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FILE - This Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, photo, shows a sign in front of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo's latest windfall will be delivered with Alibaba’s record-setting IPO Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, which is expected raise more than $24 billion for the e-commerce company and its early backers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Yahoo cashes in with Alibaba investment

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon. The latest windfall came with Alibaba’s record-setting IPO completed late Thursday, in which the Chinese e-commerce giant raised $25 billion. Alibaba’s shares began trading for the first time yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange. … 0

On race weekend, NHMS general manager Gappens 'does everything'

Friday, September 19, 2014

The white Toyota with “NHMS 1” license plates was getting a lot of looks as it passed through a sea of RVs yesterday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The Sylvania 300 green flag doesn’t drop until Sunday, but the annual campsite scene was already in high gear. “It’s like its … 2

UNH program brings family businesses together to learn from experts, each other

Friday, September 19, 2014

The time to patch the roof is when the sun is shining. And the time to write a buy-sell agreement with your family members and business partners is before someone throws the cranberry sauce at the wall on Thanksgiving. Writing a buy-sell agreement has been one of the most important things the owners of Maine Line Graphics of Deering have done since buying … 0

Burger King’s claim that move won’t save taxes draws skepticism

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Daniel Schwartz, chief executive officer of Burger King Worldwide, said in last month that he doesn’t expect “meaningful tax savings” when the company adopts a new legal address in Canada through the purchase of a doughnut chain there. That may have blunted criticism from U.S. politicians who are … 2

Vermont uses new technology to speed bridge repair

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Last month, construction crews placed a series of hollow tubes over the Wanzer Brook in Fairfield as part of a Vermont Transportation Agency program that uses new technology to cut construction time, save money and reduce the backlog … 0

GM to introduce hands-free driving in Cadillac model in 2016

Sunday, September 7, 2014

General Motors, the largest U.S. automaker, will introduce a Cadillac model in two years that can be driven on the highway without the driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal. The 2017 Cadillac model will feature “Super Cruise” technology that takes control of … 0

Work advice: Thoughts on deflecting, or not firing off, casual insults

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reader 1: My supervisor pulled me into her office and told me that a document I had written for her was “no good.” When I read the version she wanted me to use, I saw that her document actually was the document I sent her with a few … 0

Apple crop won’t match big 2013, but growers optimistic

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Like the red gala apples hanging in the orchard at Gould Hill Farm, this year’s New Hampshire apple crop is sweet, but not too sweet. A frigid winter with major temperature swings will keep this year’s crop from … 0

Market Basket walkout influenced the national jobs report for August

Friday, September 5, 2014

Market Basket workers kept saying the world was watching, as they walked out on their jobs in solidarity with a beloved CEO. If not the world, then at least the monthly federal jobs report. In its monthly report, the Department of Labor noted “food and beverage stores lost … 6

BP’s ‘gross negligence’ caused Gulf oil spill, federal judge rules

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A federal judge in New Orleans yesterday ruled that BP’s “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct” had caused the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and that the company’s “reckless” behavior made it subject to fines of as much as $4,300 a barrel under the … 4

Residents concerned about odor, traffic as a poultry processing plant looks at East Concord land

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Concerns about traffic and odor dominated an hourlong neighborhood forum last night about a poultry processing plant in East Concord. The owners of Fournier Foods, Craig Fournier and Omar Khudari, met with about 50 residents at the East Concord Community Center in advance of a planning board hearing … 0

Warming Gulf of Maine imperils lobster, fish catch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas – and in particular the Gulf of Maine, … 0

Los Angeles mayor proposes minimum wage increase to $13.25

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Los Angeles, the second-most populous U.S. city, would boost its minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, almost twice the current federal minimum, under a proposal by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Garcetti, a 43-year-old Democrat, will ask the city council to lift the prevailing $9 minimum to $10.25 next year, … 1