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Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape

Monday, October 20, 2014

The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged yesterday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse Matthew Jr. was handed up by a circuit court grand jury in Fairfax County. Matthew was also charged with attempted capital murder, according to the indictment. Matthew, 32, is being …

Nigeria declared Ebola-free; ‘spectacular success’

Monday, October 20, 2014

Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving …

Turkey says it helps Kurdish fighters enter Syria

Monday, October 20, 2014

Turkey said it was helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to support their brethren fighting Islamic State militants in a key border town, although …

Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to …

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays yesterday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to …

Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with an improvement plan …

High court balks at last-minute voting changes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Supreme Court has allowed Texas to use its strict voter ID law in the November election even after a federal judge said the law was the equivalent of a poll tax and threatened to deprive many blacks …

Cops: Remains may be those of missing UVa. student

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Searchers found human remains yesterday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, the police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of …

Briefs for Oct. 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel is adrift again but officials said yesterday there is no immediate risk of it reaching shore, hitting rocks and causing a spill. Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Greg Menzies said a tow line from the Coast Guard ship …

Cancer Reflections: Hope Lodge a refuge during the hard times

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My mother, Dot Parker, was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in June 2013. I remember the look on Dr. Murphy’s face and the kindness in his voice as he told us we needed to go to Boston for another …

Meet the Merrimack County District 17 candidates

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two candidates will be on the ballot next month to represent Merrimack County District 17, which includes Concord Ward 8 on the Heights. Incumbent Dick Patten, a Democrat, is seeking a third term. His challenger is Republican Chris …

Communicating campaign anxieties can work in candidates’ favor

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The tones of the subject lines making their way into potential voters’ inboxes are, at times, indistinguishable from pleas you might receive from a down-and-out friend. There was the one late in the evening of Oct. 7: “please, …

Henniker searching for a new town administrator

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Henniker is once again searching for a town administrator after Tom Yennerell, who has been in the position since January 2013, accepted the town manager position in Springfield, Vt. “I would have loved to have been there a couple of more years . . . but an opportunity …