Business

Economy Is Steaming Along in U.S.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday when the Bureau of Economic Analysis said …

Secrets Routinely Sent by Email

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton’s use of a home server makes her case unique and has become an issue in her front-running campaign for the …

CEOs Make 200 Times More Than Workers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule that will require companies, starting in 2017, to disclose a simple calculation: At what multiple is the chief executives’ compensation vs. the median-compensated worker. It’s a concept many in Corporate America have loved to hate ever since it was first included in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law back in 2010. For one, …

Market Cheaters Upgrade From Sex to Hackers

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Washington — Insider traders have long shelled out millions in bribes, manipulated friendships and even traded sex for market tips. Now, they’ve found a new way to get the data they need: employing computer hackers. “With the ubiquity of hackers now, you can find people online who’ll do …

Experts: Fingerprint as Password Is a Bad Idea

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ever since Apple introduced TouchID for iPhones, more and more smartphones feature fingerprint scanners. And that has some security researchers worried. “If you leak a password, you can just change it; if you leak a fingerprint, it’s lost for your whole life,” FireEye researcher Yulong Zhang said at …

Everyone Loses With Increase in Ad-Blocking Use

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ad blockers are growing in popularity, and that could be a big problem for any business that relies on online advertising to pay the bills. A study published last week by Adobe and the software company PageFair revealed that 45 million active users in the United States use …

A Faster Way To Stop Spread Of Food Illness

Sunday, August 16, 2015

One of the biggest hurdles to halting foodborne illness outbreaks is spotting the source of the problem — and spotting it quickly. More often than not, by the time authorities recognize an outbreak of salmonella, listeria or any of the other pathogens that sicken an estimated 48 million …

New Ways of Feeding the Needy

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Charles Scott is shopping for groceries at a Philadelphia food pantry, busily clicking away at a computer to select his choices of onions, tomatoes and frozen corn. Scott’s budget is tight since he was disabled from a work-related …

Map Wars Heat Up in Silicon Valley

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Berkeley, Calif. — Somewhere lies a mythical city where the cars drive themselves, and the people walk around with wearable guides that know what they want and where to find it. To make this city work requires the …

McDonald’s Shrinking With Surge of Chipotle, Panera Others

Sunday, August 16, 2015

McDonald’s missteps are well-known. At a time when specialization is increasingly important in the food business, the brand has opted for breadth, offering everything under the moon: hamburgers, salads, yogurt parfaits, and fancy chicken wraps. And it hasn’t worked. In fact, that’s putting it mildly. Month after month, …

In Bradford, Vt., a Mainstay on Main Street Calls It Quits

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — Hill’s 5 & 10 has been a Bradford institution since its founding in 1959. Around Labor Day weekend, however, the fabled five-and-dime store will shut its doors for the final time. Increased competition from chain …

Costs Sink Family-Owned Ascutney Cafe

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ascutney — Life hasn’t been easy for the Savage family. A broken marriage of the parents, the loss of their home to foreclosure, repeated moves, the early death of one of the sons, have all challenged Bev Savage …

They’re Baaack

Sunday, August 16, 2015

New York — Technology stocks are trending big-time as investors latch on to innovative companies racing ahead in a slow-growth world. The tech-heavy Nasdaq is the best performing major U.S. stock index this year, gaining 6 percent as the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones industrial …