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Concord police say teen fabricated story about an abandoned husky chained to a fence

Monday, November 24, 2014

Police in Concord say a report of an abandoned husky chained to a fence with a sign that read “Free” was made up. WMUR-TV reported a juvenile bought the dog and fabricated a story last week that would help convince her parents to keep the dog. The dog has been given to a foster family, which is working with the original owner to find a permanent home. Police said the dog was chained to the fence of a city dog park on Thursday, with a box of dog food. The dog appeared to be in good health. – The Associated Press …

Commission examining New Hampshire’s high workers' compensation costs splits over plan to limit what medical providers can charge

Monday, November 24, 2014

Say two men show up at the same hospital on the same day with identical broken bones in their arms. But one fell out of a tree doing yard work at home, while the other fell off a ladder at work. Under New Hampshire’s current workers’ compensation system, the injured worker’s arm will cost far more to fix, a price discrepancy that is …

Survey: N.H. retailers expect boost in holiday sales

Monday, November 24, 2014

A survey shows New Hampshire retailers are expecting holiday sales to be up 4.3 percent, slightly higher than the national expectation. The survey by the New Hampshire Retail Association says 77 percent of retailers are anticipating their 2014 holiday sales will be the same or better than last year. A total of 69 percent of respondents said that their 2014 inventory levels are …

Wages poised to rise as signs emerge of improved U.S. job market

Saturday, November 22, 2014

More than five years into the economic expansion, the signs that economists look for to herald the pickup in pay that has long eluded American workers are starting to emerge. Wages and salaries climbed last quarter by the most since 2008 as a dwindling number of unemployed per …

City: Quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’ must back off

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The self-styled “Robin Hooders” race to the rescue of the parking peasantry, pumping quarters into their expired meters and leaving behind cards informing them they have been saved from “the king’s tariff.” Nobody, not even the king – …

4 in NH sickened by contaminated bean sprouts

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Hampshire health officials say four residents have been affected by a Salmonella outbreak in the Northeast linked to bean sprouts from a Brooklyn, N.Y., company. The state Department of Health and Human Services said yesterday that the bean sprouts were consumed in restaurants. So far 63 people …

Fact check: Obama’s stance on executive authority has changed

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The statement “My position hasn’t changed” on using executive authority to address immigration issues. — Barack Obama on Sunday, November 16th, 2014 in a press conference in Australia. The ruling Obama has been asked about his ability to …

Southern NH becoming preferred route for gas pipeline

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Developer Kinder Morgan says a plan to run 80 miles of natural gas pipeline through southern New Hampshire is emerging as the preferred route in its major expansion project. That path – revealed earlier this month as one alternative to the company’s existing route – would cross from …

Republicans sue White House over health law

Saturday, November 22, 2014

House Republicans yesterday announced that they have filed a long-awaited legal suit challenging President Obama’s “unilateral actions” on the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, announced the lawsuit’s filing minutes after he publicly denounced another of the president’s executive moves, this on the decision …

Medical marijuana dispensary proposed for Epping

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed in Epping after the state passed a law allowing seriously ill residents to use marijuana to treat their illnesses. The Portsmouth Herald reports the plan will be presented to selectmen Monday night at Epping Town Hall. The program is being administered …

South Africa seeks to move rhinos from harm’s way

Friday, November 21, 2014

The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet. Then, as a dart’s sedative takes hold, it staggers and slouches to the ground, where South African rangers prepare to move the oversized beast by truck to …

Worm spends four years burrowing through man’s brain

Friday, November 21, 2014

After four years of headaches, a British man was found to have a rare guest living inside his skull: a tapeworm. The case was reported in the journal Genome Biology. Does your head hurt yet? Give it a minute. The nearly half-inch-long Spirometra erinaceieuropaei worm was found during …

Iran nuke talks stalled, despite Kerry efforts

Friday, November 21, 2014

Contentious nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran hit a new snag yesterday after Iran apparently again turned down U.S. demands for concessions, leaving negotiations in limbo just three days before a deadline for a deal. In hours …