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Rymes Propane buys Fred Fuller Oil Company, starts deliveries immediately

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

There were times, even yesterday just hours before a judge signed the paperwork, when John Rymes doubted his offer to buy beleaguered Fred Fuller Oil Co. would become reality. “It’s been a roller coaster. Who needs Six Flags?” he said yesterday after the deal was finalized. Rymes, vice president and co-owner of what is now one of the largest fuel companies in the state, was standing in the Sheehan, Phinney, …

Can OPEC members unite to raise oil prices?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day. The 12-member group’s purpose is to coordinate how much oil is produced in order to keep prices high and stable and maximize member countries’ revenue while making sure global demand for oil stays …

Thanksgiving Day deals likely to trump Black Friday discounts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year. An analysis of sales data and store circulars by two research firms contradicts conventional wisdom that Black Friday is when shoppers can get the most and biggest sales of the year. Turns out, shoppers will find more discounted items in stores that are …

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 …

How to teach self-driving cars ethics of the road

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers …

The smoking-hot business of marijuana

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The frenzy in the cavernous Green Valley Ranch Resort ballroom in Henderson, Nev., might have passed for any confab of entrepreneurs pitching their business plans to poker-faced angel investors – until an organizer took the podium for a …

Wages poised to rise as signs emerge of improved U.S. job market

Saturday, November 22, 2014

More than five years into the economic expansion, the signs that economists look for to herald the pickup in pay that has long eluded American workers are starting to emerge. Wages and salaries climbed last quarter by the most since 2008 as a dwindling number of unemployed per …

What is ‘current use’?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The state Department of Revenue Administration’s Current Use Board will hear public input at a forum in Concord tomorrow on slight modifications to the assessment rates proposed for next year. The current use program is designed to encourage conservation of open space in the state, said Current Use …