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Monitor Minute: April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Monitor Minute Episode 145: April 18, 2014. The Monitor Minute is a daily rundown of today’s top stories. Brought to you by the Concord Monitor. … 0

Concord sex offender Mandigo gets 10 years for assault on 12-year-old girl

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The mother of a 12-year-old girl who was assaulted last year in their Concord home confronted the child’s attacker, David Mandigo, in court yesterday, describing … 3

N.H. Senate votes to repeal the crime of adultery

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The New Hampshire Senate is sending a bill to the governor’s desk that repeals the crime of adultery. Senators passed the measure on a voice … 0

Earth-sized, ‘Goldilocks-zone’ planet found in distant solar system

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The hunt for Earth’s alien twin reached a new milestone with the discovery of a faraway exoplanet that’s not much bigger than our own globe and is theoretically capable of retaining liquid water. The planet is the first Earth-sized sphere found outside our solar system that also resides … 5

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions – for now

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed yesterday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. … 0

Dirty creek, old purse solve four-decade mystery

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road in Elk Point, S.D. But the 17-year-old girls weren’t known for … 0

N.H. judge rejects challenge to auto dealers law

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A judge has struck down a challenge to block a law that gives New Hampshire auto dealers new protections in their dealings with manufacturers. Last year, farm and heavy equipment manufacturers such as John Deere filed a lawsuit challenging the so-called Auto Dealers Bill of Rights, which they … 0

N.H. Senate refuses to consider marijuana bill

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate has refused to consider a House bill that would have decriminalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. Without comment, the Senate sent the bill back to the House yesterday, citing a Senate rule on not considering bills killed in the first year of … 0

Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn’t afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Obama’s signature health care law. The law is prompting Beigel and others to spend more at the … 0

Pistorius expert defense witness finds himself undergoing trial

Thursday, April 17, 2014

An expert witness for the defense of Oscar Pistorius in the Paralympic athlete’s trial for the killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp found himself fighting to preserve his own reputation yesterday. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel repeatedly challenged former police investigator Roger Dixon about his qualifications to testify about … 0

Study: Brain starts slowing at 24

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Twenty-four is the new 40. That is according to researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, who have found that measurable declines in cognitive performance begin to occur at age 24. In terms of brainpower, you are over the hill by your mid-20s. The researchers measured this by studying … 0

N.H. Senate rejects death penalty repeal amendment

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The death penalty will stay on the books in New Hampshire. The state Senate voted 12-12 today against a repeal bill that already passed the House yesterday. It would have needed 13 votes to pass. Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, is the first governor in recent memory who … 2

Monitor Minute: April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Monitor Minute Episode 144: April 17, 2014. The Monitor Minute is a daily rundown of today’s top stories. Brought to you by the Concord Monitor. … 0