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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 …

for sale in Hopkinton: Amenity-packed colonial a spacious find

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The stunning colonial at 507 Dolly Road in Hopkinton offers privacy and lots of versatile and attractive living space. Featuring four bedrooms, two additional rooms that could potentially serve as bedrooms, and four bathrooms, the home is both …

Companies tap into large maple potential

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of acres of maple trees in a remote northeastern part of the state, …

Harvard’s Putnam sees Primary as way to shine spotlight on “opportunity gap”

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam wants people to put down his new book and go help community youths. This would be a small, if symbolic, step toward closing the “opportunity gap” that exists between rich kids and poor …

U.S. sets first fracking rules since process fueled gas boom

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Obama administration issued the first federal regulations for fracking since the drilling technique fueled a domestic energy boom, requiring extensive disclosures of the chemicals used on public land. After years of debate and delay, the Bureau of Land Management yesterday said drillers on federal lands must reveal …

Portsmouth makes it to new version of Monopoly

Friday, March 20, 2015

Portsmouth has made it to the big leagues – Seacoast city has been picked as a destination for a new version of the Monopoly board game. Hasbro Inc. let voters choose which cities would appear in two new versions of the game. Portsmouth will appear in a light …

Grogan tapped to head N.H. Small Business Development Center

Friday, March 20, 2015

The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center has tapped Dr. Richard Grogan as its next director. Grogan, who was selected after a national search, begins April 6. He replaces long-time director Mary Collins, who will stay on in an advisory role until May 30. Grogan most recently served …

For sale: Aging coal-fired power plant along Merrimack River valued between $10-$80 million

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A location along the river, a five-decade history in Bow and easy access to the electrical grid are characteristics that make coal-burning Merrimack Station attractive to potential buyers, analysts say. The power plant, owned by Eversource Energy, will …

Winners, losers as rate increase looms

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Interest rates could soon rise in the U.S. for the first time in almost a decade, and that’s shaking up financial markets. Since December 2008, the central bank has held its benchmark rate close to zero to support …

FCC-Obama ties in ‘net neutrality’ questioned

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Congressional Republicans yesterday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its “net neutrality” decision, which has angered the nation’s cable and wireless giants. They said the agency’s inspector general has opened an investigation …

GOP budget repeals ACA, boosts military spending

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

House Republicans launched a boldly conservative 10-year budget plan on Tuesday that would favor the Pentagon, partially privatize Medicare and rely on deep cuts in other social programs to help wipe out deficits at the end of a …