Business

U.S. Stock Markets Plummet; Dow Sinks Below Correction Threshold

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New York — U.S. stocks plunged lower Tuesday, following the rest of the world’s markets down, as investors reacted to fresh news of China’s economic slowdown. The blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 3 percent, falling 469.68 points, to 16,058.35, while the broad-based Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 58.33, also about 3 percent, to 1,913.85. The sell-off of U.S. shares, which appeared to be finding at least a …

Obama Drives Climate to Forefront

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Anchorage, Alaska — President Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit to Alaska on Monday, aiming to thrust climate change to the forefront of the global agenda with a historic visit that will put the state’s liquefying glaciers and sinking villages on graphic display. During his three-day tour of Alaska, Obama planned to hike a glacier, converse with fishermen and tape a …

Strong Forecast For N.E. Apples

Monday, August 31, 2015

Boston — As summer winds down in New England, apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop. According to the U.S. Apple Association, the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than last year’s and 18 percent above the region’s five-year average. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics …

Consumer Confidential: Columbia House — 12 Albums for a Penny! — Files for Bankruptcy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Before there was iTunes, before there was Spotify — heck, even before Al Gore rolled up his sleeves and invented the Internet — there was Columbia House. The company defined mail-order music for generations of shoppers and pioneered some of the most obnoxious, misleading and hard-to-remedy marketing tactics …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 23, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DHMC Physician Assistant Hits Milestone Lebanon — Thomas O. Wansleben recently marked 40 years of certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is one of only 224 physician assistants in the United States to …

Parents Turn to Uber, Others To Ferry Kids

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Forget the big yellow bus or even mom’s taxi. This fall, more and more kids will be heading back to school via Uber and other ride-hailing options. From car pools to practices, a growing number of families are …

Leader of the Midsize Sedan Pack

Sunday, August 23, 2015

If you want to stand out in the marketplace, take something ordinary, give it a twist and you’ll wind up with something perceived as quite different. For instance, if you renovated Kmart stores and stocked them with items …

Baby Boomers, Better Economy Drive Up RV Sales

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Milwaukee — If you’re seeing a lot of travel trailers and motor homes on the highway these days, it’s more than a sign of summer. For the first time in a decade, the recreational-vehicle industry is poised to …

Listeria-Tainted Ice Cream Part of Broader Surge in Food Recalls

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Contaminated-food recalls are on pace to surge this year from 2014, buoyed by the discovery of bacteria in everything from ice cream to spinach. Companies recalled 3.7 million U.S. food items in the first half of the year because of viral or bacterial contaminants such as listeria and …

Lower Prices For Milk Hit Farmers Hard

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Milwaukee — Charlie Jones got into dairy farming four years ago when the industry was on the mend after one of the worst downturns in recent history. Now he’s getting a taste for what it’s like when milk prices plummet and profits become scarce. Jones milks 140 cows. …

The Basics: 2016 Honda Accord EX-L V-6

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Engine: 3.5-liter V-6 Horsepower: 278 Torque: 252 pound feet Wheelbase: 109.3 inches Length: 192.5 inches Cargo volume: 15.5 cubic feet Curb weight: 3,543 pounds EPA rating (city/highway): 21/34 Fuel type: Regular unleaded NHSTA safety rating: Not rated Price: $30,645 …

On the Move With Bellhops

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pittsburgh — When Derek Bayer was getting ready to move, the moving company he hired gave him a quote that included two trucks, which was going to end up costing a lot more than he wanted to pay. …

Self-Driving Vehicles to Debut on College Campuses

Sunday, August 23, 2015

This fall, students at Santa Clara University will have a new way to get around campus — a self-driving shuttle. The university has invited Auro Robotics to its palm tree-lined campus to test a prototype. The vehicle will …