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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups. Administration officials and advocates say those steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled he'd pursue after immigration efforts in Congress collapsed.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

President Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled … 3

Hopeful for a new owner, local businesses stick to Steeplegate Mall

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Richard Buessing has worked at Steeplegate Mall since it opened in 1990. In carts and kiosks, he has sold everything from slippers to sunglasses. For the last 14 years, he has owned True Confections candy store. Earlier this month, Rouse Properties announced the company had defaulted on its loan for Steeplegate and would … 4

Former CEO Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer said he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching a business class at Stanford in the fall. Microsoft Corp. … 0

Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook’s messenger app

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Facebook’s recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has … 0

One idea on why women, minorities have trouble advancing

Sunday, August 17, 2014

There’s a question that perplexes management researchers who try to figure out why the glass ceiling is so hard to crack, particularly now that there are more minorities and women in the work world. Why is it, they ask, that women and minorities who successfully climb the corporate … 0

Real Estate Monitor: Custom-built colonial on Maple Street in Concord

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The fabulous, custom- built colonial at 9 Maple St. in Concord offers luxurious amenities and an abundance of entertaining space. Featuring three bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms, it was rebuilt in 2002 from the ground up, after a fire … 0

Market Basket workers ignore yet another ultimatum

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Another ultimatum, another deadline come and gone, and Market Basket employees are still protesting the removal of their CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. His replacements had ordered store directors to remove all signs not related to store merchandise – like the ones outside the Storrs Street store that say … 0

Five months after fire, Rustic Crust breaks ground on new site in Pittsfield

Friday, August 15, 2014

With the sun shining, the crowd smiling and the pizza chefs slicing, the scene at 31 Barnstead Road in Pittsfield yesterday was worlds away from the night of March 7. That night, in the cold and the dark, … 1

NHMS offering free NASCAR tickets to Market Basket employees

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is offering free NASCAR tickets to Market Basket employees in the middle of a bitter dispute about company leadership. The speedway announced yesterday it is inviting workers to the Sept. 21 Sylvania 300 with the hopes of boosting morale. A limited number of … 0

2 water companies at odds over Poland Spring label

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A bottled-water company that won the right to draw water from Poland Spring is at loggerheads with the Maine-based Poland Spring brand. Newcomer Maine Springs said it’s required by law to identify its water source, which includes Poland Spring. It’s suing the Poland Spring company, which has told … 0

Gov. Patrick: Market Basket workers should return

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is urging Market Basket employees to go back to work while a deal to sell the chain is hammered out. Patrick told reporters yesterday that he’s spoken to the chairman of the board and with … 4

Retail sales stagnate in July as wage growth remains slow

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The stars were supposed to be aligning for the retail industry. With the more Americans working and a key measure of consumer confidence at its highest level in nearly seven years, many economists predicted that retail sales would rise modestly for the sixth straight month. But yesterday, the … 1

Gas prices

Wednesday, August 13, 2014