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Chart comparing Pfizer and Allergan, two pharmaceutical companies planning to merge. Tribune News Service 2015

Drugmakers Announce Merger

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer Inc. and Allergan on Monday announced a $160 billion merger that would create the world’s largest drugmaker with high-profile products such as Botox, Lipitor and Viagra, while increasing pressure on Washington policymakers to address corporate tax policy because the deal would shelter the new firm’s global earnings. Although New York-based Pfizer is the larger company, the deal is structured so that Allergan technically is the purchaser — a new twist on the controversial tax-avoidance tactic known as inversion. The move allows the new firm — which would take Pfizer’s name and be headed by its current chief executive, Ian Read — to …

Juniper Hill Inn Under Contract

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Windsor — The owners of the Sumner Mansion Inn in Hartland have contracted to purchase the closed Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor and plan to renovate the property over the fall and winter, in time for spring re-opening. Ken Lucci and his sister Brenda Bradley, who bought Sumner Mansion only last year, plan …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 22, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Longtime VA Cardiologist Retires Hartford — Cardiologist James Bell has retired after a 41-year career at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction. Dr. Bell has played a “significant role in the education of Dartmouth medical students and with Geisel School of Medicine” and selflessly served the Upper Valley for many …

Money Talk: Explaining the End of ‘File and Suspend’

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dear Readers: Congress just killed the Social Security strategy known as “claim now, claim more later” that allowed married couples to boost their benefits by tens of thousands of dollars. The changes, which were part of the recent budget deal, also eliminated the option of getting a lump-sum …

Consumer Confidential: TiVo Users: Your TV Watching Is Being Watched

Sunday, November 15, 2015

If you’re a TiVo user, your digital video recorder may be ratting you out to advertisers. In the latest example of consumer privacy being threatened by Big Data, TiVo’s number-crunching subsidiary earlier this month announced a partnership with media heavyweight Viacom that helps advertisers target TV viewers with …

Lebanon Manufacturer Seeks to Establish Claremont Facility

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Claremont — The building off River Road that was constructed for a water bottling plant but never occupied soon could have a new owner. Lebanon-based New Hampshire Industries has submitted an application with the Claremont Planning and Development office for a site plan amendment to establish manufacturing at …

French Exchange Plans Normal Open

Sunday, November 15, 2015

London — French stocks will trade without interruption Monday as investors come to terms with attacks in Paris that left more than 100 people dead in Europe’s worst terror incident in more than a decade. Euronext Paris is planning no alteration to its schedule, Caroline Nico, a spokeswoman …

Black Friday Sale Craze Losing Mojo

Sunday, November 15, 2015

New York — Black Friday’s death has been greatly exaggerated before. This year, not so much. True, crazed bargain-hunters will never give it up, hooked on middle-of-the-night queues for blenders and fisticuffs over beds-in-a-bag. But the shopping day after Thanksgiving is growing less appealing for all involved. Retailers …

Competing Theories On Coming Winter

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The snow in Siberia has piled up again, and according to one theory this means cold and ice are on the way for the Northeast and other parts of the eastern United States. That is, if the snow can wrestle El Nino into submission. Before the match starts …

A Holiday That Shows the ‘Power of Chinese Consumption’

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In just a few years, Nov. 11 has become the busiest online shopping day on Earth. It is known as Singles Day in China, an event in which online retailers offer massive promotions and shoppers happily gobble up the bait. Some have called it “a 24-hour orgy of …

VW to Offer Owners $1,000 in Gift Cards

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Detroit — Volkswagen is offering $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers as a goodwill gesture to owners of small diesel-powered cars involved in an emissions cheating scandal. The offer announced Monday goes to owners of 482,000 cars in the U.S., many who are angry at the company because …

Social Security Q&A: Can My Wife Qualify for Benefits on My Record?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Question: My wife didn’t work enough to earn 40 credits to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. Can she qualify on my record? Answer: Even if your spouse has never worked under Social Security, she can, at full retirement age, receive a benefit equal to one-half of your …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 8, 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Clinic Groundbreaking Set at APD Lebanon — A short groundbreaking ceremony for the new multi-specialty clinic at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital is set for tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. on APD’s campus. The clinic is designed to serve …