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Nor’easter Could Test FairPoint

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A nor’easter that arrived Tuesday could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike. The company, meanwhile, accused striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said an automated phone-jamming effort attempted to disrupt its call centers. Charlotte, N.C.-based FairPoint Communications …

Arts Program Aims to Grow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The founders of Vermont Independent School of the Arts at the Seven Stars Center in Sharon may be on the brink of realizing their dream. If all goes as planned, the 14-year-old nonprofit center and school, which has helped hundreds of students become better musicians, singers and visual artists, will qualify for a …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or …

Money Talk: Cans Full of Coins Not an Effective Saving Method

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Question: My husband recently told me that he has saved many coffee cans full of loose change over the years. When I suggested we might at least roll the change to make it easier to count should we ever need it, he was not interested! I understand he …

Companies Are Helping Workers Fight Burnout

Sunday, October 5, 2014

For the overworked modern American employee, the policies and perks offered by some of the most generous companies sound like manna from the corporate gods. Onsite climbing walls. Free housekeeping. Chef-catered meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yet however nice such benefits may be, they can also end …

Consumer Confidential: Despite Obamacare, U.S. Health Care System Still Dysfunctional

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Obamacare was supposed to make our health care system friendlier to patients, and in many ways it’s succeeded. But we still have a long way to go. For almost her entire life, Maria Rogers has been the picture of health. She’s worked for years as a personal trainer, …

Owners of Small Businesses Scramble to Keep Top Staffers

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New York — People are quitting their jobs at a faster clip and that’s pushing small business owners to work harder to hold onto top talent. Dance studio owner Andrea Bisconti has experienced the challenge firsthand. When Kellie …

High-Tech Halloween Horror

Sunday, October 5, 2014

To re-create a bloody scene from the 1981 horror flick American Werewolf in London, crews at Universal Studios Hollywood installed computer-controlled strobe lights behind the walls of a dark maze to simulate the flash of bullets. An actor …

Battle Brewing Over iPhones And the Law

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Apple is no stranger to disruption, having upended the music business with iTunes and the mobile industry with the iPhone. But now, some law enforcement officials are warning that the company is threatening to disrupt their efforts to fight crime. With its new iOS 8 software, Apple is …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 5, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunapee Talk Explores Aging Parents’ Needs Sunapee — A free talk about caring for an aging parent is set for Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Sunapee Cove Assisted Living, 1250 Route 11, Georges Mills. Dennis McCullough, a …

Group Aims to Put Politics Into U.S. Food Policy

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Washington — Americans like to talk about food, and they certainly like to eat. But they don’t normally think about food policy when they vote. A group of food advocates is trying to figure out how to change …

Ford Has Rare Truck Troubles

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Americans continued to buy more cars in September. All the major automakers except Ford, which is seeing stiff competition from rival pickup trucks, posted healthy gains in U.S. auto sales last month. The industry sold 1.25 million vehicles in September, a 9.4 percent increase from a year earlier, …

At a Glance: 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Transmission: Eight-speed automatic. Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Gas mileage per gallon: 25 city, 37 highway. Best feature: Happy functionality. Worst feature: A bit more rear space would be appreciated. — Bloomberg News …