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On the record: Hassan says efficiency ideas still none of the public’s business

Sunday, March 1, 2015

One of the big ideas in Gov. Maggie Hassan’s $11.5 billion state budget is to create a new executive position charged with making government more efficient. A good place for this new cost-saver to start would be with the ideas state department heads have already offered to make state government more efficient. So what are those ideas? Hassan still isn’t …

Lay off the mega-doses of Vitamin D

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Vitamin D, in combination with calcium, is good for your bones. You should consume modest amounts in your diet, if possible (and for most people that is quite possible), or in the form of supplements if you can’t get enough via food and drink. We know this. But somehow we have arrived at a point when some physicians are prescribing large doses of …

Photographer’s documentary on Northern Pass set to debut at Red River

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jerry Monkman lives on the Seacoast, far from the stretch of New Hampshire where Northern Pass plans to plant a new electric transmission line. But the nature photographer says everyone in New England will be visually affected by the energy project. This spring, Monkman is releasing a documentary that showcases the landscapes, the …

Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on yesterday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along …

Experts say Islamic State selling looted Syrian art in London to fund its fight

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Almost 100 items of Syrian art and antiquities looted by the Islamic State have been smuggled into Britain and sold for money to fund the group’s activities, art crime experts and archeologists have warned, according to the British press. The items, allegedly being sold in London, include looted …

2 appear in N.Y. court on charges they sought to join ISIS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Three men were arrested yesterday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Obama or planting …

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline – a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington’s political …

Mass. Gov. Baker forces resignation of 4 health connector members

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sought and received the resignations of four member of the state’s health connector board, including MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who came under fire for saying it was “the stupidity of the American voter” that led to the passage of President Obama’s 2010 heath care …

AP: Trayvon Martin’s mother says killer got away with murder

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The mother of Trayvon Martin said she’s disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago. Speaking with the Associated Press yesterday before the …

Obama, Netanyahu at odds over talks to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu intensified yesterday as top administration officials condemned the Israeli prime minister’s plan to address Congress next week, while Netanyahu accused six world powers, including the United States, of “giving up …

Let’s go back to the moon. No, Mars. No, the moon. The debate continues.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

To the moon again? Or Mars? The questions have hung over NASA for years, and emerged again at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday. Under President George W. Bush, the target was the moon. Under President Obama, who said “we’ve been there before,” Mars became the mission. But now …

Strong reliability scores should help Buick brand’s rebirth

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Buick, the brand that once was the pace car for the drive to the senior center, has made a comeback by appealing to buyers not yet ready for retirement. U.S. sales rose 11 percent in 2014. In China, …

Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview? Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito channeled his inner stand-up comic yesterday in indicating that he and …