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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, left, is sworn in by Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, during his inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Ghani Ahmadzai He replaces Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan president sworn in, paving way for U.S. pact

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president yesterday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United States that would guarantee a continuing American military presence. As Hamid Karzai left the political stage, the new president was locked into an uneasy … 0

Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve? A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children. In fact, the authors project that among women who were in their early 20s in 2008 – early in the so-called “Great Recession” – … 0

Safety agency studying Toyota acceleration problem

Monday, September 29, 2014

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars from the … 0

Nation & world briefs, Sept. 28

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Russian foreign minister issued a blistering attack on the West and NATO yesterday, accusing them of being unable to change their Cold War “genetic code” and saying the U.S. must abandon its claims to “eternal uniqueness.” Sergey Lavrov’s assault appeared to be an extension of the increasingly … 0

Fish and Game officials urge blaze orange use

Saturday, September 27, 2014

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are urging hunters, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to make blaze orange their fall fashion statement. With hunting season underway for some game, officials say wearing a fluorescent orange hat, vest or jacket makes one readily visible and distinguishable. Josh Mackay, coordinator … 0

DRIVER’s license revocations

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The director of motor vehicles, Richard Bailey Jr., released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Catelyn M. Cote, 22, of Boscawen ∎ Nicholas R. MacDonald, 18, of Bristol ∎ Bryan J. Higgins, 24, of Concord ∎ Garry O. Hodge, 19, of Concord ∎ Joshua J. … 0

Police: Woman beheaded at Oklahoma workplace

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, the police said yesterday. Moore police Sgt. Jeremy … 5

White House wants domestic drone use detailed publicly

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The White House is preparing a directive that would require federal agencies to publicly disclose for the first time where they fly drones in the United States and what they do with the torrents of data collected from aerial surveillance. The presidential executive order would force the Pentagon, … 0

Palestinian leader in new UN bid to end occupation

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel yesterday of conducting a “war of genocide” and a “series of absolute war crimes” during the 50-day summer conflict in Gaza, but he stopped short of saying he will pursue war crime … 1

Economy’s Q2 rebound was even faster than thought

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The U.S. economy’s bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year. The economy as measured by gross domestic product grew … 0

Britain joins fight against Islamic State group

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Britain, Belgium and Denmark yesterday joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations that are launching airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Iraq, committing warplanes to the struggle against the extremists. The European lawmakers flatly described the moves as … 0

U.S. carbon emissions tick higher

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Obama administration appears to be losing ground in its efforts to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases, according to new government figures that show pollution levels rising again after several years of gradual decline. Data released yesterday by the Energy Department shows American factories and power plants … 1

Illinois air traffic center fire snarls flights

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A contract employee set a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center where he worked, bringing two of the nation’s busiest airports to a halt yesterday, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint filed in U.S. … 0