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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will not run for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics yesterday, declaring his party would be better served by the “next generation of Republican leaders” and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began. Aides said it was a deeply personal and even painful decision for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. He insisted he could win the next election if …

Phillips Exeter picks UNH official as new principal

Friday, January 30, 2015

University of New Hampshire provost and vice president of academic affairs Lisa MacFarlane has been chosen as the next principal of Phillips Exeter Academy. MacFarlane will succeed Tom Hassan, the husband of Gov. Maggie Hassan who announced he would step down to focus more on his family and the governor’s political career. Associated Press MacFarlane is an alumna of Phillips Academy Andover and …

Old forest may derail Sunapee expansion plan

Friday, January 30, 2015

The state is evaluating whether a 16-acre patch of old red spruce trees on the side of Mount Sunapee is a pristine enough patch of land to require legal protection that could derail a ski area’s contentious and long-debated proposal to expand over state park lands. In a report delivered to the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development and provided to the …

Study: Insurers may using drug costs to discriminate

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released yesterday. One of the cornerstones of President Obama’s signature health law forbids …

California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

Thursday, January 29, 2015

California health officials yesterday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals …

Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport. The airport has banned pot-themed souvenirs, fearing …

Islamic State releases new audio message by Japanese hostage

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Islamic State released a message yesterday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. Earlier in the day, Jordan had offered a precedent-setting prisoner …

Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in United States history – $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck – was captured at …

Ukraine rebels claim new key victory is within grasp

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine said yesterday that they have almost fully encircled government forces in a town that hosts a strategic railway hub, putting them within grasp of a decisive new victory. Eduard Basurin, the deputy commander …

Hezbollah fires missile salvo, killing 2 Israeli soldiers

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area yesterday, killing two soldiers and triggering a deadly response that marked the most serious escalation since the sides’ …

USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said yesterday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards …

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a “balanced approach” in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange …

Twins who ran major US drug ring sentenced to 14 years each

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A federal judge sentenced twin brothers yesterday to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion North American drug ring, agreeing with prosecutors to drastically reduce their sentences as reward for their cooperation against Joaquin …