Business

Nestle’s Next Food Frontier: Exercise in a Bottle

Monday, November 24, 2014

Zurich — Tucked away near Lake Geneva, a handful of Nestle scientists are quietly working on realizing every couch potato’s dream: exercise that comes in a bottle. The world’s biggest food company, known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules, says it has identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13, a potential first step in developing a way to mimic …

Social Security Q&A: Extra Help for Medicare Drug Costs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: I want to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies also help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug (Medicare Part D) costs, you also can start your application process for the Medicare Savings Programs — state programs that provide help with other Medicare costs. When you …

Wheels: Mercedes Hatchback Smooth in Traffic

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cornwall, n.y. — The season had changed from late sunlight to early nightfall. We were in a sea of red flashes moving north on Interstate 287. We weren’t moving fast — about 50 mph, as fast as anyone could safely move in the thick early-evening traffic squeezing out of the canyons of New …

Wheels: A Racehorse in a Fenced World

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It is a matter of trade-offs. If you want an exceptional driving experience, BMW will give you that, replete with exceptional engineering and an exceptionally high price. If you want anything extra — advanced electronic safety systems, onboard …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 BMW M235i

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bottom line: If your primary concern is the joy of driving, the way a rightly hewn, superbly engineered compact car feels in hand and on the road, the 2015 BMW M235i coupe is for you. Considering its on-road performance, it is hard to beat even at its $40,000-plus …

Once Thriving, Duck Farms On Long Island Fade Away

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Flanders, N.y. — When Brooklyn chef Jason Marcus talks about preparing Long Island duck, he can’t help salivating. “There’s a great balance between the fat and really, really, tender meat,” said the owner of trendy nightspots Traif and …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Valley Regional Offers Free Info Session on Health Insurance O ptions Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital has announced that, beginning in January, it will be included in the following networks through the New Hampshire Health Insurance Marketplace: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Assurant Health; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; and …

Drones Patrol U.S.-Mexico Border

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sierra Vista, Ariz. — The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and …

Farmers’ Woes: Strong Harvest, Low Prices Create Storage Problems

Sunday, November 16, 2014

This has been a challenging fall for farmers. First, forecasts of a record harvest forced grain prices to their lowest levels in years. Then, late season rains slowed efforts to bring in crops. And now, growers need to store a lot of corn and soybeans. A complicated dance …

Consumer Confidential: Do You Trust Telecom Industry? That’s Why We Need Open Internet

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Be honest now: Do you trust big businesses to play fair when they issue credit cards or loans? Do you trust them to release only safe products, to protect the environment, to follow all financial rules and to act in the best interest of society? Thank you. That’s …

4 Health Benefits Changes From Overhaul Tax

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Many workers will soon find that their health insurance costs more and covers less next year, and that employers have taken a sharper interest in their well-being. Experts say the impact of a health care overhaul tax that …

Money Talk: Surviving Children Not Responsible for Mother’s Credit Card Debt

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Question: My mother, who is widowed, has credit card debt. When she dies, are my sister and I responsible for that debt? There is no estate, but she does have a small amount of life insurance that mainly would go toward her funeral expenses and fixing things in …

Morgan Stanley Pushed Murky Chinese Stock

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Washington — The Associated Press discovered significant discrepancies between financial records and what a Chinese company backed by U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley reported as part of its $654 million stock offering. Issues of murky financial information and …