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Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at Kmart, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. Millions of customers are expected to shop on Thanksgiving Day as many retailers remain open on a day traditionally reserved for spending time with family. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Ill., the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis. In New York City, there were 500 people in line by the time a Target store …

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided yesterday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is losing the power …

Ski industry excited by snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ski areas across northern New England were giddy yesterday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the resort has …

Survey: N.H. retailers expect boost in holiday sales

Monday, November 24, 2014

A survey shows New Hampshire retailers are expecting holiday sales to be up 4.3 percent, slightly higher than the national expectation. The survey by the New Hampshire Retail Association says 77 percent of retailers are anticipating their 2014 holiday sales will be the same or better than last …

Quirky brewers set to open ‘eclectic’ nanobrewery in Concord

Monday, November 24, 2014

To get a feel for what the Area 23 nanobrewery coming to Concord will be like, you needn’t look further than its name. If you ask Kevin Bloom, one of the co-owners, why it’s Area 23, he gives …

TDS to offer 1 GB internet to some towns

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TDS is rolling out high-speed internet to a handful of New Hampshire towns, including several in the Concord area. The company says 1 GB internet is now available in Hopkinton. In the first quarter of 2015, Hillsboro, Deering, Chichester and Henniker will gain access. The 1 GB service …

Thanksgiving travel up to highest level since 2007

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More than 2 million New Englanders plan to travel this Thanksgiving – up 4 percent from last year – and they’ll be greeted at the pump by the lowest Thanksgiving holiday gas prices since 2007. AAA’s newly released holiday travel data predicts that more than 46 million Americans …

Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across U.S.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters – people who demand locally produced food, but don’t know the first thing about bagging a deer. Books …

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 …

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 …

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 …