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FILE - In this May 23, 2014 file photo, grocery and dairy assistant Reyna DeLoge stocks dairy products that only use milk from pasture-raised cows, at Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, in Denver. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Milk industry fights back against ‘anti-dairy folks’

Monday, January 26, 2015

The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and other …

5 ways unmanned drones could affect the American food supply

Monday, January 26, 2015

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial …

Chapter 11 clips SkyMall mag’s wings

Monday, January 26, 2015

Farewell, frivolous in-flight shopping. SkyMall, the wacky airline catalog that has long filled the seat pockets of so many commercial airplanes, could finally be folding its pages. Xhibit Corp., SkyMall’s parent company, announced Friday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the quarterly magazine’s inability to keep up with evolving airline rules. “With the increased use of electronic devices on planes, …

Funding boom shows power of tech startups, raises concerns

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven’t been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Software and biotechnology companies were the leading …

How the U.S. dollar stacks up against major world currencies

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The U.S. dollar has been rolling. Since June 30, its value has jumped 16 percent against a collection of world currencies. Investors are embracing the dollar because the U.S. economy is strong, especially compared with most other nations. U.S. economic growth clocked in at a 5 percent annual …

As Concord Feminist Health Center marks anniversary, staff gives face to its services

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The words are small, written on a little heart made out of pink construction paper, hanging on the wall in the patient waiting room in Concord’s abortion clinic. “Everything will be okay.” The letters are firm, as though …

For sale in bow: Contemporary saltbox home in Buckingham Estates

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The beautiful, well-maintained, contemporary saltbox home at 7 Buckingham Drive in Bow is situated on a very private lot in desirable Buckingham Estates. Set back from the road, it offers picturesque views of the wooded surroundings and provides …

What happened to the Swiss franc?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

One of the world’s safest investments – the Swiss franc – has swung wildly this week after the central bank in Switzerland announced it would scrap its policy of limiting the rise of the currency. It may seem like an arcane move, but it’s not. The Swiss National …

Food and oil crisis deepens

Saturday, January 17, 2015

When Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro returns from an urgent fundraising trip that has taken him to seven nations, he’ll find his oil-dependent economy teetering on the edge and desperate countrymen searching empty store shelves for basic goods. In …

State and PSNH will try to reach agreement on scrubber costs

Friday, January 16, 2015

State regulators have agreed to put a legal dispute with a major utility on hold so that lawmakers, state officials and Public Service of New Hampshire can work out a settlement. The Public Utilities Commission issued a decision yesterday pausing proceedings in the PSNH scrubber case, a years-long …

Oil drop means fewer freebies for Gulf Arabs

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Gulf Arabs are gradually losing perks from free water to cheap fuel as governments hit by the slump in crude prices seek to trim their budgets. Kuwait, Oman and Abu Dhabi reduced subsidies on diesel, natural gas and utilities this month. The plunge on oil markets has added …

Laconia gas stations in price war tip-toe under $2-per-gallon mark

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ricky Patel bought Premium Mart in Laconia six months ago, and has watched the prices drop cent by cent. Now, it’s one of the first gas stations in the state to offer regular unleaded gasoline for less than …

‘Charlie Hebdo’ to print 3 million copies with Muhammad cover

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Charlie Hebdo will print 3 million copies of a special issue of the satirical magazine, depicting the Prophet Muhammad on the cover, a week after an attack at its headquarters left a third of its journalists dead. In …