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President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Republicans pushed a divided House yesterday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, debate over the lawsuit underscored … 0

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president’s new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released yesterday. While the administration was publicly assuring consumers that they would soon have seamless online access to health insurance, a chaotic procurement process was … 0

Concord man, 47, charged with 15 counts of child porn

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A 47-year-old Concord sex offender has been charged with 15 new felony counts of child pornography after the police said they found lewd photos of boys inside his Hanover Street residence. Christopher Merchant was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday in Concord’s district court. The police said they began investigating Merchant in January of … 0

Fancy management systems won’t fix bad managers

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In violation of my long-standing “only watch TV” rule, I read an article recently about how Zappos is adopting a management structure known as holacracy. I was hoping this structure somehow involved holograms, which would be awesome, but instead it’s a flat organizational structure in which, according to … 1

Judge issues stay in suit against New Hampshire’s new buffer zone law

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The lawsuit challenging New Hampshire’s law allowing buffer zones around clinics that perform abortions has been put on hold in part because clinics in the state have not yet posted signs that would denote where those zones fall. In the lawsuit filed earlier this month, the Alliance Defending … 0

40-hour week a distant memory, survey finds

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When was the last time you worked a 40-hour week? Thought so. The time-honored 40-hour, 9-to-5 workweek is a thing of the past, according to a survey conducted for Atlanta-based Premiere Global Services Inc. The “Take Back 60” study found that 88 percent of the 617 respondents who … 0

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

Saturday, July 26, 2014

It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the … 0

Rubio: Same-sex-marriage foes face ‘intolerance’

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face “intolerance” from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives. In remarks he said were … 0

Russia: EU sanctions weaken anti-terrorism efforts

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Russia lashed out yesterday at the latest round of Ukraine-related sanctions imposed by the European Union, saying they endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused the United States of spreading flagrant lies about Russia’s alleged involvement in the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. The EU … 0

Georgia: Nuclear construction faces obstacles

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money. So far, it’s not working. Quality and cost problems have cropped up again, raising questions about whether nuclear power will ever be able to compete … 0

Hamas fires rockets on Israel, ending 12-hour lull

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hamas said it fired five rockets at Israel late last night after rejecting Israel’s offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours, casting new doubt on international efforts to broker an end to 19 days of … 0

Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

Saturday, July 26, 2014

President Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House – six years in – still doesn’t get … 0

Become a .guru in the new internet

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The internet is quietly exploding. More than 300 new top-level domains – the extension of the internet address after the dot, such as .com or .net – were created in recent months by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, including .services, .vodka and .WTF. ICANN, the … 0