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Luke Iseman inside his converted shipping container home in a warehouse in Oakland, California. Iseman and a group of friends have started a community living in converted cargo containers in response to high housing costs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Illustrates CALIF-HOUSING (category a) by John Gittelsohn and Prashant Gopal (c) 2015, Bloomberg News. Moved Thursday, July 30, 2015 (MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg News photo by Michael Short).

Living in Shipping Container One Man’s Solution to Housing

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Luke Iseman has figured out how to afford the San Francisco Bay area. He lives in a shipping container. The Wharton School graduate’s 160-square-foot box has a camp stove and a shower made of old boat hulls. It’s one of 11 miniature residences inside a warehouse he leases across the Bay Bridge from the city, where his tenants share communal …

Companies Offer Benefits But Not Raises

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Once a staple of the American workplace, the annual raise is turning into a relic of the pre-crisis economy as companies turn to creative — and cheaper — ways to compensate their employees. More businesses are upping their spending on benefits such as one-time bonuses, health care and paid time off, according to recent survey data. Many are rolling out perks such as …

Co-op Staff Votes Down Labor Union

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lebanon — Workers at the Lebanon Co-op Food Store on Monday voted, 70-31, against organizing under a Massachusetts-based union, an election brought on by a year’s worth of turmoil surrounding the firings of two employees. Of about 140 workers at the store, 122 full- and part-time personnel were eligible to vote, and 113 ballots were cast. “(I’m) elated — we can be a …

Venezuelans’ Energy Bars Created In U.S. With the Tastes of Home

Sunday, July 19, 2015

St. Louis — Energy bars were Luis Rivero’s go-to meals when he came to the U.S. in 2003 for graduate school. With no time to cook, he quickly got caught up in the eat-on-the-run culture that was not …

Consumer Confidential: CVS Takes High Road in Clash With Business Group

Sunday, July 19, 2015

CVS Health did something the other day that we don’t see enough in the business world. It stood up for its principles. The pharmacy giant announced it was quitting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after reports that the influential business organization was lobbying against anti-smoking laws around the …

Two-Tiered Mortgage System Means Higher Costs for Some

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Even as the housing and mortgage markets are stabilizing, many borrowers with good credit remain shut out of the home loan market or saddled with a new array of fees and extra costs. Lending standards may have loosened since the end of the Great Recession six years ago, …

Tips: Become Richer In Just One Year

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Does it feel like it’s getting harder and harder to make it from one paycheck to the next? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly half of Americans are living without a savings safety net and wouldn’t be able to find the cash to cover a $400 emergency expense …

Police Rely More On the Internet To Nab Suspects

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Washington — In early December 2014, Brittany Nunn missed a court date. She was scheduled to fight for custody of one of her daughters, but the tide in the case had been turning in favor of the girl’s father, according to Colorado law enforcement. So Nunn and her …

Making Online Selling Safer

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Boston — Michele Velleman needed to sell a Zumba dance fitness kit, a cellphone and a table through Facebook. So she found buyers on Facebook and made the trades at — where else? — the police station. “It …

Cellphone Use Plagues Hospital Operating Rooms

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Next time you’re on the operating table and you take one last look around as the anesthesiologist approaches, don’t be too sure that that person in scrubs looking at a smartphone is pulling up vital health data. He or she might be texting a friend, or ordering new …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Passat TDI SEL Premium

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Bottom line: The Volkswagen Passat, diesel or gasoline, is a car to consider seriously when shopping for a midsize family sedan. It effectively hits all of the marks —safety, comfort, fit-and-finish quality, utility and fuel efficiency. Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets good marks in all three. The …

Money Talk: Insurance Options for Overweight Husband

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Question: My husband doesn’t qualify for term life insurance because he is overweight and pre-diabetic. Although he’s working on getting in shape, I’m afraid something might happen. I should add we have a 3-year-old daughter, and he is the main breadwinner. What would you suggest we do to …

Park Service Promotes Saint-Gaudens Leader

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rick Kendall has been named superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the National Park Service Stewardship Institute, both in Woodstock, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. He succeeds Michael Creasey, who became superintendent at the National …