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Television Advertising Sales Fall Far Short of Industry Targets

Monday, July 28, 2014

TV advertisers are being unexpectedly tight-fisted. Wall Street and TV networks had been banking on an improving economy this year to help drive demand. But the annual “upfront” advertising market, when marketers place their orders for commercial spots for the coming year, was unexpectedly weak. Broadcast networks ABC, CBS and Fox collectively booked $600 million less this summer than during last year’s market, according to estimates by network executives and …

Despite Law, D.C. Folks Can Get Booze in N.H.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire is assuring residents of the nation’s capital that they can purchase alcohol in the state despite a law that suggests otherwise. But cigarettes? Maybe not. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently told retailers they should accept Washington, D.C., driver’s licenses when determining a buyer’s age, even though state law does not explicitly include them and instead refers to licenses …

Social Security Q&A: What Is Supplemental Security Income?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : What is the purpose of Supplemental Security Income, or SSI? Answer : The purpose of SSI is to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little income and few resources to support themselves. It provides financial assistance to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. You can receive SSI even if you have not worked and paid into Social …

U.S. Stocks Decline As Amazon, Visa Stall

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks fell Friday, pulling the Standard & Poor’s 500 index down from a record, as earnings at Amazon.com and Visa missed estimates and durable goods data fueled concern corporate investment remains stop-and-go. Amazon plunged 9.7 percent after trailing analysts’ predictions for the second successive …

Higher Wages Signaled By Employees Quitting

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — If someone at your workplace recently quit, you may be poised for a raise. With more Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs and confidence about business conditions improving, wages could increase amid this labor-market turnover. More than 2.5 million U.S. workers resigned in May, a 15 …

Varying Health Premium Subsidies Have Consumers Worried

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Miami — Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said …

Vt. Forced To Cut Spending

Friday, July 25, 2014

Montpelier — Recovery from the Great Recession almost seven years ago is still slogging through Vermont, with lower-than-expected state revenues forecast Thursday that prompted Gov. Peter Shumlin to call for budget cuts. “This really is no different than when a family thinks they have a raise coming, they …

Ex-Market Basket Boss Wants to Buy

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tewksbury, Mass. — The former chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves wants to buy the entire company. Arthur T. Demoulas said in a statement Wednesday that he and his side of the family want …

Co-op Board Hears Concerns at Long Meeting

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hanover — About 300 members of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society packed the Hanover High School auditorium Wednesday, with many demanding that two fired employees be reinstated and denouncing the way Co-op Food Stores management handled the terminations. Others, including several Co-op employees, voiced their support for management …

Easter Seals Stymied In N.H. Guard Bid

Monday, July 21, 2014

Concord — A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families is caught in a disagreement over whether aiding one group of veterans could end up hurting another. Created in 2007, the Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program has been widely praised for helping nearly …

Social Security Q&A: What Is a Social Security Credit?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: What is a Social Security “credit?” Answer: During your working years, earnings covered by Social Security are posted to your record. You earn Social Security credits based on those earnings. The amount of earnings needed for one credit rises as average earnings levels rise. In 2014, you …

Squatters Can Pose a Problem

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In Madison, Wis., where Wi-Fi hot spots often are easier to find than a parking space, you wouldn’t think that a cafe would turn off its wireless Internet connection. But that’s the case at Madison Sourdough cafe and …

Money Talk: Be Wary of ‘Work From Home’ Ads

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: Are there legitimate “work from home” Internet job opportunities, or are all those advertisements just scams? Answer: You should be skeptical of advertisements in general and particularly advertisements about an area as scam-filled as work-from-home opportunities. Yes, many people make a living working from home. They’re typically …