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Shaheen, Brown fundraising reports detail donors, spending

Friday, July 25, 2014

The number of people and political action committees who gave to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen from April to July vastly outnumbered those that gave to her top Republican opponent, Scott Brown, recently released campaign finance reports show. Shaheen and Brown’s second-quarter fundraising reports became available on the Federal Election Commission’s website this week, offering a glimpse into who gave money to both candidates as well as what they spent their … 0

Pope meets Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for her faith

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pope Francis met privately yesterday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison. The Vatican characterized the visit with Meriam Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small … 0

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The nation’s third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said yesterday. Death-penalty opponents said an Arizona inmate who gasped for breath for more than 90 minutes showed that executions using different drugs and dosages are a callous trial-and-error process. … 0

N.H. relative welcomes woman’s release from Sudan

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The New Hampshire brother-in-law of a Sudanese woman once sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christian faith said yesterday he is happy she is now in Italy, en route to the United States. Gabriel Wani said he is waiting to hear from his brother about the … 0

Work continues on insurance network rules

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The New Hampshire Insurance Department said network adequacy requirements for health plans should focus more on making sure consumers have adequate access to different types of services rather than providers. The state’s network adequacy standards have been in the spotlight since the department approved Anthem Blue Cross and … 0

GAZA: 15 killed in crossfire at U.N. school

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire yesterday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children’s clothing scattered in … 0

Doctor fired back at gunman in hospital attack

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban Pennsylvania hospital yesterday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a … 0

House, Senate advance competing border proposals

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals yesterday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other’s approach unacceptable, leaving … 0

Malaysia jet victims’ bodies arrive in Netherlands

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last yesterday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. The carefully choreographed, … 0

U.S. pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks yesterday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to at … 0

Lawyer: Man feared for life before shooting

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of “boom, boom, boom” pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front … 0

Proposal would phase out puncture-prone rail car

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Obama administration Wednesday proposed phasing out older tank cars tied to a deadly derailment a year ago and lowering speed limits as part of a set of new rules intended to reduce the risks of hauling crude oil by rail. The proposal, which follows a series of … 0

Nazi war suspect dies in custody

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial. Johann Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, where he had been … 0