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Downtown: Concord officials comfortable with minimal safety net on Main Street project

Monday, January 26, 2015

Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe not, in the case of the Main Street project. As Concord prepares to break ground on the downtown redesign this spring, the city has already dipped into its contingency fund to buy $200,000 worth of signs. That leaves the city with about $94,000 for unforeseen costs during construction – less than 1 percent of the $10.69 million project budget. “A project like this is most comfortable with a contingency of 3 to 5 percent,” City Engineer Ed Roberge said. While the safety net for the Main Street project is less than the city’s norm, Roberge defended the dwindling fund. During an alternative bidding process last spring, Roberge said negotiations …

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

Monday, January 26, 2015

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. “This is essentially using a mosquito as …

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

Monday, January 26, 2015

President Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. “They’ve decided that today was the day that …

Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ukraine’s president said yesterday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people. The attack on Mariupol, a strategically …

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed

Monday, January 26, 2015

In fierce fighting yesterday that killed more than 200 combatants, Nigerian troops clashed with Islamic extremists who attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria, from three fronts. At the same time, the insurgents continued scorched-earth attacks on …

Ex-spies infiltrate Hollywood as advisers

Monday, January 26, 2015

The place in Brooklyn looks like a CIA safehouse. Red brick office building with peeling metal awning. No sign. Inside, writers are plotting out the popular Cold War espionage show The Americans – one of an assortment of …

State legislatures advance 20-week abortion ban Congress couldn’t pass

Monday, January 26, 2015

Republicans on Capitol Hill this week suffered an embarrassing defeat after being forced to drop legislation that would have outlawed abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. But similar legislation is likely to advance in state capitols around the country this year. Abortion opponents like the Susan B. Anthony …

5 ways unmanned drones could affect the American food supply

Monday, January 26, 2015

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This …

Elon Musk’s SpaceX settles lawsuit against Air Force

Monday, January 26, 2015

SpaceX, Elon Musk’s start-up space company, announced Friday that it would drop its lawsuit against the Air Force protesting the award of a lucrative contract to launch military satellites. In a joint statement, the Air Force and SpaceX said that the California-based company agreed to drop the suit …

Chapter 11 clips SkyMall mag’s wings

Monday, January 26, 2015

Farewell, frivolous in-flight shopping. SkyMall, the wacky airline catalog that has long filled the seat pockets of so many commercial airplanes, could finally be folding its pages. Xhibit Corp., SkyMall’s parent company, announced Friday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the quarterly magazine’s inability to …

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

Monday, January 26, 2015

A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece’s painful austerity program won a historic victory in yesterday’s parliamentary elections, setting the stage for a showdown with the country’s international creditors that could shake the eurozone. Alexis Tsipras, leader …

Capital Beat: Concealed weapons on Legislature’s agenda

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Republicans already scored one victory in the firearms category: allowing concealed weapons back into the House Chamber. Now they are going for the second: a constitutional carry law that would mean you don’t have to get a state-issued …

Do drones, smart rifles make hunting too easy?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The use of drones and other emerging technologies while hunting could soon be banned in New Hampshire. The state Fish and Game Department has proposed rules that would ban the taking, driving or locating of wild game through use of drones, while also banning smart rifles and live-action …