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Specialist Michael O'Mara, center, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly lower in the U.S. as energy companies slide along with the price of crude oil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks drop, led by another fall in the energy sector

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Another bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks Monday. Energy stocks slumped as the price of oil dropped to its lowest in more than four months. Oil has fallen sharply since the end of June on evidence that a global supply glut is building at the same time demand appears to be slowing. The energy sector is down …

Are Canadian rivers the solution to the Northeast’s high energy prices?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec’s rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. Northeasterners, who pay the nation’s highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smart phones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. In review or under construction are five large-scale hydropower proposals that could pump thousands of megawatts into the Northeast …

The changing reality of teen summer jobs

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Each summer for the past 33 years, Norm Ballard has been hiring local teens at his bustling ice cream stand in Concord’s South End. Summer employees at Ballard’s work from April to September, cleaning countertops, taking customer orders and preparing ice cream. As Ballard sees it, though, the most important part of the …

Summer jobs: A career in training in construction

Sunday, August 2, 2015

There was a time when a college degree was seen as an automatic ticket to employment. Now, those entering college are facing a different reality, and they’re looking for ways to set themselves apart from the field. Concord’s …

Summer jobs: Learning the scoop at Ballard’s Ice Cream

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lily Laura, 16, lives down the road from Ballard’s Ice Cream in Concord, so it was a familiar door to knock on when she went looking for her first job. Since April, the soon-to-be Concord High junior has …

Summer jobs: A poolside paycheck

Sunday, August 2, 2015

For decades, lifeguarding has been the quintessential summer job for teens. In recent years, however, the popularity of the position has dwindled; in fact, cities across the country have recorded a severe shortage of summertime lifeguards. Eliza Bunnell, …

Summer jobs: Learning while working at Dimond Hill Farm

Sunday, August 2, 2015

For as long as he can remember, 19-year-old Jean-Philippe Dubois has always seen food as a link to the past. “I’m French-Canadian . . . so we have a lot of family recipes that we cook, and that …

Business notes for Aug. 3, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting July 21 at Gunstock Mountain Resort celebrating the grand opening of a new outdoor restaurant called the Landing Zone. The New Hampshire Coalition of Aging Services received a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide meals to home-bound …

Business people for Aug. 3, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Cheryl Gonzalo, executive director of the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association in Meredith, was recently named president of the Rural Home Care Network. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of New Hampshire and is …

New Hampshire official suggests coastal desalination plant

Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Seacoast official says investing in a regional plant to convert seawater into drinking water could provide a limitless supply of clean water to communities from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts. Portsmouth Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine told the Portsmouth Herald he wants to see a Seacoast coalition formed …

App reviews: Thumbly, a custom keyboard, and Kitchen Stories, for meal planning

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Single-handedly creating a custom keyboard for your phone Are you a one-armed bandit on your phone? To those who still type mostly with one thumb: There’s a keyboard out there for you: Thumbly. This custom keyboard fans the familiar QWERTY layout from the bottom corner of your phone, …

For sale in Bow: Glorious details, wonderful location

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The well-maintained colonial at 13 Buckingham Drive is situated in one of Bow’s most sought-after neighborhoods, Buckingham Estates. Sited on 2.35 acres of professionally landscaped grounds, this property offers a home with attractive curb appeal and views of …

Laconia’s 2015 Motorcycle Week rally loses money

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Laconia’s Motorcycle Week ended with the rally losing money for the first time since 2007. City Manager Scott Myers said staging the event cost almost $150,000 and made just over $146,000. NH1.com reported Laconia typically uses a portion of the profits from the rally to purchase new items …