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Giselle Basurto, of Mexico, shops at Kmart, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in New York. Millions of customers are expected to shop on Thanksgiving Day as many retailers remain open on a day traditionally reserved for spending time with family. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Ill., the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis. In New York City, there were 500 people in line by the time a Target store …

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided yesterday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is losing the power …

Ski industry excited by snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ski areas across northern New England were giddy yesterday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the resort has …

The perks and quirks of large resorts

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Large resorts are a significant draw for many travelers. All-in-one activity options, happy hour offerings within easy walking distance and included fitness classes make an attractive package when it comes to planning a low-stress getaway. There are perks and quirks with this type of vacation plan, however, and …

Fishermen, NOAA at odds over cod reductions

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Hampshire’s small commercial fishing fleet is reeling as a result of federal regulations aimed at helping cod stock in the Gulf of Maine rebound. The regulations, rolled out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week, close fertile cod fishing areas and limit the commercial haul …

Can low oil prices be good for the environment?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren’t so bad for the environment …

Prices for home heating fuels expected to be lower this year

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Residents preparing to face higher electricity bills this winter may find respite in their home heating bills. Experts are forecasting lower prices for home heating fuels, which they’re attributing to growing production levels and the expectation of more moderate winter weather. “In general, we’re looking at lower prices …

In the new Penacook downtown, city investment spurs private efforts

Friday, November 14, 2014

After more than a year on the job, the men and women in high-visibility jackets are scheduled to pack up and move out of downtown Penacook before the end of the month. They’ve buried wires, reconfigured an old …

Forbes: Maine now next-to-worst state for business

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Forbes magazine’s annual rankings of the best and worst states in which to do business show Maine improving from worst to 49th. The Portland Press Herald said Maine has held the distinction for the past four years, but is now one spot ahead of Mississippi. The magazine places …

Oil and politics: A senator scraps for survival

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped yesterday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress. The White House said President Obama took a …

U.S. stocks close higher as Dow Jones hits record

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stocks wavered between small gains and losses yesterday to close little changed as traders weighed generally strong earnings reports against the falling fortunes of energy companies. Indexes rose from the opening of trading following encouraging quarterly results from …

Business representatives make predictions on upcoming legislative action

Thursday, November 13, 2014

State lawmakers began filing requests for legislation yesterday, outlining in broad strokes their priorities for the 2015-16 session. For businesses, it may be too early to tell what effect the Legislature’s actions could have on the state’s economic environment, but some industry representatives said they have a general …

Exotic dance club in Gilford forced to close over code violations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Disco lights bounced off the two dance poles on stage, and signs advertised buckets of beer for $20. The Lakes Region Cafe and Tavern exotic dance club felt like it was open for business yesterday afternoon. Except it …