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Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks with the Monitor editorial board on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Hassan urges Republicans to follow her lead and be clear on what they’re willing to fund or not

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan still supports expanding gambling in New Hampshire, but she won’t say whether she would sign into law a bill that authorizes two casinos instead of just one, as she prefers. “You would optimize casino revenue by having one casino,” Hassan said yesterday in an interview with the Monitor. “I would have to understand and hear from people …

Regulators approve tougher rules for internet providers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies yesterday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic. The 3-2 vote ushered in a new era …

PolitiFact NH: Did Kuster flip-flop when voting for ‘CRomnibus’?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Evoking the old cliche about lawmaking and sausage, Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster faces questions about whether she changed her stance on two votes, going one way when faced with a pair of standalone bills and the other way after those measures were wrapped into a much larger package. The dispute involves two …

Study: Two-thirds of smokers will die early

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two-thirds of smokers will die early from cigarette-triggered illness – unless they choose to kick the habit, according to new research from Australia. The study of more than 200,000 people, published this week in BMC medicine, found about 67 percent of smokers perished from smoking-related illness. That rate …

2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community before they were captured by authorities yesterday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large, white llama and a smaller …

Pot fight between D.C. Mayor, Congress could cost the city

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The new mayor of the nation’s capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill. Instead, they’ve threatened her with prison and she has accused them of acting like bullies in a showdown over legal …

‘Jihadi John’ identified as London-raised college grad

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for …

Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to more than 220, activists said yesterday. At the same time, the …

Ukraine says truce takes hold as pullback of weapons begins

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ukraine signaled the latest attempt at peace in its easternmost regions is taking hold and said the military would start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front lines. There were no cease-fire breaches after 12:45 a.m. local time, the military said yesterday, before announcing the arms removal. While Russian …

Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on yesterday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along …

Experts say Islamic State selling looted Syrian art in London to fund its fight

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Almost 100 items of Syrian art and antiquities looted by the Islamic State have been smuggled into Britain and sold for money to fund the group’s activities, art crime experts and archeologists have warned, according to the British press. The items, allegedly being sold in London, include looted …

2 appear in N.Y. court on charges they sought to join ISIS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Three men were arrested yesterday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Obama or planting …

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline – a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington’s political …