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Game changer: Comcast tries to forge alliance with rival

NEW YORK (AP) – If you can’t beat them, join them. Comcast is trying to refigure the traditional cable bundle, adding services like Netflix to its subscription packages and offering internet-only TV streaming. Comcast, the world’s largest cable company, and other cable operators are ...

Major U.S. stock indexes close mixed

NEW YORK (AP) – A late round of buying erased early losses on Wall Street, leaving major indexes mixed at the close of trading. Stocks got off to a weak start as investors worried that growing costs for raw materials along with rising interest rates would hold back profit growth for U.S. ...

Strong travel demand lifts Boeing in first quarter

DALLAS (AP) – The desire by people to see the world is giving Boeing a huge lift, and executives at the aircraft maker say travel is a long-term growth industry. After all, they reason, only about one in five people has ever flown on a plane, so there is plenty of upside to keep building ...

It’s easier to fool some than to convince them they’ve been fooled

Although no one really knows where this saying came from, I have managed to fool myself into thinking it was Mark Twain. So, on my emails, this quote sits proudly in the signature area with the attribution (light): “attributed to Mark Twain.” Talk about equivocating! Regardless, it’s one ...

MPAA head says theaters will survive rise of streaming sites

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Two film industry leaders told theater owners Tuesday that are optimistic about the movie and theatrical exhibition business despite concerns about declining attendance and competition from streaming services. New MPAA chief Charles Rivkin and John Fithian, the president and ...

FDA warns retailers not to sell Juul e-cigarette to kids

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online ...

Tech stocks take sharp losses

NEW YORK (AP) – After a strong start, U.S. stocks abruptly sold off Tuesday after machinery maker Caterpillar said it doesn’t expect to top its first-quarter profit for the rest of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 619 points as investors feared that rising oil ...

Ex-Yahoo paying $35M to settle SEC charges

WASHINGTON (AP) – The company formerly known as Yahoo is paying a $35 million fine to resolve federal regulators’ charges that the online pioneer deceived investors by failing to disclose one of the biggest data breaches in internet history. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced ...

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 ...