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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, left, is sworn in by Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, during his inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Ghani Ahmadzai He replaces Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan president sworn in, paving way for U.S. pact

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president yesterday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with the United States that would guarantee a continuing American military presence. As Hamid Karzai left the political stage, the new president was locked into an uneasy … 0

Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

Monday, September 29, 2014

When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve? A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children. In fact, the authors project that among women who were in their early 20s in 2008 – early in the so-called “Great Recession” – … 0

Safety agency studying Toyota acceleration problem

Monday, September 29, 2014

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars from the … 0

Algerian Islamic militants behead French hostage

Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Algerian splinter group from al-Qaida has beheaded a French hostage over France’s airstrikes on the Islamic State, in a sign of the possible widening of the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the rest of the region. … 0

U.S. hits Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq

Thursday, September 25, 2014

U.S. fighter jets and bombers expanded their aerial campaign against Islamic State targets yesterday, striking the militants in both Syria and Iraq even as the extremists pressed their offensive in Kurdish areas within sight of the Turkish border, … 0

Obama to world leaders: Join U.S. to tackle Ebola, Ukraine, Islamic State crises

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seeking to reassert American leadership abroad, President Obama challenged world leaders yesterday to join the United States in confronting a series of crises he described as having created a “pervasive sense of unease” across the globe. “There is … 0

Judge delays Marathon bombing trial, won’t move it

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A judge granted a two-month trial delay yesterday for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but denied a defense request to move his trial from Boston. Judge George O’Toole ruled that the trial will begin Jan. 5 instead … 0

U.S. expands war against Islamic State with airstrikes in Syria

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

U.S. military leaders said yesterday their aerial bombardment of Syria was only the beginning of a prolonged campaign that will continue intermittently for months and will become more difficult as targeted militants seek refuge in populated areas. The … 0

Federal prison population drops for first time in 3 decades, Justice Dept. says

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The federal prison population has dropped by nearly 5,000 inmates this year, the first decline in decades, according to the Justice Department. In a speech yesterday at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder highlighted this decline as a breakthrough for criminal justice reform … 0

Obama urges action on climate

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

President Obama yesterday urged world leaders at a United Nations summit to reach a global agreement to combat climate change “while we still can.” Speaking before more than 120 officials, the president cited more frequent droughts and flooding … 1

U.S. warns that Ebola could infect 1.4 million

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

U.S. health officials yesterday laid out worst-case and best-case scenarios for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January – or peak well below … 0

Hamel’s $10 million donation to UNH aims to pay close to full tuition

Monday, September 22, 2014

The University of New Hampshire announced yesterday the largest gift in the university’s history dedicated solely to in-state student support. Dana Hamel, longtime benefactor, is donating $10 million for scholarships for New Hampshire students. The gift will go toward the Hamel Scholars and Hamel Scholarship Program, which the … 3

New company running New Hampshire National Guard support program

Monday, September 22, 2014

A program that helps New Hampshire National Guard members and their families won praise from a Defense Department official yesterday as it transitions to new management. The 7-year-old program helps individuals and families with suicide prevention, mental health care, employment and housing. Until recently, it was managed by … 0