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Giant College Chain Fined $30 Million

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Los Angeles — U.S. Department of Education dealt a $30 million fine Tuesday to California-based Corinthian Colleges Inc., a for-profit college operator that has been on the brink of collapse following a federal crackdown last year. The Education Department said Corinthian misrepresented job placement rates to students in its Heald College system, which operates campuses in California, Hawaii and Oregon. Placement rates often play a key role in recruiting efforts, …

Europe Goes After Google On Anti-Trust

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Europe’s top antitrust regulator, announced Wednesday that she was formally accusing Google of violating European antitrust laws by favoring its search results over those from competitors. While an investigation of Google had dragged on for five years without result, Margrethe Vestager’s decision to aggressively target one of the most successful U.S. businesses — …

15 Minutes of Viral Fame

Sunday, April 12, 2015

New York — Fifteen minutes of Internet fame can create long-term riches for a small business. Whether it’s a photo that gets shared on social media like the recent controversy over the color of TheDress or a funny review that gets passed around, sales of products that go viral often skyrocket. And although …

Virtual Reality Not There Yet

Sunday, April 5, 2015

If you believe the folks at Facebook, virtual reality is about to become the next big thing. The technology has progressed enough to start to blur the lines between what’s virtual and what’s real. Virtual reality will only …

Business Notes: April 5, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Claremont — Runnings will open its doors on Tuesday in the former Lowe’s Home Improvement store, which it bought last year about two years after Lowe’s announced it would close. Runnings is a general merchandise chain store with …

Tesla, Maker of Electric Cars, Plans to Install Route 12A Charging Station

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Lebanon — The Route 12A commercial strip in West Lebanon is finally to get a new refueling station for automobiles. Only it won’t help drivers running low on gas. Tesla, the maker of $70,000-plus electric cars, is planning to build a charging station for its vehicles adjacent to …

Doubts About Job Market

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Washington — For months, the U.S. economy’s strength has been flagging. Manufacturing slowed. Fewer homes were built. Cheaper gas failed to ignite consumer spending. Yet month after month, employers kept on hiring vigorously. In March, the economy’s slump finally overtook the job market. Employers added just 126,000 workers …

March Jobs Report Not Really That Bad

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Before you get too glum about the March employment report, consider this: One of the main reasons behind the hiring slowdown was likely something that had little to do with the economy’s underlying strength. Beneath the disappointment of …

Tech Battle Drives PC Prices Down

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

San Francisco — Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft’s Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since …

Vt. Lax on Medicaid Oversight

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Montpelier — During the past decade, Vermont has spent $675 million setting up Medicaid managed-care programs but has done such a spotty job monitoring them that they can’t even be audited. That’s the upshot from a letter state Auditor of Accounts Douglas Hoffer sent to lawmakers last week. …

RadioShack sale approved, keeping hundreds of stores open

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Radioshack Sale Approved, Keeping Hundreds of Stores Open The judge overseeing RadioShack’s bankruptcy said he will approve the sale of about 1,700 stores to the chain’s biggest shareholder. Tuesday’s decision ensures the survival of the 94-year-old electronics retailer, …

Natural Gas Not Welcome In Northeast

Monday, March 30, 2015

Concord — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation’s highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest …

Social Security Q&A: How to Save and Return to Disability Form Online

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Question: I’m getting ready to start filling out my disability benefits application online, but I’m concerned I will need to stop before I can finish it. Can I stop before completing the application and come back to finish it later? If so, how do I return to my …