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New Hampshire opens applications for medical marijuana treatment centers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

If you want to apply for one of four spots to dispense on New Hampshire’s medical marijuana market, now’s your chance: The Department of Health and Human Services released its long-awaited request for applications yesterday afternoon. The department plans to select up to four alternative treatment centers – New Hampshire’s version of medical marijuana dispensaries – distributed in predetermined geographic areas across the state. The state, in its request for …

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

Saturday, December 20, 2014

President Obama declared yesterday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed …

Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pakistan hanged two convicted militants yesterday in the country’s first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan – part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren. Unchastened by criticism from all corners of the globe, the Taliban threatened …

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro. So far, the larger-than-life retired Cuban leader has made no public comment on the biggest news in …

Holiday shopping season comes down to the wire

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Despite an early start, sales data provided to the Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday compared …

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

Friday, December 19, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court yesterday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and …

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Friday, December 19, 2014

The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, the Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking …

Normalizing relations could take awhile

Friday, December 19, 2014

How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter …

Rubio rides political wave

Friday, December 19, 2014

As the 2016 Republican presidential primary lurched ahead this week, no GOP prospect had a ride quite like Marco Rubio. The Florida senator’s White House aspirations took a hit when Jeb Bush, the state’s former governor and Rubio’s …

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnap 185

Friday, December 19, 2014

Islamic extremists killed 35 people and kidnapped at least 185 in an attack near the town where nearly 300 schoolgirls were taken hostage in April, witnesses said yesterday. In Sunday night’s attack on the village of Gumburi, most …

House rules committee, chaired by Speaker Shawn Jasper, shoots down attempt to make Bill O’Brien majority leader

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Two weeks after his bid to resume his role as speaker of the House was thwarted, Rep. Bill O’Brien’s supporters still aren’t backing down after an unsuccessful pitch to the House rules committee – at least not yet. …

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study. The three Dutch scientists, …

McConnell vows to battle Obama on coal plant regulations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, pledged yesterday to do all he can to stop President Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying a White House “crusade” has devastated his state’s economy. The Environmental Protection Agency …