for many cabbies, who …

GM Expands Car Sharing Service Via Maven

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Detroit — The final destination is a mystery, but General Motors is taking another step on its fast-moving journey into new ways of getting around. The company on Thursday announced that it’s formed a brand called Maven that will run its car-sharing ventures, including a new one that …