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Woman admits digging up dad’s grave in search of ‘real will’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A woman who told the police she dug up her father’s grave in search of his “real will” but found only vodka and cigarettes pleaded guilty yesterday. Melanie Nash, 53, was one of four accused in the plan to open Eddie Nash’s vault in Colebrook, then rifle through his casket last May in a scene a prosecutor compared to an Edgar Allan Poe story. The police said she felt she …

Execution of Ga. woman on hold pending Supreme Court ruling

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The execution of the first female in Georgia in 70 years was on hold yesterday as the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed last-minute arguments by her lawyers that they hoped would persuade the nation’s top justices to grant a stay. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, was scheduled to die by injection of pentobarbital at 7 …

Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn’t see his killer

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted yesterday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge – but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger. The emotional account by Anna Duritskaya came amid a …

As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

Sunday, March 1, 2015

At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists “The 1%er” made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license …

Q&A with Chris Farrell: Not all baby boomers want to retire

Sunday, March 1, 2015

For generations, the dream retirement was one spent in warmer climates, on the beach and often walking distance from a golf course. Chris Farrell, a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, is among those now laughing at the idea. Farrell, 61, is the author of Unretirement: How Baby Boomers …

Weight Watchers shares post biggest decline since 2001 IPO

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weight Watchers shares dropped the most since their market debut more than 13 years ago, after the dieting company’s earnings forecast fell well short of analysts’ expectations. The company has faced declining subscriptions and revenue as consumers migrate to digital methods for counting calories and keeping in shape. …

GameStop wins bidding for more than 160 RadioShack stores

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A unit of GameStop Corp., the video game chain, won an auction for the right to take over more than 160 stores that bankrupt consumer electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. was planning to close. In court documents filed Wednesday …

Uganda: Victims back leniency for LRA chief but trial awaits

Sunday, March 1, 2015

This is the horror that Silveria Okweny is willing to forgive: On Feb. 21, 2004, as the sun dipped below the horizon, rebels walking single file approached the Ugandan refugee camp in which she lived. At the shrill …

Sierra Leone’s vice president in quarantine for Ebola

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sierra Leone’s vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards. Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana was set to become acting president yesterday when President Ernest Bai Koroma left Sierra …

Astronauts take 3rd spacewalk to complete tricky cable job

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Spacewalking astronauts ventured out yesterday for the third time in just over a week to complete an extensive, tricky cable job at the International Space Station. The advance work – involving nearly 800 feet of cable over three …

Young girl’s story may lead Idaho to approve marijuana oil

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal. …

Upscale NY suburb embroiled in a wily debate over coyotes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chappaqua, a well-heeled hamlet north of New York City, is embroiled in an increasingly nasty debate that seems oddly out of place amid the stately homes and tony boutiques: What should be done about coyotes? Self-styled coyote spotters …

On the record: Hassan says efficiency ideas still none of the public’s business

Sunday, March 1, 2015

One of the big ideas in Gov. Maggie Hassan’s $11.5 billion state budget is to create a new executive position charged with making government more efficient. A good place for this new cost-saver to start would be with …