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Television Advertising Sales Fall Far Short of Industry Targets

Monday, July 28, 2014

TV advertisers are being unexpectedly tight-fisted. Wall Street and TV networks had been banking on an improving economy this year to help drive demand. But the annual “upfront” advertising market, when marketers place their orders for commercial spots for the coming year, was unexpectedly weak. Broadcast networks ABC, CBS and Fox collectively booked $600 million less this summer than during last year’s market, according to estimates by network executives and …

Despite Law, D.C. Folks Can Get Booze in N.H.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Concord — New Hampshire is assuring residents of the nation’s capital that they can purchase alcohol in the state despite a law that suggests otherwise. But cigarettes? Maybe not. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently told retailers they should accept Washington, D.C., driver’s licenses when determining a buyer’s age, even though state law does not explicitly include them and instead refers to licenses …

Social Security Q&A: What Is Supplemental Security Income?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Question : What is the purpose of Supplemental Security Income, or SSI? Answer : The purpose of SSI is to help aged, blind and disabled people who have little income and few resources to support themselves. It provides financial assistance to meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter. You can receive SSI even if you have not worked and paid into Social …

Reconnecting With AT&T Has Hang-Ups

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Breaking up isn’t hard to do, an AT&T wireless customer learned. It’s getting back together that’s the trick. And when you know you’re right and the company’s wrong, it doesn’t hurt to stick to your guns. Kate Anger, 49, has been an AT&T wireless customer for more than …

U.S. Stocks Rebound To End Week Higher

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Investors jumped on a wave of strong corporate financial results Friday, propelling stocks higher for the third time in five days. The gains wiped out much of the market’s losses from the day before, when the downing of …

Aronia Berry Gains Market Foothold

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Missouri Valley, Iowa — A new fruit that research says packs more antioxidants than popular “superfoods” like blueberries, acai berries and goji berries is establishing itself in the aisles of mainstream grocery stores, showing up in everything from …

Amazon Is Starting $9.99-a-Month Service For Unlimited E-Books

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Amazon.com introduced a $9.99-a-month service for unlimited Kindle e-book downloads, letting customers devour books like they binge on TV services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Kindle Unlimited includes more than 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of audiobooks from Audible, Amazon said Friday in a statement. Readers can access …

Google Mulls NYC Pay Phones For Wi-Fi Spots

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New York —Google is among several technology companies considering a plan that uses pay-phone locations to give New Yorkers free wireless Internet access. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company was among more than 50 attendees at an informational meeting in May for the project, according to a city document. …

Working Part Time Is Not A Disaster for Recovery

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — By many indicators, the recent job market is clearly improving. It still has a long way to go, but the pace of employment growth is up and unemployment has fallen sharply in recent months. Importantly, the recent decline in the jobless rate has been for the …

Market Basket deliveries missed at Concord locations

Saturday, July 19, 2014

At least five managers from the Market Basket on Storrs Street in Concord attended a rally at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts yesterday to show support for ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and rebellion against his replacements. The …

White House OKs Offshore Exploration

Saturday, July 19, 2014

St. Augustine Beach, Fla. — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is …

Study: Americans Holding More Cash

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Americans are holding more cash in their bank accounts than they have at any other point during the past two decades, a new study found. The average checking account balance reached $4,436 at the end of 2013, nearly double the average balance of $2,100 during the past 25 …

Microsoft To Ax 18,000 Positions

Friday, July 18, 2014

Los Angeles — Attempting to fend off a culture that dwelled too long on tradition and replace it with one far more aggressive, Microsoft Corp.’s chief executive announced sweeping layoffs on Thursday that will affect workers worldwide. Anlaysts …