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Sears’ biggest shareholder offers to buy Kenmore brand

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears’ biggest shareholder has suggested the company sell its well-known Kenmore brand and some real estate holdings, offering itself as a potential buyer. The ailing company has sold off other major brands as it struggles to stay afloat, with Kenmore a notable remainder of ...

U.S. stocks wobble

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. stocks couldn’t hang on to an early gain and finished mostly lower Monday as technology companies slipped. Bond prices continue to fall and the yield on the 10-year Treasury note drew closer to 3 percent, a milestone it hasn’t reached since January 2014. Investors ...

Feds widen safety probes of Ford, VW and Nissan vehicles

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government’s highway safety agency is expanding three investigations for brake and air bag troubles that could affect more than 2.3 million vehicles from Ford, Volkswagen and Nissan. The expansions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were announced ...

Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

PHOENIX (AP) – U.S. health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in several states. The U.S. Centers for Disease ...

Girl Scouts announces partnerships for New Programs on Demand

BEDFORD – Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (GSGWM) announces new partnerships with businesses that serve New Hampshire the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and Holbrook Travel, to help provide unique programming for the girls they serve. Through the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery ...

Bank of New Hampshire offers assistance to homebuyers through program

LACONIA – Bank of New Hampshire has been selected to participate in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Equity Builder Program, which assists local homebuyers with down-payments and closing costs as well as homebuyer counseling and rehabilitation assistance. The $3.1 million program ...

St. Mary’s Bank offers down payment aid to make homeownership a reality

MANCHESTER – St. Mary’s Bank knows that the down payment hurdle can be difficult to get over, especially for first-time homebuyers. Down payment assistance funds lower that hurdle and help make homeownership attainable. Eligible buyers can get up to $11,000 to purchase homes they will ...

Forbes names Gary W. Pelletier among America’s top financial advisors

NASHUA – Gary W. Pelletier, an independent financial advisor at Northeast Planning Associates in Nashua, NH, was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the 2018 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors. According to Forbes, advisors selected for the inaugural list were assessed on a variety of ...

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union pays for members’ heating costs

LOWELL, Mass. – As a continuation of its Small Acts That Give Back initiative, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union recently held a campaign that earned four lucky members assistance with paying their heating costs incurred during this past winter. The Small Acts That Give Back – Pay Your Heating ...

St. Mary’s Bank Recognized as Top Housing Lender for seventh year

MANCHESTER – New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority recently named St. Mary’s Bank, the nation’s first credit union, a Top 10 Lender for the seventh straight year. “New Hampshire Housing shares our passion for making first-time homeownership attainable and affordable in a challenging ...

City Moose Cafe opens downtown

NASHUA- When Stacy Lamountain was a child, she used to spend summers at her grandfather’s camp in Pittsburg, New Hampshire. The home of Moose Alley, this is one of the best places to spot moose in the country. “Going moosing” with her grandfather and role model, longtime Nashua business ...

U.S. stocks modestly higher

U.S. stocks were holding on to modest gains in choppy trading Wednesday as investors sized up the latest batch of company earnings. Energy stocks were among the big gainers as crude oil prices surged. Solid gains in industrial stocks outweighed losses among food and beverage companies and ...

Liquidation firms win bid for The Bon-Ton Stores

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Bon-Ton Stores, which operates 260 department stores in the U.S., is expected to go out of businesses after two liquidation firms became the highest bidders at an auction for the bankrupt company’s assets Tuesday. A bankruptcy court hearing was scheduled Wednesday to ...

U.S. stocks add to gains

U.S. stocks moved solidly higher in late-afternoon trading Tuesday, placing the market on course to finish with a gain for the second straight day. Technology stocks, retailers and other consumer-focused companies accounted for much of the broad rally. Some banks declined as bond yields fell. ...

Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias training

NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 workers. The ...

Amid trade rift, China to allow full foreign auto ownership

BEIJING (AP) – Facing the risk of a trade fight with the United States, China announced plans Tuesday to allow full foreign ownership of automakers in five years. The change would scrap rules that require global automakers to work through state-owned partners – an arrangement that forces ...

Pizza al fresco: Domino’s will deliver to beaches, parks

NEW YORK (AP) – Domino’s, which has been bringing pizzas to doorsteps for more than half a century, will now deliver to the great outdoors. The pizza chain said Monday that its drivers can meet customers at U.S. beaches, parks and landmarks to hand over pizza, cheesy bread and other food on ...

Starbucks to train workers on ‘unconscious bias,’ CEO says

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested when employees said they were trespassing. Johnson, who has called the ...