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Capital Beat: Concealed weapons on Legislature’s agenda

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Republicans already scored one victory in the firearms category: allowing concealed weapons back into the House Chamber. Now they are going for the second: a constitutional carry law that would mean you don’t have to get a state-issued license in order to carry a concealed gun.  “I would call it common sense legislation,” said Rep. JR Hoell, a Dunbarton Republican …

Do drones, smart rifles make hunting too easy?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The use of drones and other emerging technologies while hunting could soon be banned in New Hampshire. The state Fish and Game Department has proposed rules that would ban the taking, driving or locating of wild game through use of drones, while also banning smart rifles and live-action game cameras. “We need to establish rules regarding these fast-changing technologies to make sure 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 “outrageous and unforgiveable.” The message claimed one of the Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa, had been …

Top official: Russians will ‘eat less’ for Putin

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland yesterday warned the West against trying to topple President Vladimir Putin and said that Russians are ready to sacrifice their wealth in Putin’s …

Congo’s Senate rules out census before vote after protests

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate bowed to protests that left 40 people dead and abandoned plans for a revised electoral law to require that a census be held before elections next year. Opposition politicians had warned that linking the census to the vote would delay the ballot …

Top N.Y. politician’s arrest prompts calls for ethics overhaul

Saturday, January 24, 2015

There was the assemblyman who took a bribe from a carnival promoter. The former Senate leader accused of using envelopes stuffed with cash to grease his bid for New York City mayor. Or the one who went to …

State officials to move ahead with plan to slice $7 million from nursing homes

Friday, January 23, 2015

A plan to patch a $58 million hole in the Department of Health and Human Services budget drew fire from legislators Friday who said $7 million in cuts to nursing home payments would target some of the state’s …

Medical billing can vary widely in same market, study finds

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thanks to recent efforts to make health care prices more transparent, it’s become clear that Americans in some parts of the country pay much more for a doctor’s visit or common procedures than people in other regions. Now a new report from a major health insurance organization shows …

Officer who carried dying girl in Colorado theater attacks comforts grieving father

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Every year on his daughter’s birthday, Ian Sullivan visits the grave of the child he lost when a gunman slipped into a Colorado movie theater and fatally shot the 6-year-old as she sat with her mother in the …

Atomic Scientists: We’re getting even closer to doomsday

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry. But other experts say that’s way too gloomy. …

King Abdullah dies at 90

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms, including nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died, according to …

GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

Thursday, January 22, 2015

With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House yesterday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version. By …

Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The deadline to pay ransom for two Japanese hostages of the Islamic State group was fast approaching yesterday, as the mother of one of the captives appealed for her son’s rescue. With time running short, the mother of …