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Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, and that addiction has in the past led to a long police record for shoplifting groceries. The press release promoting Drouin’s spot …

Effort to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, similar agencies on the horizon again

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Women’s health agencies and their supporters, including Gov. Maggie Hassan, are bracing for yet another attempt to strip state funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Rep. Warren Groen, a Republican from Rochester, plans to introduce a bill that would “ban public funding going to any organization or group that …

New Hampshire opens applications for medical marijuana treatment centers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

If you want to apply for one of four spots to dispense on New Hampshire’s medical marijuana market, now’s your chance: The Department of Health and Human Services released its long-awaited request for applications yesterday afternoon. The department plans to select up to four alternative treatment centers – New Hampshire’s version of medical marijuana dispensaries – distributed in predetermined geographic areas across the …

MOscow: Ruble collapse shakes Russians

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low yesterday despite the Central Bank’s desperate efforts to halt the selling. Putin’s popularity has …

Jeb Bush (almost) announces; he’ll ‘explore’ candidacy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House yesterday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, the son and brother …

Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings commits suicide

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds yesterday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt …

Mass. prison system not required to pay for sex-reassignment surgery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Massachusetts prison system does not have to provide an inmate with gender-reassignment surgery, reversing an earlier decision that deemed such inaction unconstitutional. Michelle Kosilek, who was born as Robert Kosilek, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in …

Sydney cafe siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia’s largest city. It ended 16 hours later in a barrage of gunfire that left two …

PSNH plans to raise rates by 7 percent

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Public Service of New Hampshire plans to raise electric rates by 7 percent this winter, a moderate increase compared with hikes as high as 40 percent or more from other utilities. In a request filed with the Public Utilities Commission yesterday, PSNH proposes to increase its energy charge …

PolitiFact’s 2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

Monday, December 15, 2014

There were two Ebola-related fatalities in the United States this year. More Americans – at least nine, and likely many more – have died from the flu over the past few months. Yet this fall, fear of the …

FBI’s Boston office warns of corruption in casino industry

Monday, December 15, 2014

The head of the FBI’s Boston office said yesterday he’s concerned the expansion of casino gambling might lead to an increase in public corruption and financial and organized crime. Special Agent Vincent Lisi, whose office covers Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, said the industry’s growth provides …

Court rules police may make ‘reasonable’ mistakes in law

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Supreme Court was forgiving of a police officer’s misunderstanding of the law yesterday, ruling that it did not invalidate a traffic stop that led to a drug bust. The justices ruled 8-1 that a North Carolina officer made a reasonable mistake when he pulled over a car …

6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tens of thousands of people have died in South Sudan during one year of warfare and the country’s leaders are putting their “personal ambitions” ahead of the young nation’s future, the U.N. secretary-general said yesterday. A year ago …