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Specialist Michael O'Mara works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as a television screen shows the decision of the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The Fed plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and help lift inflation from unusually low levels. As expected, it's also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that’s improving but still isn’t fully healthy and to help boost unusually low inflation. As expected, it’s also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low. The Fed yesterday reiterated its plan to maintain its …

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, the Massachusetts State Police said yesterday, hours after he was captured in New York. The police said Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge …

Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections. The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama’s native state of Hawaii and adopted state of Illinois all now pose stiff challenges to Democrats who are determined to …

For Hassan, inclusion and opportunity guide path as governor

Sunday, October 26, 2014

In April 1999, a group of concerned families gathered for a news conference to urge New Hampshire officials to meet a looming deadline in an ongoing school funding crisis. Special education summer programs were facing financial uncertainty, the …

Havenstein draws on military, business experience for leadership lessons

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Over the course of his career in the military and the corporate world, Walt Havenstein has learned “about 100 different things” the hard way. He’ll be the first to admit it. But if you ask New Hampshire’s Republican …

Report: Oral health has improved for NH children

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A new report is showing there’s been statewide progress in children’s oral health in New Hampshire. The report released recently by the HNH Foundation found significant improvement since a survey done in 2009, with a 31.7 percent decrease in untreated tooth decay and a 32.5 percent decrease in …

Anti-abortion lobby targets Democratic women

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List is targeting a very different kind of voter this cycle: For the first time, the lobby and advocacy group is pitching women in Democratic households. The experiment is being tried in the tight Iowa Senate race between Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst …

From job to job to job, a life lived – and lost

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fumes poured from the Kia SUV as soon as an emergency medical technician broke one of the rear windows. Inside, the body of a dark-haired young woman reclined in the driver’s seat, keys dangling from the ignition. But …

Small business view: Ebola, energy and elections

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Small-business owners have their fair share of issues they need to stay on top of. These days they can add a couple of more to the list. Here’s a look at each: Ebola Craig Beal has had three …

How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

Saturday, October 25, 2014

For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help. The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the …

U.S. regions differ on quarantines for medical workers coming from West Africa

Saturday, October 25, 2014

One day after governors in New York, New Jersey and Illinois imposed a mandatory 21-day quarantine on medical workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, public health officials in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia did not follow suit yesterday, intensifying a national debate over how …

Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero yesterday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school. First-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger intervened in the …

Climate change drawing lots of money, but gaining little traction, in Senate race

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ronald West considers himself the swing vote of his Concord household. He is a registered independent and cares about issues like the economy and national security. But recently another issue has cracked his top-five list: climate change. “It’s pretty important,” West said. If legislators can ignore the science …