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Improvements help, but traffic still a problem on race weekend in and around Loudon

Friday, July 11, 2014

Road closures, detours and traffic gridlock have been a part of race weekend since the first Winston Cup rolled into town in 1993. The immense popularity of the sport combines with Sunday afternoon Lakes Region traffic to grind some local highways to a halt. “That first race was just a disaster. We were … 0

Facing bedbugs, officials opt to close Camp Spaulding for the summer

Friday, July 11, 2014

This summer marked the first time Camp Spaulding, a co-ed overnight camp in Penacook that’s operated by Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, trained its counselors to spot signs of bedbugs. Call it foreshadowing, maybe, but CFS Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Maria Gagnon is calling it fortunate: The first night of … 1

U.S. is now world’s biggest oil producer

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The United States will remain the world’s biggest oil producer this year after overtaking Saudi Arabia and Russia as extraction of energy from shale rock spurs the nation’s economic recovery, Bank of America Corp. said. U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed … 0

Study: D.C. brimming with hard-to-fill STEM jobs

Sunday, July 6, 2014

With Washington, D.C.’s reputation as a government town, many people outside the region may not think of the area as a hub for STEM jobs – positions requiring science, technology, engineering and math skills. But a study released last week by the Brookings Institution finds a comparatively large … 0

401(k) is the new piggy bank

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Premature withdrawals from retirement accounts have become America’s new piggy bank, cracked open in record amounts during lean times by people like Cindy Cromie, who needed the money to rent a U-Haul and start a new life. Her employer, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, had outsourced Cromie’s … 0

Baggage Check: Resentment of fiance needs further examination

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Q: My fiance and I are moving across the country for his job. I’m not happy, even though it makes sense for him to take this position and will be a great step for his career. How do I get over my resentment, which I know isn’t fair … 0

Survival and defeat in Silicon Valley slum

Saturday, July 5, 2014

She’s a disheveled woman, upper teeth gone, heavy bags slung over her shoulders as she nervously urges on two friends shoving her overloaded shopping cart up a dirt slope. Maria Esther Salazar has been either homeless, in jail … 0

Farm vendor finds avenues beyond farmers market to sell products

Saturday, July 5, 2014

With 40 vendors and a variety of locally made products for sale, the Concord Summer Farmers Market attracts a crowd to Capitol Street every Saturday morning. Customers can seek out their favorite stands week after week, but the system can be a bit more complicated for the farmers … 1

Google starts clearing links from European searches

Friday, July 4, 2014

The “right to be forgotten” just got real. On Wednesday, the BBC, the Daily Mail, the Guardian and other British news outlets received notice from Google that some of their content was being removed from search results on some European versions of the search engine. The purge is … 0

June jobs report shows US recovery is accelerating

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health. Employers added 288,000 jobs in June and helped cut the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008. … 1

Bow’s first family of fireworks carries on without matriarch

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Deb Colby talks like the daughter of a firework fanatic. “As long as you’re not lighting these off at 2 a.m. and bothering your neighbors, you should be fine,” she told a customer inside Champny’s Fireworks in Bow … 0

Anti-fracking win in N.Y. court may deal blow to industry

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled recently, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to file a 6-year-old statewide moratorium. The case, closely watched by the energy industry, may invigorate local … 1