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FILE - This Dec. 20, 2013, file photo shows shoppers passing through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta. Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted earlier this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping reform that Republicans had pushed, according to an Associated Press review. As a result, it's unclear if the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had touted.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are affecting four states – including New Hampshire – but that’s far from the sweeping overhaul Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it’s unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had advertised. A … 0

House approves Obama’s Iraq-Syria military strategy amid skepticism

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The House yesterday approved President Obama’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to counter the growing threat of the Islamic State terrorist organization even though lawmakers in both parties remain deeply skeptical about its chances for success. The vote placed Congress one step closer to authorizing the third U.S. military operation … 0

New Hampshire House votes to uphold Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of anti-bullying bill

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

House lawmakers voted yesterday not to revive a bill that aimed to protect state employees from bullying and abusive work environments. Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed the legislation this summer, saying it was unworkable and would lead to a dramatic increase in litigation. The bill’s supporters fell more than 50 votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority needed to overturn the veto. “There’s a … 0

Kerry: U.S. open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

Monday, September 15, 2014

As more than two dozen nations pledged yesterday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition … 0

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence

Monday, September 15, 2014

Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum Thursday. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders tending … 0

’Minecraft’ could boost Microsoft’s mobile reach

Monday, September 15, 2014

Microsoft’s decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game Minecraft could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can … 0

Shifting his views, Rand Paul seeks broader appeal - but may risk his outsider image

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul wanted to eliminate aid to Israel. Now he doesn’t. He wanted to scrap the Medicare system. Now he’s not sure. He didn’t like the idea of a border fence – it was expensive, and it … 0

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

Monday, September 15, 2014

The drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After … 0

Poll has Shaheen, Brown in dead heat; another poll has Shaheen up 8 points

Monday, September 15, 2014

Several new polls released today reveal widely differing outlooks in the race for U.S. Senate. A CNN poll shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown locked in a dead heat among likely voters, with both earning 48 percent. A vast majority of those likely … 1

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks – so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all of his teeth. Self-injury is one of … 0

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group – minus two of the main … 0

U.S. man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

North Korea’s Supreme Court yesterday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said … 0

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hillary Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats yesterday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another … 1