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Specialist Michael O'Mara works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as a television screen shows the decision of the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The Fed plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and help lift inflation from unusually low levels. As expected, it's also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Fed Ends Bond-Buying Program

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Washington — The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market — a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike. The Fed did reiterate its plan to maintain its benchmark short-term rate near zero “for a considerable time.” Most economists predict it won’t raise that …

Social Security Q&A: How to Protect Against Identity Theft

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Q uestion: How can I protect myself against identity theft? Answer: First, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it secure at home with your other important papers. Second, don’t readily give out your Social Security number. While many banks, schools, doctors, landlords, and others will request your number, it is your decision whether to provide it. Ask if there is …

Wheels: A Land-Based Luxury Yacht

Sunday, October 26, 2014

There is beauty in the beast, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, Premium edition. But it remains a beast, a humongous sport-utility vehicle stretching nearly 17 feet long and carrying a factory weight (sans passengers and cargo) of 5,845 pounds. It is equipped with an engine worthy of its mass — a 6.2-liter V-8 delivering …

Nor’easter Could Test FairPoint

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A nor’easter that arrived Tuesday could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike. The company, meanwhile, accused striking …

Arts Program Aims to Grow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The founders of Vermont Independent School of the Arts at the Seven Stars Center in Sharon may be on the brink of realizing their dream. If all goes as planned, the 14-year-old nonprofit center and school, which has …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits …

That’s More Like It: Region’s Fall Foliage Tourism Seen Returning to Pre-Irene Levels

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Quechee — At the Route 4 Country Store in Quechee, owner Margie Battaglia says the roadside deli, known for its maple-smoked pork and beef barbecue and hand-made chocolates, is seeing “thousands” of customers each weekend. Across the road, …

Tech Devices Changing the Game for Restaurants, Diners

Sunday, October 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. …

Social Security Q&A: What Defines ‘Disabled’ for Children Getting SSI?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question: What is the definition of disability for children filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children under the SSI program. A child who is under age 18 is considered disabled if he or she: ∎ Has a physical …

Wheels: Cadillac ATS Coupe Exemplifies ‘New Mobility’

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paris — If you want to see where the global automobile industry is going, book a flight to this always beautiful city and attend one of the world’s oldest and largest automotive displays, the Paris Motor Show, more …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bottom line: The Paris Motor Show is well worth the visit. Get there if you can. The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe is well worth a look, easily one of the best-made, best-equipped entry-level luxury coupes ($37,995 to $60,870 in this case) available. Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent marks …

Guidance for Young People On Saving for Retirement

Sunday, October 19, 2014

How much do you need to save for retirement? It’s the million-dollar question that never has a precise answer, especially for young people who have decades to go before retiring. But plenty of researchers and financial advisers try to provide some guidance, even for those just starting out. …

Consumer Confidential: Phone Carriers Have Big Incentive to Allow Cramming

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AT&T agreed last week to shell out $105 million in penalties and refunds for what regulators said were “hundreds of millions of dollars” in unauthorized charges billed to wireless customers, a practice known as “cramming.” But what makes this settlement — the largest ever for bogus phone charges …