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Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or cost of emergency room care, a new …

Tech Devices Changing the Game for Restaurants, Diners

Sunday, October 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. Want to call ahead your order and pay by your phone? There’s an app for …

Social Security Q&A: What Defines ‘Disabled’ for Children Getting SSI?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question: What is the definition of disability for children filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children under the SSI program. A child who is under age 18 is considered disabled if he or she: ∎ Has a physical or mental condition (or a combination of conditions) resulting in “marked and severe functional limitations.” …

Owners of Small Businesses Scramble to Keep Top Staffers

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New York — People are quitting their jobs at a faster clip and that’s pushing small business owners to work harder to hold onto top talent. Dance studio owner Andrea Bisconti has experienced the challenge firsthand. When Kellie …

High-Tech Halloween Horror

Sunday, October 5, 2014

To re-create a bloody scene from the 1981 horror flick American Werewolf in London, crews at Universal Studios Hollywood installed computer-controlled strobe lights behind the walls of a dark maze to simulate the flash of bullets. An actor …

Battle Brewing Over iPhones And the Law

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Apple is no stranger to disruption, having upended the music business with iTunes and the mobile industry with the iPhone. But now, some law enforcement officials are warning that the company is threatening to disrupt their efforts to fight crime. With its new iOS 8 software, Apple is …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 5, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunapee Talk Explores Aging Parents’ Needs Sunapee — A free talk about caring for an aging parent is set for Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Sunapee Cove Assisted Living, 1250 Route 11, Georges Mills. Dennis McCullough, a …

Group Aims to Put Politics Into U.S. Food Policy

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Washington — Americans like to talk about food, and they certainly like to eat. But they don’t normally think about food policy when they vote. A group of food advocates is trying to figure out how to change …

Ford Has Rare Truck Troubles

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Americans continued to buy more cars in September. All the major automakers except Ford, which is seeing stiff competition from rival pickup trucks, posted healthy gains in U.S. auto sales last month. The industry sold 1.25 million vehicles in September, a 9.4 percent increase from a year earlier, …

At a Glance: 2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Transmission: Eight-speed automatic. Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Gas mileage per gallon: 25 city, 37 highway. Best feature: Happy functionality. Worst feature: A bit more rear space would be appreciated. — Bloomberg News …

Working Through the Options for Smartphone Warranty

Sunday, October 5, 2014

When it comes to insurance products, extended warranties are the black sheep of the family, regularly derided by consumer advocates as being too expensive for the protection they provide. Still, there’s an allure, especially for the risk-averse consumer and especially for the gorgeous new smartphones: the iPhone 6, …

Fair Chance for a Job

Sunday, October 5, 2014

West Lebanon — You want a job? It has been a long time since such a question has been unhesitatingly asked by employers. But job seekers are increasingly hearing it these days as the economic recovery gains momentum …

Sandler, Netflix May Doom Theaters

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Not coming first to a theater near you: four new movies starring comedian Adam Sandler and a sequel to the action blockbuster Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Instead, Netflix said this week it would make the Sandler movies itself and release all of the films to its online subscribers …