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Zandra Rice Hawkins of the advocacy group Granite State Progress breastfeeds her 14-week-old daughter Anabelle while two other mothers do the same in the background during a rally to kick off World Breastfeeding Week on the State House plaza in Concord on Friday, July 31, 2015. Breast-feeding advocates also called for passage of a state breast-feeding bill.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Backing breast-feeding

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Nursing mothers joined advocates at the State House on Friday to emphasize that women who breast-feed in the workplace should not face discrimination or retaliation, kicking off World Breastfeeding Week. Similar gatherings were held in Dover, Littleton and Meredith. Workplace policies on breast-feeding came up for debate in the New Hampshire Legislature this year. Democratic state Sen. Martha Fuller Clark …

Debate in his sights, Kasich zeroes in on New Hampshire

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Days before Fox News announces who will participate in the first GOP primary debate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is projecting a laid-back attitude toward his chances of being on stage and saying he’s pleased with the support he’s received since joining the race July 21. “I’m pretty cool and calm right now,” Kasich …

Accused S.C. gunman pleads not guilty, but plans to plead guilty to hate crime charges

Friday, July 31, 2015

The man accused of gunning down nine African-Americans last month inside a historic black church known as “Mother Emanuel” has told his lawyers that he currently plans to plead guilty to federal hate crime charges, attorney David Bruck told a federal judge Friday. However, Bruck said that because federal officials have not decided …

$10 billion man may be worth about $2.9 billion

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The latest math on Donald Trump: $2.9 billion. An analysis by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, based in part on a 92-page personal financial disclosure form made public last week, revealed a portfolio dominated by skyscrapers and golf courses. The celebrity presidential candidate says he’s worth more than $10 …

George Washington University applicants no longer need to take admissions tests

Monday, July 27, 2015

George Washington University dropped its testing requirement for most freshman admissions Monday, becoming one of the largest and most prominent schools to declare that its applicants don’t have to take the SAT or ACT. The announcement from the private university in the nation’s capital reflects a growing belief …

Exodus from Puerto Rico could upend Florida vote in 2016 presidential race

Monday, July 27, 2015

Puerto Rico’s economic crisis meant Jeffrey Rondon, 25, struggled to find even part-time work, so he recently joined the growing exodus from his Caribbean island to Florida. Now he holds a full-time restaurant job and something that could upend the 2016 presidential election – the right to vote …

Officials hope 1st U.S. offshore wind farm will boost industry

Monday, July 27, 2015

Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said …

Christie, Clinton, Chafee, Kasich and Graham touring through N.H. this week

Monday, July 27, 2015

The last few days have seen first-in-the-nation visits from George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham and Martin O’Malley – and now, more candidates are on the way this week. Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor and …

Perry says movie theaters should not be gun-free zones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

In the wake of two recent mass shootings, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said Sunday he does not support declaring certain public spaces “gun- free zones.” “I would suggest to you that these concepts of gun-free zones are …

Long waits for treatment add to addicts’ desperation

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Shawn Cross thought heroin was making him an excellent manager at the auto parts store where he had gone from delivery guy to manager in five years. On the job, every day, every four hours, he snorted opiate pills or heroin. He hired addicts because they might help …

Shift in DHS enforcement policy could sharply reduce deportations

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Obama administration’s profound shift in its enforcement of immigration laws could “substantially transform” the nation’s immigration dragnet, reducing deportations and protecting nearly 90 percent of the illegal immigrants already here, a new report says. As the Washington Post reported this month, the Department of Homeland Security has …

Clinton says she’s confident about proper handling of emails

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server and did not know what messages were being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of emails containing classified information. …

In Louisiana, Sanders starts courting black voters

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders brought his message of income inequality to racially diverse audiences in Louisiana this weekend, launching a new effort to build support among African-Americans, a key Democratic constituency. The 73-year-old senator from Vermont, a state …