Business

NH sets pace for ‘clean’ jobs

Over the past several years, New Hampshire has added a higher percentage of green jobs than every other state in New England, according to a report by the Brookings Institution. Released this week, the report by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank looked at green job growth by state from ...

The more things change

Roger Clemens may have dodged a bullet without the help of steroids. Prosecutors pulled a Bill Buckner – which may end the entire affair on whether or not he lied to Congress. Frankly, I don’t care. He’s an idiot whose fastball registers higher than his IQ. For ...

NH small businesses to get $13m

Small businesses in the Granite State will receive $13 million from the State Small Business Credit Initiative, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced. SSBCI, a program through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Small Business Jobs Act, will bring $13 million in federal funds to New Hampshire ...

E-mails reveal Wachovia’s efforts to shape bailout bill

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Soon after the Treasury Department proposed buying up distressed mortgage assets in September 2008, a Wachovia lobbyist was working to make sure the Charlotte bank’s troubled loans would be included, an email obtained by McClatchy Newspapers shows. In a ...

Jobless benefits requests sink

WASHINGTON – New applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in three months, suggesting fewer layoffs in early July than usual, according to government data. Initial claims for state benefits dropped 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 405,000 in the week ...

Backlash over Netflix price bump

SAN JOSE, Calif. – In the space of a day, Netflix Inc. seems to have transformed itself from one of the best-loved companies to one of the most hated – at least among thousands of its customers. After the Los Gatos, Calif.-based DVD and streaming video company announced ...

Pawnbroker enjoys role as ‘poor man’s bank’

PHILADELPHIA – Outfitted in two-tone spectator shoes, a bow tie, pleated pants, and a white dress shirt as perfectly pressed as his mustache was groomed, Stanton Myerson, a jeweler’s loupe dangling from a chain around his neck, seemed conspicuously out of place as ...

Still-optimistic Fed open to stimulus

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke sought to reassure lawmakers and the nation that the central bank stood ready to spring into action if the economy stumbled further as the deadline looms on the nation’s debt limit, Europe’s financial problems ...

Long-elusive definition established for term

CHICAGO – Everywhere you turn, “green jobs” are touted for their ability to pull the nation out of its economic slump. But what exactly is a green job? Is the U.S. creating any? Do they pay? For the first time since the term was coined, someone has answers. A ...

Murdoch drops bid for BSkyB in hacking fallout

LONDON – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s latest effort at damage control, abruptly shelving his bid to take over Britain’s biggest satellite broadcaster, shows no sign of turning back the rising tide of public anger against him and his giant News Corp. The decision ...

Expedited screening to be tested at 4 airports

FORT WORTH, Texas – Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole said Thursday that the government is poised to conduct a pilot program that will allow some travelers to proceed through expedited screening. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines will be testing the ...

Spirit stands by ‘ultra low fares’

MIAMI – Standing before a luggage scale at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Rita Coskey was not happy with Spirit Airlines. As she struggled to lighten her overweight suitcase – and avoid total baggage fees of $63 – the 25-year-old New Yorker ...

Gold hits record high on debt fears

LOS ANGELES – Gold closed at a record high Tuesday, surpassing its previous high set in May, as some investors ran back to the classic haven amid global financial markets’ latest turmoil. The metal also got a boost as the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s last ...

Netflix switches up plans

LOS ANGELES – Netflix Inc. consumers who like to receive both a DVD and watch movies online through the service are about to pay 60 percent more a month in subscription fees. In a reflection of the more challenging economics, the company faces to acquire digital content and ship ...

Rules issued for new insurance exchanges

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration moved Monday to ease some requirements on states to help them set up new insurance exchanges in 2014, a key feature of the healthcare law the president signed last year. These state-based exchanges are intended to make buying a health plan ...

GOP tries to shift rail money to flood relief

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans this week are side-tracking $1.5 billion in high-speed rail funds already awarded to several states. In an adroit maneuver, GOP lawmakers propose shifting the high-speed rail dollars to pay for Midwestern disaster relief. The move would help ...

Obama calls leaders back

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama called congressional leaders to the White House for a third day of talks today after a testy Monday afternoon meeting failed to bridge any of the wide differences separating Democrats and Republicans over taxes, spending and entitlement ...

Jobs hinder debt deal

With retail sales, factory orders and manufacturing metrics indicating we may be exiting the economic soft patch, the second half was off to a promising start. That is until the only metric that matters – jobs – was released. Friday’s Labor Department report was a ...

Salon chain wants its cut

For many businesses across America, the economic recession over the past couple of years has been devastating. For others, though, business has been, well, fantastic, in spite of hard times. At least that’s the reasoning behind international salon chain Fantastic Sams’ ...