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Presidential hopeful Senator John McCain campaigns at a house party at the home of Jayne and Shawn Millerick in Bow, New Hampshire on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17, 2007. Afterwards, he stops at Capitol Convenience where Mary Hill, a store clerk and old friend of the Clintons from the 1990s, announces that she will endorse McCain. 
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Setting the stage: N.H. political veterans talk about what it takes to throw a good campaign event

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you’re a presidential candidate looking to make your mark in New Hampshire, the old adage rings true: Location, location, location. There’s no shortage of iconic campaign stops that have produced legendary primary moments over the years, but when voters show up to a town hall, a house party, a Politics and Eggs breakfast, a parade or any other pre-planned …

The return of tick season

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As the days grow steadily warmer and longer, people celebrate the much-anticipated spring by venturing outdoors – gardening in the yard, playing in community parks, strolling along wooded trails. Unfortunately, they’re not alone. The increasingly balmy weather also heralds the return of the dreaded annual tick season. With the arrival of National Lyme …

Service dogs that sniff out seizures improve kids’ lives

Sunday, May 24, 2015

When Alyssa Howes was 4, she lost her sight and started having seizures – up to 20 a day. For years, her grandmother stayed in the girl’s room at night, watching for an attack. That ended three years ago when Alyssa got a rare gift for a young child: a service dog named …

California: Farmers strike drought deal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

California farmers who hold some of the state’s strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal yesterday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts …

ISIS militants purge Syrian town of Assad loyalists

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Islamic State militants hunted down Syrian government troops and loyalists in the newly captured town of Palmyra, shooting or beheading them in public as a warning, and imposing their strict interpretation of Islam, activists said yesterday. The purge, …

Amnesty says torture of Ukraine war prisoners is rife

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report yesterday. Amnesty said in a statement that it has heard …

Cigarette packs must concede addictive intent, not deception

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Philip Morris USA Inc. and other tobacco makers must say on cigarette packages that they’re “intentionally designed” to ensure addiction, a federal appeals court said. The companies don’t, however, have to say they lied about the dangers of smoking. That’s the decision of a Washington-based appeals court yesterday …

Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata airbag defects

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved. …

Clinton’s NH appearance draws ardent supporters, curious onlookers

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The windows were papered over from the inside, and on the door of the Water Street Bookstore in the middle of Exeter, a sign informed customers: “We are closed from 12-3 p.m. today due to a private event. We apologize for the inconvenience!” For those who hadn’t seen …

Senate is ‘playing chicken’ with NSA spy program, White House says

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The White House and top Senate Republicans traded dire warnings yesterday as a standoff over a controversial National Security Agency surveillance program threatened to continue into the weekend. If senators do not act before leaving Washington this weekend for a week-long recess, the legal authority underpinning the NSA’s …

Mexico: Gun battle leaves more than 40 dead

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A shootout between members of a powerful drug cartel and Mexican security forces in the western state of Michoacan left at least 40 people dead yesterday, according to Mexican officials. The violence unfolded in the morning near the town of Tanhuato, along Michoacan’s border with the state of …

Senate gives Obama a win on trade pact

Saturday, May 23, 2015

President Obama won a big victory for his trade agenda yesterday with the Senate’s approval of fast-track legislation that could make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. A coalition of nearly 50 Senate Republicans and more than …

Portsmouth park honors, preserves African burying ground

Saturday, May 23, 2015

From installing sculptures to planting grass, the construction of Portsmouth’s newest park posed a sensitive challenge: digging deep was off limits given the hundreds of bodies buried below the site. The remains, however, are the very reason for …