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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 ...

U.S. bars China’s telecom giant ZTE from buying U.S. components

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Commerce Department is blocking Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. from importing American components for seven years, accusing the company of misleading U.S. regulators after it settled charges of violating sanctions against North Korea and ...

Facebook CEO didn’t have all the answers for Congress

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often came across as one of the smartest people in the room as he jousted with U.S. lawmakers demanding to know how and why his company peers into the lives of its 2.2 billion users. But while some questions were elementary, others left Zuckerberg ...

Dunkin Donuts set to open new location in Nashua

NASHUA – Nashuans will soon have yet another location to fill all their Coolatta, latte and chocolate glazed needs: another Dunkin Donuts is set to open at 267 Main St. While an official opening date has not been finalized, Prolman Realty announced Friday that the long-vacant gas station at ...

That’s a ‘Lot of Cards’

A field of dreams for collectors of baseball, football, hockey and other varieties of collectible cards awaits as a set of three free monthly Saturday Card Shows, hosted by Lot of Cards in Nashua, returns to the Holiday Inn in Nashua. The events provide card collectors a trio of Saturday ...

Local business owner looks to help fellow veterans

AMHERST – A Bedford-based company launched a unique initiative this week that caters specifically to veterans. Jack Child, of Amherst, said his company – G-FORCE – specializes in pavement maintenance and parking lot striping. In August 2017, he created an opportunity available ...

Mass. seeks path forward after hydro project defeat

CONCORD (AP) – A week after New Hampshire regulators soundly rejected a $1.6 billion hydropower project, Massachusetts officials are demanding to know whether Northern Pass still is a viable option for delivering clean energy to their state by 2020. The project was set to deliver hydropower ...

Amazon a no go in N.H.

CONCORD – New Hampshire didn’t make the cut for Amazon, as the Internet shopping giant passed on Gov. Chris Sununu’s proposal to bring the firm’s new headquarters to Londonderry. “New Hampshire’s groundbreaking proposal to recruit Amazon was the most comprehensive business ...

Work hard; play soft with co-workers

Throughout the year, and particularly during the holiday season, coworkers may be interacting socially off the clock. While employers do not have an obligation to monitor a worker’s off-the-clock activities, what happens between coworkers after hours can affect their employment. If ...

Black Friday bonanza

NASHUA – Black Friday brought out many eager shoppers, including night owls, early birds and those staking out stores the entire day to take advantage of a variety of special holiday sales. People from near and far poured into Pheasant Lane Mall and Merrimack Premium Outlets Friday to see ...

What’s missing from this retirement picture?

You’ve done what you’ve always considered a good job saving for retirement. Following the suggestions of your financial planner, you began paying yourself first, putting away 10 percent of your earnings at a relatively young age, maxing out your employer matches and then some. You have ...

Initial response to discrimination claims is critical

Notwithstanding diligent screening in the application process, sometimes employees are not found to have the same capabilities or work ethic they purported to have during job interviews or their situation changes and their job performance suffers. Many employees when fired for job performance ...

Top Honors: Flatley Challenge winners awarded

NASHUA – The winners of the Flatley Challenge, a business startup competition hosted by the John Flatley Co., owner of Gateway Hills in Nashua, were awarded Wednesday. Paul Holtzer, president of CEO of XenoTherapeutics, and Greg McHale, founder and chief technology officer of Datanomix, each ...

Nashua’s Hynes honored for ‘Employee Excellence’

LOWELL, Mass. – David E. Wallace, president and CEO of Lowell Five Bank, is pleased to announce that Misty Hynes, of Nashua, has been selected to receive the Bank’s December 2016 Employee Excellence Award – Make it Matter. The Make it Matter program recognizes excellence in performance ...

Merrimack County Bank celebrates 150th year

Merrimack County Savings Bank (The Merrimack) has kicked off its 150th anniversary with the presentation of commemorative gifts to four new 2017 babies! The year’s first baby boy and first baby girl born at Concord Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua were each presented with a gift ...

Residents to decide on river walk

WILTON – Creating a pedestrian walk along the Souhegan River behind the Main Street stores has been proposed many times over the years, from the Main Street Association to a high school girl who used it as a science project. While many people have liked the idea, it never happened for reasons ...

Avoid holiday party hangovers

No, this article is not providing suggested ways to alleviate your morning headache from last night's overdrinking. This article is about how to avoid the financial hangover you can have from misbehaving at a holiday gathering. The end of the year can be a time for workers to take pride in ...