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Takata’s Air-Bag Crisis May Spur Maintenance Changes in Japan

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tokyo — Takata Corp.’s air-bag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices. Drivers may need to start having chemicals in their air bags swapped out because of degradation over time, said Fumihiko Ike, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and Honda. The discussions among carmakers follow recalls of …

Study: Knowledge About Retirement Is Shaky

Sunday, December 21, 2014

When are reverse mortgages due? What triggers early withdrawal penalties? What exactly is covered by Medicare, again? Retirement planning is hard, and most people struggle to understand the fundamentals, according to a new report by the American College of Financial Services, a nonprofit that educates financial advisers. Only 20 percent of people in or near retirement who were surveyed by the group passed …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

APD Names Associate VP For Information Services Lebanon — Kristen Kneisel was recently appointed associate vice president for information services at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. Kneisel served most recently as the interim director and project manager for information services at the hospital. Her experience in information systems and healthcare include working with …

Social Security Q&A: How Early Can I Apply for Social Security Retirement Benefits?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Question: What is the earliest age that I can apply for my Social Security retirement benefits? Answer: To apply for Social Security retirement benefits, you must be at least 61 years and 9 months of age and want your benefits to start in the next three months. You …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Official Named Citizen of the Year Windsor — Jill Lord, chief nursing officer and director of patient care services at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, has been named 2014 Citizen of the Year by …

Uber Watching Your Every Move, and Others Could Be, Too

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Washington — Before the Ubergate controversy recedes from the news, let’s pause on one aspect of the story that hasn’t received much attention so far: the cybersecurity risk of collecting massive troves of private travel information in online databases. Imagine for a second that your job is to …

Hackers Stealing Merger and Acquisition Data

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Washington — Hackers with Wall Street expertise have stolen merger-and-acquisition information from more than 80 companies for more than a year, according to security consultants who shared their findings with law enforcement. A group dubbed FIN4 by researchers at FireEye has been tricking executives, lawyers and consultants into …

MIT Develops Cheetah Robot

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. — It’s a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world’s fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites and ballistic missiles. The robot, …

Consumer Confidential: Understanding the Pitfalls of Reverse Mortgages

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Retirement is an increasingly scary prospect. Some experts say a couple will require at least $2 million to live comfortably. Some say you should have at least 10 times your annual salary socked away. My wife and I have been aggressive savers but we’re nowhere close to these …

Apple Pay Facing A Big Test With Holiday Shopping

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cupertino, Calif. — Apple Pay hasn’t made the wallet obsolete just yet. But since launching its mobile payments system, Apple has deftly sidestepped problems that flummoxed other tech giants, delivering a smooth experience at the register and steadily grabbing more territory in the mall, analysts say. That’ll come …

Virginia Brewery Taps 300-Year-Old Beer Recipe

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Richmond, Va. — What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia’s prominent Randolph family. Ardent …

Brothers to Open New Pub in Newbury, N.H.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Newbury, n.h. — The outdoor sign o n the abandoned restaurant at the Sunapee traffic circle on Route 103 in Newbury announces the news in capital letters: “THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN.” It’s been a long time — 23 years, an entire generation — and the town …

A Reborn Sedan Breaks From Its Past

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan is a motorized version of the Affordable Care Act. In this case, it is a well-conceived, exceptionally well-executed midsize family sedan that is attractive, complete (when ordered with Premium Group equipment) and affordable, …