Faithful Friends seek others to boost Ayer Library

AYER -- For the past 10 years, Liz Nonis has been the only official Friend of the Ayer Library. Full Story
Townsend Conservation Land Trust chosen for Hannaford Cause Bag program
TOWNSEND -- Townsend Conservation Land Trust, a nonprofit committed to preserving the natural resources and rural character of Townsend, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program for the month of December. Full Story

How smart? This jewelry can call police for you

LOWELL -- As a college student walks back to her apartment alone in the dark, a stranger comes up from behind. Full Story
Mortgage rates pause but poised to drift higher
Mortgage rates remained stuck in a holding pattern this week and have barely budged since October. Full Story

The irony of tax-deferred accounts
Not too long ago I wrote a column about the tax deferral problem facing many of today's retirees. Full Story

How to not hire the next Madoff
This past Monday, Dec. 11, marked the nine-year anniversary of the arrest of Bernard Madoff. Full Story

Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

MENLO PARK, California (AP) - The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism. Full Story

Ivanka Trump store to open in Trump Tower lobby

NEW YORK (AP) - An Ivanka Trump-branded store is opening in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, selling handbags, jewelry and candles. Full Story

Return of medical-device tax stirs concern
BOSTON -- The failure of Republicans in Congress this year to repeal the Affordable Care Act means that a controversial tax on medical-device sales will return in 2018 unless legislators intervene in the Full Story