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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 …

Career Second Acts

Sunday, July 13, 2014

After Fred Wallace was laid off from a high-paying job in 2011, the 56-year-old knew the odds of landing a comparable position were slim. He polished his LinkedIn profile and networked like crazy. But his yearlong job search …

Daughter Not Buying Dad’s Message Promoting Home Ownership

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Washington — David Stevens, chief executive officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association, has spent his career lauding the merits of homeownership. One person still isn’t buying it: his daughter. Sara Stevens, 27, knows interest rates are low, rents …

Consumer Confidential:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It would be nice if Americans could declare independence from loony medical bills. But that day isn’t here. Bill Erickson can attest to that. In 2010, he had his right knee replaced after “lots of abuse” as a high school and college baseball coach. His insurer, Anthem Blue …

Forecast Sends Corn Prices to Near Taxpayer Subsidy Level

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Washington — The U.S. government Friday increased its forecast for a surplus of corn, raising the prospect prices will tumble to levels that would trigger subsidy payments to farmers. Corn supplies in 2015 will reach 1.801 billion bushels, 4.3 percent larger than forecast last month, the U.S. Department …

Ag Industry Seeks Right to Farm

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jefferson City, Mo. — In the nation’s agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and …

Internet Rally Offsets Portugal Concern; Dow Down for Week

Sunday, July 13, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rose Friday, paring the biggest weekly loss since April, as a rally in Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc. led an afternoon rebound from declines spurred by concern over financial stress in Europe. EBay and Amazon.com increased at least 2.3 percent amid optimism in …

Credit Ratings Get Shakier for Colleges

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Howard University’s credit rating by Moody’s Investors Service fell this month for the second time in the past year, largely because of concerns about money troubles at its hospital. But the historically black university in Washington has plenty of company: Moody’s has downgraded three dozen other four-year colleges …

Co-op Members Seek Meeting; Second Petition Calls For Dialogue

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hanover — More than 100 members of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society met Thursday night at the Richard W. Black Community Center to discuss concerns about the employment practices of the Co-op Food Stores. They concluded the meeting by unanimously supporting a motion to collect enough signatures to …

Hanover Co-op Petitioners Fight to Reinstate Fired Employees

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hanover — Members of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society are circulating a petition to reinstate two recently fired Co-op Food Stores employees and to address what they perceive as a lack of transparency from store management regarding the decision. “We have three goals,”said Nora Jacobson, a Norwich resident …

Open for Business

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bellingham, Wash. — Cale Holdsworth strode to the counter at Top Shelf Cannabis, inspected and sniffed a glass jar filled with marijuana, and said: “I’ll take two grams.” Holdsworth paid $26.50 and held up the brown bag containing …