7 Money Moves Before Year Ends

Washington — The end of the year is a natural time to reflect on goals and set resolutions. But some of the tasks you should get out of the way this month will have little to do with reading more or heading to the gym. December can be a good time to reassess saving strategies, get paperwork in order for your tax return and make other preparations. Here is a list of money moves to make this month: ■ Prepay bills. Do you have a kid in...

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U.S. Plan Will Fix Area Roads

West Lebanon — There was good news out of Washington this week for Upper Valley officials seeking funding for a number of transportation projects, ranging from a major safety overhaul along Route 12 in Charlestown to the replacement or repair of aging bridges over Vermont rivers in towns such as Strafford and Chelsea. After years of stymied efforts to address the nation’s aging and congested highways and transit systems, Congress...

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Bill Allows Firms To Share Data With Government

The Senate passed a cybersecurity bill last week that would give companies legal immunity for sharing data with the federal government, over the protests of some lawmakers and consumer advocates who say that the legislation does not adequately protect Americans’ privacy. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, must now be reconciled with legislation passed earlier this year by the House. The Obama administration and...

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Consumer Confidential: How a $500 Copay Turned Into a $3,900 Bill

Nobody wants to get sick. But if you do get sick, what you really don’t want is an illness that requires a so-called specialty drug. These are the high-priced drugs you’ve seen in the news lately, such as the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. It costs an eye-popping $1,000 a pill. Or the tuberculosis drug cycloserine, which had cost about $500 for 30 capsules. It soared overnight to nearly $11,000 after being acquired by a new manufacturer...

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Schedule Rules Prove Difficult to Implement

San Francisco — San Francisco, the country’s premier laboratory for new Internet services, is also used to innovating in municipal regulation. But in its latest experiment, it’s starting to find that legislating good corporate behavior isn’t as easy as pressing a button on your smartphone. In July, the city started implementing a first-in-the-nation law aimed at curtailing the trend toward “just-in-time” scheduling, where managers...

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