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Wynn Resorts Wins Casino Bid

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Boston — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which wants to turn a former chemical plant site on the Mystic River in Everett into a gleaming casino resort. A final vote …

Going Green In Vermont Hits Milestone

Monday, September 15, 2014

Burlington — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4-megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city’s …

Social Security Q&A: Will Private Policy Reduce Disability Benefit?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Question: I’m thinking about getting disability protection from a private company. If I become disabled and have a private policy, would it reduce my Social Security disability benefit? Answer: No. Having private insurance does not affect your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. But you may be interested to know that workers’ compensation and certain other public disability payments may affect your Social …

Video: Molten Metal at Vermont Castings

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Eighty-five tons of brake rotors and scrap iron move through the Vermont Castings Foundry in Randolph each day. It is melted, molded, drilled and ground into the parts that become wood stoves at the company's assembly plant in …

Apple Debuts Smartwatch, 2 New Phones

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cupertino, Calif. — Apple CEO Tim Cook debuted Apple’s first new product category Tuesday since the introduction of the iPad tablet computer, showing off a new smartwatch along with two iPhones and a mobile-payments offering built in to …

Stagnant Pay Plagues American Workers

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Washington — The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except the one Americans probably care about most: Pay. The unemployment rate has sunk to a nearly normal 6.1 percent. Employers have added a …

Social Security Q&A: Will Delaying Retirement Increase Benefits?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Question: Will my retirement benefits increase if I wait and retire after my full retirement age? Answer: Yes. You can increase your Social Security retirement benefit in two ways: ∎ You can increase your retirement benefit by a certain percentage if you delay receiving retirement benefits. Social Security …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 7, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HCRS to Help With Vt. Family Program Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services will collaborate with a program designed to help Vermont families overcome temporary, short-term financial crises and avoid the need for ongoing assistance. Reach …

Looking to the Next Chapter: Norwich Bookstore Marks 20th Year With Expansion

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Norwich — The past two decades haven’t been a fairy tale for bookstores. First, the rise of retail giants such as Borders and Barnes and Noble decimated the corner bookstore, putting thousands of downtown shops out of business …

Consumer Confidential: How to Avoid Becoming a Scam Victim

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies wasn’t among the most important TV shows from my childhood in terms of life lessons. Those would probably be The Brady Bunch, which taught me about the dangers of throwing a football in the backyard, and The Partridge Family, from which I learned …

Hacked iCloud May Mar Apple’s New Phone Debut

Sunday, September 7, 2014

With Apple expected to unveil its new generation of iPhones this week, the tech firm is on a quest to turn your smartphone into a universal remote control for your life: Want to open your garage door, set your thermostat or look over the stats for your weekly …

Perdue Farms Eliminates Antibiotic Use in Chicken Hatcheries

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Perdue Foods, the nation’s third-largest poultry producer, said it has removed all antibiotics from its chicken hatcheries to address growing concerns about bacterial resistance to the widely used drugs. The Salisbury, Md.-based company said it invested in cleaner hatcheries that eliminate the need for antibiotics on eggs. The …

Insurance Industry: Pickup Tailgate Theft Is Up

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The insurance industry is warning pickup drivers to watch their backs. Tailgate theft is surging. Tailgates have a rough life. They get rear-ended, backed into objects and dented by shifting cargo. That’s why thieves find a ready market for replacements, selling them on EBay and Craiglist. They are …