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Downtown: Concord officials comfortable with minimal safety net on Main Street project

Monday, January 26, 2015

Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe not, in the case of the Main Street project. As Concord prepares to break ground on the downtown redesign this spring, the city has already dipped into its contingency fund to buy $200,000 worth of signs. That leaves the city with about $94,000 for unforeseen costs during construction – less than 1 percent of the $10.69 million project budget. “A project like this is most comfortable with a contingency of 3 to 5 percent,” City Engineer Ed Roberge said. While the safety net for the Main Street project is less than the city’s norm, Roberge defended the dwindling fund. During an alternative bidding process last spring, Roberge said negotiations …

Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

Monday, January 26, 2015

Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. “This is essentially using a mosquito as …

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

Monday, January 26, 2015

President Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. “They’ve decided that today was the day that …

Japan: Unverified video may show execution

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early today that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, calling a new online video purporting to show that one had been killed …

NH, Maine, Vermont snowmobile sharing coming up next weekend

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any of the participating …

Rockets kill 30 as rebels launch offensive

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops yesterday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically important port city as the …

Memories fade as Ghana’s colonial architecture swept away

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Elizabeth Biney remembers as a little girl watching monkeys play in her yard and parrots flit above the sloping roof of her colonial house in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. “There were birds all over the place,” Biney, now 58, recalled. “There were so many trees you couldn’t see …

Protesters call for president’s resignation

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The young men moved furtively among the would-be shoppers queued outside a supermarket, passing out pamphlets calling for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, whose socialist policies they blamed for leaving store shelves barren and Venezuela’s economy in …

High-value Guantanamo detainees call home for the first time in nearly a decade

Saturday, January 24, 2015

For almost a decade, the 15 detainees considered to be the most dangerous at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been locked in a special top-security facility and deprived of some of the privileges granted to other prisoners, such as communal living, live television and …

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials. In Georgia, where lawmakers are considering a bill that critics …

Chronic under-funding of state retirement system means big bill for taxpayers

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The amount of money municipalities have been paying into the New Hampshire Retirement System has more than doubled since 2003, but a $4.5 billion shortfall, known as the system’s unfunded liability, won’t be going away any time soon. “There is no expectation it will improve in the near …

Colorado: Woman who tried to help terrorists receives 4 years

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who tried to go to Syria to help Islamic State militants was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday, even as she tearfully told a judge that she never wanted to hurt anyone and has disavowed jihad. Shannon Conley told the judge she …

Israel gains with emigration of French Jewish entrepreneurs

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With a degree from the prestigious HEC Paris business school, five years at a global consulting firm, and a three-floor “dream apartment” in the French capital’s 10th arrondissement, Mickael Nadjar had a comfortable and prosperous life in his …