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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 of questions: how and where? Proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines are met with an upswell of citizen discontent. At …

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 online application to finish it when I have all the information I need? Answer: Applying …

At the Hospitals: March 29, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

VA Police Officers Honored White River Junction — Several employees at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction have received national Veterans Affairs police awards. John Richardson was named 2014 police chief of the year, and Jason Brown was named Small Facility Police Officer of the Year. Steven Bethel received the …

Target Eyes $10 Million Settlement

Friday, March 20, 2015

Target has proposed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its massive 2013 data breach, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Wednesday. The settlement, if approved by a judge, would allow individual shoppers to receive up to $10,000 …

‘Skinny’ Packages Threaten Cable Giants

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New York — After years of complaining about having to pay for obscure TV channels they never watch, American consumers might finally be getting their way. The industry buzzword is “skinny bundles,” or Web services from providers such as Dish Network and Apple that offer just a few …

Fed Signals Willingness To Raise Rate

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Washington — The Federal Reserve cautiously cleared the way Wednesday for a midyear increase of its benchmark interest rate, the first such hike in more than six years. At the close of a two-day meeting, the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee issued a statement removing prior guidance that …

Cereal Slump Continues as Americans Rush Out the Door

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It’s a tough time to be in the cereal business. General Mills, the biggest seller of cereal in the United States, announced another disappointing quarter Wednesday morning, marking the sixth straight time the company has reported lower sales. Breakfast cereal just isn’t the morning mainstay it once was, …

Social Security Q&A: What If I Go Back to Work?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Question: A few months after I started receiving my Social Security retirement benefit, my former employer offered to take me back. It’s a great offer. Can I withdraw my retirement claim and reapply later to increase my benefit amount? Answer: Social Security understands that unexpected changes may occur …

Choosing a Financial Adviser Who’s Right for You

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Some financial advisers are riddled with conflicts of interest, making extra cash for themselves when they put your money in bad investments. Hidden fees and sales commissions can secretly gobble up thousands of your hard-earned dollars. That said, advisers deserve to make a living, too, and hiring a …

At the Hospitals: March 15, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Health, Driving Classes Offered at APD Lebanon — Several driving courses and health classes will take place in the coming months at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. They meet in the Dwinell Room at Harvest Hill. AARP Smart Driving …

Canadian Rail Tankers Face Tougher Safety Requirements

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ottawa — Canada is strengthening proposed new safety standards for rail cars that transport crude oil as the governing Conservatives move forward with measures after a 2013 derailment killed 47 people. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt released new proposals last week that go beyond earlier announcements by requiring rail …

Consumer Confidential: StubHub Has a Confused Response to Its Confusing Web Page

Sunday, March 15, 2015

When businesses screw up, they too often duck responsibility and tell customers to pound sand. Think of United Airlines recently saying it wouldn’t honor thousands of trans-Atlantic tickets mistakenly sold for as little as $75. When consumers mess up, however, many businesses don’t hesitate to say that customers …

Most Consumers Unaware They’re Banned From Suits

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Washington — Companies routinely put language into the fine print of loan agreements, credit card contracts and other financial products that drastically reduce the chances that a consumer with a complaint will get relief, according to a report released last week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Most …