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Obama apologized to a despot who imprisons his own people.
CAROL SHEA-PORTER
Carol Shea-Porter on her opposition to the omnibus spending bill.
DAVID HARSANYI
Primaries are good for the Republican Party.
JOHN STOSSEL
Giving falls when governing rises.
EDITORIAL
A major shift in the gun control debate, thanks to a crazed gunman.
EDITORIAL
Vermonters are in an Obamacare nightmare.
ANDREW CLINE
It's open season on RINOS in Concord.
EDITORIAL
Jeb Bush wins in media hype.
SHAWN JASPER
The Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives says it is time to get things done in Concord.
EDITORIAL
Keep the Census data on marriage and divorce.
DEBRA AND MARC TICE
When an American is taken hostage, the family deserve more from the government.
An ambulance carrying one of the two New York Police Department officers who were shot dead passes by a New York Fire Department honor guard along Broadway in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday.

Tensions boil over after NYC police killings

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Tensions between New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's police — which boiled over in the wake of the assassination-style slayings of two officers Saturday — have been simmering...

President Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

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President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was...

10 legislators to watch in this coming session

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Each member of the New Hampshire Legislature, one of the largest legislative bodies in the English-speaking world, will soon pore over the smallest details of approximately 1,000 bills.

Elementary school repairs can't wait any longer, board says

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THE SCHOOL board will be meeting on Monday, just days before Christmas, and a big part of the meeting (the public portion, at least) will be devoted to making a list and checking it twice. The...

Censure over how House speaker was chosen most unusual

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To hardcore conservatives who prefer former House Speaker Bill O'Brien's style of politics, there was a lot of anger that he had been denied a return to that post. For Republicans who aren't enamored...

State House Dome: Just past Concord session a mixed bag

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THE BOOK on the 2013-14 Legislature is closed while the slate is clean - well almost - for the 2015-16 General Court.

Medical marijuana project in Epping faces deadline to beat ordinance

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A Fremont man eyeing industrial property in Epping for a possible medical marijuana facility will have until Monday to formally submit his plan if he wants to get the proposal approved before the...

Retirement system ruling gets thumbs up from Moody's

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Rating agency says court decision takes away risk for NH Retirement System.

State Employees Association declares impasse in bargaining

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The State Employees Association's bargaining team declared an impasse in its negotiations with the state on the day Gov. Maggie Hassan hosted the governor's annual holiday tea for state workers.

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Former New London police chief settles with female accuser

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Former police chief David Seastrand and the town have settled out of court, agreeing to a $70,000 payment to a former Colby-Sawyer College student who claimed Seastrand offered to drop charges...

Shipyard to hire 715 in next year

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The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will be increasing its civilian workforce from approximately 4,700 to 5,200 by the end of 2015, according to Naval Sea Systems Command, which operates the military...

New Route 3 exit at NH/Mass. border could cost up to $20m

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Despite the high cost, planners say a new Exit 36 southbound would open up major development opportunities in two communities.

Derry Council revises tax cut goal

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After initially setting a goal of cutting the tax rate by $2.50 for fiscal year 2016, town councilors have now agreed to change the tax rate cut to $2.

Rates for Hudson recreation programs may be increasing

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Families relying on Hudson's recreation program to get them through vacation weeks may be paying more starting this summer. Selectmen will make a final decision on Jan. 13.

Londonderry board rejects workforce housing variances

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Following a lengthy public hearing Wednesday evening, the Londonderry Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously rejected several variances for a 288-apartment work force housing complex.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect appears in court as trial date approaches

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in U.S. court in Boston on Thursday for the first time in a year-and-a-half as a federal judge held a final hearing to discuss last-minute...

House Rules Committee rejects majority leader vote, OKs letting lawmakers carry guns

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CONCORD – Guns will be allowed on the House floor again, but the majority leader will be elected by his or her caucus if the full House follows its Rules Committee.

NH reacts to thaw with Cuba

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Granite Staters had strong reactions to Wednesday's announcement that the United States is normalizing relations with Cuba.

Majority leader sees GOP rift healing after Jan. 7

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Official GOP caucus meets to discuss priorities for the upcoming session.

Only time will tell if wounds from GOP dogfight heal

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Two weeks' time has now passed since House Speaker Shawn Jasper challenged Bill O'Brien and defeated his fellow Republican with support from Democrats.

Thursday meeting to address Windham water project concerns

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An ongoing water main project around the West Shore Road neighborhood has led to frequent water outages- and complaints from citizens

Aldermen not quite ready to endorse art plan

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Nashua aldermen continue to study a proposed new art plan for the city while pondering the possibility of a new arts center facility.

Derry takes steps to improve rundown buildings

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Councilors have began the process for addressing Derry's vacant and neglected downtown buildings by unanimously approving amendments to the building code.

Derry fire chief is retiring

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After serving the community since 2003, Derry Fire Chief George Klauber has submitted his resignation papers and will be retiring in January, according to officials.

Derry Administrator opposes council goal of cutting Derry tax rate

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If Derry was to approve a council goal of cutting next year's tax rate, it could result in the loss of 49 jobs, Administrator Galen Stearns said.

Official House GOP caucus begins setting goals

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House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan says problem with two caucuses will take care of themselves once session begins next month.

Ride-sharing Uber official says company wants to work with city

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An Uber executive told city aldermen on Tuesday that the ride-sharing company is not “anti-regulation” and looks forward to working with officials to establish a “permanent...

Rival NH Republican caucus seeks own voice

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Led by former House Speaker Bill O'Brien, groups wants to set a separate course from newly-elected GOP House Speaker Shawn Jasper.

Good news, of sorts, for jobs in NH

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The state Division of Employment Security released its monthly employment update on Tuesday, with good news on the surface but a troubling 10-year trend beneath the statistics.

Citing transparency, Merrimack officials won't hold private meetings with pipeline developers

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Merrimack town officials are stressing transparency while encouraging public meetings on the proposed pipeline that will impact Merrimack.

Opposition lines up against new Alexandria wind plant proposal

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Though the state has not yet officially received an application for a five-town wind energy plant from Portuguese wind-power developer EDP Renewables, groups opposed to wind projects in the Cardigan...

Nashua schools struggle to find more time for middle-school math

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School officials and teachers agree more time for math is a good idea, but no one knows where to find that extra 13 minutes a day.

Durham considering a law enforcement firing range

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Durham is considering a firing range where law enforcement may meet firearms training qualifications requirements. It would be temporary and is not in or near any neighborhoods.

Steve Duprey, left, with U.S. Rep.-elect Frank Guinta, speaks about the potential impact of a National Labor Relations Board decision could have on local franchise owners. Duprey is a franchise owner of four hotels in Concord.

Franchise owners wary of pending labor board decision

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A labor board’s pending decision could impact an array of local franchises in New Hampshire, according to business people who asked U.S. Rep.-elect Frank Guinta for support Tuesday.

Officials proposing cutting Derry school budget by $1.4 million

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Proposing approximately $1.4 million in cuts, the school board and the fiscal advisory committee have finalized the proposed 2015-16 budget.

State to receive $2m for health care plan

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New Hampshire will receive $2 million to develop a plan to improve health care quality, access and affordability, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.

NH senators praise passage of bill to aid veterans with brain injuries

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U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) praised the passage of a bill that will enhance treatment services for New Hampshire veterans living with traumatic brain injuries.

Uber debate comes to Portsmouth

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The Uber debate that arrived in Manchester in the fall has spread to Portsmouth, where the city's taxi commission will discuss the controversial ride-sharing service in a public meeting this morning...