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Jan 31
Our Turn: State needs to make an investment in full-day kindergarten

Most economists agree that investments in full-day kindergarten produce high long-term returns for our economy. Full-day kindergarten also reduces costs in elementary school by making sure children don't…

Jan 31
Take Me Outside: The secret lives of squirrels

At this time of year many people enjoy feeding birds. Inevitably if you put up bird feeders, you'll also end up feeding squirrels. While this can be frustrating, rather than spending energy and funds on…

Jan 31
Sunbeam recalls Holmes space heaters that can spray hot oil

Sunbeam is recalling about 34,000 Holmes-branded space heaters because they can spray hot oil and possibly cause household damage or injuries. The plug-in heaters are filled with oil. The U.S. Consumer…

Jan 31
The crazy amount of calories Americans eat during the Super Bowl, in one chart

If you were to add up the calories per serving for every food item a household purchased during the week of the Super Bowl, it would equal more than 6,000 calories, according to a recent study. That's…

Jan 31
Neurologist demonstrates that laughter may really be the best medicine

The Internet is awash in the remains of abandoned blogs, and nowhere is that truer than in the health-care field. You notice it when you get intrigued by a couple of heartfelt posts by, say, a pediatric…

Jan 31
Tip of the week: Time to prune?

Winter is a good time to rejuvenate twiggy, deciduous shrubs such as forsythias, viburnums and flowering quince by removing suckers along with stems that are weak, dead, rubbing against one another or…

Jan 31
Katy Burns: Beware foreign invaders!

We have a lot of politicians lately who've worked themselves into a lather over the illegal immigrants who are ending up on our shores. While I don't share their concerns, I'm almost awed by their single-minded…

Jan 31
Board of Contributors: My memories of Saudi King Abdullah are of a kind and generous man

I photographed Prince Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz al-Saud several times in Saudi Arabia - long before he became king. In the early years that I used to travel to the kingdom, certainly before the assassination…

Jan 31
Book Review: 'Fear the Darkness' is solid story

Relationships require a certain amount of vulnerability - the willingness to expose yourself emotionally, hoping that happiness is the ultimate goal, but realizing that being hurt comes with it, too. …

Jan 31
Ad by special-effects master pits cats vs. dogs for a cause

From brain-devouring zombies in The Walking Dead to crime-scene bloodshed on CSI, special-effects wizard Sam Nicholson has delivered gore galore to television viewers. But he says nothing has personally…

Jan 31
Capital Beat: State's IT planning lags, last document expired in '09

In an age of constant cybersecurity concerns and rapid technological updates, a report released last week by a commission convened by Gov. Maggie Hassan suggests New Hampshire may not be keeping pace.…

Jan 31
Islamic State fighters admit defeat in Syrian town of Kobani

The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again. In a video released by the pro-ISIS Aamaq…

Jan 31
Africa agrees to send 7,500 troops to fight Boko Haram

African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said yesterday, as the international community, including long-time foes the…

Jan 31
Radical left party gets boost with huge Madrid rally

At least 100,000 people marched through Madrid yesterday in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece's Syriza party in the Spanish general election…

Jan 31
Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women hit a sour note before it even got off the ground: The sexy blonde on its internet promo video came under such ridicule that it was quickly taken down.…

Jan 31
Subprime bonds are back in U.S. with a new name

The business of bundling riskier U.S. mortgages into bonds without government backing is gearing up for a comeback. Just don't call it subprime. Hedge fund Seer Capital Management, money manager Angel…

Jan 31
Local towns pitch in to assist Henniker after fire destroys town garage, plows

Less than 12 hours after the late Friday night fire was extinguished, neighbors were clambering to help the town of Henniker. "At this time, the Henniker Highway Department is in a bad condition," said…

Jan 31
Outdoor Adventures: Woman of many hats, Torrey leads Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

About six years ago, Breanne Torrey was working the front desk at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation part-time as a ticket seller and question answerer. Armed with five years of employment with the U.S. Forest…

Jan 31
UNH hockey falls to Notre Dame, 5-3, to settle for series split

The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team rallied from an early two-goal deficit, but couldn't complete the comeback en route to a 5-3 loss to Notre Dame last night, settling for a split of the…

Jan 31
UNH men's basketball team races past Stony Brook, 63-48

DURHAM - Tanner Leissner scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and added 11 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to a 63-48 victory over Stony Brook yesterday.…

Jan 31
A roundup of local sports briefs, news and announcements

JV result The Concord JV girls' basketball team lost to Alvirne on Friday, 38-33. Lyra Canabano and Brighid Weeden led all scorers with 10 points apiece, while Gabby Evans and Emily Otto pulled down eight…

Jan 31
Headlines from around the world in sports

NFL Chancellor 'looked pretty good' as Seahawks finish prep TEMPE, Ariz. - Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor "looked pretty good" yesterday, according to Coach Pete Carroll as Seattle went through…

Jan 31
Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova to capture Australian Open title

MELBOURNE, Australia - Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed "C'mon," careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles…

Jan 31
Ellis has 25, Mavs send Magic to 8th straight loss, 108-93

Monta Ellis had 25 points and 13 assists as the Dallas Mavericks sent the Orlando Magic to their eighth straight loss, 108-93, last night. Tyson Chandler finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for…

Jan 31
Former Patriots linebacker Seau among eight voted into Hall of Fame

PHOENIX - Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected yesterday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015, announced a day before the Super Bowl, also…