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NH, Maine, Vermont snowmobile sharing coming up next weekend

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any of the participating states is allowed on trails in all three states. All other host state regulations apply, including speed limits, youth laws and Vermont’s …

Memories fade as Ghana’s colonial architecture swept away

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Elizabeth Biney remembers as a little girl watching monkeys play in her yard and parrots flit above the sloping roof of her colonial house in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. “There were birds all over the place,” Biney, now 58, recalled. “There were so many trees you couldn’t see the sky.” Today her home in the Ridge neighborhood is one of the last century-old …

Protesters call for president’s resignation

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The young men moved furtively among the would-be shoppers queued outside a supermarket, passing out pamphlets calling for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, whose socialist policies they blamed for leaving store shelves barren and Venezuela’s economy in shambles. A lookout signaled that he’s spotted an armed national guardsman approaching, and the group …

FairPoint strike reaches 100-day milestone

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FairPoint Communications and more than 1,700 striking workers reached the 100-day milestone yesterday with workers marking the occasion with events across the region and expressing hope that the two sides will soon reach an agreement. Striking workers said …

Israel gains with emigration of French Jewish entrepreneurs

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With a degree from the prestigious HEC Paris business school, five years at a global consulting firm, and a three-floor “dream apartment” in the French capital’s 10th arrondissement, Mickael Nadjar had a comfortable and prosperous life in his …

Unemployment rate drops to 4 percent

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Three weeks into 2015, the state got some last good news about the end of 2014. New Hampshire’s unemployment rate for December 2014 was 4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the November rate, and 1.2 percentage points lower than the December 2013 rate. More than …

Medical billing can vary widely in same market, study finds

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thanks to recent efforts to make health care prices more transparent, it’s become clear that Americans in some parts of the country pay much more for a doctor’s visit or common procedures than people in other regions. Now a new report from a major health insurance organization shows …

Atomic Scientists: We’re getting even closer to doomsday

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that’s way too gloomy. …

Business notes for Jan. 12, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

603Legal, a new single-member general law practice, opened in Manchester recently. RJ Meurin, the founder and principal attorney, will offer a wide range of legal services including family law, criminal defense and estate planning. The office, located at 444 Willow St., is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 …

New England gets windfall from plummeting heating oil

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The region that relies most heavily on heating oil to stay warm is getting a windfall from the big drop in prices, which have plummeted to the lowest level in six years. Across New England, lower prices mean …

From car lots to city budgets, cheap oil means changes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cheap oil doesn’t only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he’ll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some …

Tax discrimination lawsuit against Concord is dismissed

Sunday, January 18, 2015

For years, Concord and FairPoint have been quietly locked in a legal squabble over whether the company, one of the state’s leading telecommunications firms, should pay taxes for the poles and wires it uses on city land. Now, in a move that could affect hundreds of similar cases …

Downtown: Boston Olympics bid could put passenger rail ‘on a faster track’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boston is a near-straight shot south from Concord, just 70 miles on Interstate 93. Those 70 miles could be the distance between Concord and the epicenter of the Summer Olympics in less than 10 years. Earlier this month, the United States Olympic Committee tapped Boston as its pick …