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A woman waits in a classic American car that's used as a shared taxi by commuters in Havana, Cuba, early Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba abruptly moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations _ a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Hope and Some Fear In Cuba Amid Change

Friday, December 19, 2014

Havana — The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings. On the first full day after the surprise announcement, many Cubans expressed hope that it will mean greater access to jobs …

Environmentalists Applaud New York’s Imminent Ban on Fracking

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Albany, n.y. — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby …

U.S., Cuba Restore Relations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Washington — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations. President Obama’s dramatic announcement in Washington — seconded by Cuban …

Hiring Gains a Turning Point For the Jobless

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Washington — Look past the booming November job gain of 321,000 reported Friday — the best figure in three years in the strongest year for U.S. hiring since 1999. The job market has reached a new milestone on its road to full health: For the first time since …

House Endorses ISIL War

Friday, December 5, 2014

Washington — The Republican-controlled House approved a $585 billion defense policy bill that grants President Obama the authority to expand the U.S. military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria despite misgivings about a new American combat role after more than a decade of war. The vote …

Wood Pellet Supply ‘Spotty’

Monday, December 1, 2014

West Lebanon — Last year’s unusually long winter left some owners of wood pellet stoves scrambling to find enough fuel to stay warm in the spring, and that experience has led to an earlier-than-usual demand for pellets this …

Thursday, September 4, 2014

How to Use These Listings These sales summaries are informational only and are not a legal record. Names shown are usually the first listed in the deed. Sales might involve additional parties or locations. Prices are usually based on tax stamps and might be inaccurate for public agency …

Farmers See Opportunities In Drone Use

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The next big thing for Georgia farmers could be drones. State economic developers say Georgia’s agricultural industry could be one of the areas with the most promising potential for the launch of a commercial drone usage, and they’re intent on showing farmers why. In the town of Moultrie …

Social Security Q&A: Child’s Card Has Name Misspelled

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Question: I applied for a Social Security card for my child at the hospital, and the card came back with the first name misspelled. What should I do? Answer: Go to your local Social Security office or card center to ask for a corrected card. You will need …

Fast Food Chains Target Low-Income Kids With Advertising

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Washington — It’s hard to blame people for craving fast food when they are inundated with advertising from such a young age. But what’s disturbing is just how far fast food companies will go to target kids from groups already more likely to suffer from obesity — including …

High-Tech Feeding Time

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Freeport, Minn. — The calves at Rohe Dairy don’t bawl when they’re hungry. They live together in small groups in a tall, well-ventilated barn here, about 90 miles northwest of Minneapolis, and they eat whenever they please from an automated calf feeding machine. The calf feeders, outfitted with …

Wheels: An Automobile for the Ages, but Maybe Not for 2015

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Certain things are expected. For example, if you ask me to pay $89,000 for an automobile, I expect it to have everything — the latest safety equipment, best onboard communications and entertainment systems, all-wheel drive, and an engine, …

Nuts & Bolts: Jaguar XJL Portfolio

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bottom line: If prestige and old-world luxury are important to you, this is a good buy. If those things don’t matter, there are a lot of excellent, superbly equipped automobiles out there for a lot less money. Ride, acceleration and handling: Ride and handling are excellent. Acceleration is …