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Afghanistan's presidential election candidates Abdullah Abdullah, left, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, center hold their documents after signing a power-sharing deal at presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Afghanistan's two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal Sunday, capped with a hug and a handshake, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

New Afghan president, but vote totals kept secret

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal yesterday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of foreign troops. Ending an election season that began with first-round ballots cast in April, the election commission named Ashraf Ghani … 0

Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law

Sunday, September 21, 2014

There has only been one prosecution under the Emmett Till Act, even though the law was passed with the promise of $135 million for police work and an army of federal agents to investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era. Some deaths aren’t even under review because of a quirk in the … 0

Relatives: Vet arrested at White House needs help

Sunday, September 21, 2014

An Iraq war veteran accused of scaling a fence and making it into the White House before the Secret Service stopped him posed no threat to anyone and needs counseling instead of prosecution, members of his family said yesterday. Omar Gonzalez, 42, was arrested Friday and is expected in federal court today to … 0

Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her faith

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Sudanese woman imprisoned for refusing to reject Christianity said in a televised interview that aired last night that she was resolved to keep her faith even if it meant death. Meriam Ibrahim, who now lives in Manchester, … 0

House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lawmakers raced yesterday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic … 0

Kerry: U.S. open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

Monday, September 15, 2014

As more than two dozen nations pledged yesterday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s earlier opposition … 0

Kuster attacks Garcia on 'Tea Party playbook' in first ad

Monday, September 15, 2014

U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster released an ad laying out how her campaign will try to define her opponent, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, as the two battle for the 2nd Congressional District seat. The ad highlights Garcia’s rally two days before the Republican primary with Sen. Ted Cruz of … 28

Eight candidates file for four open seats on the Concord School Board

Monday, September 15, 2014

Three of four races for open seats on the Concord School Board will be contested in November. Three of the eight candidates who filed to run by yesterday’s deadline are incumbents. President Clint Cogswell, whose seat is not up for election this year, said he is glad to … 0

Generation gap: Young Scots favor independence

Monday, September 15, 2014

Across Scotland, dinner table talk is getting heated as families argue over how to vote in Scotland’s independence referendum Thursday. A generation gap has opened up, with younger voters more inclined to back independence and their elders tending … 0

Shifting his views, Rand Paul seeks broader appeal - but may risk his outsider image

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul wanted to eliminate aid to Israel. Now he doesn’t. He wanted to scrap the Medicare system. Now he’s not sure. He didn’t like the idea of a border fence – it was expensive, and it … 0

Poll has Shaheen, Brown in dead heat; another poll has Shaheen up 8 points

Monday, September 15, 2014

Several new polls released today reveal widely differing outlooks in the race for U.S. Senate. A CNN poll shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown locked in a dead heat among likely voters, with both earning 48 percent. A vast majority of those likely … 1

Shea-Porter, Guinta gear up for a ‘threematch’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta aren’t just in a rematch in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. They’re in a “threematch.” The November election will feature the same two candidates for the third straight time, turning the district into a best-of-three pingpong tournament, and it’s the voters … 1

Retired justice to headline lecture series in Concord

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Two retired U.S. Supreme Court justices will share the limelight on the same New Hampshire stage this week. Retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor – the first woman appointed to the nation’s highest court – will be the keynote speaker at this year’s “Constitutionally Speaking” lecture Wednesday night at … 1