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Domingo Espinosa, with the crew from DuraTurf, works on final touches with the artificial lawn the company installed at the home of Christopher Knight, the actor who played Peter Brady on the Brady Bunch television series, who had the turf installed because of California's drought. Knight spent about $4,000 on the turf installation. Illustrates DROUGHT-ASTROTURF (category a), by Rob Kuznia (c) 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Saturday, May 23, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post photo by David Walter Banks)

Makers of fake grass find green in drought

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Christopher Knight makes no apologies: He likes a green lawn. But the actor best known for playing middle son Peter on The Brady Bunch also wants to do his part to conserve water. The solution? Fake grass. “It feels totally different,” Knight, 57, marveled one day last week, stepping barefoot onto a deceptively lifelike expanse of newly installed plastic turf. …

Mass. health care industry spent $19M lobbying lawmakers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hospitals, insurers, doctors, unions and pharmaceutical companies spent a record $19 million trying to sway Beacon Hill lawmakers last year, a reflection of the industry’s political and economic muscle and a rapidly changing health care landscape. In less than a decade, lobbying by the industry has nearly doubled from the $10.8 million spent in 2007, according to an Associated Press review of lobbying …

Setting the stage: N.H. political veterans talk about what it takes to throw a good campaign event

Sunday, May 24, 2015

If you’re a presidential candidate looking to make your mark in New Hampshire, the old adage rings true: Location, location, location. There’s no shortage of iconic campaign stops that have produced legendary primary moments over the years, but when voters show up to a town hall, a house party, a Politics and Eggs …

US releases 100+ bin Laden documents

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years of separation from much of his extensive family. …

More small-style events for Hillary Clinton in second visit to NH since announcing bid for president

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In her second visit to New Hampshire since announcing her presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to visit the Seacoast area Friday for campaign events focused on small businesses. Her campaign says she will visit Smuttynose Brewery in …

State senators dip into renewable energy fund to pay for homeland security

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A week after voting to fully restore the state’s renewable energy fund, Senate budget writers decided yesterday to use some of the fund’s money to bankroll homeland security and emergency management. The Senate Finance Committee voted yesterday to …

Smart meter debate back before Maine supreme court

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The debate over the safety of so-called smart meters installed by Central Maine Power is going back before the state Supreme Court, setting up a legal clash over regulators’ conclusion that they pose no risk. Opponents are challenging a December conclusion by the Maine Public Utilities Commission that …

Motorcycle gang shootout started with parking dispute

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member’s foot, the police said yesterday. Waco police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said an uninvited group appeared for Sunday’s …

Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in …

Police investigate after teen shoots friend through window

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Authorities are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window, killing his friend in a case an investigator has described as an accident. The unidentified suspect had been …

Baltimore prosecutor disputes conflict of interest claims

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baltimore’s top prosecutor has filed a blistering response to conflict of interest allegations raised by lawyers for six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The defense lawyers asked that a judge replace State’s Attorney Marilyn …

House bill would cap tax-payer dollars for ex-presidents’ travel

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff …

Clinton urges emails’ release

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hillary Clinton urged the State Department yesterday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to …