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Capital Beat: Concealed weapons on Legislature’s agenda

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Republicans already scored one victory in the firearms category: allowing concealed weapons back into the House Chamber. Now they are going for the second: a constitutional carry law that would mean you don’t have to get a state-issued license in order to carry a concealed gun.  “I would call it common sense legislation,” said Rep. JR Hoell, a Dunbarton Republican …

Do drones, smart rifles make hunting too easy?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The use of drones and other emerging technologies while hunting could soon be banned in New Hampshire. The state Fish and Game Department has proposed rules that would ban the taking, driving or locating of wild game through use of drones, while also banning smart rifles and live-action game cameras. “We need to establish rules regarding these fast-changing technologies to make sure that …

Japan: Unverified video may show execution

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early today that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group, calling a new online video purporting to show that one had been killed “outrageous and unforgiveable.” The message claimed one of the Japanese hostages, Haruna Yukawa, had been …

Jury selection starts in Colorado theater shooting trial

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The first time James Holmes appeared in court, he wore chains and an orange jail jumpsuit and looked dazed, with his hair dyed a comic-book shade of orange. As jury selection began yesterday in the Aurora, Colo., theater …

Research finds Neanderthals probably weren’t brutish, inferior cave men

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maybe it’s their famously protruding brow ridge or perhaps it’s the now-discredited notion that they were primitive scavengers too dumb to use language or symbolism, but somehow Neanderthals picked up a reputation as brutish, dim and mannerless cretins. Yet the latest research on the history and habits of …

Pope’s climate-change stand deepens conservatives’ distrust

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Conservative distrust of Pope Francis, which has been building in the U.S. throughout his pontificate, is reaching a boiling point over his plan to urge action on climate change – and to do so through a document traditionally …

Government health care website quietly sharing personal data

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The government’s health insurance website is quietly sending consumers’ personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing, the Associated Press has learned. The scope of what is disclosed or …

Police: Doctor shot inside hospital, gunman killed himself

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A man shot a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital yesterday, critically wounding the physician before killing himself. Authorities said Stephen Pasceri, 55, entered Brigham and Women’s Hospital sometime before 11 a.m. and specifically requested the doctor, who …

Cuba lowers expectations on eve of high-level talks with U.S.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A senior Cuban official said yesterday that restoring diplomatic ties with the United States won’t immediately lead to a full relationship between the Cold War foes after a half-century of enmity. The message appeared designed to lower expectations …

New England gets windfall from plummeting heating oil

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The region that relies most heavily on heating oil to stay warm is getting a windfall from the big drop in prices, which have plummeted to the lowest level in six years. Across New England, lower prices mean …

From car lots to city budgets, cheap oil means changes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cheap oil doesn’t only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he’ll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some …

Pope: Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pope Francis is firmly upholding church teaching banning contraception, but said yesterday that Catholics don’t have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice “responsible parenthood.” Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said there …

U.S. officials in Cuba to discuss embassies

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The first scheduled meeting between U.S. and Cuban officials to re-establish diplomatic relations may not lead immediately to the opening of embassies there and in the United States, a senior State Department official said yesterday. State Department officials …