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Shaheen, Brown fundraising reports detail donors, spending

Friday, July 25, 2014

The number of people and political action committees who gave to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen from April to July vastly outnumbered those that gave to her top Republican opponent, Scott Brown, recently released campaign finance reports show. Shaheen and Brown’s second-quarter fundraising reports became available on the Federal Election Commission’s website this week, offering a glimpse into who gave money to both candidates as well as what they spent their … 1

Pope meets Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for her faith

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pope Francis met privately yesterday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison. The Vatican characterized the visit with Meriam Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small … 1

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The nation’s third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said yesterday. Death-penalty opponents said an Arizona inmate who gasped for breath for more than 90 minutes showed that executions using different drugs and dosages are a callous trial-and-error process. … 0

Indonesia girds for vote result

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Indonesia’s election commission is in the final stages of the vote count in a presidential ballot where both candidates claim victory, as the police prepare for possible street protests that may spur capital outflows. Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned the political situation could “boil” should the losing … 0

Google mulls transforming NYC pay phones into Wi-Fi hot spots

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Google is among several technology companies considering a plan that uses pay phone locations to give New Yorkers free wireless internet access. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company was among more than 50 attendees at an informational meeting in May for the project, according to a city document. Bids … 0

Amazon announces all-you-can-read plan

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Amazon.com announced Friday that it is instituting a monthly subscription service that will allow as many ebooks as a customer wants. The service, called Kindle Unlimited, gives customers access to Amazon’s catalog of 600,000 Kindle books and “thousands” of audio books. For a monthly fee of $9.99, Kindle … 0

Nation & world briefs, July 21

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Poll: Few Americans check doctors’ vitals Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that. Being licensed and likable doesn’t necessarily mean a doctor is up … 0

Judge tosses out lawsuit against Rymes Proprane

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A local oil company did not break the law last summer when it lowered its fuel prices well below those of its competitors, a federal judge has ruled. United States District Court Judge Landya McCafferty threw out the case brought by Concord’s Johnny Prescott & Son Oil Co. … 0

Roll call for week ending July 18

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Friday. House FISCAL 2015 TREASURY, IRS BUDGETS: Voting 228 for and 195 against, the House on July 16 passed a bill (HR 5016) to appropriate $21.3 billion in fiscal 2015 for the U.S. Department … 0

Capital Beat: When both campaigns tout support from veterans, what’s the point?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

As Scott Brown released a new television ad and began his “Honoring our Veterans” tour last week, Jeanne Shaheen kept right up with his pace, holding her own “Veterans for Shaheen” event and creating a new web video … 0

For Obama, foreign crises grow more challenging

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Surveying a dizzying array of international crises, President Obama stated the obvious: “We live in a complex world and at a challenging time.” And then suddenly, only a day later, the world had grown much more troubling, the … 5

Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Florida jury has slammed the nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in … 1

Study: Babies exercise language areas of brain before speaking

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Babies start with simple vowel sounds – ooh’s and aah’s. A mere months later, the cooing turns into babbling – “bababa” – showing off a newfound grasp of consonants. A new study has found that a key part of the brain involved in forming speech is firing away … 0