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Vice President Joe Biden speaks to shipyard workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard hiring 715 workers

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is hiring more than 700 workers to deal with an increase in work as the Navy aims to reduce maintenance delays, particularly on nuclear submarines, officials said. The hiring of 715 workers will boost the shipyard workforce from 4,700 to 5,200 civilian employees, once attrition is factored in, Capt. William Greene, shipyard commander, said yesterday. Recruiting is …

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has …

MOscow: Ruble collapse shakes Russians

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low yesterday despite the Central Bank’s desperate efforts to halt the selling. Putin’s popularity has been based on oil-driven economic growth that has helped increase incomes during his 15-year rule. …

4 ways to hold onto your cash when renting a car

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Heading home for the holidays can come with a hefty price tag. Although gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in years, if you’re renting a car, increased demand during the season means you’ll likely encounter higher prices – especially if you haven’t already locked in a rate. …

Wood Energy Council offers free assessments of benefits, costs of switching to pellet, chip heat

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Looking at the heating bill for your office with chagrin, and then gazing longingly out the window at all the perfectly combustible lumber around? The New Hampshire Wood Energy Council recently received a federal grant to help businesses, communities and institutions such as hospitals and schools learn about …

U.S. egg market to be disrupted as cages made roomier

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Eggs are about to get more expensive as California moves to make sure hen houses are roomy enough to allow the birds to lie down, stand up, extend their wings and move around. Farmers nationwide who want to continue selling to the most populous U.S. state are moving …

Economist: Housing market flouting historical expectations with delayed recovery

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It’s almost time for Dennis Delay to retire a slide he has been bringing with him to illustrate part of his speeches about the economy for several years. A bunch of jagged lines on a chart crashing down …

Widespread FairPoint outage reported in New Hampshire, Vermont

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FairPoint Communications said a problem that occurred during routine maintenance led to a loss of high-speed internet service for thousands of customers in Vermont and New Hampshire yesterday. Spokesman Jeff Nevins said the hardware problem knocked out service for all of Vermont and part of New Hampshire yesterday …

More bad news – a little bit of good – for N.H. in report examining jobs lost to China

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The country’s trade deficit with China is costing American jobs, and New Hampshire is one of the nation’s big losers, according to a new report by the liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute. While many states lost far more jobs to China than New Hampshire, the number of jobs lost …

Most college students have no idea how much they’re paying to go to school

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A majority of first-year undergraduates can’t correctly estimate how much student loan debt they’re taking on. More surprising, among college freshmen who have taken out federal student loans, 28 percent don’t think they have any federal debt, and 14 percent don’t think they have any debt at all. …

Spanish news to vanish from Google News globally

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In a decision that will reverberate around the globe, Google announced yesterday it will close Google News in Spain and block reports from Spanish publishers from more than 70 Google News international editions due to a new Spanish …

Utility leaders: We need natural gas pipeline to contain electricity prices

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The leaders of three of New Hampshire’s four electric companies spoke with one voice yesterday at a seminar on the state’s energy future. New England is on the wrong side of a bottleneck of natural gas supply, driving up prices this year and for the foreseeable future, they …

Tech summit addresses industry’s lack of diversity

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 …