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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he will not run for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Romney not running: Former GOP nominee out of 2016 race

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mitt Romney ended his rollercoaster return to presidential politics yesterday, declaring his party would be better served by the “next generation of Republican leaders” and concluding his unlikely comeback as suddenly as it began. Aides said it was a deeply personal and even painful decision for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. He insisted he could win the next election if …

Legislator hopes third time is the charm to change assault law

Friday, January 30, 2015

For the third time, Republican Rep. Keith Murphy of Bedford is sponsoring legislation to redefine simple assault, a move facing pushback from law enforcement. Under state law simple assault is, among other things, when someone “purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury or unprivileged physical contact to another.” It’s a misdemeanor. The bill – backed by five representatives – would remove the “unprivileged physical …

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

Friday, January 30, 2015

Twice this month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically heavy language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terror spree in Paris, President Obama was criticized for purposely not calling the attacks “Islamic extremism,” settling for the more generic “violent extremism.” This week, the White House struggled to explain …

Judge returns to forensic panel after Justice Department backs off decision

Friday, January 30, 2015

A federal judge yesterday returned to a presidential commission on forensic science after the U.S. Justice Department reversed a decision to bar the panel from discussing changes that would give criminal defendants more information about forensic evidence before their trials, a federal official said. U.S. District Judge Jed …

US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 Census

Friday, January 30, 2015

The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year Census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public …

Mitt Romney says another run for president a no-go

Friday, January 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016. The Republican Party’s 2012 nominee plans to tell supporters about his …

14 companies apply for spots in NH medical marijuana market

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fourteen nonprofit companies have applied to open marijuana alternative treatment centers in New Hampshire, according to the Department of Health and Human Services official overseeing the contract process. Eric Borrin, the director of contracts and procurement, said “a number of those companies” who applied submitted applications for more …

Attorney general nominee wins GOP endorsements

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements yesterday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation’s top law enforcement job. “I believe she’s not only qualified but exceptionally well-qualified and …

Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Obama called for a surge in government spending yesterday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out …

Hassan names 2015 “A Year of STEM”

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan proclaimed 2015 as “A Year of STEM” yesterday morning, fulfilling a recommendation from the STEM Task Force. “As we designate this year as the year of STEM, it brings ongoing attention to the importance of STEM education in the state and it allows us in …

Government efficiency report released

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The fastest way from Manchester to Concord is up Interstate 93, but one state government department asks its employees to take any other route. That’s because on the highway – even if the drive is shorter – workers must pay a toll, and that is an added expense …

N.H. lawmakers consider bills aimed at reducing electricity costs

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lawmakers are considering two bills aimed at lowering New Hampshire’s electricity costs by making big changes to the state’s renewable energy program, a move supporters say could derail the initiative’s benefits. Both pieces of legislation target the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, established by the Legislature in 2007 as …

Executive Council approves New Hampshire’s $13 million contract with FairPoint

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Hampshire and FairPoint Communications are back in business. The Executive Council approved a $13 million contract with the phone and data company yesterday, on the condition that company officials would hold a series of forums across the …