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PolitiFact: Turkeys today are more than twice as fat as they were in the 1930s, Mother Jones says

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The statement “Turkeys today weigh 29.8 pounds. In the ‘30s, they weighed 13.2 pounds.” — Mother Jones on Monday, November 24th, 2014 in a Facebook post Our ruling Those figures, in fact, are the latest-available federal figures. “Today” is actually a reference to 2012, but the preliminary figure for 2013 is even higher, at 30.3 pounds. We rate the statement True. To read the full fact check, go to www.politifact.com/wisconsin. …

Ski industry excited by snowstorm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ski areas across northern New England were giddy yesterday at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm that is bringing early season skiers to the slopes and offering a promising start to the winter season. Cold weather last weekend enabled the Mount Snow ski area in southern Vermont to make snow and open with some of the best early skiing the resort has …

Season’s first snow storm hits flights, power

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The season’s first major snowstorm lumbered into New Hampshire yesterday, promising up to a foot of snow in some places, choking off travel plans and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people. Gov. Maggie Hassan said given that the peak of the storm was expected between 4 and 6 p.m. – …

Sale of Fuller Oil to Rymes Oil and Propane continued to Tuesday

Monday, November 24, 2014

A federal bankruptcy court judge yesterday granted Fred Fuller Oil & Propane Co. a one-day extension of collateral so attorneys for the company can work out the final details of a sale to Rymes Propane & Oil. Fuller …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish nation-state

Monday, November 24, 2014

In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel’s Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet yesterday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The decision, which set off a stormy …

UNH to promote healthier choices at meals

Monday, November 24, 2014

The University of New Hampshire is going to start offering more fruits and vegetables and lower-calorie desserts at its dining areas. The changes are coming as a result of UNH signing on to the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Healthier Campus Initiative, a three-year commitment to make the …

Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next

Monday, November 24, 2014

Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive – thus far the province of western states – to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. The Pine Tree State …

Officials: Bomb in Afghanistan kills more than 40 at volleyball game

Monday, November 24, 2014

A suicide bomber set off his explosives vest yesterday in a large crowd at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, killing more than 40 people and injuring scores in one of the nation’s deadliest assaults this year, Afghan officials said. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing, although …

U.S. tells Iran to consider nuclear talks extension

Monday, November 24, 2014

The U.S. told Iran yesterday that it’s time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A …

Putin says his Crimea annexation was strategic and Russia won’t be isolated

Monday, November 24, 2014

Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a “strategic decision,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published yesterday, brushing aside a suggestion that tough retaliatory sanctions may have come as a surprise. Putin said that sanctions, lower oil prices and a plummeting currency would not have …