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  • Strikers continue to target FairPoint owners Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:37 PM ET

    WATERVILLE, Maine— A group of striking FairPoint workers is picketing a meeting of Colby College's trustees, saying one of them has the power to force the telephone company to return to the bargaining table. Angelo Gordon is FairPoint's largest single shareholder. They say it's unfair for hedge funds that profit by managing retirement investments to allow...

  • Anthem: 2015 rates in health marketplace stay flat Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire said Friday that on average, its customers who have purchased insurance plans under the federal health care overhaul law will see no increases in premiums next year. Anthem was the only company selling health plans through the new marketplace this year, but it will be joined by two other private...

  • US Chamber on sidelines in close Georgia race Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The most powerful business group in the country is spending tens of millions of dollars to help Republicans win control of the Senate with one glaring omission— the tight Georgia Senate race. Rob Engstrom, political director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Friday that the organization will stay on the sidelines in the contest between...

  • PC Connection beats Street 3Q forecasts Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    MERRIMACK, N.H. _ PC Connection Inc. on Friday reported third-quarter earnings of $12.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. Analysts expected $613.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • Glass maker deals to exit Apple, Arizona plant Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 2:31 PM ET

    PHOENIX— Nearly 2,000 furnaces installed in an Arizona factory to make synthetic sapphire glass for Apple Inc. will be removed and sold under a deal between the tech giant and the company that had been gearing up to produce huge amounts of the product for use in Apple's products. GT filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on Oct. 6 and says it will use the...

  • Police employ high-tech tool in pumpkin riot probe Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    KEENE, N.H.— Police in New Hampshire are using a relatively new application to collect photos and videos they hope will lead to arrests following weekend chaos at a pumpkin festival. More than 80 people were arrested after parties got out of hand Saturday in Keene, leading to property destruction and injuries. Keene police have created a LEEDIR account, or Large...

  • Unitil posts 3Q profit Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:57 AM ET

    HAMPTON, N.H. _ Unitil Corp. on Thursday reported earnings of $1.6 million, or 11 cents per share, in its third quarter. The company, based in Hampton, New Hampshire, posted revenue of $76.6 million in the period. Unitil shares have increased 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    Bradlee died at home Tuesday of natural causes, the Post reported. Yet the Post's Pulitzer-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal is an inextricable part of Bradlee's legacy, and one measure of his success in transforming the Post from a sleepy hometown paper into a great national one. When Bradlee retired from the Post newsroom in 1991, then-publisher...

  • Oct 21- Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc struck an agreement on Tuesday that will let GT begin the shutdown of key Arizona operations, and shed some more light on why the former stock market darling abruptly filed for bankruptcy this month. A lawyer for GT, Apple's erstwhile sapphire supplier, described the deal at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in...

  • FairPoint accuses striking workers of intimidation Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    A nor'easter that arrived Tuesday could deliver the first major test for replacement workers hired by FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, with driving rain and strong wind gusts possibly causing service disruptions as more than 1,700 workers remain on strike. Charlotte, North Carolina- based FairPoint Communications Inc., which...

  • Gas prices plunge nearly 7 cents in New Hampshire Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— Gas prices in New Hampshire have plunged nearly 7 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.17. Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in New Hampshire, says that's 5 cents more than the national average, which fell 6.1 cents last week to $3.12 a gallon. Gas prices in New Hampshire are 21.8 cents per gallon lower than they were a year ago,...

  • New England raking in millions from leaf peepers Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 12:14 PM ET

    Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. "We wanted to get out in the fresh air and see the colors while it's still warm," said Christopher LeBeau, who drove from Connecticut to hike Mount Monadnock. Lingering warm weather is causing leaves to stay on the trees longer in New England.

  • *Q2 new enrollments fall 8.1 pct vs forecast of 10-15 pct. Oct 17- ITT Educational Services Inc said an increase in scholarships helped it sign up more students than previously forecast in the quarter ended June, offering some relief to the struggling U.S. for-profit education sector. Shares of other for-profit education providers, including Corinthian...

  • More than 1,700 FairPoint workers go on strike Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Frustrated over a negotiating stalemate, more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Friday, with picket-wielding employees demanding that the telecommunications company return to the bargaining table. But striking workers who staff call centers and maintain the region's...

  • Unions to go on strike against FairPoint Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 8:37 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Two unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont announced they were going on strike early Friday after a failed attempt hours earlier to re-engage the company in negotiations. The unions have offered "significant concessions" but the company wasn't interested, said Peter...

  • Immigration-control group starts ads in 10 states Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— An immigration-control group on Wednesday began running more than $1 million in ads that criticize lawmakers for not doing more to stop the flow of new workers into the United States. NumbersUSA will run the 30- second ad in 10 states where there are competitive Senate races. The group claims it has 2 million activists who want to reduce the numbers...

  • New Hampshire unemployment rate down for September Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    In September 2013, the seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.2 percent. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 5.9 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from August, and a decrease of 1.3 percentage points from the September 2013 rate. In New Hampshire, seasonally adjusted estimates for September placed the...

  • FairPoint freezes pensions for workers Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— The employee contract FairPoint is imposing over the objections of two unions representing 2,000 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont became even more real Tuesday with the company freezing the old pension plan. "The changes that we're making will ensure FairPoint's ability to price products competitively in the 21st century...

  • Great Northern Paper filings show deficit Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 6:32 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Recent court filings have revealed the depths of Great Northern Paper Co.' s financial hole. The Portland Press Herald reports that the company, managed by New Hampshire- based private equity firm Cate Street Capital, has roughly $28 million in assets, but has liabilities of slightly more than $65 million. The two largest secured creditors—...

  • Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 2:17 AM ET

    Gabby Giffords on Tuesday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims. The former Arizona congresswoman, who was severely wounded in a 2011 shooting in Tucson that killed six people, told law enforcement officials, domestic...