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Ray Duckler: What a long, strange trip it’s been

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bom Bahadur Rai and his family, Bhutanese refugees searching for a home, pushed through the glass doors at 11:15 a.m., the last passengers off the plane. They moved in a single file, a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, all expressionless, the low hum and squeak of a nearby luggage carousel breaking the silence. The trip, from Kathmandu to …

Refugees in N.H.: Where they're from

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The following chart details refugee totals across New England, and from where they are arriving. New to New Hampshire | Create infographics</ …

Some TurboTax customers had refunds stolen after they filed

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Michelle Quinn filed her tax return in January and got the good news that she was due a refund of about $8,000. But days after …

N.H. Senate approves bill at center of Eversourse Energy settlement agreement

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Senate approved legislation yesterday that is at the center of a settlement agreement calling on Eversource Energy to sell off all its power plants, including Merrimack Station in Bow. The bill will allow for low-cost bond financing that would decrease Eversource customers’ carrying costs from 10 percent …

OSHA proposes $40,000 fine against Gilford electrical contractor

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The U.S. Labor Department’s OSHA division is proposing a $40,000 fine against a New Hampshire electrical contractor, saying an employee was exposed to a 12-foot fall without protection while replacing a light fixture on a restaurant roof in Concord. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspector driving by …

N.H. Senate delays workers’ compensation reform deal

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Senators have pushed off a deal to reform New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation insurance laws. The chamber voted yesterday to send a tentative deal, which would have given providers three years to bring down costs on their own without government price fixing, back to a committee for further discussion. …

New York fire, building collapse injure 19; gas blast blamed

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, largely destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy East Village on Thursday, injuring 19 people. Smoke could be seen and …

How government aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan. Many have run out of money between paychecks. So they obtain a “payday” loan to tide them over. Problem is, such loans can often bury them in fees and debts. Their bank …

Iraqi Shiite militias balk at offensive after US intervention

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Iraqi militia forces that have led the fight against Islamic State militants in Tikrit balked at U.S. intervention yesterday, saying that they would stop thousands of fighters under their influence from joining an offensive on the city. Though the militia leaders said they would remain in their positions …

Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen as fears grow of a land invasion

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Saudi jets pounded neighboring Yemen yesterday and Egyptian warships steamed toward its coast in the start of an Arab-led offensive against Shiite rebels that has become a showdown between the major powers in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia …

On Friday, half a pair of twins leaves for a year in space and great research opportunity

Thursday, March 26, 2015

When astronaut Scott Kelly volunteered to spend a year in space, he asked NASA scientists whether they’d take advantage of the near-perfect copy he’d be leaving behind: His twin brother Mark, who retired from spaceflight in 2011 after four shuttle flights. Today, a Soyuz rocket brings Russian Mikhail …

French prosecutor: German copilot wanted to ‘destroy’ the plane

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As a frantic pilot pounded on the cockpit door and passengers screamed in panic, the Germanwings copilot “intentionally” sent Flight 9525 straight into the side of a mountain in the French Alps, a prosecutor said today. In a …

Barnstead teen gets 20 years for near-fatal stabbing in Bear Brook State Park

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The two victims of Samantha Heath’s extreme brutality sat on opposite ends of a crowded Concord courtroom yesterday, one in tears, the other cooing in newborn abandon. It had been more than a year since the tearful one, …