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Some TurboTax customers had refunds stolen after they filed

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Michelle Quinn filed her tax return in January and got the good news that she was due a refund of about $8,000. But days after the refund was supposed to arrive, the 33-year-old mother of three still didn’t see the cash in her bank account. When Quinn logged onto TurboTax, she learned that her refund had in fact been deposited – into someone else’s bank. Quinn is the victim of …

Don’t lose the boots: New England steels for epic mud season

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New England’s own Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote, “Life is made up of marble and mud.” In the region’s northern reaches, life will soon be made up of mud, mud and more mud. Mud season is a rite of spring in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, when the snow and frozen ground melt, dirt …

Americans cling to claims for seized property

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through faded photos that fill boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on a Cuban beach. Men in suits and women in evening gowns at a Havana nightclub. And in almost every frame, an American man with a …

Forum to focus on climate impacts on maple industry

Monday, March 23, 2015

The state’s maple producers and maple experts will talk this week about climate change and its effects on one of New Hampshire’s iconic industries. The event, “Climate Change not so Sweet for Maple Syrup,” will focus on climate impacts on the state’s forests and maple trees. The forum …

Liberty Utilities announces effort to cut bills significantly

Monday, March 23, 2015

Liberty Utilities predicts its average customers will see their monthly electric bills drop by $47.25 this spring, signaling an end to a winter period when electricity rates across the state spiked by as much as 100 percent in some cases. The utility announced yesterday that it filed a …

U.S., Canadian officials cite regional energy collaboration

Monday, March 23, 2015

There is an abundance of clean electricity in eastern Canada waiting to be sent to the energy-hungry states of New England, officials said yesterday at an international energy conference at the University of Vermont. A number of projects are under way to help move that power south, but …

Downtown: A new flavor on Main Street

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Alex Moody tried to quit smoking with patches and gum and even hypnotism, but nothing stuck. For Angelina Lynn, smoking was social. She hated the tobacco smell, but loved the group that gathered around it. Ryan Smith quit …

Business people for March 23, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jim Miller of Center Harbor recently joined RE/MAX Bayside in Laconia. He formerly worked for Nash Realty. Kristine Blackwelder of Tilton recently joined the New Hampshire Dental Society as an oral health consultant. She graduated from the University …

Business notes for March 23, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

N.H. Federal Credit Union’s annual meeting and member appreciation night will be Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott on Constitution Drive in Concord. All members are invited to attend to review operations and elect three members to the board of directors. Info: 224-7731 or nhfcu.org. …

Real estate trust may sell off N.H. ski areas

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A real estate investment trust with holdings including several iconic New England ski areas is selling its assets. CNL Lifestyle Properties, a major player in the winter recreation industry, is evaluating its strategic options for 16 ski resorts, …

Tom’s of Maine getting ready to launch more products

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Tom’s of Maine is known for its personal care products like all-natural toothpaste, mouthwash and deodorant. Now it’s launching its first category expansion in 15 years. Beginning this spring, Tom’s of Maine will officially launch more than 15 new items including its first baby products, along with lip …

Wages haven’t been this crucial to U.S. economy in half century

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When it comes to U.S. economic growth, wages may never have been this important. The link between earnings and consumer spending has been tighter in this expansion than in any other since records began in the 1960s, according to calculations by Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist at RBC …

Starbucks baristas stop writing “Race Together” on cups

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Starbucks baristas will no longer write “Race Together” on customers’ cups starting yesterday, ending as planned a visible component of the company’s diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took …