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Specialist Michael O'Mara, center, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly lower in the U.S. as energy companies slide along with the price of crude oil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks drop, led by another fall in the energy sector

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Another bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks Monday. Energy stocks slumped as the price of oil dropped to its lowest in more than four months. Oil has fallen sharply since the end of June on evidence that a global supply glut is building at the same time demand appears to be slowing. The energy sector is down …

Are Canadian rivers the solution to the Northeast’s high energy prices?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec’s rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. Northeasterners, who pay the nation’s highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smart phones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. In review or under construction are five large-scale hydropower proposals that could pump thousands of megawatts into the Northeast …

The changing reality of teen summer jobs

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Each summer for the past 33 years, Norm Ballard has been hiring local teens at his bustling ice cream stand in Concord’s South End. Summer employees at Ballard’s work from April to September, cleaning countertops, taking customer orders and preparing ice cream. As Ballard sees it, though, the most important part of the …

Snapchat drives trend toward vertical videos

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Whether it’s in a movie theater, on TV or on a computer screen, the videos you watch have almost always been horizontal. The rise of smart phones has quietly rotated that standard 90 degrees, with people – particularly …

Maine’s smelts rebounded in 2015, but future still murky

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Maine’s beloved smelts rebounded somewhat in 2015, but state biologists say the little fish is still appearing in lower numbers than in recent years. Ice fishing for smelts is a tradition in Maine, where fishermen pan fry or deep fry the wriggling fish and eat them whole. They …

Business notes for July 27, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

LRGHealthcare has recently installed a new Infant Safety System developed by Certa-Scan Technologies and is the only health care system in the state to offer this innovative technology. The system allows the hospital to capture high-resolution newborn footprints, which can be used for precise identification in situations like …

Scary headlines don’t deter investors

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The U.S. economy is growing at a painfully slow pace. Greece still threatens the euro. Chinese stocks have just pulled out of a frightening free-fall. Big companies in the U.S. are struggling to boost profits. You might think …

For sale in Concord: Stately colonial offers elegance, grace

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The home located at 24 S. Spring St. in Concord is a gorgeous federal colonial that has been updated to include all the must-have modern amenities. Perfect for buyers searching for charm, character and plenty of space, it …

Real estate rebound: In the midst of a healthy housing market

Friday, July 24, 2015

When Andrew and Chelsea Doughty walked into a house on Grove Street in Concord for the first time, they didn’t hesitate. The Northern New England Real Estate Network currently lists more than 200 residential properties for sale in …

Infographic: NH real estate market reaching historic highs

Thursday, July 23, 2015

New Hampshire’s real estate market is heating up. Figures for June single family home sales show total sales, median price, and days on the market are approaching pre-recession levels. Here are the June figures: Total sales: 1,807, highest …

N.Y. board backs $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fast-food workers in New York state would see a super-sized raise under a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage – the first time a state has singled out a particular industry for such an increase. The …

Civilian guards in Concord call for arming recruiters in wake of Tennessee shooting

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Brian Blackden showed up at the Concord Armed Forces Career Center on Monday morning with a sniper rifle and a solo mission: to protect the unarmed staff inside in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting rampage in …

Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all of those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a …