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Specialist Michael O'Mara works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, as a television screen shows the decision of the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The Fed plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that's improving but still isn't fully healthy and help lift inflation from unusually low levels. As expected, it's also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Fed keeps rate at record low, ends bond buying

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Federal Reserve plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low to support a U.S. job market that’s improving but still isn’t fully healthy and to help boost unusually low inflation. As expected, it’s also ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low. The Fed yesterday reiterated its plan to maintain its …

Cops: Child-rape suspect vowed to kill his accuser

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A man suspected of child-rape and committing crimes across the country after snipping off his court-ordered ankle bracelet had an “ultimate goal” of returning to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser, the Massachusetts State Police said yesterday, hours after he was captured in New York. The police said Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge …

Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections. The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama’s native state of Hawaii and adopted state of Illinois all now pose stiff challenges to Democrats who are determined to …

Ebola quarantine for doctors, others ordered by N.Y., N.J.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Alarmed by the case of an Ebola-infected New York doctor, the governors of New Jersey and New York yesterday ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine of all medical workers and other arriving airline passengers who have had contact with …

GOP candidates tread gingerly on climate

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Republicans in competitive races are treading gingerly around climate change this campaign season, often saying they are not in a good position to make a judgment on the issue, then pivoting quickly to express concern for the environment, …

Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Mormon church founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the early days of the faith when polygamy was practiced, a new church essay acknowledges. The Church of Jesus Christ of …

No terror link seen in NYC police hatchet attack

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, the …

Democrat loses ground in Kansas governor’s race

Saturday, October 25, 2014

After lifting the spirits of Kansas Democrats eager to oust conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback over his aggressive tax-cutting experiment, challenger Paul Davis appears to be losing ground as the state’s GOP loyalties and a hail of negative …

Iraqi officials say IS militants used chlorine gas

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said yesterday. The disclosure comes on the heels of similar reports from the Syrian border town of …

Attack on Egypt army post kills 30

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A coordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops yesterday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by …

Franklin schools get slice of $9.75M for mental health training

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Franklin-Hill School District is one of three in the state that will split a $9.75 million federal grant for mental health training and education. The amount of money the district will receive from the federal Department of Health and Human Services wasn’t immediately available, but the grant …

Ebola, foreign policy in spotlight during latest Shaheen-Brown debate

Friday, October 24, 2014

Reflecting the increasingly nationalized tone of the race, the bulk of the conversation between New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate candidates at last night’s WBIN-TV/CNN debate was grounded not in issues directly tied to the Granite State but instead in …

Suspected Nigerian Islamists kidnap 60 women from northeast

Friday, October 24, 2014

Suspected Boko Haram militants abducted 60 women from two villages in northeastern Nigeria, a security official said, less than a week after the government announced it had reached a truce with the Islamist group. The women were taken over the weekend from the Madagali district of the northeastern …