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Fact check: Obama’s stance on executive authority has changed

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The statement “My position hasn’t changed” on using executive authority to address immigration issues. — Barack Obama on Sunday, November 16th, 2014 in a press conference in Australia. The ruling Obama has been asked about his ability to use his office to change immigration rules in the U.S. in many ways throughout the years. Sometimes, he has been asked broadly, but other times, he was asked about very specific measures, such as not splitting up families or freezing deportations for parents of DREAMers. In answering those questions, Obama’s position has clearly changed. Whereas he used to say his ability to take action ended at deferring …

Southern NH becoming preferred route for gas pipeline

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Developer Kinder Morgan says a plan to run 80 miles of natural gas pipeline through southern New Hampshire is emerging as the preferred route in its major expansion project. That path – revealed earlier this month as one alternative to the company’s existing route – would cross from Massachusetts into New Hampshire near Winchester and run east through the state along the border …

Republicans sue White House over health law

Saturday, November 22, 2014

House Republicans yesterday announced that they have filed a long-awaited legal suit challenging President Obama’s “unilateral actions” on the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, announced the lawsuit’s filing minutes after he publicly denounced another of the president’s executive moves, this on the decision that will provide relief to millions of illegal immigrants here, part of what Republicans have …

Medical marijuana alternative treatment center rules up for approval

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Hampshire’s proposed rules for the centers that will distribute therapeutic cannabis under the state’s medical marijuana law are expected to go before a rulemaking committee today. The proposed rules were first introduced in August and have since been updated to reflect some changes. When the rules were …

Study: Massachusetts schools punish more minorites

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor infractions, including …

More restrictions for Gulf of Maine cod fishery

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Federal regulators voted yesterday to close several areas to commercial cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine as they seek to rebuild the depleted fishery. The closures approved by the New England Fishery Management Council are designed to …

Renewed fears of terrorism keep NSA reform bill from clearing Senate

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In May, reacting to revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records, members of the House of Representatives voted by a wide margin to end the program. On Tuesday night, their counterparts across the U.S. Capitol could not win enough votes to proceed even …

Obama to announce immigration action

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In a broad test of his executive powers, President Obama declared yesterday he will sidestep Congress and order his own federal action on immigration – in measures that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people …

Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales after outcry

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A proposal that would have made Westminster, Mass., the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting yesterday, …

New Hampshire to mark Great American Smoke Out

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

If you use tobacco, the American Cancer Society and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services would like to encourage you to try to quit – at least for today, designated as the “Great American Smoke Out.” Across New Hampshire, several universities are taking additional steps …

Concord Feminist Health Center to hold vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Concord Feminist Health Center is holding a candlelight vigil tonight to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, a national day to recognize those who lost their lives to violence or discrimination because of their gender identity. The vigil starts at 5 p.m. at the health center, located at …

Police arrest guru, ending a standoff

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEW DELHI — Police on Wednesday arrested a controversial religious leader at his sprawling ashram in northern India, ending a days-long standoff in which six people died and hundreds were injured. Jawahar Yadav, a Haryana state government spokesman, …

Studies: Few employers dropping health care

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Affordable Care Act so far has not prompted the nation’s employers to drop health benefits for some or all of their workers as critics of the law had predicted, according to two major surveys released Wednesday. A year after the advent of new insurance marketplaces under the …