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PSNH Requests 7% Rate Increase

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — Public Service of New Hampshire plans to raise electric rates by 7 percent this winter, a moderate increase compared with increases as high as 40 percent or more from other utilities. In a request filed with the Public Utilities Commission Monday, PSNH proposes to increase its energy charge to 10.56 cents per kilowatt-hour from the current rate of 9.87 cents. If approved by the commission, an average PSNH …

A Rich-Poor Barrier Slows Climate Talks

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lima, Peru — A last-minute deal that salvaged U.N. climate talks from collapse early Sunday sends a signal the rich-poor divide that long held up progress can be overcome with a year to go before a landmark pact is supposed to be adopted in Paris. Still, it remains to be seen whether governments can come up with a new formula for how countries …

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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Question: What is Supplemental Security Income? Answer: SSI provides monthly income to people with limited income and financial resources. People who never worked at a job that withdrew Social Security tax won’t qualify for Social Security, but may still be eligible for SSI. To be eligible, an individual must be a citizen and resident of the United States or be a noncitizen lawfully …

Widespread FairPoint outage reported in New Hampshire, Vermont

Friday, December 12, 2014

FairPoint Communications said a problem that occurred during routine maintenance led to a loss of high-speed internet service for thousands of customers in Vermont and New Hampshire on Thursday. Spokesman Jeff Nevins said the hardware problem knocked out service for all of Vermont and part of New Hampshire …

Oil Price Takes Another Dive on OPEC Report, U.S. Supplies

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New York — The price of oil took another dive Wednesday, plunging to five-year lows amid mounting evidence that global supplies are far outstripping demand. The U.S. Energy Department reported a surprise increase in domestic oil inventories and OPEC projected that demand for its crude would sink next …

Social Security Q&A: How Early Can I Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Question: What is the earliest age that I can apply for my Social Security retirement benefits? Answer: To apply for Social Security retirement benefits, you must be at least 61 years and 9 months of age and want your benefits to start in the next three months. You …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Official Named Citizen of the Year Windsor — Jill Lord, chief nursing officer and director of patient care services at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, has been named 2014 Citizen of the Year by …

Uber Watching Your Every Move, and Others Could Be, Too

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Washington — Before the Ubergate controversy recedes from the news, let’s pause on one aspect of the story that hasn’t received much attention so far: the cybersecurity risk of collecting massive troves of private travel information in online databases. Imagine for a second that your job is to …

Hackers Stealing Merger and Acquisition Data

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Washington — Hackers with Wall Street expertise have stolen merger-and-acquisition information from more than 80 companies for more than a year, according to security consultants who shared their findings with law enforcement. A group dubbed FIN4 by researchers at FireEye has been tricking executives, lawyers and consultants into …

MIT Develops Cheetah Robot

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. — It’s a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world’s fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites and ballistic missiles. The robot, …

Consumer Confidential: Understanding the Pitfalls of Reverse Mortgages

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Retirement is an increasingly scary prospect. Some experts say a couple will require at least $2 million to live comfortably. Some say you should have at least 10 times your annual salary socked away. My wife and I have been aggressive savers but we’re nowhere close to these …

Apple Pay Facing A Big Test With Holiday Shopping

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cupertino, Calif. — Apple Pay hasn’t made the wallet obsolete just yet. But since launching its mobile payments system, Apple has deftly sidestepped problems that flummoxed other tech giants, delivering a smooth experience at the register and steadily grabbing more territory in the mall, analysts say. That’ll come …

Virginia Brewery Taps 300-Year-Old Beer Recipe

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Richmond, Va. — What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia’s prominent Randolph family. Ardent …