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In this photo taken Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, Phanice Cherop, a 29-year-old single mother of two, works at the AAA Growers’ farm in Nyahururu, four hours’ drive north of the capital Nairobi, in Kenya. This Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance your flowers came from Kenya as the cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses - propelling it to become the fourth-largest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia. (AP Photo/Ilya Gridneff)

Kenya Preps Valentine’s Day Flowers

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Nyahururu, Kenya — This Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. “I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine’s Day,” said Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya. “They are very beautiful.” On a crisp February morning, Cherop squeezed through a row of shoulder-high white roses, cut a flower and methodically placed …

APD Works to Revaccinate Children After Mishandling Doses

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lebanon — Upper Valley parents and health care providers continue to respond to the refrigeration lapses that compromised vaccines and prompted a revaccination program for more than 800 young patients at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. The vaccine problems were announced in letters to parents of children who had received care at the hospital’s Robert A. Mesropian Center for Community Care. The letters, …

Twitter Shares Tumble

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

San Francisco — The recent negativity shown toward many Internet companies hit Twitter hard Monday, as the social-media leader’s stock price fell to its lowest level ever ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report. Shortly after trading began, Twitter shares fell more than 5 percent, to $14.87, hitting their lowest point since the company went public in November 2013. The losses added to …

Break Up the Big Banks?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Washington — Battling across Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-country vote on Monday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are dueling on fertile populist ground: resentment against Wall Street, bailed-out big banks and a financial system seen as rigged. Their …

U.S. Consumers Appear to Thrive as Companies Struggle

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Call it a tale of two economies. Consumer spending grew last year by the most since 2005, in spite of a slight slackening in the fourth quarter. Nonresidential business investment, meanwhile, rose at its slowest pace since 2010 as oil and gas companies sharply curtailed spending. The key …

Stocks Soar to Finish A Tough Month

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New York — Stocks soared on the last trading day of January, with Microsoft, Visa and other tech stocks making the biggest gains in a broad market rally Friday. Indexes rose throughout the day and finished with their biggest gains in about five months. Asian stocks jumped after …

German Giant to Buy CD-adapco

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lebanon — The pending purchase by a German engineering giant of a Long Island, N.Y.-based company reverberated in the Upper Valley last week, although the local long-term impact was not immediately clear. Melville, N.Y.-based CD-adapco, which employs 65 people at offices in the Centerra office park in Lebanon …

Forget Power Grid: Worry About Toasters

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hijacking “smart” toasters and refrigerators and hacking corporate ventilation systems are among the new threats envisioned by cybersecurity experts as an increasing array of items are connected to the Internet. The Internet of Things, a movement that seeks to control everything from factory equipment to traffic lights and …

Health Care Fines Press Millennials

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Washington — Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Obama’s health care law. Fines for being uninsured rise sharply in 2016 — averaging nearly $1,000 per household, according to an independent …

Water Fears Flow in N.Y.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hoosick Falls, n.y. — After his factory worker father died a painful death from kidney cancer at age 68 in 2013, Michael Hickey made it his mission to find out why so many people in his hometown along …

All-Day Breakfast Fuels McDonald’s

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

McDonald’s Corp., waging a comeback effort under Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook, posted its best quarterly growth in almost four years after a move to serve breakfast all day helped fuel U.S. sales. Global same-store sales surged 5 percent in the fourth quarter, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company …

Social Security Q&A: How Long Does It Take to Get a Child’s Card?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Question: I applied for my child’s Social Security card in the hospital but have not received it. How long does it take? Answer: In most states it takes an average of three weeks to get the card, but in some states it can take longer. If you have …

Ways to Save Money On Groceries This Year

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Grocery shopping can take a big bite out of your household budget. In fact, a family of four spends up to an average of $1,300 a month on food at home, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That means families can shell out more than $15,000 a …