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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2012, file photo, Claire E. Rutledge, assistant entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, holds an emerald ash borer at the baseball field at Canfield Park in Prospect, Conn. Forest stewards in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are taking other steps to track and reduce the spread of the beetle, including a ban on moving untreated firewood from state to state. (Laraine Weschler/Republican-American, via AP, File)

Northern New England states fight, track invasive bugs

Friday, July 3, 2015

Ever vigilant, researchers in Northern New England have added more tools to help them track the spread of an invasive beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees. Dangling this year from tree branches all over New Hampshire and Vermont are horizontal chains of bright-green funnels designed to attract and catch the emerald ash borer. The traps join the now-familiar …

U.S. employers add 223K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.3 pct.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. But wages failed to budge, and other barometers of the job market paint a mixed picture. The unemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent in May, the Labor Department said Thursday. But the rate …

Obama to expand overtime eligibility for millions of workers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring employers to pay them overtime. Workers who earn as much as $970 a week would have to be paid overtime even if they’re classified as a manager or professional, according to a plan outlined by the Department of Labor on Tuesday. …

Greece hits new low as bailout to expire, default looms

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss on Tuesday as the bailout program it has relied on for five years was set to expire and eurozone finance chiefs decided not to extend it a new financial lifeline. Denied …

U.S. stocks notch worst day of year as Greek crisis escalates

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fears that Greece’s troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year. Investors fled from stocks in Europe and the U.S. and retreated to the safety …

Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked

Monday, June 29, 2015

Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has …

Flag store owners must decide if Confederate flag is symbol of hate, or historic marker

Monday, June 29, 2015

In a photo discovered online, the white man accused of killing nine African Americans during a Bible study in South Carolina is shown brandishing a gun – and a Confederate flag. The debate over the Confederate flag – …

Downtown: Market Days serves as opening weekend for new Main Street

Sunday, June 28, 2015

When Janet King of Canterbury walked up to one of the new red benches on North Main Street this past weekend, she thought it was part of the nearby furniture sale. “These benches, they were nice,” King said. …

Greece imposes capital controls, banks to remain shut

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Greece’s five-year financial crisis took its most dramatic turn to date Sunday, with the prime minister announcing Greek banks would remain shut indefinitely and restrictions would be imposed on cash withdrawals. The decision came on the recommendation of …

Business notes for June 29, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Concord Hospital Trust received a major gift from the Telemachus and Irene Demoulas Family Foundation as part of a $2 million fundraising effort for the Payson Center for Cancer Care. Sanel Auto Parts made a $75,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire. The …

Business people for June 29, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jason Reimers of Loudon, an attorney and co-owner of BCM Environmental and Land Law in Concord, was elected as chairman of the environmental and land law section of the New Hampshire Bar Association. Thomas Murphy of Concord joined …

Innovative desk makers take a stand against sitting at work

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The hottest trend in office furniture is standing desks because sitting is believed to be unhealthy – “the new smoking.” That’s created yet another wave of products for people who like the idea of standing but aren’t necessarily …

Papa John’s spending $100 million a year to clean up menu

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Papa John’s is spending $100 million a year to eliminate artificial ingredients and other additives from its menu, underscoring the cost of the restaurant industry’s shift to more natural foods. The company removed monosodium glutamate, or MSG, from its ranch dressing last year and pulled trans fats from …