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At the Hospitals: Sept. 21, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New London, Cottage Hospitals Receive Awards Concord — Two local hospitals were among those honored recently by the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Bruce King, president and CEO of New London Hospital, received the Leslie A. Smith President’s Award. The annual award is given to an individual who has made “an exceptional contribution to the NHHA,” the hospital said in a …

A Fight for Digital Copyright Reform

Sunday, September 21, 2014

When the Librarian of Congress reversed course and banned the unlocking of cellphones two years ago, Sina Khanifar took it as almost a personal affront. Khanifar was involved in the original effort to legalize unlocking back in the mid-2000s after he developed a program that helped consumers break the technological barriers that tied their phones to particular carriers. Motorola demanded that he stop, …

Yelp Fined $450K Over Registration Minors

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Washington — Yelp has agreed to pay a $450,000 settlement after federal officials accused the company of violating privacy rules by not properly screening minors in its registration process. But are kids rating restaurants? Not exactly. The restaurant review site admits its registration process failed to screen minors. But the company says the episode also highlights how in many instances, people lie about …

Assistance for Laid-Off Springfield Workers Is Topic of Meeting

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Springfield, Vt. — Workers hit by layoffs at a Springfield manufacturing company may be eligible for special assistance, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Affected employees of Precision Contract Manufacturing, including onsite leased workers from Westaff and Tri State Professionals, are invited to an informational meeting Monday …

Fed: America’s Missing Workers Not Coming Back

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Washington — A paper by Federal Reserve staff possibly hints at the central bank’s thinking on interest rates and employment in advance of a consequential Fed meeting this week. The findings support hawks on the Federal Open Market Committee, who feel that the Fed needs to prepare to …

Glory Days Back on Track

Sunday, September 14, 2014

White River Junction — They started coming ’round the mountain on Tuesday. First to arrive was Vermont Rail System’s Locomotive No. 311, painted flaming red with a golden rendition of the railway’s mountain logo shining on its side. …

Stocks Decline on Fed Rate Speculation

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks fell on Friday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its first weekly drop in more than a month, as investors speculated the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than estimated after retail sales climbed at the fastest pace in four months. …

Call Waiting: Apple’s New iPhones Face Up to 4-Week Shipping Delays

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New York — Apple’s new iPhones will take as many as four weeks to ship, as people rushed to buy the smartphones hours after the world’s most valuable company began taking pre-orders. The iPhone 6 Plus, which has a larger display, will take three to four weeks for …

Video: Molten Metal at Vermont Castings

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Eighty-five tons of brake rotors and scrap iron move through the Vermont Castings Foundry in Randolph each day. It is melted, molded, drilled and ground into the parts that become wood stoves at the company's assembly plant in …

Apple Debuts Smartwatch, 2 New Phones

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cupertino, Calif. — Apple CEO Tim Cook debuted Apple’s first new product category Tuesday since the introduction of the iPad tablet computer, showing off a new smartwatch along with two iPhones and a mobile-payments offering built in to …

Stagnant Pay Plagues American Workers

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Washington — The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except the one Americans probably care about most: Pay. The unemployment rate has sunk to a nearly normal 6.1 percent. Employers have added a …

Social Security Q&A: Will Delaying Retirement Increase Benefits?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Question: Will my retirement benefits increase if I wait and retire after my full retirement age? Answer: Yes. You can increase your Social Security retirement benefit in two ways: ∎ You can increase your retirement benefit by a certain percentage if you delay receiving retirement benefits. Social Security …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 7, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

HCRS to Help With Vt. Family Program Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services will collaborate with a program designed to help Vermont families overcome temporary, short-term financial crises and avoid the need for ongoing assistance. Reach …