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FILE - This March 26, 1947, file photo shows Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover calling the communist party of the United States a "Fifth Column" whose "goal is the overthrow of our government" during testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington. Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Hoover teamed up on a highly classified project, code-named “Washtub,” with the newly created Air Force Office of Special Investigations, headed by Hoover protege and former FBI official Joseph F. Carroll. (AP Photo/File)

U.S. trained ‘stay-behind agents’ in Alaska during Cold War years, documents show

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Invasion of Alaska? Yes. It seemed like a real possibility in … 0

Nation & world briefs, Sept. 1

Monday, September 1, 2014

Libya Militia group now guards U.S. embassy An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said yesterday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes left by small-arms and rocket fire dotting the residential compound, reminders … 0

Capital Beat: With primary closing in, campaigns get nasty

Sunday, August 31, 2014

We knew the race between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown would get nasty. It did so as soon as Brown entered the race and has only worsened in the months since. But that’s not the only race where the mudslinging is in full force. With less than two weeks to go until the Sept. 9 primary, federal and state level races across New … 4

First financial filing: Hassan outraises Republican competition

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan’s re-election campaign has already raised more than $2 million, a sum greater than both of her Republican challengers combined. The gubernatorial candidates’ first financial reports became available yesterday, providing insight into each of the campaigns’ financial health and how the candidates have spent money thus … 0

Ayotte urges president to develop stronger strategy to respond to Islamic State

Thursday, August 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte yesterday called the murder of Rochester native James Foley by Islamic militants “completely barbaric.” “It frankly reaffirms what I understand, which is that this group is a threat not just to the sovereignty of Iraq but very much a threat to the United States … 0

Latest polls show tight races ahead for Kuster and Shea-Porter

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The enthusiasm gap between likely Republican and Democratic voters has narrowed as the Sept. 9 primary inches closer and polling shows tight races for the state’s incumbent politicians, according to the UNH Polling Center. Republicans are still more likely to be extremely or very interested in the election … 1

Havenstein, Hemingway spar over Medicaid expansion, economic growth, personal character

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Republican gubernatorial candidates Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway sparred over their stances on Medicaid expansion and economic growth yesterday in a radio debate, which became tense when the topic strayed to personal character. Radio personality Jack Heath and … 1

Holder says he understands mistrust of police

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder sought yesterday to reassure the people of Ferguson, Mo., about the investigation into Michael Brown’s death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust the police, recalling how he was repeatedly … 2

Candidate profile: Walt Havenstein, 65, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sitting on a shelf in Walt Havenstein’s home office is a gang, as they’re called, of meerkats. “Do you know what a meerkat is?” he asks, pointing up to the cluster of small animals, sitting on shelves surrounded … 4

Boutin, Cormier square off in Senate District 16 Republican primary

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jane Cormier’s lilting soprano sailed through the halls of White Rock Senior Living Community in Bow the other day, stirring glances – and the occasional toe-tap – from a roomful of gray-haired strangers. “I’m Jane Cormier,” the 54-year-old … 3

2nd House District candidates discuss immigration

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Three Republican candidates for the state’s 2nd Congressional District debated at Franklin Pierce University last night, tackling issues including campaign advertising and national border security. The debate, the second in the university’s Monadnock Debates series, featured state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, former state senator Gary Lambert and former state … 0

New Shaheen TV ad promotes child-care tax credit

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign began airing a new television ad today that focuses on her work to reduce child-care costs. In the 30-second ad, Shaheen talks about a bill she introduced to the U.S. Senate in July that would expand families’ access to the Child and Dependent … 3

Candidate profile: Andrew Hemingway, 32, makes case for gubernatorial bid

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Andrew Hemingway doesn’t hesitate to share his ideas for New Hampshire – even when he knows you’ll be skeptical. Take his flat tax plan. It would reduce taxes on businesses and start taxing local governments and nonprofits. It’s … 3