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Former governor of Virginia Jim Gilmore visited Laconia Harley-Davidson on Friday, June 19, 2015. Gilmore, who is considering a presidential campaign, visited the state during Laconia Motorcycle Week.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Make that 17 – Jim Gilmore officially launches presidential campaign

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Seventeen is now the total – and likely final – number of 2016 Republicans presidential candidates. Jim Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, is officially in the running as of Wednesday. Gilmore, who has unofficially been campaigning for months and has visited New Hampshire many times, filed his paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission under the committee name “Gilmore for …

Sanders house parties help fuel grassroots base

Thursday, July 30, 2015

About 45 people introduced themselves to one another in a Penacook backyard Wednesday night. Despite the 90-degree heat, they all turned out to a house party hosted for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The party in Penacook was one of 37 others being held in New Hampshire, and one of more than 3,000 …

University of Cincinnati police officer who shot man during traffic stop charged with murder

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a charge of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop earlier this month. “It was so unnecessary for this to occur,” Joe Deters, the Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor, said at a news conference Wednesday. Sam Dubose, 43, was …

Perry says movie theaters should not be gun-free zones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

In the wake of two recent mass shootings, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said Sunday he does not support declaring certain public spaces “gun- free zones.” “I would suggest to you that these concepts of gun-free zones are …

Long waits for treatment add to addicts’ desperation

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Shawn Cross thought heroin was making him an excellent manager at the auto parts store where he had gone from delivery guy to manager in five years. On the job, every day, every four hours, he snorted opiate pills or heroin. He hired addicts because they might help …

Shift in DHS enforcement policy could sharply reduce deportations

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Obama administration’s profound shift in its enforcement of immigration laws could “substantially transform” the nation’s immigration dragnet, reducing deportations and protecting nearly 90 percent of the illegal immigrants already here, a new report says. As the Washington Post reported this month, the Department of Homeland Security has …

Clinton says she’s confident about proper handling of emails

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server and did not know what messages were being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of emails containing classified information. …

In Louisiana, Sanders starts courting black voters

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders brought his message of income inequality to racially diverse audiences in Louisiana this weekend, launching a new effort to build support among African-Americans, a key Democratic constituency. The 73-year-old senator from Vermont, a state …

Whitey Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Sunday, July 26, 2015

During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him immunity to …

Snapchat drives trend toward vertical videos

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Whether it’s in a movie theater, on TV or on a computer screen, the videos you watch have almost always been horizontal. The rise of smart phones has quietly rotated that standard 90 degrees, with people – particularly …

Maine’s smelts rebounded in 2015, but future still murky

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Maine’s beloved smelts rebounded somewhat in 2015, but state biologists say the little fish is still appearing in lower numbers than in recent years. Ice fishing for smelts is a tradition in Maine, where fishermen pan fry or deep fry the wriggling fish and eat them whole. They …

Scary headlines don’t deter investors

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The U.S. economy is growing at a painfully slow pace. Greece still threatens the euro. Chinese stocks have just pulled out of a frightening free-fall. Big companies in the U.S. are struggling to boost profits. You might think …

25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs’ world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family’s boat into an …