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Germany: Obama sends top aides to Berlin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

President Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin yesterday in an effort to defuse tension with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government over U.S. espionage after the expulsion of the top American spy. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Lisa Monaco, Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland security adviser, met with McDonough’s counterpart Peter Altmaier and German intelligence coordinator Guenter Heiss, the two governments said in statements. The group agreed … 0

Senate Dems to unveil $2.7B bill on immigrant children

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Senate Democrats are preparing to significantly cut President Obama’s request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the border with Mexico. The measure also would provide immediate aid to Israel for the Iron Dome missile defense system as well as money needed to fight wildfires in Western states. Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski is scheduled to … 0

Shark sightings a lure for Cape Cod tourists

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Great white sharks are having an unusual effect on Cape Cod this summer, and many a merchant is going to need a bigger wallet. The sharks being spotted in growing numbers are stirring curiosity and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise. Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local movie theaters … 0

Man claims kingdom so daughter can be princess

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Virginia man said he has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess. Jeremiah Heaton told the Bristol Herald Courier that he recently trekked to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil. No country claims the land. Heaton said … 0

Jeb Bush raises money for Scott Brown in Boston

Monday, July 14, 2014

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush headlined a fundraiser for Scott Brown and the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Boston today, his press aide Kristy Campbell confirmed. “Governor Bush believes Senator Brown is a strong, proven candidate who has the momentum in this race. New Hampshire is a tremendous … 0

Police command center helps keep peace on NASCAR race weekend in Loudon

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The race was in its earliest laps yesterday afternoon as a group of police officers huddled around a table in the middle of a grass lot on Route 106. Loudon police Chief Robert Fiske was discussing afternoon assignments for officers from Alton, Tuftonboro, Bridgewater and elsewhere assisting in … 0

Obama may hold fix to flood of immigrant kids

Sunday, July 13, 2014

President Obama can take action to relieve much of the crisis caused by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the southern U.S. border without waiting for what is likely to be a contentious and lengthy congressional battle, … 5

U.S., Germany vow cooperation despite espionage spat

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The United States and Germany put a brave face on an escalating espionage dispute, stressing yesterday the importance of their cooperation to solving several global crises but offering little indication that they have fully mended ties. After a … 0

FBI cyber expert is ex-discount furniture salesman

Sunday, July 13, 2014

J. Keith Mularski’s world has expanded greatly since he stopped selling discount furniture to join the FBI 1998. Especially since he transferred from Washington, D.C., in 2005 to fill a vacancy in the Pittsburgh field office’s cyber squad – which he now heads. Since then, Supervisory Special Agent … 0

Capital Beat: Rubens, Smith spar in effort to become top Brown challenger

Sunday, July 13, 2014

UPDATE: The second paragraph of this story has been updated to clarify Jim Rubens’s view of the Fairness Doctrine. Bob Smith and Jim Rubens each say with confidence that he will win the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. … 1

Backlogged immigration courts face new deluge

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Adolescent girls in braids and pigtails and teenage boys wearing jeans and sneakers sat alongside their parents in the courtroom of Immigration Judge Frank Travieso to hear how long they might be allowed to stay in the United … 0

Merkel says U.S. Cold War methods won’t end German partnership

Saturday, July 12, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused the United States of using outdated Cold War intelligence methods even as she pledged not to allow the clash over espionage to get in the way of joint projects between the two NATO allies. Merkel, speaking yesterday in a live interview with German … 0

Migrant boy buried in Guatemala hometown

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A 15-year-old Guatemalan migrant was buried in his hometown yesterday, nearly a month after he became a symbol of the perils facing unaccompanied children who have been flooding illegally into the United States Residents of Gilberto Francisco Ramos … 0