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For Concord High’s Kharel, Gates Scholarship ‘proudest moment of my life’

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ashish Kharel, a Bhutanese senior at Concord High School, prefaced what he was about to say with a smile. “I mean, over 50,000 people? I didn’t know it was possible,” he said. “I have way more options now than I thought I’d have. It’s way overwhelming.” He had just sized up a handmade sign taped in the hallway that read, …

Police push to educate drivers on new hands-free law

Saturday, April 25, 2015

State and local law enforcement have begun distributing fliers during traffic stops in a final push to educate drivers ahead of the July 1 launch …

Concord running out of time to pitch downtown alternative for new courthouse

Saturday, April 25, 2015

After decades of talk and delay, hope for a new county courthouse in Concord is finally burning bright. Both the governor and the House have …

Man who shot Reagan seeks to live outside mental hospital

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A lawyer for John Hinckley Jr., the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, said he’s no longer a danger and should be allowed to live fulltime outside a Washington mental hospital. Hinckley was 25 when a …

Privacy advocates seek more openness on NSA surveillance

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As Congress considers whether to extend the life of a program that sweeps up American phone records, privacy advocates and civil liberties groups say too much about government surveillance remains secret for the public to fully evaluate the …

Officials: Extremist’s misfire foiled attack on Paris church

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said yesterday. The 24-year-old computer science student, who was also suspected …

Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals. But in the …

Lawmakers urged to pass measure expanding medical marijuana eligibility

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chase Stuber first began suffering from seizures when he was just 4 months old. Chase has epilepsy, and he has yet to find a prescription that can ease the condition’s effects. Now, at age 11, the Brentwood resident …

Jury in Boston Marathon trial sees photo of defiant Tsarnaev

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

First, the jury was shown large, vibrant pictures of the four people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath. Then prosecutors pulled out the photo they saved for last: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger to the …

House panel eyes bill to ease $28M bond for Balsams project

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A roster of residents from the economically distressed North Country took to the podium Tuesday at a public hearing to urge passage of a measure that could help an ambitious plan to redevelop the shuttered Balsams resort in Coos County. Closed businesses, high unemployment and an aging population …

Ray Duckler: Clinton comes to town, spin cycle and all

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s senior Washington correspondent, got in close yesterday and threw his best punch. Hillary Clinton, as she often does, ducked, then left the ring without a scratch. It’s a tactic that’s worked for Clinton during the …

House Ways and Means Committee endorses casino bill

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Expanded gambling cleared a key hurdle yesterday after a House committee endorsed legislation that establishes two casinos in New Hampshire. Casinos have long come up for debate in the Legislature. While expanded gambling has continually found support in the Senate, the House has never passed a casino bill. …

In Concord, Clinton draws crowds but keeps low profile

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

When Rita Calkins and Paula Kelson saw the cars starting to line up along State Street in Concord yesterday afternoon, they had a feeling something important was about to happen. “We saw the buildup of vehicles and I …