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Mobile provider TracFone to pay $40M in federal settlement

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The nation’s largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that TracFone’s advertising promised unlimited data, but the company then drastically slowed down consumers’ data speeds – a practice known as throttling – when they …

Ray Duckler: For a Pakistani teenager, life is good

Sunday, February 1, 2015

I learned something this week, about a student from Pakistan who’s attending Bow High. I learned that senior Poonam Kumari is a teenager like any …

Capital Beat: State’s IT planning lags, last document expired in ’09

Sunday, February 1, 2015

In an age of constant cybersecurity concerns and rapid technological updates, a report released last week by a commission convened by Gov. Maggie Hassan suggests …

School budget OK’d; town administrator election questioned at Allenstown deliberation

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Larry Anderson quietly walked along the makeshift stage constructed at the head of the St. John the Baptist Parish Hall yesterday handing dense packets of information to the school officials lined up there. The 70 or so people …

Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-ISIS Aamaq News …

Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

Sunday, February 1, 2015

African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said yesterday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria …

Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down. …

Radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally

Sunday, February 1, 2015

At least 100,000 people marched through Madrid yesterday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece’s Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year. Podemos …

Local towns pitch in to assist Henniker after fire destroys town garage, plows

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Less than 12 hours after the late Friday night fire was extinguished, neighbors were clambering to help the town of Henniker. “At this time, the Henniker Highway Department is in a bad condition,” said Tim Redmond, director of …

Subprime bonds are back in U.S. with a new name

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The business of bundling riskier U.S. mortgages into bonds without government backing is gearing up for a comeback. Just don’t call it subprime. Hedge fund Seer Capital Management, money manager Angel Oak Capital and Sydney-based bank Macquarie Group are among firms buying up loans to borrowers who can’t …

Gilford promises ‘fairly routine’ town warrant

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Voters in Gilford will find few surprises on this year’s town warrant. Gilford Town Administrator Scott Dunn said the warrant articles were all “fairly routine.” Residents will discuss the articles, including an $11.9 million operating budget, in a deliberative session Tuesday. The proposed budget is an increase of …

Petitioned articles amended by Northwood voters

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The only warrant articles altered at yesterday’s deliberative session in Northwood were ones added by petition. Town Administrator Brent Lemire said about 50 voters attended the session, which went from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Article 24, which originally was to raise up to $25,000 to conduct a structural …

Northern Pass, marking of police cruisers dominate Deerfield deliberation

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Deerfield’s deliberative session yesterday went long but didn’t result in any significant changes to the budget or moneyed warrant articles, Selectman Andrew Robertson said. Robertson said he expected the session, with its 9 a.m. start, to be completed before noon, but it ran until after 1 p.m. The …