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Crisis, what crisis? U.S. economy steams along

Friday, August 28, 2015

A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday when the Bureau of Economic Analysis said the U.S. …

Across U.S., many utilities are battling net metering

Friday, August 28, 2015

Net metering, which allows customers to sell excess electricity back to their local utility, was created in the 1990s and became a key component in launching the solar industry, especially for homes and small business. But in some ways, the practice is under attack as the boom in solar power makes it more …

PolititFact NH: Americans for Prosperity calls Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposal a tax increase

Friday, August 28, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposal “raises taxes on small businesses and increases taxes and fees by $100 million.” — Americans for Prosperity on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 in TV ad -------------- What’s a tax increase? In examining the big claims about New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s budget proposals made by the state chapter …

600 celebrate life of woman killed in supermarket attack

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wendy Boudreau graduated from Thornton Academy in Maine, fell in love with her husband there, and eventually worked there. Hundreds of friends and family attended her funeral Tuesday in the high school’s auditorium, where her daughter said her …

2 homeless pythons given to Vermont man headed to sanctuary

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a longtime snake collector and were turned over to Vermont game wardens are headed to a sanctuary. The larger of the two reticulated pythons picked up Tuesday by experts …

virginia: ‘Welcome’ banners outrage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Some students, parents and others on campus were upset after seeing “welcome” banners at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., on Friday at an off-campus house suggesting “baby girls” stay for a good time; the school’s president expressed outrage, student leaders quickly videotaped concerned responses, and the fraternity’s …

Police seek less-lethal weapons

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets – “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal. …

New day of carnage for financial markets amid global sell-off

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A worldwide selling frenzy Monday bruised U.S. stocks and sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunging nearly 600 points, as investors worried over China’s slowing economy extended a global-market meltdown. The Dow fell more than 1,000 points within six minutes, its largest single-day slump in history, before staggering …

GraniteGeek: Just because it’s a hole that sinks doesn’t mean it’s a sinkhole

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Yes, there was a hole, and yes, you could sink into it. But from a geological perspective, the traffic-snarling chasm that opened up on Interstate 93 in Concord last week wasn’t really a sinkhole. Texas may have sinkholes …

Biden’s allies in N.H. watching for signals on presidential run

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

As national headlines continue to nudge more and more at the suggestion that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously weighing a late entry into the Democratic presidential contest, old friends on the ground in New Hampshire said they …

HHS announces more medical marijuana hearings in Manchester, Rochester

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services will hold two additional forums for proposed medical marijuana cultivation sites. The first will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. at Manchester City Hall, and the second on Tuesday, Sept. …

Sanders continues to draw enthusiastic crowds, but New Hampshire voters haven’t made up their minds yet

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hillary Clinton may have the name recognition and Donald Trump the celebrity status, but it’s Bernie Sanders, the 73-year-old senator from Vermont, who has consistently drawn the biggest crowds of the election cycle so far. The progressive Democratic …

Alaska: 30 whales dead this summer

Monday, August 24, 2015

Researchers are scrambling to determine what’s behind the death of 30 whales in the Gulf of Alaska as unusually warm ocean temperatures continue to wreak havoc on the region. Since May, 14 fin whales, 11 humpback whales, one gray whale and four unidentified specimens have been found dead …