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FILE - In this April 5, 2014 file photo, people walk past the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, Mormon leaders made a national appeal for what they called a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom, promising to support some housing and job protections for gays if they back some exemptions for religious objectors to same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a “balanced approach” in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others. It’s not clear how much common ground the Mormons will …

Twins who ran major US drug ring sentenced to 14 years each

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A federal judge sentenced twin brothers yesterday to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion North American drug ring, agreeing with prosecutors to drastically reduce their sentences as reward for their cooperation against Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and other Mexican cartel leaders. Pedro and Margarito Flores, 33, were portrayed …

Obama defends U.S. ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

President Obama defended the U.S. government’s willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen yesterday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah. Saudi Arabia’s status as one of Washington’s most important …

GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

Thursday, January 22, 2015

With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House yesterday after a GOP rebellion forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version. By …

Japan faces deadline to free Islamic State hostages

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The deadline to pay ransom for two Japanese hostages of the Islamic State group was fast approaching yesterday, as the mother of one of the captives appealed for her son’s rescue. With time running short, the mother of …

Plan to remove NH from carbon cap-and-trade program heats up at hearing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Supporters of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative came out in full force yesterday to defend New Hampshire’s participation in the carbon cap-and-trade program, at a time when some Republican lawmakers are seeking to kill it. “RGGI has reduced …

PolitiFact: Barack Obama says United States only developed country without paid maternity leave

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The statement The United States is “the only advanced country on Earth” that doesn’t guarantee “paid maternity leave to our workers.” — Barack Obama on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 in the State of the Union address Our ruling …

Russia, Ukraine agree on pullback line for heavy arms

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Diplomats from Russia and Ukraine agreedyesterday on a dividing line from where both sides should pull back their heavy weapons, just hours after separatist forces deployed more arms and manpower to an emerging flashpoint in eastern Ukraine. Germany’s …

Abortion foes push new bills in Congress and the states

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women’s access to the procedure. On both sides of the debate, …

Your kids are getting way too many calories from pizza

Thursday, January 22, 2015

America has a pizza problem. A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that too many kids are eating too much pizza, and all the excess calories are taking a toll on children’s health. “There are a bunch of takeaways from the study. But …

Obama attempts to set terms for 2016 with State of the Union

Thursday, January 22, 2015

President Obama’s State of the Union address was a tale of two speeches – and two campaigns. It was part 2012 and part 2008, both partisan and aspirational. It was an expression of a politician determined to make a fight of it with Republicans during his last two …

License revocations

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The director of motor vehicles, Richard Bailey Jr., released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Mary B. Juranty, 50, of Allenstown ∎ Zachary O. Palombo, 31, of Belmont ∎ Jeffrey D. Renk, 58, of Bradford ∎ Samuel H. Worthen, 61, of Bristol ∎ Tyler J. Gagnon, 23, of Canterbury …

Students take on hunger

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

For the second year in a row, students from Concord High School organized a fundraising event, Hunger Games for Hunger. Students raised more than $1,000 for the Friendly Kitchen. Joe Ossoff and Skye Reese lead the organizing, but …