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Acting health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker presents the department's findings on hydraulic fracturing during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. At right is environmental conservation commissioner Joseph Martens. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale gas development since 2008, when …

MOscow: Ruble collapse shakes Russians

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low yesterday despite the Central Bank’s desperate efforts to halt the selling. Putin’s popularity has been based on oil-driven economic growth that has helped increase incomes during his 15-year rule. …

PSNH plans to raise rates by 7 percent

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Public Service of New Hampshire plans to raise electric rates by 7 percent this winter, a moderate increase compared with hikes as high as 40 percent or more from other utilities. In a request filed with the Public Utilities Commission yesterday, PSNH proposes to increase its energy charge to 10.56 cents per kilowatt-hour from the current rate of 9.87 cents. If approved by …

For Sale in Contoocook: An elegant Victorian with must-have amenities

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The home located at 186 Cedar St. in Contoocook Village, Hopkinton, is an elegant Queen Anne Victorian that has been updated to include all the must-have modern amenities. Perfect for buyers searching for charm, character and plenty of …

Job gains put US on pace for best growth since ‘99

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999. The gain of a robust 321,000 jobs – the most in nearly three years – …

Canterbury distiller hopes to jump into surging market

Friday, December 5, 2014

Greg Meeh wished he had a fruit brandy sample to offer his guest. He’s inside his Canterbury barn amid giant stainless steel pieces of distilling equipment, still wrapped in shipping plastic from their recent trip from Austria. By …

Concord Ski and Skate Sale on tap

Friday, December 5, 2014

To say Concord’s annual ski and skate sale is a labor of love for Bill Mitchell is an understatement. For 31 years, he has led the charge to offer rack after rack of downhill skis, nordic skis, boots, …

Business notes for Nov. 23, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The partnership between New Hampshire state parks, the Student Conservation Association and Public Service of New Hampshire recently was recognized by Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council, who issued a proclamation in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program that established the SCA NH Corps …

As workers strike, frustrations with FairPoint mount in Epsom amid weeklong outage

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A week after a tree split over a four-way intersection in southern Epsom, taking down a heap of critical utility wires with it, potentially more than 100 FairPoint Communications customers are frustrated to be still without their phone …

Takata: Evidence doesn’t support national air bag recall

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn’t supported by evidence, and the government doesn’t have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall. The …

Towns holding holiday-themed events

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday shopping season unofficially kicked off Thanksgiving weekend, but starting this weekend, townwide events are being held to encourage people to shop, visit and celebrate in their communities. The 11th “Starry, Starry Weekend,” Hopkinton and Contoocook’s holiday tradition, begins tonight. For the first time, the weekend of shopping, …

Hundreds of N.H. FairPoint customers have complained to state regulators about service since strike

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Hampshire regulators received almost five times as many complaints regarding FairPoint Communications’s service the month after technicians for the company went on strike. The state Public Utilities Commission received 164 complaints in October and 217 in November, up from 36 in September. The highest number of complaints …

Time for a real tree

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Now that the holiday season is upon us again, it’s time to string up the lights, hang up the wreaths and, most importantly, pick out that tree! Some people will choose to pick up a small centerpiece tree …