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  • The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage...

  • It was numbered 00-000-001— the first Social Security payout. Today, even as its future lies in financial uncertainty, many consider Social Security one of government's biggest successes. "It wasn't that I expected anything, mind you, but I knew I'd been paying for something called Social Security and I wanted to ask the people in Rutland about it," she's quoted as...

  • PC Connection tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:10 PM ET

    MERRIMACK, N.H. _ PC Connection Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $11.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 40 cents per share. PC Connection shares have fallen almost 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Bottomline Technologies posts 2Q loss Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:52 PM ET

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. _ Bottomline Technologies Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $2 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 36 cents per share. Bottomline Technologies shares have decreased almost 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Dartmouth bans hard liquor, takes steps to prevent rape Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:02 AM ET

    HANOVER, N.H.— Dartmouth College banned hard liquor on campus Thursday and said all students will have to take part in a sexual violence prevention program all four years they're enrolled at the Ivy League school. Dartmouth has long tried to move past its hard-partying reputation— especially after the movie "Animal House," the 1978 comedy partly inspired by one of...

  • Air Force probing alleged 'treason' remark by general Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 1:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Air Force is investigating allegations that the No. 2 commander at its prestigious Air Combat Command told lower-ranking officers that talking to members of Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason. James Post has stirred concern in Congress about the Air Force muzzling officers in violation of...

  • Unitil posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    HAMPTON, N.H. _ Unitil Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $9.4 million. The Hampton, New Hampshire- based company said it had profit of 69 cents per share. Unitil shares have climbed 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry, who is openly exploring a second White House run in 2016.. Conservative political...

  • Most major U.S. carriers said they would allow passengers ticketed to, from or through the Northeast on Monday or Tuesday to change their plans without getting hit by a reservation-change fee, typically $200. Home Depot said it's seeing high demand for shovels, salt, snow throwers and other suppliers throughout the mid-Atlantic up through New England.

  • Monster winter storm about to sock Northeast US Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    A resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, November 20, 2014.

    The National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and New England.

  • Proposed insurance enrollment period worries some Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    Northeast Delta Dental offers coverage in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, and officials in all three states are concerned about meeting the ramped up deadlines, said Christine Alibrandi, the company's project leader for health care reform. she said at a recent meeting of New Hampshire's Health Exchange Advisory Board. " Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue...

  • NYC mayor: Storm could be biggest ever to hit city Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 1:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK— A winter that has largely spared the Northeast thus far is about to arrive with gusto: a storm the National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and Boston. New York City, Boston and Connecticut should expect whopping snow totals of up to 2 feet, he said. "Looks like our luck is about to run out," said John...

  • HANOVER, N.H.— Dartmouth College has selected Matthew Slaughter, an economics professor and associate dean for faculty, to be the new dean of its Tuck School of Business. The 45- year-old Slaughter has been at the college since 1994, and he is the founder and faculty director of Tuck's Center for Global Business and Government. He served on the Council of Economic...

  • National Grid proposes transmission line project Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:48 AM ET

    PELHAM, N.H.— National Grid has presented a $520 million transmission line project to officials in Pelham, New Hampshire, saying it would be necessary to meet long-term energy needs in the southern part of the state and in the Greater Boston area. The Eagle Tribune reports National Grid says the proposal would extend from Tewskbury, Massachusetts, to Londonderry,...

  • Bill to leave cap-and-trade program sees little support Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— There was little public appetite at a hearing Thursday for a bill that would pull New Hampshire out of a multistate effort to reduce carbon emissions. New Hampshire is one of nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a system where each state sells carbon emission allowances to producers. New Hampshire gets about $18...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home. But whatever home-field advantage the Republican Party's 2012 nominee...

  • Newtown votes to raze home of gunman in school massacre Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:17 PM ET

    NEWTOWN, Conn.— Officials in Newtown voted Wednesday night to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived before he carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The vote by the Newtown Legislative Council approved a proposal by the board of selectmen to raze the 3,100- square-foot home and keep the land as open space. Inside the large yellow house...

  • BANGOR, Maine— A federal judge sentenced a Vermont man to 28 months in prison on Wednesday for his conviction of wire fraud for defrauding a Maine town. Craig Sanborn of Maidstone will serve the sentence following a 10- to 20- year sentence he is serving for manslaughter in New Hampshire, Judge John A. Woodcock said. The explosion at the Black Mag plant in Colebrook...

  • 3rd week for mediated talks between FairPoint, unions Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 12:07 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Negotiations between FairPoint and unions representing striking workers are in a third week. More than 1,700 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike in October after the company began imposing terms of its "final offer." North Carolina- based FairPoint provides telephone and high-speed Internet service to...