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Concord resident and Chris Christie volunteer Jim McConaha speaks about working for presidential campaigns for the first-in-the-nation primary. McConaha and his wife, Valery Mitchell, have been volunteering for candidates in New Hampshire - both democrats and republicans - for decades. 

(ELODIE REED/ Monitor staff)

Working with a purpose: Volunteers cope with end of Christie’s campaign

Friday, February 12, 2016

As Jim McConaha walked into Dunkin’ Donuts off Manchester Street in Concord, the gray clouds overhead reflected his mood. “Here we are, in the calm Concord post-election,” he said. Days earlier McConaha, a 75-year-old Concord resident, and his wife, Valery Mitchell, 73, were busy doing everything they could to get people to vote in Tuesday’s presidential primary and choose their …

For this formerly homeless man, a new home means new life

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bill Strickland wanted to see his grandkids more. He worried about his health, too. And somewhere deep down, repressed after years of drinking, drug use …

Man burned by exploding e-cigarette sues maker, vendor

Friday, February 12, 2016

A New Hampshire man who was severely burned after the battery of an electric cigarette exploded in his pocket is suing the maker of the …

Animal rights protest scrapped after ‘greased pig’ dust-up

Friday, February 12, 2016

An international animal advocacy group launched a protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as a “Greased Pig on Ice,” but withdrew it after learning there’s no pig in the act – just a man on …

Court orders ex-officer to pay $10,000 in inheritance case

Friday, February 12, 2016

A former Portsmouth police officer, whose $2 million inheritance from a woman’s disputed will was overturned, has been ordered to pay more than $10,000. A judge in August dismissed Geraldine Webber’s 2012 will and trust, saying that former police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin acted on Webber’s “fears and hopes” …

Q&A: Why your chip card only works in some stores

Friday, February 12, 2016

If you’re like many shoppers, you’ve had a momentary blip of confusion – or maybe several of them – at a checkout counter lately. That’s because some stores have outfitted themselves with payment terminals that use your credit card’s new, more secure chip technology. Some stores haven’t. And …

Ohio: ‘No rhyme or reason’ in machete attack

Friday, February 12, 2016

From the front door, the man with the machete didn’t have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway …

Talking to Marco Rubio: The scripted candidate gets chatty

Friday, February 12, 2016

Marco Rubio suddenly wants to talk. At 22,000 feet, sipping Dr. Pepper and sharing his stash of Twix bars. In a Cracker Barrel over blueberry pancakes. At a news conference until there are no more questions. He chats …

‘Finally:’ Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

Friday, February 12, 2016

With a hug and an exclamation of “Finally!” Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism …

Syria: Diplomats aim for truce

Friday, February 12, 2016

A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria’s civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to surrender …

Phoenix: 2 students killed in school shooting

Friday, February 12, 2016

Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on …

Primary 2016: Contenders fight for minority voters in S.C.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Obama’s legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald …

Political Monitor podcast: With big wins for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, what’s next?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Monitor staffers Ray Duckler, Jon Van Fleet and Clay Wirestone pick up the pieces after a wild and crazy New Hampshire primary. Where do we go from here, you ask? How about South Carolina? …