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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will not run for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics yesterday, declaring his party would be better served by the “next generation of Republican leaders” and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began. Aides said it was a deeply personal and even painful decision for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. He insisted he could win the next election if …

Phillips Exeter picks UNH official as new principal

Friday, January 30, 2015

University of New Hampshire provost and vice president of academic affairs Lisa MacFarlane has been chosen as the next principal of Phillips Exeter Academy. MacFarlane will succeed Tom Hassan, the husband of Gov. Maggie Hassan who announced he would step down to focus more on his family and the governor’s political career. Associated Press MacFarlane is an alumna of Phillips Academy Andover and …

Old forest may derail Sunapee expansion plan

Friday, January 30, 2015

The state is evaluating whether a 16-acre patch of old red spruce trees on the side of Mount Sunapee is a pristine enough patch of land to require legal protection that could derail a ski area’s contentious and long-debated proposal to expand over state park lands. In a report delivered to the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development and provided to the …

State now issues burn permits online

Friday, January 30, 2015

Concord residents can now purchase burn permits online through the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands. Anyone wishing to do open burning must have a burn permit issued by the state or the Concord Fire Department, unless there is complete snow cover in the area of burning. …

Legislator hopes third time is the charm to change assault law

Friday, January 30, 2015

For the third time, Republican Rep. Keith Murphy of Bedford is sponsoring legislation to redefine simple assault, a move facing pushback from law enforcement. Under state law simple assault is, among other things, when someone “purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury or unprivileged physical contact to another.” It’s …

Texas: Judge: Oswald’s casket wrongly sold

Friday, January 30, 2015

A funeral home that sold Lee Harvey Oswald’s pine casket for $87,468 must return it to the accused presidential assassin’s brother, a judge ruled yesterday. Robert Oswald had bought the pine bluff casket for his brother, whose body …

Prospective juror has sympathy for Tsarnaev, cites young age

Friday, January 30, 2015

Many of the more than 100 prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have said they can’t be impartial because they already believe he’s guilty or have a personal …

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

Friday, January 30, 2015

The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in tomorrow’s Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case …

Regulators shoot down plan for new herring protections

Friday, January 30, 2015

In a decision lauded by state regulators and decried by environmentalists, federal regulators ruled this week that a plan to extend greater conservation efforts to river herring is not necessary at this time. The New England Fishery Management Council yesterday rejected a plan to bring river herring and …

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

Friday, January 30, 2015

Artillery fire killed at least 12 civilians in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk yesterday amid fierce fighting between pro-Russia separatists and government troops; hopes for a break in hostilities were dashed when an attempt to call a new …

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

Friday, January 30, 2015

Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically heavy language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Obama was criticized for purposely not calling the attacks “Islamic extremism,” …

Judge returns to forensic panel after Justice Department backs off decision

Friday, January 30, 2015

A federal judge yesterday returned to a presidential commission on forensic science after the U.S. Justice Department reversed a decision to bar the panel from discussing changes that would give criminal defendants more information about forensic evidence before their trials, a federal official said. U.S. District Judge Jed …

Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year, triggering U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold …