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Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study. The three Dutch scientists, using the latest hydraulic software and information about tides on the night of the 1962 escape, said the three men could have …

Pakistan school: Devastation where 148 were slain

Thursday, December 18, 2014

As they buried their children yesterday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to …

McConnell vows to battle Obama on coal plant regulations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, pledged yesterday to do all he can to stop President Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying …

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale …

Planning board approves plans for poultry processing plant in East Concord

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Concord Planning Board approved a poultry processing plant in East Concord last night, despite opposition from neighbors in multiple public hearings on the proposal. The vote clears the way for Fournier Foods to build a 5,500-square-foot plant for slaughtering and packaging chickens. The company will now finalize …

Fourteen connected with Massachusetts pharmacy charged following meningitis outbreak

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs …

Sony cancels movie release in wake of hacker threats

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment yesterday canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, bowing to threats of a wide-scale attack from hackers who U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were working for North Korea. U.S. officials, though, were not prepared to publicly accuse the reclusive government, in large part because …

Nathaniel Kibby charges: Stun gun, zip ties used on abducted teen

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A man used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he’s accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released yesterday. Nathaniel …

Seeking Shelter: Safety net for NH homeless has limited resources

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To understand the homeless services available in Concord – and the challenges that exist in creating new ones – it’s helpful to know something about who funds them and how. Cash comes from four general sources: federal, state …

Seeking Shelter: Once homeless married couple finds apartment and ‘everything’s falling in line’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Four months ago, things were looking bleak for Robert and Lois Potter. Neither of them could find work. Robert was struggling to shed the stigma of a previous assault conviction. They were living in a grimy rooming house …

Seeking Shelter: Critical mass of people focused on homelessness in Concord

Thursday, December 18, 2014

When First Congregational Church opened its cold weather shelter for the season Saturday, the volunteers saved Bunk No. 1. Bunk No. 1 belongs to Red. Red’s real name is Robert Glodgett, and he is 52 years old. He …

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The United States and Cuba ended more than a half-century of enmity yesterday, announcing that they would re-establish diplomatic relations and begin dismantling the last pillar of the Cold War. The historic move, following 18 months of secret …

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country yesterday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with …