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History, weather, people factors for N.H. ski areas when it comes to end of season

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This year’s ski season started with a bang with an early cold snap that provided ideal conditions for snowmaking. Epic amounts of snow fell in the mountains, and temperatures remained cold into the spring, keeping a heavy blanket at the state’s ski resorts. It all seemed to add up to an extended ski season that could spill into schools’ April …

How government aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan. Many have run out of money between paychecks. So they obtain a “payday” loan to tide them over. Problem is, such loans can often bury them in fees and debts. Their bank accounts can be closed, their cars repossessed. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules yesterday …

Iraqi Shiite militias balk at offensive after US intervention

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Iraqi militia forces that have led the fight against Islamic State militants in Tikrit balked at U.S. intervention yesterday, saying that they would stop thousands of fighters under their influence from joining an offensive on the city. Though the militia leaders said they would remain in their positions around Tikrit, their refusal to continue fighting raises the question as to whether regular Iraqi …

Harvard’s Putnam sees Primary as way to shine spotlight on “opportunity gap”

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam wants people to put down his new book and go help community youths. This would be a small, if symbolic, step toward closing the “opportunity gap” that exists between rich kids and poor …

PolitiFact NH: Rep. Bill O’Brien says Margaret Sanger was active participant in KKK

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger was “an active participant in the Ku Klux Klan.” — William O’Brien on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 in a Facebook post ---------------- Debates about Planned Parenthood often find their way back to Margaret …

FBI asks for patience in black man’s hanging in Mississippi

Friday, March 20, 2015

An FBI agent appealed for patience Friday after a black man was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi, saying 30 federal, state and local agents were working intensively to determine whether he was killed or committed suicide. …

World powers, Iran face make-or-break nuke talks next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

The United States and Iran broke off nuclear negotiations ahead of schedule yesterday, setting up make-or-break talks next week for a deal providing long-term assurance to the world that the Iranians cannot develop nuclear weapons. The sides were …

Ring of light: Total eclipse over Svalbard islands in Arctic

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sky-gazers looked up in awe yesterday as the moon blocked the sun in a total solar eclipse that momentarily darkened a slice of northern Europe. The most spectacular viewing came on Norway’s Svalbard islands near the North Pole, …

U.S. sets first fracking rules since process fueled gas boom

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Obama administration issued the first federal regulations for fracking since the drilling technique fueled a domestic energy boom, requiring extensive disclosures of the chemicals used on public land. After years of debate and delay, the Bureau of Land Management yesterday said drillers on federal lands must reveal …

Senate scuttles proposal to make it illegal to smoke in a car with minors

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Senate killed a bill yesterday that would have made it illegal to smoke in a car with minors present. But senators did pass separate legislation that would create a committee to study whether so-called e-cigarettes should be included in the indoor smoking act, among other things. E-cigarettes, …

FBI agent: Tsarnaev’s computer contained extremist materials

Friday, March 20, 2015

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a variety of extremist materials on his computer, including an issue of the al-Qaida magazine Inspire with an article entitled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,” an FBI agent testified yesterday. Tsarnaev, 21, faces the possibility of the death …

AP Exclusive: Draft agreement cuts Iran’s nuclear hardware

Friday, March 20, 2015

The United States and Iran are drafting elements of a nuclear deal that commits Tehran to a 40 percent cut in the number of machines it could use to make an atomic bomb, officials told the Associated Press …

Loyalists of Yemen president battle rivals in port city Aden

Friday, March 20, 2015

Forces loyal to Yemen’s former president stormed the international airport in the southern port city of Aden yesterday, triggering an intense, hours-long gunbattle with the forces of the current president that intensified a monthslong struggle for power threatening …