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Derick Senecal, a tractor operator for Murdo Limlaw, spreads liquid manure on a field in Piermont, N.H., on April 23, 2014. 
(Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

Farmers Spread Thin

Thursday, April 24, 2014

West Lebanon — Now that spring has arrived, Upper Valley farmers are looking to the growing season ahead. Just this week, dairy farmers began spreading manure and seeding hay fields, while the region’s vegetable and berry growers planted a few early crops such as peas, carrots and greens and brought equipment into working order. Ted Putnam, a Claremont dairy farmer …

FCC Expected to Back Away From Net Neutrality

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Washington — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday will circulate proposed rules that could give high-speed Internet providers more power over what content moves the fastest on the Web based on which firms pay the most, according to a person familiar with the plans. The move represents a retreat from the agency’s position in past years on the net neutrality principle, in which …

Earth Day Pick-Me-Up

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On Earth Day on Tuesday, workers from Hypertherm fanned out across the Upper Valley to pick up litter. Ken Woods, left, and Tate Picard filled a bag along Airport Road in West Lebanon. Valley News — Jennifer Hauck …

S&P 500 Marks Worst Two-Day Drop Since June

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks sank Friday, extending the Standard & Poor’s 500 index’s worst two-day drop since June, amid disappointing results at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and signs hedge funds were dumping the bull market’s best performers. JPMorgan lost 3.7 percent as profit fell 19 percent on …

Pew: ‘Gotcha’ Rules Still Needed

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The nation’s biggest banks are doing a better job of clearly disclosing key terms and fees on checking accounts, but more rules are needed to protect consumers from “gotcha” overdraft fees and from signing away rights for settling disputes, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable …

Millions of Androids Contain Heartbleed

Saturday, April 12, 2014

San Francisco — Millions of smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android operating system have the Heartbleed software bug, in a sign of how broadly the flaw extends beyond the Internet and into consumer devices. While Google said in a blog post on April 9 that all versions of …

World Bank’s Jim Kim on ‘You Can’t Do That’

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Washington — Jim Yong Kim has initiated the World Bank’s first massive reorganization in nearly two decades, and one that’s been met with internal resistance from some of its economists. In addition to announcing the World Bank’s new …

Payday Lenders Say Banks Threaten Business

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Al LePage has been issuing payday loans out of a suburban Minneapolis storefront for most of the past decade. But on Valentine’s Day, a Wells Fargo banker called and gave him 30 days to cease and desist — or risk losing his bank account. “The only explanation I …

Big Flaw Exposed In Internet Security

Thursday, April 10, 2014

San Francisco — A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. …

IMF Sees Better World Economy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Washington — Global economic growth should gain momentum this year, with the U.S. leading the way among developed countries and some long-depressed southern eurozone economies finally turning the corner, the International Monetary Fund predicted. The IMF, in a new forecast ahead of its annual spring meeting later this …

Viral Epidemic Rattles U.S. Pork Producers

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Milwaukee — A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it’s threatening pork production …

Razing the Chieftain in Hanover

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tyler Anderson, of Naughton & Son Recycling Center, directs J.P. Osgood, of K.A. Stevens & Son Inc., as he loads debris from the demolition at the Chieftain Motor Inn in Hanover on Monday. “We lost a quarter and …

Time Running Out For Changes This Year to Vt. School Funding

Monday, April 7, 2014

Montpelier — Prospects appear to be dimming for big changes this year in how Vermont governs and pays for its public schools. About three dozen local school districts have voted down their school budgets in the past five weeks, the largest number since 2003. That was the year …