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PolitiFact: Turkeys today are more than twice as fat as they were in the 1930s, Mother Jones says

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The statement “Turkeys today weigh 29.8 pounds. In the ‘30s, they weighed 13.2 pounds.” — Mother Jones on Monday, November 24th, 2014 in a Facebook post Our ruling Those figures, in fact, are the latest-available federal figures. “Today” is actually a reference to 2012, but the preliminary figure for 2013 is even higher, at 30.3 pounds. We rate the statement …

Ski industry excited by snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ski areas across northern New England were giddy yesterday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the …

Storm causes more than 100,000 power outages across state

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Heavy snow wreaked havoc yesterday and left more than 100,000 people in the state without power. In Epsom, Allenstown, Pembroke and Warner, 100 percent of …

City offices, library closed for holiday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, city offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday. The Concord Public Library will close early at 6 p.m. this evening, and it will also be closed tomorrow and Friday. The library will reopen for its regular Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 6 …

Andrew Card to lead Franklin Pierce University

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Former White House chief of staff Andrew Card has been named Franklin Pierce University’s fifth president. Card, a former Franklin Pierce trustee, starts Jan. 12, the university announced yesterday. He succeeds James Birge, who became president in 2009 and announced his intent to resign last summer. Card was …

Concord’s downtown merchants asking shoppers to ditch ‘Black Friday’ for ‘Plaid Friday’

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Concord’s downtown business owners are asking shoppers to ditch black in flavor of plaid this Friday. For the first time, a partnership between Merchants Roundtable and Intown Concord led to shop owners joining together to promote “Plaid Friday” …

Rymes Propane offer to buy bankrupt Fuller Oil Company approved: $12 million deal means trucks will be on the road tomorrow

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Concord-based Rymes Propane & Oil has bought beleaguered Fred Fuller Oil & Propane Company for between $12 million and $13 million. Trucks bearing both companies’ logos will begin delivering oil to Fuller customers tomorrow morning, but they will …

Meteorologist: 6+ inches of snow to land in N.H. on Thanksgiving Eve

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

You won’t be thankful for this: New Hampshire is expected to be hit with its first substantial snowstorm of the season – more than 6 inches – just before one of the most popular travel days of the year. National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Hawley said he expects …

Ayotte, Shaheen seek answers from VA on ‘Choice Program’

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hampshire’s senators are unhappy with the implementation of a part of the major Veterans Affairs reform package they championed specifically with the Granite State’s veterans in mind. U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen, within days of the rules’ release, sent a letter to Department of Veterans …

$18 million in N.H. budget cuts a ‘first step;’ more reductions to come

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

State agencies are cutting a combined $18.3 million from their current budgets to meet the spending reductions Gov. Maggie Hassan says are necessary to keep New Hampshire in the black. “These cuts – as you know – will …

Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that – given time – they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut …

Ferguson officer won’t be charged in shooting

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A grand jury has decided not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by a white officer sparked weeks of sometimes-violent protests and exposed deep racial tension between …

Thousands rally across U.S. after Ferguson decision

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thousands of people rallied last night in cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately – but initially peacefully – protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old …