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Hanover’s 3 Guys Basement Barbecue Closes

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hanover — 3 Guys Basement Barbecue had its last day this past Sunday, as its owner, Nigel Leeming, has shuttered the restaurant, which despite good reviews hadn’t been making enough money over the summer. “It wasn’t performing the way I wanted it to, financially, and I didn’t want to put more money in to get it to where it needed to be,” Leeming, who also owns the neighboring Murphy’s on …

Inflation Rears Head At Fed

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Washington — Federal Reserve officials at their last policy meeting debated an earlier-than-expected move in raising interest rates, suggesting the central bank may be shifting to a more aggressive stance in light of the recent pick-up in job growth and inflation. Although Fed officials remain divided in their assessment of the labor market, the minutes from the last policy meeting, released Wednesday, reflected …

Greener Pastures Signal Rebound for Beef Industry

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chicago — Pasture conditions in the U.S., the world’s largest beef producer, are mostly recovered from a 2012 drought that forced ranchers to shrink the domestic herd to a 63-year low. While it takes years to reverse a decline in animal supply, record-high beef prices and the increasing availability of cheap feed are providing incentives for some producers to begin expanding. A production …

Fed: Don’t Fear Auto Loans

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A surge in lending to would-be car owners with low credit scores has sparked fears of a bubble, but top government economists say there is no reason to panic because subprime loans still comprise a smaller portion of the market than before the financial crisis. Concerns that auto …

Google Armors Sea Cables To Protect From Shark Bites

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Just in time for Shark Week comes news that Google has had to protect its underwater cables from biting sharks. Google is wrapping its trans-Pacific cables in layers of armor to protect from sharks, a product manager for the Mountain View, Calif., tech company said last week, according …

E-Cig Blamed in Logan Evacuation

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Boston — Federal authorities should consider further restrictions for electronic cigarettes on planes, airport officials said after one of the devices apparently started a small fire that forced passengers to briefly evacuate a plane last weekend. Ed Freni, director of aviation at the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates …

Plant Waters Are the Hot Beverage Market Trend

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Coconut water, maple water, even birch and cactus waters. A quick inventory of beverages in the produce section makes it clear — plant waters are rising. Soda and non-fresh juice sales are flat or slipping slightly, but plant-based …

Sharon Awaits Phone Service

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sharon — Call the ongoing situation in an area of Sharon a communications problem. For starters, almost 100 residents have been unable to use their phones or the Internet since Friday, when their FairPoint telecommunications service stopped working. …

‘Onerous’ Terms Snag Market Basket Dispute

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Boston — The former CEO of a supermarket chain says “onerous” terms are preventing him from regaining control of the company from relatives amid a bitter feud that has prompted employee walkouts and customer boycotts. Arthur T. Demoulas said in a statement issued by a spokeswoman Sunday that …

Trial Drug Planned in W. Africa

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monrovia, Liberia — Liberia announced Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a …

Social Security Q&A: How Can I Calculate My Retirement Benefit?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Question: How can I calculate my own retirement benefit estimate? Answer: We suggest you use the Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. The Retirement Estimator produces estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record, so it’s a personalized, instant picture of your future estimated benefit. Also, you can use …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 10, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Grant to Help APD Address Adult Dental Care Lebanon — Upper Valley Smiles, a community health program operated by Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, has received a $12,000 grant from Granite United Way to begin addressing the lack of access to dental care for low-income adults in the …

Ag Tourism Seen Boosting Rural Economy

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Charles Town, W.Va. — With its sweet fruit-flavored liqueurs, a working farm and eccentric cast of characters— including a dancing lemon — Bloomery Plantation Distillery has attracted tourists from every U.S. state and countries as far away as …