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Commission examining New Hampshire’s high workers' compensation costs splits over plan to limit what medical providers can charge

Monday, November 24, 2014

Say two men show up at the same hospital on the same day with identical broken bones in their arms. But one fell out of a tree doing yard work at home, while the other fell off a ladder at work. Under New Hampshire’s current workers’ compensation system, the injured worker’s arm will cost far more to fix, a price discrepancy that is driving workers’ compensation insurance premiums sky high, …

Survey: N.H. retailers expect boost in holiday sales

Monday, November 24, 2014

A survey shows New Hampshire retailers are expecting holiday sales to be up 4.3 percent, slightly higher than the national expectation. The survey by the New Hampshire Retail Association says 77 percent of retailers are anticipating their 2014 holiday sales will be the same or better than last year. A total of 69 percent of respondents said that their 2014 inventory levels are …

Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish nation-state

Monday, November 24, 2014

In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel’s Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet yesterday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The decision, which set off a stormy debate that could bring down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brittle coalition government, followed weeks of …

UNH to promote healthier choices at meals

Monday, November 24, 2014

The University of New Hampshire is going to start offering more fruits and vegetables and lower-calorie desserts at its dining areas. The changes are coming as a result of UNH signing on to the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthier Campus Initiative, a three-year commitment to make the …

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

Monday, November 24, 2014

Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive – thus far the province of western states – to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. The Pine Tree State …

Officials: Bomb in Afghanistan kills more than 40 at volleyball game

Monday, November 24, 2014

A suicide bomber set off his explosives vest yesterday in a large crowd at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, killing more than 40 people and injuring scores in one of the nation’s deadliest assaults this year, Afghan officials said. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing, although …

U.S. tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension

Monday, November 24, 2014

The U.S. told Iran yesterday that it’s time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A …

Putin says his Crimea annexation was strategic and Russia won’t be isolated

Monday, November 24, 2014

Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a “strategic decision,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published yesterday, brushing aside a suggestion that tough retaliatory sanctions may have come as a surprise. Putin said that sanctions, lower oil prices and a plummeting currency would not have …

Chicago church members each get $500 to do good for world

Sunday, November 23, 2014

On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone. LaSalle Street Church in Chicago had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real …

Supreme Court case tests the limits of free speech on Facebook and other social media

Sunday, November 23, 2014

About a week after Tara Elonis convinced a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to say: “Fold up your PFA (protection-from-abuse order) and put it in your pocket Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?” Anthony Elonis …

Thanksgiving travel up to highest level since 2007

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More than 2 million New Englanders plan to travel this Thanksgiving – up 4 percent from last year – and they’ll be greeted at the pump by the lowest Thanksgiving holiday gas prices since 2007. AAA’s newly released holiday travel data predicts that more than 46 million Americans …

Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across U.S.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters – people who demand locally produced food, but don’t know the first thing about bagging a deer. Books …

Travel Talk: It’s the perfect time to plan that road trip you’ve dreaming of

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, gas prices are at their lowest in four years. Even better, industry wizards predict that the prices will stay low throughout 2015. At the same time, airfares are so high that Bud and I …