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In New Hampshire jails, recovery programs are scarce

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Merrimack County jail is one of the most visible battlegrounds in New Hampshire’s war on drugs. Nearly 80 percent of inmates there report histories of substance abuse. Every week, a stream of men and women in orange detention uniforms shuffle before judges in Concord for drug and drug-related crimes. Yet, like at many county jails, recovery options are scarce, and growing scarcer. Since the state began rolling out expanded …

Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out. Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create “human-quality” short stories, sonnets and dance music sets that will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and music selections. The …

Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Texas man used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights. But after losing ownership of his suburban Houston store in bankruptcy, Jeremy Alcede spent nearly seven weeks in jail for refusing a federal judge’s order to share with the …

IRAQ: Bombings kill 19 people around Baghdad

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A series of attacks, mainly car bombs, in Iraq killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens Saturday, authorities said. Police officials said the deadliest attack occurred Saturday night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in Baghdad’s western neighborhood of Amil, killing nine people and …

Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand

Saturday, July 4, 2015

World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues …

Walker says open records restrictions will be dropped

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he and GOP legislative leaders have agreed to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state’s open records laws. Walker announced the decision in a joint statement Saturday with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly …

Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night’s revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of …

News briefs for July 5, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Up-front losses would be large for Greece With aid negotiations off and ATMs running out of money, it’s not speculation any more. Greece could leave the euro. And soon. What would that mean for the Greek people and for the European Union’s 16-year-old shared currency – the crown …

McCain: U.S. must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration’s current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country’s capital. The Republican told reporters that Afghan …

At Bonfire house, men seek a future that’s drug and alcohol free

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A wave of relief washed over Tyler Counter as he sat handcuffed in the back of a Concord cruiser outside Steeplegate Mall last August. After two months on the run from drug charges, Counter realized his arrest meant …

State House: Bills’ fates hang on Hassan

Saturday, July 4, 2015

While most state lawmakers have already fled Concord for the summer recess, several big-time bills they passed this year on subjects ranging from medical marijuana to concealed guns are awaiting action from Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Once a …

Confusion reigns in Greece on last day of campaigning before referendum

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Greece’s highest administrative court ruled Friday that a referendum planned for Sunday is constitutional, clearing the last serious hurdle before Greeks go to the polls for a vote that could set the country’s direction for decades. From the moment Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced the referendum last …

PolitiFact NH: Hassan says 6,000 people on expanded Medicaid have sought treatment for addiction

Friday, July 3, 2015

Six thousand people have sought addiction treatment through expanded Medicaid. — Maggie Hassan on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 in her State of the State speech in Nashua ---------------- When New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan gave her state of …