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Ag Secretary: Use App to Inform About GMOs

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress on Wednesday that consumers could just use their phones to scan special bar codes or other symbols on food packages in the grocery store. All sorts of information could pop up, such as whether the food’s ingredients include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. …

Net Neutrality Vote Sets Up Legal Fight

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — The Federal Communications Commission for the first time classified Internet providers as public utilities Thursday, a landmark vote that officials said will prevent cable and telecommunications companies from controlling what people see on the Web. The move, approved 3 to 2 along party lines, was part of a sweeping set of new “net neutrality” rules aimed at banning providers of high-speed …

Miller Auto Dealership to Close

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lebanon — Signaling a shake-up in the Upper Valley automobile market, longtime car seller Miller Chevrolet Cadillac will close its doors on Friday, leaving Lebanon, for the first time since the dawn of the automotive era, without a Chevrolet or Cadillac dealer. Miller Chevrolet Cadillac owner Johanna Cicotte has terminated the distribution agreement …

Upper Valley Tax Help Sites

Sunday, February 15, 2015

All locations require appointments to be scheduled in advance. Call the number for the site you want to visit to make an appointment. Don’t forget to bring your important tax and other documents with you, especially those related to the Affordable Care Act. For more information about the …

Money Talk: Pay Off Your Highest-Rate Debts First

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Question: I’m expecting a bonus this year of about $10,000. Should I pay off $6,000 in back taxes on which I’m currently paying $428 per month on a never-ending installment agreement? Or would it be better to pay off one of our $5,000 credit cards accruing 19 percent …

Shareholder Group Demands A New Board at McDonald’s

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Chicago — A group that advises a small portion of McDonald’s shareholders says the company’s board needs a makeover. CtW Investment Group, which works with a number of union pension funds, laid out its demands in a letter sent Friday to the board. The letter comes about two …

Yahoo Layoffs Hit Canada Hardest

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Yahoo laid off a round of workers this week, mostly cutting back its news and entertainment division in Canada. Yahoo did not disclose if it laid off employees in California, but it was fewer than the 50 that would have triggered a required notification to …

Stocks Hit Record On Energy Rebound

Sunday, February 15, 2015

New York — A slight gain was enough to push the stock market to a record high Friday. Stocks climbed as a rebound in oil prices pushed energy stocks higher. A report showing faster-than-forecast growth in Europe at the end of last year also boosted investor sentiment. Investors …

D-H Gets Ratings Agency OK

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lebanon — A key Wall Street scorekeeper reaffirmed its view that Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s financial position is strong, stable but somewhat vulnerable while also taking note of the health system’s recent moves to expand by forging links with smaller regional hospitals and through efforts to grow its “regional footprint” in …

Exasperated New Englanders Brace for Another Snowstorm

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Boston — Exasperated New Englanders still digging out from three major storms that left 6 feet or more of snow in many areas are bracing for what’s expected to be another punishing blast of winter this weekend. The …

Obama Focuses On Cybersecurity

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Palo Alto, Calif. — Cyberspace is the new “Wild West,” President Obama said Friday, with everyone looking to the government to be the sheriff. But he told the private sector it must do more to stop cyber attacks …

FBI Probes Fake TurboTax Filings

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Washington — The FBI is investigating cases of fraudulent tax returns filed using TurboTax software. The probe comes after a number of states, including Minnesota, Utah, Alabama and Georgia, reported a spike in potentially fraudulent tax returns being filed by scam artists attempting to steal tax refunds. State …

Congress Clears Pipeline, Sets Up Veto Showdown

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Washington — The Republican-controlled Congress cleared a bill Wednesday to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a confrontation with President Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure. The House passed the bill on a 270-152 vote, endorsing changes made by the Senate that stated climate …