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How much for that political ad? Depends on who’s buying

Sunday, August 30, 2015

With less than six months to go before the New Hampshire primary, August has been a particularly busy month on local television airwaves. If you tune in regularly to the 6 o’clock evening news on WMUR, you’ve likely seen one of the ads touting Chris Christie’s record, produced by his campaign. You’ve likely also seen another ad touting the same …

’Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

Sunday, August 30, 2015

There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those stories and many more, taking the reader to the distant ranges of …

Service pays tribute to slain television reporter, cameraman

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Community religious leaders gathered Sunday to remember 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, the two television journalists who were shot and killed while working last week. The interfaith service at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va., was filled with somber prayers across several religions, along with music from the Roanoke …

Political Monitor podcast: Joe Biden decides, Martin O’Malley strives and Democrats weigh options

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord Monitor political enthusiasts Clay Wirestone, Casey McDermott and Jonathan Van Fleet take on the left side of the political spectrum this week, with a podcast focused on the Democrats. Will Joe Biden run? How is Martin O’Malley …

Maine state police create unit to examine drug trends

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maine’s top law enforcement and emergency medical officials announced Wednesday that a special state police unit and three working groups will be created to address the state’s drug epidemic. Participants of a summit convened by Republican Gov. Paul LePage made the announcement at a news conference after the …

Suspect in killing of Virginia TV crew had history of work troubles

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The man gripped a gun as he stood behind the news crew, watching them do a live broadcast. The journalists didn’t seem to notice that he had pointed the weapon right at them. On Wednesday morning, as southwestern …

Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. Most in the normally reserved Shelburne Falls are content to leave the typically low-key Cosbys …

Possible Biden run puts Obama fundraising network on high alert

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The possibility that Vice President Biden may jump into the 2016 presidential campaign is convulsing the network of wealthy Democrats that financed President Obama’s two White House bids, galvanizing fundraisers underwhelmed by Hillary Clinton’s performance. A wide swath …

Colorado theater gunman’s sentencing caps grueling trial

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Belittled by the judge and jeered by spectators, James Holmes was sent to prison for the rest of his life Wednesday, while the survivors of his murderous attack on a Colorado movie theater wondered aloud how they would …

U.S. stocks surge, snapping 6-day losing streak

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to …

South Sudan leader signs peace deal amid sanctions threat

Thursday, August 27, 2015

South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday signed a peace deal with rebels, more than 20 months after the start of fighting between the army and rebels led by his former deputy. Kiir signed the agreement in Juba, …

Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American soldiers in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a nearly two-decade manhunt for one …

Trump says he’s proud he booted Univision’s Ramos from event

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s proud of kicking one of the country’s best-known Spanish-language journalists out of an Iowa news conference – the latest in a series of clashes with the media. “I think I …