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NH, Maine, Vermont snowmobile sharing coming up next weekend

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any of the participating states is allowed on trails in all three states. All other host state regulations apply, including speed limits, youth laws and Vermont’s …

Memories fade as Ghana’s colonial architecture swept away

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Elizabeth Biney remembers as a little girl watching monkeys play in her yard and parrots flit above the sloping roof of her colonial house in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. “There were birds all over the place,” Biney, now 58, recalled. “There were so many trees you couldn’t see the sky.” Today her home in the Ridge neighborhood is one of the last century-old …

Protesters call for president’s resignation

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The young men moved furtively among the would-be shoppers queued outside a supermarket, passing out pamphlets calling for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, whose socialist policies they blamed for leaving store shelves barren and Venezuela’s economy in shambles. A lookout signaled that he’s spotted an armed national guardsman approaching, and the group …

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 …

Oil could drive down ethanol profits, but industry shielded

Monday, January 12, 2015

Ethanol producers will likely have to endure leaner profits this year because of the collapse of oil prices, but demand for the fuel additive will remain strong. The cheap oil will likely cut into ethanol profits because oil …

Workers in the dark on talks between FairPoint, unions

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FairPoint and its two unions have been meeting for a week but a strict gag order has left more than 1,700 workers in the dark about any possible progress toward ending the strike. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation …

Winter lobsters could bolster fishery during shrimp shutdown

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Fresh-caught Maine lobster might be a little more affordable this winter because the continued shutdown of the state’s shrimp season is keeping some lobstermen at sea deeper into the winter than usual. Many Maine lobstermen use the shrimp …

Don’t know your credit score? You can see it for free

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Good news for those resolving to keep a close eye on their credit history in 2015: There’s no need to pay a dime to do so. It’s never been easier for consumers to get a hold of their credit scores or credit reports for free. Major credit card …

Travel Talk: Some tips so you can hit the road like a pro

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bud and I just finished a 1,500-mile drive south to Florida. It’s our third year being snowbirds, and you’d think we’ve have the routine down pat . . . nary a problem the entire way to Cape Coral. But . . . not! Whether it was overconfidence, or …

Suicide rate linked to economy

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Japan’s slide into recession last year wasn’t just a blow to Abenomics. For some in the G-7 nation with the highest suicide rate, it may pose a question of life and death. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s concerted campaign to spark confidence in a population dulled by two decades …