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On the record: Hassan says efficiency ideas still none of the public’s business

Sunday, March 1, 2015

One of the big ideas in Gov. Maggie Hassan’s $11.5 billion state budget is to create a new executive position charged with making government more efficient. A good place for this new cost-saver to start would be with the ideas state department heads have already offered to make state government more efficient. So what are those ideas? Hassan still isn’t …

Lay off the mega-doses of Vitamin D

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Vitamin D, in combination with calcium, is good for your bones. You should consume modest amounts in your diet, if possible (and for most people that is quite possible), or in the form of supplements if you can’t get enough via food and drink. We know this. But somehow we have arrived at a point when some physicians are prescribing large doses of …

Photographer’s documentary on Northern Pass set to debut at Red River

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jerry Monkman lives on the Seacoast, far from the stretch of New Hampshire where Northern Pass plans to plant a new electric transmission line. But the nature photographer says everyone in New England will be visually affected by the energy project. This spring, Monkman is releasing a documentary that showcases the landscapes, the …

Enrollment period for ACA extended from March 15 to April 30

Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Hampshire residents who were considering signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will have another chance to do so during a special enrollment period that will run from March 15 to April 30. The original deadline to sign up for health insurance on HealthCare.gov …

Hassan urges Republicans to follow her lead and be clear on what they’re willing to fund or not

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan still supports expanding gambling in New Hampshire, but she won’t say whether she would sign into law a bill that authorizes two casinos instead of just one, as she prefers. “You would optimize casino revenue …

Regulators approve tougher rules for internet providers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies yesterday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast …

PolitiFact NH: Did Kuster flip-flop when voting for ‘CRomnibus’?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Evoking the old cliche about lawmaking and sausage, Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster faces questions about whether she changed her stance on two votes, going one way when faced with a pair of standalone bills and the other …

Study: Two-thirds of smokers will die early

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two-thirds of smokers will die early from cigarette-triggered illness – unless they choose to kick the habit, according to new research from Australia. The study of more than 200,000 people, published this week in BMC medicine, found about 67 percent of smokers perished from smoking-related illness. That rate …

2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok near Phoenix

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement community before they were captured by authorities yesterday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media. A large, white llama and a smaller …

Pot fight between D.C. Mayor, Congress could cost the city

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The new mayor of the nation’s capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill. Instead, they’ve threatened her with prison and she has accused them of acting like bullies in a showdown over legal …

‘Jihadi John’ identified as London-raised college grad

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for …

Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to more than 220, activists said yesterday. At the same time, the …

Ukraine says truce takes hold as pullback of weapons begins

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ukraine signaled the latest attempt at peace in its easternmost regions is taking hold and said the military would start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front lines. There were no cease-fire breaches after 12:45 a.m. local time, the military said yesterday, before announcing the arms removal. While Russian …