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In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, Phanice Cherop, a 29-year-old single mother of two, works at the AAA Growers’ farm in Nyahururu, four hours’ drive north of the capital Nairobi, in Kenya. This Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance your flowers came from Kenya as the cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses - propelling it to become the fourth-largest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia. (AP Photo/Ilya Gridneff)

Kenya Preps Valentine’s Day Flowers

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nyahururu, Kenya — This Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. “I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine’s Day,” said Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya. “They are very beautiful.” On a crisp February morning, Cherop squeezed through a row of shoulder-high white roses, cut a flower and methodically placed …

APD Works to Revaccinate Children After Mishandling Doses

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lebanon — Upper Valley parents and health care providers continue to respond to the refrigeration lapses that compromised vaccines and prompted a revaccination program for more than 800 young patients at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. The vaccine problems were announced in letters to parents of children who had received care at the hospital’s Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care. The letters, …

Twitter Shares Tumble

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

San Francisco — The recent negativity shown toward many Internet companies hit Twitter hard Monday, as the social-media leader’s stock price fell to its lowest level ever ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report. Shortly after trading began, Twitter shares fell more than 5 percent, to $14.87, hitting their lowest point since the company went public in November 2013. The losses added to …

Next Big Workplace Perk: College Debt Relief

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Minneapolis — A growing number of companies are dangling a recruitment perk that is tailor-made for the millennial generation: debt relief. Free snacks and gym memberships don’t hold the allure they once did for young people entering the working world. Buried under student loans of more than $29,000 …

Money Talk: Growth Requires Accepting Some Risk

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Question: What is the best way to protect my 401(k) now and in the future when I draw from it for retirement? What is the least risky place to “bank it”? I have a fear of a crashing stock market in the middle of my retirement years. Answer: …

Ga. Couple to Public: We Didn’t Steal Your Phone

Sunday, January 31, 2016

For months now, angry strangers have been showing up at Christina Lee and Michael Saba’s front door with a curious demand: “Give me back my stolen phone!” Sometimes, families will show up; other times, it’s groups of friends or a random person with a police officer in tow, …

Bumper Crop Leads to Lower Almond Prices

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Almonds, the beloved snack that recently overtook peanuts as the most consumed nut in America, might have gotten a little too popular for their own good. After years of steady price increases, thanks in large part to sky-rocketing demand, the protein-packed nut has suddenly become much cheaper. Almond …

A Crossover That Doesn’t Stand Out

Sunday, January 31, 2016

As Mitsubishi retreats from U.S. shores, cresting at 2 percent market share in 2002 before dipping to less than one-half of 1 percent since 2009, it has cast the redesigned Outlander crossover to hook budget-minded buyers looking for …

Calorie-Counting App Helps Dieters

Sunday, January 31, 2016

How’s that New Year’s diet going for ya? Yeah, I thought so. If you’re like most people trying to lose weight, you’ve been tracking calories, because research has shown that keeping a food diary is an effective weight-loss strategy. And you’ve also learned what a hassle tracking calories …

Urban Planning for Self-Driving Cars

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Detroit — With technologists racing to get autonomous-driven vehicles on the road in 10 years or less, America’s urban planners need to resolve a host of questions about how cities will respond to the future of transportation. A …

Report: Wing on Google’s Drone Failed, Caused Crash

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A massive drone Google was testing as part of a project to provide Internet service with unmanned aircraft instead of satellites crashed after it encountered an updraft and one of its wings failed, U.S. accident investigators have concluded. The Solara 50 had just lifted off from a remote, …

Route 12A RadioShack Closes

Sunday, January 31, 2016

West Lebanon — The RadioShack store on Route 12A, a longtime presence on the West Lebanon commercial strip, closed for good last week, another victim of the Fort Worth, Texas-based company’s February 2015 bankruptcy. Last year, the electronics retail chain filed for bankruptcy and sold 1,700 of its …

Fiat Chrysler Shifting Production Plan

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Detroit — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said last week it will shift its production emphasis toward building more Jeep SUVs, Ram pickups and hybrid or electric vehicles to meet what it sees as permanent changes in the trends driving the North American automotive industry. The automaker now is aiming …