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Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, and that addiction has in the past led to a long police record for shoplifting groceries. The press release promoting Drouin’s spot …

Effort to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, similar agencies on the horizon again

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Women’s health agencies and their supporters, including Gov. Maggie Hassan, are bracing for yet another attempt to strip state funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Rep. Warren Groen, a Republican from Rochester, plans to introduce a bill that would “ban public funding going to any organization or group that …

New Hampshire opens applications for medical marijuana treatment centers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

If you want to apply for one of four spots to dispense on New Hampshire’s medical marijuana market, now’s your chance: The Department of Health and Human Services released its long-awaited request for applications yesterday afternoon. The department plans to select up to four alternative treatment centers – New Hampshire’s version of medical marijuana dispensaries – distributed in predetermined geographic areas across the …

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study. The three Dutch scientists, …

McConnell vows to battle Obama on coal plant regulations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, pledged yesterday to do all he can to stop President Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying a White House “crusade” has devastated his state’s economy. The Environmental Protection Agency …

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale …

Fourteen connected with Massachusetts pharmacy charged following meningitis outbreak

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs …

Sony cancels movie release in wake of hacker threats

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sony Pictures Entertainment yesterday canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, bowing to threats of a wide-scale attack from hackers who U.S. intelligence officials have concluded were working for North Korea. U.S. officials, though, were not prepared to publicly accuse the reclusive government, in large part because …

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The United States and Cuba ended more than a half-century of enmity yesterday, announcing that they would re-establish diplomatic relations and begin dismantling the last pillar of the Cold War. The historic move, following 18 months of secret …

Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country yesterday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with …

Republicans meet again day before move to replace House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the first official Republican House caucus, representatives outlined a broad list of more than two dozen policies they plan to prioritize in the coming legislative session, which range from balancing the budget without any new taxes to lowering energy costs and reducing the size of government. “What …

Seeking Shelter: Family looking for help in Concord, heads to Florida instead

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nicole Minerva and her family had plans to stay with a friend Saturday night. Minerva, 30, her husband Edward Portalla, 33, niece Tina Bushey, 26, and Bushey’s 4-year-old son, Kenneth, have been homeless for about three months and …

Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people – almost all of them students – before government troops ended the siege. The massacre of innocent …