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Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

Monday, September 1, 2014

Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?” The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use. Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don’t need the in-room safe? You’re likely still paying. … 1

Business notes

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Friends of Carroll County Adult Tutorial Services was chosen as one of 13 nonprofit agencies from the Lakes Region to receive a grant from … 0

Lakes Region Community College gets auto education grant

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lakes Region Community College in Laconia recently received an automotive education grant as part of statewide funding for short-term automotive technician training. The award was … 0

Ray Duckler: ‘A long battle’ for treatment

Sunday, August 31, 2014

To Katherine Drouin and her supporters, none of this makes sense. Forget the drawn-out process of getting lab work and a psychiatric evaluation, tests needed before Drouin could receive treatment for her eating disorder. Forget the lack of … 0

What you don’t know about eating disorders can kill you

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Told that a Plymouth woman had dropped to 60 pounds because of an eating disorder, a licensed clinical mental health counselor in North Conway expressed shock, saying, “Oh my God.” Moments later, Nicholas Hudson-Swogger stated the harsh truth about this sickness, which he believes doesn’t receive enough attention: … 0

New Samsung smart watch won’t need companion phone

Sunday, August 31, 2014

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers. Samsung’s latest version can do more without a smart phone to go with it. LG’s has a … 0

Abercrombie name to shrink from clothing

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Abercrombie & Fitch logo has lost the power it once wielded. Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. fell Thursday after the retailer reported weak sales as more teens shop elsewhere. The company is trying to stock trendier … 0

Capital Beat: With primary closing in, campaigns get nasty

Sunday, August 31, 2014

We knew the race between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown would get nasty. It did so as soon as Brown entered the race and has only worsened in the months since. But that’s not the only race where the mudslinging is in full force. With less than two … 4

Tax forms could pose challenge for HealthCare.gov

Sunday, August 31, 2014

If you got health coverage through President Obama’s law this year, you’ll need a new form from your insurance exchange before you can file your tax return next spring. Some tax professionals are worried that federal and state … 0

Obama seeks allies for fight against extremists

Sunday, August 31, 2014

President Obama’s acknowledgement the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still-unformed international coalition. The president is meeting with his top advisers and consulting members of Congress to prepare … 0

Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade – a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent. Doctors said the … 0

Pakistan protesters march on prime minister’s residence

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hundreds of people were injured as Pakistani police officers battled throngs of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with tear gas, batons and rubber bullets outside the prime minister’s official residence and the adjacent parliament … 0

Texas Sen. Cruz blames White House for shutdown talk

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates who spoke at the Americans for Prosperity conference this weekend – including Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky – were outshined by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, whose raucous, rabble-rousing speech centered on a hawkish foreign policy, … 0