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History, weather, people factors for N.H. ski areas when it comes to end of season

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This year’s ski season started with a bang with an early cold snap that provided ideal conditions for snowmaking. Epic amounts of snow fell in the mountains, and temperatures remained cold into the spring, keeping a heavy blanket at the state’s ski resorts. It all seemed to add up to an extended ski season that could spill into schools’ April …

How government aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan. Many have run out of money between paychecks. So they obtain a “payday” loan to tide them over. Problem is, such loans can often bury them in fees and debts. Their bank accounts can be closed, their cars repossessed. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules yesterday …

Iraqi Shiite militias balk at offensive after US intervention

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Iraqi militia forces that have led the fight against Islamic State militants in Tikrit balked at U.S. intervention yesterday, saying that they would stop thousands of fighters under their influence from joining an offensive on the city. Though the militia leaders said they would remain in their positions around Tikrit, their refusal to continue fighting raises the question as to whether regular Iraqi …

Department of Transportation spending plan, and gas tax increase struck down

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Hampshire House Republicans abandoned plans to raise the state gas tax, and now budget writers are meeting today to come up with alternative funding options for the state Department of Transportation. “We killed the gas tax. There …

Jeb Bush widely used executive authority in Fla.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jeb Bush ended Florida’s affirmative action programs in 1999 with a flourish, issuing an executive order that he said would “transcend the tired debate” about racial preferences. Some lawmakers grumbled about the first-year governor making such a move …

Victim advocates: Virginia case may do harm

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

With the account of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia debunked by the police, advocates for sexual assault survivors are worried a movement that gained tremendous momentum in the past year could suffer a setback. …

Cruz says he’s signing up for Obamacare

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said yesterday he is signing up his family for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House. Cruz …

Authorities: No evidence of frat gang rape at UVA

Monday, March 23, 2015

A five-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, described in graphic detail in a Rolling Stone article, showed no evidence the attack took place and was stymied by the accuser’s unwillingness to cooperate, authorities said yesterday. The article entitled “A rape on …

New Orleans: Millionaire Durst held without bond

Monday, March 23, 2015

A magistrate yesterday ordered millionaire Robert Durst held without bond on weapons charges in Louisiana and said the man accused of killing his friend 15 years ago in California was both a flight risk and a danger to …

Analysis: Cruz tests limits of conservatism

Monday, March 23, 2015

If there is such a thing as being too conservative to be elected president of the United States, Ted Cruz is having none of it. Announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination yesterday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, …

Who will be the next to launch a presidential campaign?

Monday, March 23, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential announcement signals the start of the next stage of the 2016 election, with presidential hopefuls making final preparations to formalize their White House bids. Here’s a brief timeline of what we can expect in the coming weeks: ∎ Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, …

Forum to focus on climate impacts on maple industry

Monday, March 23, 2015

The state’s maple producers and maple experts will talk this week about climate change and its effects on one of New Hampshire’s iconic industries. The event, “Climate Change not so Sweet for Maple Syrup,” will focus on climate impacts on the state’s forests and maple trees. The forum …

Server attack briefly disrupts New Hampshire tourism website

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Hampshire’s tourism website was inaccessible for less than an hour yesterday due to a cyberattack against an outside server. The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development said the company that hosts visitnh.gov experienced a “distributed denial of service” attack on servers at one of its datacenters. …