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Social Security Q&A: What Is Substantial Gainful Activity?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Question: What is substantial gainful activity? Answer: Social Security uses the term “substantial gainful activity,” or “SGA,” to describe a level of work activity and earnings. Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. If you earn more than a certain amount and are doing productive work, Social Security generally considers that you are engaging in substantial gainful activity. For example, …

At the Hospitals: Feb. 7, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Local Hospitals Release Community Health Needs Assessment Access to mental health care and affordable health insurance, prescription drugs prices, heroin and the misuse of pain medications are among the Upper Valley ’s most pressing health concerns, according to a report by local hospitals. The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment is based on focus …

Are You Saving Enough For Retirement?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Saving for retirement is no easy task, but a new study says you don’t need to be a Powerball winner to put away enough cash for old age. According to the study by Fidelity Investments, 45 percent of those surveyed in 2015 were on track to cover essential expenses during their retirement, up from 38 percent in 2013. Although that’s still less than …

A Crossover That Doesn’t Stand Out

Sunday, January 31, 2016

As Mitsubishi retreats from U.S. shores, cresting at 2 percent market share in 2002 before dipping to less than one-half of 1 percent since 2009, it has cast the redesigned Outlander crossover to hook budget-minded buyers looking for …

Calorie-Counting App Helps Dieters

Sunday, January 31, 2016

How’s that New Year’s diet going for ya? Yeah, I thought so. If you’re like most people trying to lose weight, you’ve been tracking calories, because research has shown that keeping a food diary is an effective weight-loss strategy. And you’ve also learned what a hassle tracking calories …

Urban Planning for Self-Driving Cars

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Detroit — With technologists racing to get autonomous-driven vehicles on the road in 10 years or less, America’s urban planners need to resolve a host of questions about how cities will respond to the future of transportation. A …

Report: Wing on Google’s Drone Failed, Caused Crash

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A massive drone Google was testing as part of a project to provide Internet service with unmanned aircraft instead of satellites crashed after it encountered an updraft and one of its wings failed, U.S. accident investigators have concluded. The Solara 50 had just lifted off from a remote, …

Route 12A RadioShack Closes

Sunday, January 31, 2016

West Lebanon — The RadioShack store on Route 12A, a longtime presence on the West Lebanon commercial strip, closed for good last week, another victim of the Fort Worth, Texas-based company’s February 2015 bankruptcy. Last year, the electronics retail chain filed for bankruptcy and sold 1,700 of its …

Fiat Chrysler Shifting Production Plan

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Detroit — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said last week it will shift its production emphasis toward building more Jeep SUVs, Ram pickups and hybrid or electric vehicles to meet what it sees as permanent changes in the trends driving the North American automotive industry. The automaker now is aiming …

Break Up the Big Banks?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Washington — Battling across Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-country vote on Monday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are dueling on fertile populist ground: resentment against Wall Street, bailed-out big banks and a financial system seen as rigged. Their …

U.S. Consumers Appear to Thrive as Companies Struggle

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Call it a tale of two economies. Consumer spending grew last year by the most since 2005, in spite of a slight slackening in the fourth quarter. Nonresidential business investment, meanwhile, rose at its slowest pace since 2010 as oil and gas companies sharply curtailed spending. The key …

Stocks Soar to Finish A Tough Month

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New York — Stocks soared on the last trading day of January, with Microsoft, Visa and other tech stocks making the biggest gains in a broad market rally Friday. Indexes rose throughout the day and finished with their biggest gains in about five months. Asian stocks jumped after …

German Giant Buys CD-adapco

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lebanon — The purchase by a German engineering giant of a Long Island, N.Y.-based company reverberated in the Upper Valley last week, although the local long-term impact was not immediately clear. Melville, N.Y.-based CD-adapco, which employs 65 people at offices in the Centerra office park in Lebanon who …