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Investigation Uncovers Cyberattacks On Military

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Defense contractors recently suffered a barrage of cyberattacks from the Chinese government, according to a Senate investigation released Wednesday that revealed startling vulnerabilities in how the Pentagon transports troops and equipment. Contractors working for the U.S. Transportation Command were successfully hacked about 50 times over a 12-month span that ended in May 2013. Of those, at least 20 were sophisticated intrusions attributed to China, the investigation found. Despite the seriousness …

Spirit Airlines Paves the Way for Bare-Bones Flying

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Miramar, Fla. — When you purchase a ticket to fly America’s fastest-growing and most-criticized airline, here is what you get: a seat, a mini-tray-table, free use of the bathroom, room for your legs, maybe even some room for your knees. You pay for everything else. A printed boarding pass is $10. Water is $3. The right to bring a carry-on is at least …

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 …

Stocks Decline on Fed Rate Speculation

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks fell on Friday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its first weekly drop in more than a month, as investors speculated the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than estimated after retail sales climbed at the fastest pace in four months. …

Call Waiting: Apple’s New iPhones Face Up to 4-Week Shipping Delays

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New York — Apple’s new iPhones will take as many as four weeks to ship, as people rushed to buy the smartphones hours after the world’s most valuable company began taking pre-orders. The iPhone 6 Plus, which has a larger display, will take three to four weeks for …

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 …