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Capital Beat: Concealed weapons on Legislature’s agenda

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Republicans already scored one victory in the firearms category: allowing concealed weapons back into the House Chamber. Now they are going for the second: a constitutional carry law that would mean you don’t have to get a state-issued license in order to carry a concealed gun.  “I would call it common sense legislation,” said Rep. JR Hoell, a Dunbarton Republican …

Christian nonprofit looks to open transitional housing for families, homeless shelter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Open Hands Resource Center is raising money to open a transitional housing facility and a homeless shelter in Concord. The Christian nonprofit, which runs a …

State rep wants to examine safety regulations for mobility scooters

Saturday, January 24, 2015

State Rep. Dick Patten is worried about his sister. For the past few years, he said, she has relied on a mobility scooter to get …

College of Saint Mary Magdalen becomes Northeast Catholic College, updating its image, curriculum and mission

Saturday, January 24, 2015

When Mike Girard began looking for colleges, he found a school named Magdalen College. When he arrived on campus four years ago, it was the College of Saint Mary Magdalen. And when he graduates this spring, his degree …

Chronic under-funding of state retirement system means big bill for taxpayers

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The amount of money municipalities have been paying into the New Hampshire Retirement System has more than doubled since 2003, but a $4.5 billion shortfall, known as the system’s unfunded liability, won’t be going away any time soon. “There is no expectation it will improve in the near …

Colorado: Woman who tried to help terrorists receives 4 years

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday, even as she tearfully told a judge that she never wanted to hurt anyone and has disavowed jihad. Shannon Conley told the judge she …

Israel gains with emigration of French Jewish entrepreneurs

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With a degree from the prestigious HEC Paris business school, five years at a global consulting firm, and a three-floor “dream apartment” in the French capital’s 10th arrondissement, Mickael Nadjar had a comfortable and prosperous life in his …

U.S. says it’s not clear after Cuba talks if new policy works

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Cuba in more than three decades said yesterday that two days of talks on re-establishing full diplomatic relations had left her with no sense of whether the new U.S. policy of engagement …

Cholera, hunger stalk refugees of Malawi’s worst floods on record

Saturday, January 24, 2015

As floodwaters submerge much of southern Malawi, villagers fleeing to makeshift displacement camps by boat, foot and helicopter are confronted by fresh adversities: thirst, hunger and the threat of disease. The government said at least 176 people have been killed and about 200,000 have been driven from their …

Top official: Russians will ‘eat less’ for Putin

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland yesterday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s …

Congo’s Senate rules out census before vote after protests

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate bowed to protests that left 40 people dead and abandoned plans for a revised electoral law to require that a census be held before elections next year. Opposition politicians had warned that linking the census to the vote would delay the ballot …

Top N.Y. politician’s arrest prompts calls for ethics overhaul

Saturday, January 24, 2015

There was the assemblyman who took a bribe from a carnival promoter. The former Senate leader accused of using envelopes stuffed with cash to grease his bid for New York City mayor. Or the one who went to …

Unemployment rate drops to 4 percent

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Three weeks into 2015, the state got some last good news about the end of 2014. New Hampshire’s unemployment rate for December 2014 was 4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the November rate, and 1.2 percentage points lower than the December 2013 rate. More than …