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FairPoint Unions Still Negotiating; Contract Expires Today

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Portland, Maine — FairPoint Communications and two unions representing 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont continued to negotiate Friday as the expiration of the existing contract looms this weekend. Union workers are unhappy with proposed changes to health and retirement benefits, as well as changes aimed at allowing greater use of nonunion workers. The company, which has struggled since buying Verizon’s landline telephone operations seven years ago, says …

House OKs Immigration Bill

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Washington — House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary work permits. President Obama condemned the Republican action and said he’d act unilaterally, as …

Less In Hoc For College

Friday, August 1, 2014

Americans are borrowing less for college, and instead relying more on savings and income, a study from a student lender found. In the 2013-2014 school year, the typical family paid 22 percent of the total college cost through borrowing, according to Sallie Mae’s annual How America Pays for College study. That’s down from 27 percent in the previous two years. Meanwhile, the share …

Cooking Up a Colorful Kitchen

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige. Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine. “Pastel greens, …

2014 Civic Hybrid Has Improved Fuel Economy

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Another fuel-sipping alternative is available to motorists weary of yo-yo pump prices: the gasoline-electric hybrid version of Honda’s popular Civic compact sedan. It’s affordable, too, as far as hybrid cars go: 2014 prices begin at $24,635 (plus $790 freight) for the base model. But it can go as …

Time Helps Millennials Be Savvy Financially

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — We all know them. The planners who know more about investing and interest rates than you ever will. People who buy insurance for everything and are always thinking about the future. Well, they may not be as smart with their money as you think. In fact, …

Marijuana Edibles Are Becoming an Industry

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Montpelier — Move over, pot brownies. The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry of baked goods, candies, infused oils, cookbooks and classes that promises a slow burn …

Consumers In U.S. Are Less Upbeat

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — Consumer confidence unexpectedly declined in July to a four-month low as Americans grew increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of wage gains. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of sentiment dropped to 81.3 this month from 82.5 in June, according to data issued on Friday. …

Lindt Adds To Nestle’s U.S. Chocolate Woes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Zurich — Nestle typically seeks to be first or second in all its businesses, yet isn’t even close in the U.S. chocolate candy market, where the Swiss company is dwarfed by Mars and Hershey. When No. 3 Lindt & Spruengli completes its planned purchase of Russell Stover Candies, …

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 …