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Climate change drawing lots of money, but gaining little traction, in Senate race

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ronald West considers himself the swing vote of his Concord household. He is a registered independent and cares about issues like the economy and national security. But recently another issue has cracked his top-five list: climate change. “It’s pretty important,” West said. If legislators can ignore the science behind climate change, he said, “it’s easy to ignore other things.” When a canvasser from NextGen Climate – a super PAC dedicated …

Ebola quarantine for doctors, others ordered by N.Y., N.J.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York yesterday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with victims of the deadly disease in West Africa. The move came after a physician who …

GOP candidates tread gingerly on climate

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Republicans in competitive races are treading gingerly around climate change this campaign season, often saying they are not in a good position to make a judgment on the issue, then pivoting quickly to express concern for the environment, the economy or both. “I am not a scientist,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of …

Secret Service guard dogs are in spotlight after latest White House fence jumping

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The apprehension of a man who jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was bitten by a guard dog highlighted one of the Secret Service’s most effective weapons: its canines. Secret Service agents and K-9 units quickly …

Officials: N.Y. doctor has Ebola

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York City after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said yesterday. He’s the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. and the first in the city. …

Border deaths drop to 15-year low

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the …

Hassan, Havenstein go head-to-head at NH1 debate

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The state’s Medicaid expansion plan – sometimes referred to as the New Hampshire Health Protection Program – was a recurring issue at the gubernatorial debate last night between Gov. Maggie Hassan and Walt Havenstein. Hassan repeatedly pointed to …

Coakley: No immediate plans to seek graduated tax

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred yesterday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of …

A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Obama’s national security policies. McCain would be on tap to serve as …

U.S. to track everyone coming from Ebola nations

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said yesterday that everyone traveling into the United States from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. That includes returning American aid workers, federal health employees and …

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted yesterday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a …

2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial yesterday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial …

Goofy dinosaur blends Barney and Jar Jar Binks

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws. Now scientists have found the rest of the dinosaur and have new …