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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2015 file photo, four-year-old Asian elephant April rings bell during Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circuspre-show at Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, Tenn.  The circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively on Thursday, March 5, 2015 that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Mark A. Large) MANDATORY CREDIT

Ringling Bros. to Give Up Elephant Acts in Three Years

Friday, March 6, 2015

Polk City, Fla. — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the “Greatest Show on Earth” will go on without elephants. Animal rights groups took credit for generating the public concern that forced the company to announce its pachyderm retirement plan on Thursday. But Ringling Bros.’ owners described it as the bittersweet result of years of internal family discussions. “It was a decision 145 years in the making,” said Juliette Feld, referring to P.T. Barnum’s introduction of animals to his “traveling menagerie” in 1870. Elephants have symbolized this circus since Barnum brought an Asian elephant named Jumbo to America in 1882. Kenneth Feld …

A Life: Oscar Ferris, 1927-2014; ‘Farming Wasn’t a Job, It Was Something He Liked to Do’

Monday, March 2, 2015

Randolph — It was New Year’s Day, 1927. Tiny newborn Oscar Ferris opened his eyes for the first time, wracked with fever and wailing, delivered in the old style, in his parents’ bedroom by a doctor paying a house call to the Ferris family farm. Outside, the horses pulling the doctor’s carriage stamped …

Social Security Q&A: Checking on Medicare Benefits Application

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Question: I applied for Medicare benefits last week. How can I check the status of my application? Answer: Checking the status of your application is easy. If you applied for benefits, you can check the status at Social Security’s secure website, secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/IAPS/applicationStatus, but you must wait five days from the date you originally filed. You will need to enter your Social Security number …

Wal-Mart Pay Raise May Press Others

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Washington — Wal-Mart’s advertising slogan is “Save money, live better,” but for years the world’s largest retailer has been criticized for not paying its workers enough to do that. Now, facing rising minimum wages in some states, competition …

5 Unsettling Truths About Social Security System

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Social Security program is turning 80 this year, and though most Americans won’t commemorate this milestone, a huge chunk of them — 57 million — will benefit from it to the tune of more than $1,200 a month. The future of the Social Security program has been …

Money Talk: Your Options When Lender Makes an Error

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Question: A debt collector says I owe a small debt from a store credit card I opened about six months ago. The wrong address was on file, so I hadn’t received any documentation at all. After opening the account I had called the store customer service line to …

Female Engineers Making Inroads In Automotive Industry

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chicago — In 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors, making her the first female CEO of a major automobile company. Barra is among a growing number of women — like Jennifer Vuong, news anchor and multimedia editor at Automotive News, and Nancy Gioia, director of global …

‘Valley News’ to Publish New Monthly Business Magazine for Upper Valley

Sunday, February 22, 2015

West Lebanon — The Valley News has announced plans to expand its coverage of the Upper Valley business community with the publication of a new monthly magazine. The first issue of Enterprise: The Business Magazine of the Upper Valley, will be published on March 31. The free magazine …

Maine Panel to Consider Wind

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Portland, Maine — Maine’s reshaped Public Utilities Commission wants to reconsider two proposed wind projects it approved two months ago, a move critics say would damage the integrity of the regulatory process and scare off future renewable-energy investors. …

Markets Hit Records After Greek Aid Deal

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — U.S. stocks rose Friday, sending benchmark indexes to records, after European officials reached a deal to extend Greece’s aid for four months. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 0.6 percent to a record 2,110.30. The Dow Jones industrial average added 154.67 points, or 0.9 …

Doctors Say Fitness Trackers, Health Apps Can Boost Care

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hackensack, n.j. — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic …

Restaurants Put Bacon on Everything — Again

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pizza chain Little Caesars this week unveiled a deep-dish pizza wrapped with more than 3 feet of “decadent” thick-cut bacon. A day earlier, Starbucks debuted its own bacon-y surprise: a 540-calorie double-smoked bacon breakfast sandwich “sure to satisfy …

Wal-Mart to Raise Base Wage to $9 in April

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, said Thursday that it will increase the pay of nearly 40 percent of its workforce, a sign that the improving economy is putting pressure on companies to boost wages for entry-level workers. Starting in April, Wal-Mart workers will earn at least $9 per …