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Obama Drops Proposal To Tax College Savings Plans

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Washington — President Obama on Tuesday abandoned a proposal to end a major tax benefit of popular college savings accounts used by millions of American families after the White House faced mounting criticism from lawmakers and parents. White House officials said the backlash against the president’s plan became “such a distraction” that it was best to drop the proposal, which would have removed the ability of families to withdraw money …

CBO : Debt Interest Will Triple

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington — The federal budget deficit will ease slightly to $468 billion this year, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday, but the agency warned that the mounting level of federal debt over the next decade would mean a tripling of interest payments and new spending constraints. The projected deficit, equivalent to 2.6 percent of the size of the economy, would be the smallest …

Social Security Q&A: Does SSI Have a Format for the Blind?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Question : I have a relative who gets Supplemental Security Income for a disability. She is now legally blind and wants to receive information from Social Security in an alternative format. How do I help her? Answer: Social Security is dedicated to providing vital information in the most effective way for every individual. There are several ways to receive information from Social Security …

New Approach To Agricultural Education

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Durham, n.c.— A slight breeze rattled the gate to Duke Campus Farm. The rising sun dried dew droplets on the kale, beet greens, arugula, collards, carrots and other crops, flowers and fruit trees growing on the one-acre plot about five miles from the Duke University campus. What is …

Wheels: Toyota Camry Just Keeps Getting Better

Sunday, January 18, 2015

None of us want to feel dumb, or that we’ve been “had,” or that we’ve made a stupid mistake after spending thousands of dollars on a new automobile. We want to think — more important, we want others …

Nuts and Bolts: Toyota Camry Hybrid

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bottom line: The Toyota Camry leads its rival midsize family sedans in sales for a very good reason. It gives those buyers what they want — safe, reliable, efficient transportation — at a price they find fair. Ride, acceleration and handling: The Camry Hybrid gets good marks in …

N.H. Weighs Alcohol Label Change

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Concord — Babies and bottles normally get along just fine, unless a picture of that baby happens to be plastered to the front of a bottle of beer being sold in New Hampshire. Currently, that bottle of Breakfast …

‘It Was a No-Brainer’: Upper Valley Small Businesses, Nonprofits, Get Help From Tuck Students

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hanover — Carrie Cahill Mulligan had a problem. The Canaan fiber artist has been hand knitting wool felt hats for several years and selling them at crafts fairs around New England. But she wanted to find out if …

Google Driverless Cars Could Be Here in 5 Years

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Detroit — Google is engineering and building driverless cars in partnership with metro Detroit suppliers in a marriage of California tech and Motown know-how. Pod-like prototypes for testing are being developed and assembled and will undergo testing at Google facilities in California in the spring — Google does …

People in Business: Jan. 18, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Four technicians from Bradford, Vt.-based ARC Mechanical Contractors have completed Mitsubishi Electric’s “City Multi” training course. Mitsubishi Electric’s City Multi system is a two-pipe, simultaneous cooling and heating, multi-zone HVAC system. The three-day course included an in-depth study of the system along with a discussion of the theories …

Business Notes: Jan. 18, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lebanon — A new fitness has opened up in Lebanon at the site of an old fitness center. Element 6 Fitness, designed to offer clients strength conditioning and custom-designed workouts, has been opened by Amy Gamache and Nate Aldrich in the location previously occupied by KDR Fitness on …

Money Talk: Executor With a Stake Is a Mistake

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Question: Our mom did a wonderful job of preparing her estate, but she made a mistake in that she started giving away her real estate holdings to her two children a few months before her untimely death. She died before she had the chance to equalize these transactions. …

Make Spending Choices That Offer Most Bang for Your Buck

Sunday, January 18, 2015

If you’re pulling together your budget for 2015 or have made “spend less” one of your New Year’s resolutions, consider this tip: Rather than simply cut back on dinners out or trips to the mall, think instead about how to spend more meaningfully. Jonathan Clements, a columnist for …