Business

Nestle’s Next Food Frontier: Exercise in a Bottle

Monday, November 24, 2014

Zurich — Tucked away near Lake Geneva, a handful of Nestle scientists are quietly working on realizing every couch potato’s dream: exercise that comes in a bottle. The world’s biggest food company, known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules, says it has identified how an enzyme in charge of regulating metabolism can be stimulated by a compound called C13, a potential first step in developing a way to mimic …

Social Security Q&A: Extra Help for Medicare Drug Costs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: I want to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies also help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug (Medicare Part D) costs, you also can start your application process for the Medicare Savings Programs — state programs that provide help with other Medicare costs. When you …

Wheels: Mercedes Hatchback Smooth in Traffic

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cornwall, n.y. — The season had changed from late sunlight to early nightfall. We were in a sea of red flashes moving north on Interstate 287. We weren’t moving fast — about 50 mph, as fast as anyone could safely move in the thick early-evening traffic squeezing out of the canyons of New …

On Facebook, Many Ads for Luxury Goods Lead to Counterfeit Sellers

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Milan — One out of four Facebook advertisements for cut-price luxury goods such as Louis Vuitton handbags and Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses links to websites selling counterfeit items, according to findings by two independent cybersecurity researchers. Ads touting offers like $180 designer eyewear for less than $30 linked to …

Americans High on Economy

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Washington — Americans’ views of the economy climbed last week to the highest level in almost seven years as the labor market strengthened and gasoline prices kept falling. A Bloomberg measure of perceptions about the world’s largest economy increased to 28.9 in the period ended Nov. 9, the …

Amazon, Publisher Reach Accord

Friday, November 14, 2014

Washington — Amazon.com and the Hachette Book Group announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement to end their long-running dispute over e-book pricing. The fight escalated to such a level that Amazon did not offer discounts on books written by Hachette authors and prevented customers from pre-ordering …

Study: Owning a Home Is Overrated

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Washington — U.S. home prices crashed 43 percent between 2005 and 2012, yet polls find that the vast majority of Americans still consider homeownership to be a good idea and the best way for average people to build wealth. But is it? For more than 40 million households …

Chairman, Obama Split On Internet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Washington — Hours after President Obama called for the Federal Communications Commission to pass tougher regulations on high-speed Internet providers, the agency’s Democratic chairman told a group of business executives that he was moving in a different direction. Huddled in an FCC conference room Monday with officials from …

Job Seekers Flock to Store’s Fair

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Claremont — A retired professional who wants to work several hours a week, a teen who needs another part-time job, a full-time retail manager looking to switch jobs and a mother of three who needs to earn extra …

Trading Gas for Solar

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Detroit — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power …

Consumer Confidential: The Ethics of Paying to Be Honored for Ethics

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Peter Humber was watching TV at his home recently when an ad for Blue Shield of California came on. “We’ve been named one of the world’s most ethical companies,” the ad said. “Hey, remember when things like ethics mattered?” Humber, 78, couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “They’re …

Threats From Cyber Attacks Many, Varied

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Be afraid of potentially devastating cyber attacks, and be better prepared to guard against them. But also be wary of the risks — especially to privacy — that accompany a growing focus on cyber security that may exaggerate some threats. Those are among the major themes and dissents …

Wheels: That Off-Road Look, Without The Muddy Fenders

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The 2015 Jeep Compass Latitude is the Jeep for people who want a Jeep in name only. It is Jeep Lite, which may be good for folks who want the functional equivalent of a small, all-wheel-drive station wagon. But it is not to be confused with something such …