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Maine hosting New England tourism conference this month

Sunday, April 26, 2015

More than 400 travel and tourism businesses, tour operators and other organizations from eight different countries will visit Maine this month. Maine is hosting the annual Discover New England Tourism Summit in Portland from April 27 to 29. The six New England states take turns hosting the conference. Maine Office of Tourism Director Carolann Ouellette said in a statement that the conference is a chance for tourism industry officials in …

Expert: Lift accidents like one at Sugarloaf are rare

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A national expert says Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort was the only ski area in the nation to have a serious lift malfunction involving injuries this season. Seven skiers were injured when the King Pine quad lift at Sugarloaf began moving backward on busy Saturday in late March. An investigation determined that the accident was caused by a broken drive shaft and a design …

Late spring complicates already perilous amphibian migration

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Northern New England’s annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. Every spring, several species of salamanders and frogs travel to vernal pools – temporary bodies of water created by melted snow – to …

Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women’s rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country’s restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, the police said yesterday. While investigators declined to …

Car bombs driven by foreigners hit Iraq-Jordan border post

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Three suicide car bombs driven by foreigners targeted the remote desert border crossing between Iraq and Jordan yesterday killing at least four Iraqi soldiers, said Iraqi officials. The attack was immediately claimed by the radical Islamic State group …

How London man may have helped trigger the ‘flash crash’

Saturday, April 25, 2015

He operated from a modest suburban London home he shared with his parents, far from the city’s glamorous financial center. He used off-the-shelf software anyone can buy. Yet, if U.S. authorities are correct, Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, managed …

PolitiFact NH: Did State Department really send three comedians to India on ‘Make Chai, Not War’ tour?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

“Hillary Clinton’s State Department sent three comedians to India on the ‘Make Chai, Not War’ tour.” — Rand Paul on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 in a speech in Nashua, N.H. ---------- When Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took to …

Election 2016: Gay marriage ensnares GOP hopfuls

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Republican presidential hopefuls are struggling with how to position themselves on same-sex marriage, an issue that is bedeviling a party hoping to avoid social controversies as the 2016 election approaches. Rapidly changing public opinion on the subject has …

Obama defends U.S. intelligence after hostage deaths

Friday, April 24, 2015

A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Obama yesterday praised the nation’s spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future …

In Baltimore, protesters promise biggest Freddie Gray rally yet

Friday, April 24, 2015

After a week of protests, people angry over the unexplained police-custody death of Freddie Gray promised their biggest march today, when they would try to “shut down” the city. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked protesters for being peaceful so …

HIV, hepatitis C epidemic in Indiana sparks CDC alert

Friday, April 24, 2015

An Indiana county is experiencing nearly daily increases in new HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use, and health officials hope the situation prompts other states to closely track their hepatitis C and HIV rates to identify potential clusters of the diseases. Indiana state health officials said yesterday …

Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack

Friday, April 24, 2015

Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said yesterday. The …

Scientists trick subjects into feeling invisible

Friday, April 24, 2015

Your brain’s sense that your body is your body is something you probably take for granted. But new research shows that in just seconds, your brain will readily accept a full-body illusion as truth. Even if that illusion is that your entire body has turned invisible. And the …