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People walk on a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. Japan's economy unexpectedly slid into recession as housing and business investment declined following a sales tax hike, further clouding the outlook for the global economy. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

Economy Faces Many Headwinds

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

London — The global economy’s problems seem to be multiplying. Hours after the leaders of the world’s 20 most developed economies sought to boost confidence by promising to increase global output by $2 trillion over five years, Japan said it had fallen into recession. That leaves the country — the world’s third-largest economy — on a long and growing list …

Solar Initiative Heats Up in Hanover

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hanover — A nonprofit hoping to mobilize Upper Valley communities to switch to solar energy has recently expanded its efforts to Hanover, where five households have made plans to heat and power their homes through sunlight. With just over 200 site visit requests and five contracts signed with Enfield-based installer Energy Emporium, the numbers so far are under organizers’ goals, said Sustainable Hanover …

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 to insure against data breaches. Roughly 50 companies around the country offer cybersecurity insurance, and …

Wheels: That Off-Road Look, Without The Muddy Fenders

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The 2015 Jeep Compass Latitude is the Jeep for people who want a Jeep in name only. It is Jeep Lite, which may be good for folks who want the functional equivalent of a small, all-wheel-drive station wagon. But it is not to be confused with something such …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Jeep Compass

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bottom line: If you want a fuel-efficient, city-friendly, snow-capable compact wagon with a relatively low price and decent utility, buy the Jeep Compass Latitude. If you want a rough-and-tumble, rock-crawling, stream-fording SUV, buy something else. Ride, acceleration and …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Employee of the Month Named At Mt. Ascutney Hospital Windsor — Melissa Hale has been named Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center employee of the month for October. A member of the human resources staff, Hale specializes in …

Business Notes Nov. 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hanover — Amidon Jewelers close its store in the Nugget Arcade building on Hanover’s Main Street, the company announced last week. Owners Katie Goode and Steve Doubleday plan to sell off the inventory, and Goode said that will keep the store open at least through the holidays. “Hanover …

Beef Prices Hit Fast-Food Joints

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New York — Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you’ll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead. Beef prices have climbed in part because …

Whole Foods Chain Bounces Back With Stronger Earnings

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Austin, Texas — Whole Foods Market beat Wall Street’s expectations with its fiscal fourth quarter earnings last week, helping end a tough fiscal year on a positive note. Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods said it saw quarterly earnings per share of 35 cents, flat from a year ago, and …

Big Drop in Oil Prices Little Help to Farmers

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Chicago — The plunge in U.S. fuel costs is coming too late to help American farmers stung by the lowest crop prices in years. Most growers buy tractor-diesel as well as energy-based fertilizers and pesticides well before the harvests, which started in September for the biggest crops, corn …

Savvy Tax-Planning Tips For End of the Year

Sunday, November 9, 2014

What you do before the end of 2014 could make a huge difference in whether you end up having more money to spend in 2015 after filing your 2014 tax return. Consider some key credits and deductions to harness now. Job search or job move. If you were …

Feds Discuss Remaking Aging Northeast Rail Line

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New York — Rail travelers would be able to speed from Washington, D.C., to Boston at 220 mph and people on Long Island would take a tunnel straight to Connecticut and points north rather than go through New York City under some of the more ambitious long-range plans …

Budweiser Adds Classic Labels For The Holidays

Sunday, November 9, 2014

St. Louis — Anheuser-Busch wants shoppers to give the gift of beer this holiday season. The brewer announced last week that a new 18-pack of Budweiser will be available with classic labels from 1918, 1933 and 1976, packaged in a wooden crate with two pilsner glasses. St. Louis-based …