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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Republicans pushed a divided House yesterday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, debate over the lawsuit underscored … 0

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released yesterday. While the administration was publicly assuring consumers that they would soon have seamless online access to health insurance, a chaotic procurement process was … 0

Concord man, 47, charged with 15 counts of child porn

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A 47-year-old Concord sex offender has been charged with 15 new felony counts of child pornography after the police said they found lewd photos of boys inside his Hanover Street residence. Christopher Merchant was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday in Concord’s district court. The police said they began investigating Merchant in January of … 0

In Iraq’s Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Residents of Mosul have watched helplessly as extremists ruling the northern Iraqi city blew up some of their most beloved landmarks and shrines to impose a stark vision of Islam. Next up for destruction, they feared: the Crooked … 0

Brown calls for securing the border in new ad

Monday, July 28, 2014

Scott Brown released his sixth TV ad in his U.S. Senate bid yesterday, this one focusing on immigration and securing the border. His call to secure the border comes on the heels of recent discussions over how to handle the flood of immigrant children from Central America now … 1

As fighting rages in east Ukraine, U.S. releases images said to implicate Russia

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rebels and government troops fired on each other’s positions yesterday in a strategically important city in eastern Ukraine, sending residents into bomb shelters, as Washington released images that it said proved Russia is shooting across the border into … 0

Higher wages signaled by more U.S. employees quitting

Monday, July 28, 2014

If someone at your workplace recently quit, you may be poised for a raise. With more Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs and confidence about business conditions improving, wages could increase amid this labor-market turnover. More than 2.5 million U.S. workers resigned in May, a 15 percent increase from … 1

Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

Sunday, July 27, 2014

One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung conspiracy theory will be … 0

American doctor in Africa gets treatment for Ebola

Sunday, July 27, 2014

An American doctor infected with the deadly Ebola disease received intensive treatment yesterday in West Africa and was in stable condition, talking to his medical team and working on his computer, a spokeswoman for an aid group said. … 0

NASA: Earth narrowly missed crippling solar storm in recent years

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Earth missed a potentially catastrophic encounter with a solar storm by one week in 2012, physicists report. “I have come away from our recent studies more convinced than ever that Earth and its inhabitants were incredibly fortunate that … 2

Hospital shooting suspect charged with murder

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor returned fire has been charged with murder. Richard Plotts was arraigned late Saturday at his hospital bedside … 0

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Israel and Hamas launched new attacks yesterday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to … 0

Capital Beat: Republicans, Democrats mark battleground in race to control state Senate

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Political junkies have surely noticed the uptick in campaign activity between Democrats Kass Ardinger and Dan Feltes, who are competing to secure endorsements in a battle to replace Concord’s outgoing state senator, Sylvia Larsen. It’s the first seriously competitive state Senate race Concord has seen in 20 years, … 0