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Christie, now a candidate, looks to close the book on Bridgegate

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who last week announced his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination, faces many challenges: a crowded and still-expanding field, scant support in national GOP polls, and voters in early primary states unsure about his sharp tongue and skeptical about his conservative bona fides. But potentially looming over all those hurdles is the fallout from “Bridgegate,” the politically motivated 2013 traffic scandal that has led …

Ayotte facing a whole new political ballgame

Sunday, July 5, 2015

As far as Kathleen Veracco can recall, her daughter didn’t show much of an interest in running any kind of campaign growing up, until she was a student at Penn State seeking out a position as president of the school’s largest sorority leadership organization. Veracco, for her part, held a few community posts …

Clinton: Hopeful US can reach ‘verifiable deal’ with Iran

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hillary Clinton said Saturday that she remains hopeful the U.S. can reach a “strong verifiable deal” to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons program by next week’s deadline. The Democratic presidential front-runner said during a July Fourth campaign organizing event in northern New Hampshire that she hopes U.S. and its allies can clinch a deal …

Third prison guard accused of trying to cover up incident when inmate’s shirt was allegedly cut

Monday, June 29, 2015

A sergeant in the state’s Department of Corrections became the third officer accused of trying to cover up an incident last year in which a Concord halfway house inmate’s shirt was allegedly sliced with a knife. Gary Burke, …

Iran nuclear talks to miss Tuesday deadline, will run ‘a few days’ longer

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Iran nuclear talks will spill beyond a Tuesday deadline, officials said Sunday as Iran’s foreign minister broke off from the negotiations and flew to Tehran for consultations. A potential agreement to rein in Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief remains elusive in this final round …

Bill to study commuter rail funding heads to Hassan’s desk

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A bill that could help pave the way for public-private funding of commuter rail is now awaiting Gov. Maggie Hassan’s signature. Efforts to bring commuter rail from Boston up to Nashua and Manchester hit a snag this year when lawmakers chose not to include $4 million in the …

Hands-free cell phone law to begin Wednesday

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Denise Spaulding stood in a Concord Verizon Wireless store Friday, staring at a wall of cellular accessories. The Bow resident recently purchased a new GMC Sierra truck, which came with Bluetooth technology to integrate cell phone use into the vehicle. Her son, Justin, drives an older model vehicle …

Woman removes Confederate flag in front of State House

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Confederate flag was temporarily removed from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday when a woman climbed the flagpole and – despite calls by police to get down – removed the banner. Bree Newsome, 30, …

Cemetery, document storage laws targeted in Allenstown officials’ proposed legislation

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Allenstown may end a long tradition of noncompliance with an archaic law requiring the town to have its own cemetery – and a storage room full of old documents at town hall could be converted to electronic format – if legislators covering the town get their way next …

With Sanders and Chafee in state, Clinton and O’Malley supporters on hand, Democratic competition on full display in N.H.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

You didn’t need to travel far in New Hampshire on Saturday to understand this much about the Democratic presidential primary: It’s on. In fact, if you were in Nashua on Saturday morning, you didn’t need to travel more …

Same-sex marriage ruling has some implications in NH, where it is already legal

Saturday, June 27, 2015

While same-sex marriage is already legal in New Hampshire, Friday’s Supreme Court ruling still has local implications, according to John Greabe, a law professor at the University of New Hampshire. First, the decision requires all 50 states to legally recognize the union between married same-sex couples from New …

SCOTUS ruling was once unimaginable for gay and lesbian community

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bobby Kelly and Robin Marcotte will celebrate this weekend. Kelly, 34, finished his residency program at Concord Hospital this week, so his family will gather for a graduation party in his honor. Sunday is also the 7th anniversary …

Obama delivers unvarnished race lecture at eulogy

Friday, June 26, 2015

President Obama used his eulogy for a slain pastor to deliver an unvarnished lecture on America’s racial history Friday, and then boldly sang “Amazing Grace,” a spiritual meant to summon hope in the darkest of times. Obama also …