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A nearly empty food court at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord, N.H.. Illustrates MALL (category f) by Matt Townsend (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. Moved Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 (MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg News photo by Matt Townsend).

A mall so empty you can roll a quarter across and not hit anyone

Sunday, November 23, 2014

On a crisp Friday evening in late October, Shannon Rich, 33, is standing in a dying American mall. Three customers wander the aisles in a Sears the size of two football fields. The RadioShack is empty. A woman selling smart phone cases watches Homeland on a laptop. “It’s the quietest mall I’ve ever been to,” said Rich, who works for …

Travel Talk: It’s the perfect time to plan that road trip you’ve dreaming of

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, gas prices are at their lowest in four years. Even better, industry wizards predict that the prices will stay low throughout 2015. At the same time, airfares are so high that Bud and I don’t like to even think about booking flights anywhere. And fares aren’t about to go …

For sale in Concord: The perfect place to come home to

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The elegant brick colonial at 2 Deer Track Lane in Concord is located on a wooded corner lot within the executive neighborhood of Millbrook Farms. Featuring a first-floor master bedroom suite, a lower-level in-law apartment, an additional three …

App review: Wiper, to delete online data

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wiper is trying a novel approach to keep your information safe online: to let you decide when it’s time to delete your own data. Users can share text messages, HD voice calls and YouTube videos with that peace of mind. Hit the delete button on this app, and …

How to teach self-driving cars ethics of the road

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers …

The smoking-hot business of marijuana

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The frenzy in the cavernous Green Valley Ranch Resort ballroom in Henderson, Nev., might have passed for any confab of entrepreneurs pitching their business plans to poker-faced angel investors – until an organizer took the podium for a …

Wages poised to rise as signs emerge of improved U.S. job market

Saturday, November 22, 2014

More than five years into the economic expansion, the signs that economists look for to herald the pickup in pay that has long eluded American workers are starting to emerge. Wages and salaries climbed last quarter by the most since 2008 as a dwindling number of unemployed per …

What is ‘current use’?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The state Department of Revenue Administration’s Current Use Board will hear public input at a forum in Concord tomorrow on slight modifications to the assessment rates proposed for next year. The current use program is designed to encourage conservation of open space in the state, said Current Use …

Mother Nature, millions in snow making allow ski mountains early opening

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Snow blanketed the mountain base earlier than usual at Pats Peak in Henniker, where snow-making machines blasted white powder out in high arches, and Bobcats lurched up and down the slopes. The ski area opens its first top-to-bottom …

South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm’s way

Friday, November 21, 2014

The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart’s sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to …

PSNH president: NH electricity rates on seasonal roller coaster

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Until the Northeast builds out its energy infrastructure, New Hampshire ratepayers will continue to face rising electricity costs, Public Service of New Hampshire President William Quinlan predicts. “The next winter or two, unfortunately . . . we’re going to see high prices in the market,” Quinlan told the …

Northern Pass officials willing to bury more transmission lines, but how much more?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Northern Pass officials are “strongly considering” burying additional portions of their proposed 187-mile electric transmission line that would run through New Hampshire, from Canada to Deerfield. But just how many more miles is anyone’s guess, since the project’s planners aren’t saying. “It’s very clear that we’re going to …