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Biz Break: Social-media stocks scorned as advertising technology makes life tougher

05/04/2015 08:22 PM EDT
Today: Social stocks slide as Silicon Valley companies face realities of quickly changing advertising-technology landscape. Also: Cisco names next CEO, Apple reportedly faces streaming-music investigation. 
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Survey: States spent heavily to clear winter snow and ice
05/04/2015 09:50 AM EDT - BOSTON >> Winter's full fury arrived late in much of the country, but once it did it was relentless, quickly exhausting snow removal budgets and pushing the resources of state transportation agencies to their limit as they fought to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey. Full Story

Wild Oats Market executive chef finalist in Supermarket Chef Showdown
05/01/2015 04:29 PM EDT - Williamstown, Mass. '>&Gt' Kudos to our executive chef and prepared foods manager, Greg Roach, for being selected as one of 15 finalists to compete in the Supermarket Chef Showdown at the Food Marketing Institute annual Expo to be held in Chicago this June. Greg's recipe for "One Pan Skillet Bronzed Chicken with Quinoa and Beer Brat Jambalaya" was chosen from hundreds of entries across the Full Story

Bennington Tractor Supply encourages home gardeners
05/01/2015 03:07 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Home gardens are one of the top hobbies of Americans, and according to a recent Tractor Supply Company survey, nearly 29 percent of U.S. adults have eaten food from a home garden in the last 12 months. To support avid gardeners and those looking for introductions to this growing trend, Tractor Supply Co. Full Story

Twitter stock plummets after early release of first-quarter earnings
04/28/2015 08:03 PM EDT - The company reported $436 million in sales, missing Wall Street's expectations of $456.82 million. Full Story

Biz Break: Apple plans to return even more cash to investors
04/27/2015 07:20 PM EDT - Today: After leading Silicon Valley to two straight years of record stock buybacks and dividends, Apple increases its plans for investor return by more than 50 percent and sees shares rise to record highs. Also: Applied Materials calls off massive merger, stock plummets. Full Story

Price Chopper campaign supports Muscular Dystrophy Association
04/27/2015 02:36 PM EDT - ALBANY >> Thousands of Price Chopper guests throughout the Northeast showed their support of the MDA Shamrocks Program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association during February and March. This year's sales of the popular green and yellow Shamrock mobiles topped at just over $271,000. Price Chopper's unprecedented annual support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association helps MDA fund its Full Story

High-tech backcountry gear – with wilderness smarts – can save your life
04/27/2015 01:02 PM EDT - The influx of technology in the backcountry has been both a godsend to hikers and a headache to rescue crews. Full Story

Recent survey ranks SVHC's Centers for Living and Rehabilitation among state's best
04/26/2015 05:17 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> There are more than 300 standards that nursing homes strive to reach. Each year, state officials show up unannounced to check that each nursing home is meeting every last one. Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Centers for Living and Rehabilitation is proud to announce that they have received the best possible rating, deficiency-free, on their 2014 survey. Full Story

Equinox Terrace Assisted Living receives Worksite Wellness award
04/26/2015 05:17 PM EDT - MANCHESTER CENTER >> Equinox Terrace Assisted Living recently received the 2014 "Excellence in Worksite Wellness" award from Gov. Peter Shumlin. The award recognized the community's employee wellness initiatives, which focus on the whole person by addressing staff members' physical, spiritual and social needs. Full Story

Authorities find fake skeletons in underwater lawn chairs

CIENEGA SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — A man snorkeling in the Colorado River near the Arizona and California border was terrified — and later embarrassed — when he came across two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs about 40 feet underwater. Full Story
Food critic Josh Ozersky found dead in Chicago hotel

CHICAGO (AP) — Well-known food critic Josh Ozersky, whose witty and snarky writing generally focused on his obsession with all things meat, has died in Chicago. Full Story