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Easter Seals Stymied In N.H. Guard Bid

Monday, July 21, 2014

Concord — A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families is caught in a disagreement over whether aiding one group of veterans could end up hurting another. Created in 2007, the Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program has been widely praised for helping nearly 3,000 individuals with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing. Since the start, it has been managed by the Department of …

Social Security Q&A: What Is a Social Security Credit?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: What is a Social Security “credit?” Answer: During your working years, earnings covered by Social Security are posted to your record. You earn Social Security credits based on those earnings. The amount of earnings needed for one credit rises as average earnings levels rise. In 2014, you receive one credit for each $1,200 of earnings. You can earn up to a maximum …

Squatters Can Pose a Problem

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In Madison, Wis., where Wi-Fi hot spots often are easier to find than a parking space, you wouldn’t think that a cafe would turn off its wireless Internet connection. But that’s the case at Madison Sourdough cafe and bakery on Williamson Street, where owner David Lehrentz has pulled the plug on Wi-Fi Saturday …

Luxury Rolls-Royce Car Sales Soar Worldwide

Sunday, July 13, 2014

London — They are rolling symbols of wealth and excess, starting at $263,000 a pop, with many buyers choosing custom options that can easily double the price. And they are more popular than ever before. Rolls-Royce reported a startling rise in demand for their distinctive cars last week. …

Canada Flooding Kills Canola Crops; Cash Prices Poised to Rise

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Winnipeg — Blake Duchek’s farm in Saskatchewan was pummeled with as much as 11 inches of rain in the span of three days last month, killing crops that were sitting in several inches to a foot of water. He estimates the losses will cost him more than $468,000. …

In Silicon Valley, No Unpaid Internships as Companies Seek New Talent

Sunday, July 13, 2014

San Francisco — Facebook rolled out the red carpet for Michael Sayman when the social network hired him for a job that started last month, including flying him out to meet Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg. Sayman brought …

Uber Cuts Prices on Taxi-Like Service in NYC

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New York — Uber Technologies, the car-sharing service that lets people order transportation via a smartphone, is temporarily cutting fares on its taxi-like option to step up competition with New York City cab services. The San Francisco-based startup reduced fares by 20 percent in New York for its …

At the Hospitals: July 13, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Appoints Vice Chairman of Orthopaedics Lebanon — Orthopedic surgeon David S. Jevsevar, medical director of Orthopaedic Clinical Program Development for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, has been named vice chair of orthopaedics and director of the …

Very Low Mortgage Rates Have Owners Staying Put

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Washington — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell. Doing so would mean giving up an irresistible rate in exchange for a new mortgage carrying a rate up to …

More Americans Paying Off Credit Card Debt Quickly

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Washington — It seems Americans walked away from the recession with a key lesson about credit cards: If you’re going to use them, pay them off as quickly as you can. A new report from the American Bankers Association found that the share of cardholders who pay off …

Growth Seen to Exceed 3 Percent

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Washington — The fifth anniversary of the U.S. economic expansion will usher in a rare boon: growth exceeding 3 percent over a nine-month period, a Bloomberg survey of economists forecasts. Gross domestic product will expand 3.1 percent from July through December following a 3.3 percent advance last quarter, …

Wheels: The Latest Trend Out of New York?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New York — The Nissan NV200 cargo/minivan is changing the face of this city, one yellow cab at a time. If Nissan has its way, the same will be true in Chicago and Seattle — and in London, …

Nuts & Bolts: Nissan NV200

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bottom line: I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Nissan NV200 consuming more of the urban cab business. It makes sense — small enough to work well in a congested city, large enough to get people and their belongings where they want to go. I can also see …