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Lantos Swett, with other human rights advocates, offers to share Saudi blogger’s punishment

Monday, January 26, 2015

The notion of being “my brother’s keeper” comes up a lot in the context of advocating for human rights. Katrina Lantos Swett, in her roles as the chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the president of the Concord-based Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, is plenty familiar with the phrase – but when it’s repeated …

N.H. officials urge caution during major snowstorm

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Hampshire residents and officials are bracing for a major snowstorm, which is expected to dump 12 to 18 inches on the capital city. Gov. …

Pembroke youth football embezzler sentenced to 90 days, served on weekends

Monday, January 26, 2015

Three years ago, Lisa Wiggin was a working mother on the brink of financial collapse. She and her boyfriend and teenage son were living mostly …

Washington: Hobbyist blamed for White House drone crash

Monday, January 26, 2015

A two-foot-long drone, apparently flown by a hobbyist, crashed on the White House grounds yesterday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president’s security – and a growing threat from the sky. A …

Putin defiant after more threats from West

Monday, January 26, 2015

A defiant President Vladimir Putin yesterday called the Ukrainian army a “NATO foreign legion,” reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded Russia’s credit rating …

Downtown: Concord officials comfortable with minimal safety net on Main Street project

Monday, January 26, 2015

Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe not, in the case of the Main Street project. As Concord prepares to break ground on the downtown redesign this spring, the city has already dipped into its contingency fund to buy $200,000 worth of signs. That leaves the city with about …

Northeast, including New Hampshire, braces for ‘near blizzard’ snowstorm

Monday, January 26, 2015

By the looks of the forecasts National Weather Service meteorologist Margaret Curtis has been monitoring, tomorrow will be “a great day to have hot chocolate and shovel the driveway” – but not for much else. From state officials and the National Weather Service, the message was clear: You’ll …

Proposed change in insurance enrollment period worries some in N.H.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A proposal to shift the Affordable Care Act’s annual enrollment period could both help and hurt consumers, according to state insurance regulators and industry officials. There are still three weeks left in the current enrollment period, but insurance companies already are scrambling to prepare their 2016 plans and …

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

Monday, January 26, 2015

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to …

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

Monday, January 26, 2015

President Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as …

Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ukraine’s president said yesterday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people. The attack on Mariupol, a strategically …

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed

Monday, January 26, 2015

In fierce fighting yesterday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time, the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on …

Ex-spies infiltrate Hollywood as advisers

Monday, January 26, 2015

The place in Brooklyn looks like a CIA safehouse. Red brick office building with peeling metal awning. No sign. Inside, writers are plotting out the popular Cold War espionage show The Americans – one of an assortment of …