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Germany: Obama sends top aides to Berlin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

President Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin yesterday in an effort to defuse tension with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government over U.S. espionage after the expulsion of the top American spy. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Lisa Monaco, Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, met with McDonough’s counterpart Peter Altmaier and German intelligence coordinator Guenter Heiss, the two governments said in statements. The group agreed … 0

Senate Dems to unveil $2.7B bill on immigrant children

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senate Democrats are preparing to significantly cut President Obama’s request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the border with Mexico. The measure also would provide immediate aid to Israel for the Iron Dome missile defense system as well as money needed to fight wildfires in Western states. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski is scheduled to … 0

Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along. The comments paint a dire picture of life for the … 0

Roll call for week ending July 18

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Friday. House FISCAL 2015 TREASURY, IRS BUDGETS: Voting 228 for and 195 against, the House on July 16 passed a bill (HR 5016) to appropriate $21.3 billion in fiscal 2015 for the U.S. Department … 0

Capital Beat: When both campaigns tout support from veterans, what’s the point?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

As Scott Brown released a new television ad and began his “Honoring our Veterans” tour last week, Jeanne Shaheen kept right up with his pace, holding her own “Veterans for Shaheen” event and creating a new web video … 0

For Obama, foreign crises grow more challenging

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Surveying a dizzying array of international crises, President Obama stated the obvious: “We live in a complex world and at a challenging time.” And then suddenly, only a day later, the world had grown much more troubling, the … 5

Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Florida jury has slammed the nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in … 1

Study: Babies exercise language areas of brain before speaking

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Babies start with simple vowel sounds – ooh’s and aah’s. A mere months later, the cooing turns into babbling – “bababa” – showing off a newfound grasp of consonants. A new study has found that a key part of the brain involved in forming speech is firing away … 0

Unease in Congress, region over Obama Afghan plan

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Afghanistan’s disputed election and Iraq’s unraveling are giving members of Congress and U.S. allies in the region reason to think President Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all Americans troops from Afghanistan by the close of … 0

More charging stations for electric cars in N.H.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Charging stations in New Hampshire for electric cars are becoming more available. This year, the New Hampshire Electric Co-op has partnered with a group of its commercial business members in a pilot program that added seven publicly available Electric Vehicle charging stations to the state’s network. Gary Lemay, … 0

Monitors try to secure Ukraine plane crash site

Sunday, July 20, 2014

International monitors moved gingerly yesterday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be … 0

Mideast divisions cloud Gaza cease-fire efforts

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Even as the death toll mounts in the Gaza Strip, attempts to broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel have so far run aground – in part because they have become mired in the deep divisions between Mideast … 0

Officials: Boko Haram kills more than 100

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria’s military, just 53 miles from the northeastern state capital of Maiduguri, a civil defense spokesman and a human rights advocate said yesterday. Hundreds of villagers … 0