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Specialist Michael O'Mara works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as a television screen shows the decision of the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The Fed plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and help lift inflation from unusually low levels. As expected, it's also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Fed Ends Bond-Buying Program

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Washington — The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market — a key condition for an eventual interest rate hike. The Fed did reiterate its plan to maintain its benchmark short-term rate near zero “for a considerable time.” Most economists predict it won’t raise that …

Social Security Q&A: How to Protect Against Identity Theft

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Q uestion: How can I protect myself against identity theft? Answer: First, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it secure at home with your other important papers. Second, don’t readily give out your Social Security number. While many banks, schools, doctors, landlords, and others will request your number, it is your decision whether to provide it. Ask if there is …

Wheels: A Land-Based Luxury Yacht

Sunday, October 26, 2014

There is beauty in the beast, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, Premium edition. But it remains a beast, a humongous sport-utility vehicle stretching nearly 17 feet long and carrying a factory weight (sans passengers and cargo) of 5,845 pounds. It is equipped with an engine worthy of its mass — a 6.2-liter V-8 delivering …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Events at VA Medical Center Will Support Homeless Veterans White River Junction — A free event to support homeless Vermont veterans is set for Tuesday, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River …

Money Talk: Returning Car Doesn’t Wipe Out Debt

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question: My husband returned a car to the dealer when he lost his job. Now the company says he owes it more than $7,000 (the difference between what he owed to the dealer and the price for which the car was sold). He refuses to pay any amount, …

People in Business: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Daniel Stannard, of Hanover, has joined Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank as vice president and senior loan officer. Stannard will oversee the bank’s consumer, residential and commercial loan portfolios, and work from the bank’s Central Street office in Woodsville. …

Stocks End Week On Upbeat Note

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rallied Friday, trimming last week’s decline, as earnings beat estimates, consumer confidence reached a seven-year high and investors speculated that central banks will add more economic stimulus. Schlumberger, the largest oilfield-services provider, jumped 3.7 percent after reporting earnings and saying falling crude prices …

Whole Foods Begins Produce Rating Plan

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York — Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as “good,” “better” or “best” based on the supplier’s farming practices. Most notably, the supermarket chain says its “responsibly grown” labeling …

Food Crisis Latest Ebola Warning

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Des Moines, Iowa — Financial aid and global coordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from West African nations at the center of the Ebola outbreak said Wednesday. …

CBS Launches Online Streaming

Friday, October 17, 2014

CBS on Thursday launched an online streaming service that allows consumers to view current and previous seasons of its shows without a cable or satellite subscription, adding momentum to a radical shift in the television industry toward a la carte digital entertainment. CBS’s move follows HBO’s announcement this …

Stock Markets Fall As Anxiety Abounds

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First it was fresh concerns about the fragile eurozone recovery. Then there was the sudden steep fall in oil prices. Now investors are worrying whether the American economy can pull up a slumping global economy. And overlaying all …

HBO Plans To Decouple From Cable

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New York — Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see …

Co-op Sued For Disputed June Firings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Woodstock — Two former workers at the Lebanon Co-op have filed suit against the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, citing age discrimination, emotional distress and multiple counts of wrongful termination in their claim. Dan King, a manager in the …