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FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. A Republican majority would usher in major changes in committee leadership, with political opposites replacing the current Democratic chairmen and setting a markedly different agenda from the past eight years of Democratic control. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Obama’s national security policies. McCain would be on tap to serve as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee if the GOP wrests majority control from the Democrats in next month’s midterm elections. The …

FairPoint accuses striking workers of intimidation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FairPoint Communications is accusing striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said automated phone-jamming attempted to disrupt call centers. The company said yesterday that it’s sent a letter to the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, asking them to stop any members from engaging in activities aimed at disruption or intimidation. The two unions called the allegations “spurious …

Not so fast cordcutters — cable’s not going anywhere

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected …

New London Hospital receives DICOE designation

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The radiology department at New London Hospital recently was designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. It is the first hospital in New Hampshire to receive the designation and one of 19 hospitals across the country. The DICOE designation recognizes excellence in …

Oil, natural gas prices confound New England

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pipeline bottlenecks that drove up natural gas home heating prices in New England last winter could cause trouble when the weather again turns cold, but oil prices that once climbed to record territory continue to fall. That unusual sequence of events – higher prices for natural gas prices, …

401(k) conundrum: lots of cash, no best way to make it last

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Even if you’ve socked plenty of money away in your 401(k) plan and invested it carefully, some of your toughest decisions lie ahead. And don’t expect much help or clarity from the government or your employer. Strategies for drawing down lump-sum accounts in retirement – more important than …

App reviews: SwiftKey for swifter texting; Sleep Cycle for monitoring patterns

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Swifter, smoother texting This app is nothing new to Android users. But one of the best updates to the latest version of Apple’s operating system is the ability to use third-party keyboards, such as SwiftKey, which gives users different options for typing on the iPhone. This free app, …

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Andover ∎ Bridge Road; land and building; $65,000; Roland G. Levesque to Leo L. Frego. Barnstead ∎ 792 Beauty Hill Road; land and building; $181,000; Chad L. Streeter to Derek A. Murtagh. Belmont ∎ 271 Brown Hill Road; land and building; $225,000; Joseph K. and Jennifer L. Jackson to Jeremy M. …

N.H. Food Bank asks hunters to ‘Hunt for Hungry’

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The New Hampshire Food Bank is asking hunters to “Hunt for the Hungry” this season. For the seventh consecutive year, the food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution at food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes across the state. Last …

Sensors to turn NH-Maine span into ‘living bridge’

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine may soon be an information hub for boaters, drivers and engineers. Under the Living Bridge Project, an effort led by the University of New Hampshire, the state Department of Transportation is installing sensors on the bridge to provide data on …

After 97 years, Beede Electrical Instruments to cease manufacturing in New Hampshire

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nearly 100 years after its founding in Penacook, Beede Electrical Instruments will soon stop manufacturing in Concord. Thomas G. Faria Corp., of Montville, Conn., bought the 97-year-old company in September 2013 when longtime CEO Walter Pelletier retired. At the time, Beede had about 35 employees, down from a …

Rail panel unveils website

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Weeks before the anticipated release of a $3.7 million commuter rail study, the N.H. Rail and Trail Authority has rolled out a new online campaign. The authority, which is administratively attached to the Department of Transportation, announced yesterday the launch of its passenger rail informational website. The site …

Girl Scouts membership drops sharply

Saturday, October 11, 2014

For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend. According to figures provided to the Associated Press, …