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Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a foothold in the couple’s minds. Earlier this month, they were invited to something called Christmas Can Cure, an annual five-day event in …

Concord to abandon disruptive property ordinance, for now

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Concord Public Safety Board has advised the city not to pursue an ordinance that would have tightened restrictions on disruptive properties, an idea first …

Iraq’s Shiite fighters desert over shortages

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq’s top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State, but after less …

Panama’s Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion. The U.S. intervention known as Just Cause began 25 years …

Burying the dead after Pakistan’s school massacre

Saturday, December 20, 2014

One of the gravediggers at Peshawar’s largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He’s a professional, he says. But as the dead bodies – mostly children – started coming in …

US drone strike kills 5 militants

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said. In a separate operation, the military said Pakistani security forces killed five “terrorists” on the …

Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWI

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The police said an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey. The Riverdale police told NJ.com that 23-year-old Brian Chellis was found passed out in a car early Friday morning wearing an Elf …

2 dozen injured in southern Indiana bus crash

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A double-decker bus headed from Chicago to Atlanta slid off a highway in southern Indiana and rolled onto its side early yesterday, injuring 24 people, authorities said. The bus, operated by Megabus and carrying 68 passengers, veered off the road about 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 65 in Seymour, …

A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks …

Raul Castro: Don’t expect detente to change Cuban system

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington yesterday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don’t expect detente to do away with the communist system. Castro’s …

Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, …

Effort to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, similar agencies on the horizon again

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Women’s health agencies and their supporters, including Gov. Maggie Hassan, are bracing for yet another attempt to strip state funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Rep. Warren Groen, a Republican from Rochester, plans to …

New Hampshire opens applications for medical marijuana treatment centers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

If you want to apply for one of four spots to dispense on New Hampshire’s medical marijuana market, now’s your chance: The Department of Health and Human Services released its long-awaited request for applications yesterday afternoon. The department plans to select up to four alternative treatment centers – …