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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. The White House said 4.7 million workers …

Greece hits new low as bailout to expire, default looms

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss on Tuesday as the bailout program it has relied on for five years was set to expire and eurozone finance chiefs decided not to extend it a new financial lifeline. Denied a last-minute bailout extension, the country was also due to become the first developed nation …

U.S. stocks notch worst day of year as Greek crisis escalates

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fears that Greece’s troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year. Investors fled from stocks in Europe and the U.S. and retreated to the safety of government bonds. Measures of volatility spiked. In many ways, it looked similar to previous …

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 …

N.H. Senate President Chuck Morse calls for review of ‘circumstances surrounding’ Liquor Commission’s $2.5M settlement

Monday, June 8, 2015

Senate President Chuck Morse is asking the Legislature to review the “circumstances surrounding” the state Liquor Commission’s $2.5 million settlement with Law Warehouses Inc. Morse, a Salem Republican, called for the review yesterday, and said he expects hearings to be open to the public and held in July. …

Hassan signs into law shellfish restoration bill

Monday, June 8, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that would allow the Fish and Game Department the closing of clam, oyster and other bivalve area for restoration efforts in the Great Bay. Hassan said Monday the measure will help ensure the sustainability of shellfish restoration projects and …