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Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at Kmart, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. Millions of customers are expected to shop on Thanksgiving Day as many retailers remain open on a day traditionally reserved for spending time with family. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Ill., the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis. In New York City, there were 500 people in line by the time a Target store …

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided yesterday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is losing the power …

Ski industry excited by snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ski areas across northern New England were giddy yesterday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the resort has …

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 …

Mother Nature, millions in snow making allow ski mountains early opening

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Snow blanketed the mountain base earlier than usual at Pats Peak in Henniker, where snow-making machines blasted white powder out in high arches, and Bobcats lurched up and down the slopes. The ski area opens its first top-to-bottom …

South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm’s way

Friday, November 21, 2014

The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart’s sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to …

PSNH president: NH electricity rates on seasonal roller coaster

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Until the Northeast builds out its energy infrastructure, New Hampshire ratepayers will continue to face rising electricity costs, Public Service of New Hampshire President William Quinlan predicts. “The next winter or two, unfortunately . . . we’re going to see high prices in the market,” Quinlan told the …

Northern Pass officials willing to bury more transmission lines, but how much more?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Northern Pass officials are “strongly considering” burying additional portions of their proposed 187-mile electric transmission line that would run through New Hampshire, from Canada to Deerfield. But just how many more miles is anyone’s guess, since the project’s planners aren’t saying. “It’s very clear that we’re going to …

N.H. Congressional delegates’ Keystone XL votes fall along party lines

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A move to advance the development of the Keystone XL pipeline failed to make it past the U.S. Senate last night. The House of Representatives voted 252-161 to pass the bill Friday, but the bill failed in a …

No on Keystone pipeline — but GOP vows replay

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation last night to force completion of the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in …