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FILE - In this June 12, 1962, file photo, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay is shown the day three prisoners escaped. Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. Using software to study currents the night of the 1962 escape, three Dutch scientists concluded the three men could have made it to land north of the Golden Gate Bridge if they left between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.  Prison officials and federal agents insisted at the time that the inmates perished, but their bodies were never found. (AP Photo/File)

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study. The three Dutch scientists, using the latest hydraulic software and information about tides on the night of the 1962 escape, said the three men could have …

McConnell vows to battle Obama on coal plant regulations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, pledged yesterday to do all he can to stop President Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying a White House “crusade” has devastated his state’s economy. The Environmental Protection Agency “has created a depression in my state and it’s done a lot of damage to …

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has …

Japan’s ruling coalition wins big in elections

Monday, December 15, 2014

Japan’s ruling coalition won a solid victory in lower house elections yesterday, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats up to four more years to pursue a wide range of economic and political reforms. The conservative Liberal Democratic …

Truckers vie with shippers for $24 billion fuel savings

Sunday, December 14, 2014

As shippers of everything from toys to tools enjoy as much as $24 billion in savings from lower diesel surcharges next year, trucking companies see an opening to raise freight rates at a pace not seen in about …

Northern New England snowmobilers hope for snow

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Last week’s heavy, wet snow could provide the solid base needed to get the snowmobile season on track, but trees knocked out in the storm could keep some trails closed beyond the start of the season. “We’ve been …

Wealth gap widens between whites and minorities

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The economic recovery has not been equal among the races, according to a Pew Research Center study released last week. The study found that the wealth gap between white households and minorities has widened in recent years. The wealth of white households was 13 times greater than that …

Tax rates in, and up

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Three of the 10 highest property tax rates in the state for 2014 are in Greater Concord. Two of three – Penacook and Hopkinton – border Concord. Residents in the third town, Allenstown, will be paying some of …

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Allenstown ∎ No address given; land and building; $136,000; Ryan D. and Jessica L. Provost to Mark E. and Lynda L. Vermillion. ∎ 24-26 Mt Delight Road; land and building; $198,000; Alan D. and Elizabeth A. Beck to Andrew S. and Kristen L. Thomas. Andover ∎ 4th NH Tpke; land; $126,267; …

Staking claim to political domain names ahead of the game

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Attention all present and future politicians: Have you registered a website, Facebook account and Twitter handle under your own name yet? If not, chances are somebody else already has, and that can mean big problems. Newly elected House …

4 ways to hold onto your cash when renting a car

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Heading home for the holidays can come with a hefty price tag. Although gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in years, if you’re renting a car, increased demand during the season means you’ll likely encounter higher prices – especially if you haven’t already locked in a rate. …

Man arrested after Portland shooting, 2 sought

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a shooting outside an alternative high school in Portland, Ore., had ties to a gang, as did two of the victims, the police said yesterday. Sgt. Pete Simpson said Lonzo Murphy …

At least 21 die in attacks in Kabul, other parts of Afghanistan

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Multiple attacks killed at least 21 people in Afghanistan, including two NATO service members, six Afghan soldiers and a senior officer of the nation’s highest court, Afghan officials said yesterday. They were the latest in a spate of assaults that have sparked new security concerns and placed Afghans …