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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2012, file photo, Claire E. Rutledge, assistant entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, holds an emerald ash borer at the baseball field at Canfield Park in Prospect, Conn. Forest stewards in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are taking other steps to track and reduce the spread of the beetle, including a ban on moving untreated firewood from state to state. (Laraine Weschler/Republican-American, via AP, File)

Northern New England states fight, track invasive bugs

Friday, July 3, 2015

Ever vigilant, researchers in Northern New England have added more tools to help them track the spread of an invasive beetle that has destroyed millions of ash trees. Dangling this year from tree branches all over New Hampshire and Vermont are horizontal chains of bright-green funnels designed to attract and catch the emerald ash borer. The traps join the now-familiar …

U.S. employers add 223K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.3 pct.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, a seven-year low. But wages failed to budge, and other barometers of the job market paint a mixed picture. The unemployment rate fell from 5.5 percent in May, the Labor Department said Thursday. But the rate …

Obama to expand overtime eligibility for millions of workers

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring employers to pay them overtime. Workers who earn as much as $970 a week would have to be paid overtime even if they’re classified as a manager or professional, according to a plan outlined by the Department of Labor on Tuesday. …

N.H. restaurants feel effects of avian flu outbreak in Midwest

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Following an early spring outbreak of avian influenza in the Midwest that has led to a nationwide egg shortage, local restaurants are beginning to feel the effects. Restaurant owners, like Kosmas Smirnioudis of The Windmill Family Restaurant on Loudon Road in Concord, have seen the price of eggs …

Startup aims to upend diabetes care with matchstick implant

Monday, June 15, 2015

A tiny, matchstick-size pump, which could be implanted for up to a year in diabetics, is showing promise as a replacement for self-administered shots. Intarcia Therapeutics Inc., backed by venture-capital firms including New Enterprise Associates Inc. and Venrock, developed the device. It continuously delivers a diabetes drug known …

Business notes for June 15, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cimo’s South End Deli was recognized as small business of the year at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Awards. Nobis Engineering was recognized as business of the year at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Awards. Concord Area Trust for Community Housing was recognized as …

Maine lobster marketers look to re-brand ‘shedders’ as treat

Sunday, June 14, 2015

When Maine’s lobsters start shedding their shells, restaurant owner Steve Kingston goes to the docks with a message for lobstermen: bring ’em to me. “They definitely have a much saltier, brinier taste,” said Kingston, who runs a Kennebunk …

For sale in Bow: Village offers privacy, independence

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Cottages at White Rock is a spectacular collection of condominiums for active adults aged 55+, located in the heart of scenic Bow. Built in 2002, White Rock was designed as a traditional New England residential village and …

App reviews: RoomScan, LikeThat Garden

Sunday, June 14, 2015

RoomScan As a real estate agent, one of my go-to app recommendations for buyers and sellers alike is RoomScan. It allows you to digitally create a floor plan that is surprisingly accurate, all with little effort. For sellers, that means we can easily create handouts for open houses. …

Apple and Google set their sights on their next battleground: your home

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Visions of the smart home – a house that can set its own thermostat, schedule its own lights and preheat its own ovens – are fast-becoming a reality. The technology is becoming smaller, faster and cheaper, opening new …

UTAH: Court allows contested contact lens price-fixing law

Saturday, June 13, 2015

A federal appeals court cleared the way for a hotly contested Utah law banning price fixing for contact lenses yesterday, a ruling that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry. The decision handed down from the …

Game over: FTC goes after board game campaign gone wrong in first crowdfunding case

Friday, June 12, 2015

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter have helped launch a lot of nerdy gaming success stories. Politically incorrect party game “Cards Against Humanity” was an early success story that went on to form a sort of mini-empire. Cooperative survival game series “Zombicide” is now fulfilling orders to supporters of its …

Feds: Most of New England lagged US economic growth in ‘14

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Massachusetts economy, which represents nearly half of New England’s economy, grew at a faster rate last year than the U.S. economy. It was joined only by New Hampshire, while economic growth in the rest of New England fell below national gains, according to statistics released yesterday by …