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Political director Paul Steinhauser goes over the debate rules with Democratic incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan, left,  and Republican candidate, retired executive, Walt Havenstein before a live televised gubernatorial debate hosted by NH1 News on WBIN TV in Concord, N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Hassan, Havenstein go head-to-head at NH1 debate

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The state’s Medicaid expansion plan – sometimes referred to as the New Hampshire Health Protection Program – was a recurring issue at the gubernatorial debate last night between Gov. Maggie Hassan and Walt Havenstein. Hassan repeatedly pointed to Havenstein’s decision to attach his name to a “pledge” backed by the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity, which indicates a …

Coakley: No immediate plans to seek graduated tax

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred yesterday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts. Coakley raised the possibility of a graduated tax during a debate Tuesday night with Baker. Yesterday, after a tour of …

A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Obama’s national security policies. McCain would be on tap to serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee if the GOP wrests majority control from the …

Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, …

Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby Charlottesville, Va., residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic tests …

for sale in loudon: The perfect living space – all on one level

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The beautiful, executive style-ranch home at 74 Plateau Ridge Road in Loudon offers single-level living and an incredible design aesthetic. Featuring four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the home is both spacious and serene, located at the end of …

App reviews: Leaf Peepr, for scouting fall colors; NBA Game Time, for hoops fans

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tracking fall color Leaf season is officially here. All around the country the colors are changing, and fast. To make sure you catch peak color, consider downloading Leaf Peepr, a mobile devices application that relies on ground reports from fall color lovers. You can also submit reports of …

Missouri: Officials: Evidence supports Ferguson police officer’s account

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Forensic evidence shows Michael Brown’s blood on the gun, uniform and inside the car of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, law enforcement officials said, information they believe potentially corroborates the officer’s story that the unarmed 18-year-old tried to take his gun. The evidence will make it harder for …

Pit bull vote aims to settle disputes over breeds

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sharee Talbot wants her dog back. For now, though, she has to drive out of town to visit Buddy because the 2-year-old pit bull isn’t allowed in her hometown of Aurora, Colo. “Look at him. He’s funny. He’s …

Gay-rights group backs use of HIV-prevention pill

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The largest U.S. gay-rights organization yesterday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug. Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might …

Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small when they needed to think big. Many people, governments and agencies share the blame for failing to …

Bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays yesterday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to …

Native American schools face decayed buildings, poverty

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Federally owned schools for Native Americans on reservations are marked by remoteness, extreme poverty and a lack of construction dollars. They also are among the nation’s lowest performing. The Obama administration is pushing ahead with an improvement plan …