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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, a man walks past a building on the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. Alphabet Inc., Google's holding company, reports financial results Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Alphabet Tops Apple in Total Value

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

San Francisco — Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, topped Apple as the world’s most valuable business in after-hours trading Monday after reporting surging earnings. Alphabet Inc. earned $4.9 billion in net income on revenue of $21.3 billion in the fourth quarter. If not for employee stock expenses and certain other items, Google said it would have earned $8.67 per share. …

Social Security Q&A: Explaining Different Disability Documents

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Question: What is the difference between the disability application and the disability report? Do I have to complete both? Answer: A disability application is a claim for Social Security disability benefits. A disability report provides information about your current physical or mental condition that is needed to process your disability application. To establish a claim for disability benefits, you need to file a …

Some Funds Offer Stability, But at a Price

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New York — Freaked out by the stock market’s big swings? Then the investment industry has something it built just for you: funds that hope to offer a steadier ride. That sounds especially comforting after this year’s jarring start for markets, in which drops of more than 1 percent have become typical. But …

Retailers Want You to Shop

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Have you thought of buying a new outfit, adding a little spark to your home, or treating yourself in some way? If so, store managers are hoping you don’t chicken out on that purchase. The stock market plunge …

California Marijuana Growers Face New Crop of Local Bans

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sacramento, Calif. — When the California Legislature passed the state’s first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations in September, pot advocates hoped the move heralded a new era of trust in their often-tumultuous relationship with wary local officials and police. So far, it hasn’t turned out that way. Facing what …

Fiat Chrysler Also Has Emissions Issues

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Lost amid the intense scrutiny of emissions tests at Volkswagen and Renault is the fact that another European automotive powerhouse, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is also in a tight spot with regulators. Not for possible cheating — far from it. FCA’s problem is that its emissions record in the …

Social Security Q&A: Do I Have to Wait a Year to Apply for Disability?

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Question: I heard that my disability must be expected to last at least one year to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Does this mean I have to wait until I’ve been disabled an entire year before applying for disability? Answer: No. If you believe your disability will …

6 Strategies to Help You Get Out of Debt

Sunday, January 17, 2016

If you’re weighed down by debt, you’re not alone. Eight out of 10 Americans have debt, with the average American carrying around $68,000, according to a Pew Survey of American Family Finances. Debt isn’t necessarily bad. In some cases, it can actually help build wealth. But if you’re …

At the Hospitals: Jan. 17, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program Receives Grant to Create ‘Toolkit’ Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program has received a $127,000, three-year grant from the March of Dimes New England Chapter to improve the quality and safety of care …

Former Allechante Location Has New Eatery: Norwich Square Cafe

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Norwich — A new cafe and bistro has opened in the space previously occupied by Allechante, filling a gap in town left when its sole cafe closed more than a year ago. Norwich Square Cafe is owned and operated by Lebanon residents Priscilla Gosselin, her son, Brent Gosselin, …

People in Business: Jan. 17, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hillary Halleck, of Newport, director of human resources at Red River Computer Co., in Claremont, was recently honored as 2015 HR Practitioner of the Year by the River Valley Human Resources Association. The award was recently presented at …

Business Notes: Jan 17, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Windsor — The building formerly known as the Inn at Windsor, which had been owned by the Mascoma Savings Bank since 2014, when the bank foreclosed on the property, finally has a new owner: Steve Heim, a Boston real estate investor and residential contractor who specializes in renovating …

Streaming TV Costs a Lot Less Than Cable, but Choosing a Service Has Proven Frustrating

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Like millions of other consumers, Evan Hartstein was fed up with pay TV. The 40-year-old father of two was paying nearly $250 a month for a bundle of phone, high-speed Internet and hundreds of cable channels that he …