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O'Bee Byrd of Hartford, Ct. boards an Amtrak train heading south out of Claremont Wednesday, July 30, 2014. A meeting was held in Claremont Wednesday to discuss improvements to the stop, the only one on the western side of the state. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Train Station In Claremont Due for Update

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Claremont — Train travelers planning a stop in Claremont won’t find much to do there if they rely on Amtrak’s website. The site provides a few options for lodging and several restaurants but just two places to “see”: Maple Lanes Bowling and the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church. Moreover, the website notes that the station has no enclosed waiting area, no …

U.S. Economy Rebounds From Winter

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Washington — After suffering the sharpest contraction since the recession ended, the U.S. economy rebounded this spring, providing fresh evidence that the recovery is finally turning a corner. Government data released Wednesday shows the economy expanded at an annual rate of 4 percent during the second quarter. Consumers pulled out their wallets, businesses …

Bank Fined $1.3 Billion in Loan Case

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Los Angeles — Countrywide Financial hustled to make the loans. Bank of America, once again, is picking up the bill for the damages caused — the latest buffeting since the bank’s disastrous acquisition of the Calabasas high-risk lender six years ago. A New York judge ordered Bank of America to pay nearly $1.3 billion in penalties in a civil fraud case involving a …

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 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 …

Google Mulls NYC Pay Phones For Wi-Fi Spots

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New York —Google is among several technology companies considering a plan that uses pay-phone locations to give New Yorkers free wireless Internet access. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company was among more than 50 attendees at an informational meeting in May for the project, according to a city document. …

Working Part Time Is Not A Disaster for Recovery

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Washington — By many indicators, the recent job market is clearly improving. It still has a long way to go, but the pace of employment growth is up and unemployment has fallen sharply in recent months. Importantly, the recent decline in the jobless rate has been for the …

Market Basket deliveries missed at Concord locations

Saturday, July 19, 2014

At least five managers from the Market Basket on Storrs Street in Concord attended a rally at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts yesterday to show support for ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas and rebellion against his replacements. The …