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FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A Republican majority would usher in major changes in committee leadership, with political opposites replacing the current Democratic chairmen and setting a markedly different agenda from the past eight years of Democratic control. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Obama’s national security policies. McCain would be on tap to serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee if the GOP wrests majority control from the Democrats in next month’s midterm elections. The …

FairPoint accuses striking workers of intimidation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FairPoint Communications is accusing striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said automated phone-jamming attempted to disrupt call centers. The company said yesterday that it’s sent a letter to the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, asking them to stop any members from engaging in activities aimed at disruption or intimidation. The two unions called the allegations “spurious …

Not so fast cordcutters — cable’s not going anywhere

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected …

More efficient cars are putting a Hummer-sized dent in gas consumption

Friday, October 10, 2014

Since 2007, new cars sold in America have grown steadily more fuel efficient, a quiet but considerable environmental success. As of September of this year, new light-duty vehicles purchased in the U.S. averaged about 25.3 miles per gallon, up from 20.1 mpg in October 2007. Recent gains in …

A look at area gas prices

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A look at gas prices in the area from the past few days. …

Merrimack County Savings Bank system transfer leads to declined cards for 1,500 customers

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

About 10 percent of Merrimack County Savings Bank customers could not use their debit cards earlier this week after the bank switched its core computer processing system over the weekend. All but about 600 of those customers should have normal service by now, with all customers scheduled to …

Banks carry the risk, pay the bill in retail data breaches

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The debit cards affected by a Merrimack County Savings Bank system transfer were issued recently as replacements after a retail security breach. The headache of 1,500 customers with debit card problems is just one more cost of the rising tide of cybersecurity breaches. Banks are also responsible for …

You have a phone. Do you need HTC’s video camera?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Everywhere you look, people are using smartphones and tablets to snap pictures and film concerts, speeches – their kids’ ballet recitals – and instantly share the experiences with friends and family. At many events people aren’t even looking …

LED there be light: 3 share Nobel for blue diode

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

An invention that promises to revolutionize the way the world lights its homes and offices – and already helps create the glowing screens of mobile phones, computers and TVs – earned a Nobel Prize yesterday for two Japanese …

Spring frosts lead to USDA disaster declaration for New Hampshire crops

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Frost, freeze and wild temperature changes during the 2014 growing season damaged some New Hampshire crops. As a result, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated nine of the state’s 10 counties as “primary natural disaster” areas. The designation means farmers in eligible areas have eight months to …

A year later, Liberty Utilities assesses storm damage to historic Concord gasholder

Monday, October 6, 2014

The company that owns the historic Concord gasholder has finally begun to assess storm damage sustained more than a year ago at the 19th century building. Built in 1888 by the Concord Gas Light Co., the gasholder has …

Global Impact: Boyle Energy technology used at power plants, refineries around the world

Monday, October 6, 2014

In 2003, Mike Boyle was dissatisfied with his company’s performance. So he changed direction, developed a brand-new technology and in 2012, debuted it in one of the largest fuel refining projects in the world. Boyle’s new technology – …

Business people for Oct. 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lauren Simon Irwin, partner at Upton & Hatfield, recently contributed to the treatise Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace: A Practical Guide, published by Bloomberg BNA. The book addresses workplace law and human resource practice relating …