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Maine state police create unit to examine drug trends

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maine’s top law enforcement and emergency medical officials announced Wednesday that a special state police unit and three working groups will be created to address the state’s drug epidemic. Participants of a summit convened by Republican Gov. Paul LePage made the announcement at a news conference after the closed-door meeting at the Maine Department of Public Safety. The governor convened the summit amid a rising number of overdose deaths across …

Suspect in killing of Virginia TV crew had history of work troubles

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The man gripped a gun as he stood behind the news crew, watching them do a live broadcast. The journalists didn’t seem to notice that he had pointed the weapon right at them. On Wednesday morning, as southwestern Virginia television viewers watched on live TV, a WDBJ-TV reporter and her cameraman were shot …

Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. Most in the normally reserved Shelburne Falls are content to leave the typically low-key Cosbys alone as they spend holidays and significant parts of their summers at their country estate …

Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The possibility that Vice President Biden may jump into the 2016 presidential campaign is convulsing the network of wealthy Democrats that financed President Obama’s two White House bids, galvanizing fundraisers underwhelmed by Hillary Clinton’s performance. A wide swath …

Colorado theater gunman’s sentencing caps grueling trial

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theater wondered aloud how they would …

U.S. stocks surge, snapping 6-day losing streak

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to …

South Sudan leader signs peace deal amid sanctions threat

Thursday, August 27, 2015

South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday signed a peace deal with rebels, more than 20 months after the start of fighting between the army and rebels led by his former deputy. Kiir signed the agreement in Juba, …

Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American soldiers in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a nearly two-decade manhunt for one …

Trump says he’s proud he booted Univision’s Ramos from event

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s proud of kicking one of the country’s best-known Spanish-language journalists out of an Iowa news conference – the latest in a series of clashes with the media. “I think I …

Police: Man charged with assaulting 3-month-old son

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Winchester man has been arrested after doctors determined his 3-month-old son’s injuries were caused by blunt force trauma. Jeffrey Roy, 23, was charged with assault, WMUR reported. Investigators said the baby remains hospitalized with bleeding on the brain and in the eyes. Roy told police he picked …

Silver tsunami of retirement-eligible workers threatens to increase health plan spending

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The state’s health benefit plan for retired state employees is facing a $10.6 million deficit over the next two-year budget period as pharmaceutical costs continue to rise. “Long term, this trend nationwide does not look like it’s going …

Time to hit the books: School back in session in some Concord area towns

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Labor day is more than a full week away and some school districts are already opening their doors and welcoming students back from summer vacation. Teachers and students returned to the classroom in Henniker, Weare, Suncook and Epsom …

Virginia TV reporter, cameraman killed on air; suspect dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death during a live television interview Wednesday by a gunman who recorded himself carrying out the killings and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. Authorities identified …