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Unitil responding to outage in Concord, which knocked out power to medical facilities

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Almost 1,100 Unitil customers in Concord, including some medical facilities and offices, were briefly without power yesterday afternoon. An electrical wire went down near a pole on Pleasant Street at 1:18 p.m., according to Unitil. By 1:57 p.m. crews had opened fuses to get Concord Hospital back on line, as well as everything west of Pleasant Street, including St. Paul’s …

House budget moves to Senate, but Dems in near unanimous disapproval

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Republican-controlled House approved a state budget Wednesday that spends roughly $11.2 billion over two years, ends medicaid expansion, cuts services for the elderly and people with disabilities, allows Fish and Game to set its own license fees and denies pay increases to state employees. Republican leaders touted the plan because it does …

Praying for a ‘humane’ state budget

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sarah Redman came to Concord from Hooksett yesterday morning to sit on the plaza outside the State House, surrounded by hundreds of others clad in neon T-shirts. Redman, who self-identifies as a recovering alcoholic, said she was there to call for continued funding for programs like the one she was fortunate enough to …

Yemen’s embattled president yesterday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country “puppets of Iran,” directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. Egypt’s president supported the creation a regional Arab military force and a Gulf diplomat warned that Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen could go on for months, raising the specter of a regional conflict pitting Sunni nations against Shiite power Iran. The comments by Arab leaders including Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled his country only days earlier, came at an Arab summit largely focusing on the chaos there caused by the advance of the rebels, known as Houthis. Leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait obliquely referenced Iran earlier at the summit held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. They blamed the Persian country for meddling in the affairs of Arab nations, with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi saying that it was “spreading its ailment in the body.” “This nation, in its darkest hour, had never faced a challenge to its existence and a threat to its identity like the one it’s facing now,” el-Sissi said. “This threatens our national security, and (we) cannot ignore its consequences for the Arab identity.” Hadi directly challenged Iran in his remarks and called for his supporters to rise up in peaceful protest against the Houthis. “I say to the puppets of Iran, its toys and those who support it, you have destroyed Yemen with your political adolescence and by manufacturing domestic and regional crises,” Hadi said. Iran and the Houthis deny that Tehran arms the rebel movement, though it has provided humanitarian aid. Officials in Iran had no immediate comment on Hadi’s remarks.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Yemen’s embattled president yesterday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country “puppets of Iran,” directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. Egypt’s president …

Rudman Center advisers looking to future, building on momentum

Saturday, March 28, 2015

When he learned the state’s flagship university wanted to dedicate a public policy center in his name, former U.S. senator Warren Rudman said there was no greater mission than to train future leaders to seek justice, serve their country and work together for the common good. The late …

Legislators sip on bill to allow alcohol samples at NH farmers markets

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The India Pale Ale from Canterbury Ale Works has dominant floral and citrus notes from cascade hops, a classic hop-driven East Coast IPA. But you wouldn’t know that if you wanted to try a little at a farmers …

NASA’s liftoff a success

Saturday, March 28, 2015

NASA’s launch yesterday went off without a hitch. At 3:42 p.m., U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly left the ground at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and headed to the International Space Station in a Soyuz rocket. With no delays and all systems working perfectly, NASA’s mission control seemed calm …

Rome: High court overturns murder conviction

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Italy’s highest court yesterday overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic. …

Arizona: Internet outages reveal gaps in U.S. broadband infrastructure

Saturday, March 28, 2015

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards and even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the …

detroit: Autopsies reveal that children found in freezer had been beaten to death

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined yesterday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for …

Review of campus sexual misconduct policies in NH finds gaps

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lawyers who reviewed how New Hampshire’s public universities and colleges handle sexual harassment and other misconduct said yesterday the schools must address specific gaps in policies and practices while also making broader efforts to create a safe campus culture. University System of New Hampshire officials asked attorneys at …

Senate bill would add 30-day residency requirement to vote

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Hampshire voters would be required to live in the state for 30 days prior to voting if a bill passed by the Senate on Thursday goes into effect. The bill’s supporters called it a reasonable effort to avoid “drive-by” voting and other voter fraud, but its opponents …

4-year-old’s death outside day care leads to bill

Friday, March 27, 2015

A year after a 4-year-old girl died outside her day care after her coat got stuck on a branch and choked her, the New Hampshire House has approved a bill that would increase penalties for providers accused of negligence. The bill was created in memory of Willa Shine …