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FILE - This March 20, 2012 file photo shows Netfilx headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 announced it is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 in the U.S. and several other countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as "House of Cards" and other original programming. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Netflix raising U.S. price for most popular plan

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Netflix is raising the price of its Internet video service by $1 for new customers in the U.S., Canada and some Latin America countries to help cover its escalating costs for shows such as House of Cards and other original programming. The new price of $10 per month for Netflix’s standard plan – its most popular – marks the second …

Despite lackluster foliage, Warner festival promises fun

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Many trees in Warner are still looking green, but the annual Warner Fall Foliage Festival is still on. The festival turns 68 this year, and its organizers expect thousands of leaf-peepers to descend on the small town this weekend to look at foliage and enjoy local music, road races, a parade, crafts fair …

A haunter’s dream come true

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

If a toy shop, a clown, hugs and shrieks of laughter all sound like a nice dream, you’d be terribly, terribly mistaken. This is more of a nightmare – just like the volunteers at the House in Haunted Hill want it. The House in Haunted Hill celebrated the start of it’s 20th season …

Spinning top, puppet among 12 Toy Hall of Fame finalists

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The spinning top, coloring book, Wiffle Ball and puppet are vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The simple classics are among 12 finalists for this year’s class announced Monday. They are up against American Girl dolls, Battleship, Jenga, PLAYMOBIL, the scooter, Super Soaker, …

‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ bites off September record

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September has a new box office star in Hotel Transylvania 2 The PG-rated animated pic earned a robust $47.5 million in its debut weekend, making it the top September opener of all time, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. …

Hark! Kate Beaton steers an artfully smart new book, ‘Step Aside, Pops’

Sunday, September 27, 2015

It is the difference between simply playing with dolls and manipulating an exquisite trunk of puppets. The distinction might seem subtle, but when mind and hand are connected in artful unison, only the latter permits you, literally and …

‘City of Thorns’ brings a refugee crisis to life

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Read this one. The global refugee crisis is the largest since World War II, but it’s easy to see it only as a series of images: Syrians in life jackets landing on a Greek island. Frail boats, teeming, …

New book recounts Hugh Hefner’s jazz, civil rights history

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Hugh Hefner, centerfolds and Playboy bunnies are an obvious match. But writer Patty Farmer wants to stretch Hefner’s legacy to include his devotion to music, especially jazz, and colorblind entertainment. Playboy Swings, Farmer’s nonfiction book released earlier this …

‘Three-Nine Line’ is suspenseful thriller

Sunday, September 27, 2015

David Freed’s first three Cordell Logan thrillers chronicled the former combat pilot and government assassin’s struggle to adjust to civilian life. But in The Three-Nine Line, Logan returns to his comfort zone when he’s recruited for a top-secret …

A Poem by Charles Simic: Grocery

Sunday, September 27, 2015

On October 6, at 7 p.m. in the Concord City Auditorium, Charles Simic will receive the 2015 Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon Award in American Poetry and give a reading of his poems. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and are available at Gibson’s Bookstore, the Concord Monitor …

Reagan-based novel ‘Finale’ the type Washington loves

Sunday, September 27, 2015

In the acknowledgments of his latest political novel, Thomas Mallon thanks a number of people committed to preserving the legacy of Ronald Reagan. Archivists at the Reagan Library were helpful, for example, as were those affiliated with the …

Dogs in wheelchairs calendar goes viral, features NH pup

Sunday, September 27, 2015

What could possibly be cuter than dogs? Dogs on wheels, of course. In just a few weeks, dog wheelchair company Handicapped Pets is sharing that cuteness with the public. The Amherst- based company has developed its own calendar …

Racing museum to be built at speedway

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A New England racing museum is in the works at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Speedway leaders broke ground Friday on the North East Motor Sports Museum. The attraction will protect and preserve the stories and artifacts of the region’s racing and riding past. The museum will be …