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  • Dangling this year from tree branches all over New Hampshire and Vermont are horizontal chains of bright green funnels designed to attract and catch the emerald ash borer. It has destroyed millions of trees since being discovered in Michigan in 2002 and is now known to be in 25 states, including New Hampshire. Out-of-state firewood has been banned in New...

  • BOSTON— One of the most remarkable work stoppages in U.S. labor history will soon be the subject of a documentary film. "Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket" is being edited and is scheduled to be released in the fall, said director Jay Childs, a New Hampshire- based film maker who's been working on the project for two years. The documentary is about the...

  • Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked protests and boycott threats earlier this year before being quickly revised, is...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Come July 1, the budget battle in Concord typically comes to a close and state officials head into summer with a picture of how the next two years of spending will look. Maggie Hassan and lawmakers plan to continue budget negotiations, they haven't set a timeline for when they'll return to the table. The spending plan— or continuing resolution— passed by...

  • NEW YORK— Tourists on holiday in Greece offered advice to others Monday: Bring extra euros. "We were finally able to get cash out of an ATM today, thankfully, since we are running out of euros we got in the U.S.," said Anthony Adornato, a college professor from Syracuse, New York, heading from Athens to the island of Kea with three other Americans. Richard Joplin, a realtor in...

  • ATHENS, June 29- Greece, at pains to protect one of the economy's only bright spots, rushed on Monday to assure tourists that their holidays would be untouched by the restrictions imposed to protect the tottering banking system. But it stressed that credit or debit cards issued abroad would be unaffected by a 60 euro per day limit on withdrawals from cash machines--...

  • Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— It was the perfect loop: The Republican opposition research group America Rising finds footage of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in agriculture-loving Iowa, seeming to put down the intelligence of farmers. So does America Rising, which used that episode in Iowa last year to show prospective clients and donors what it can do.

  • Reaction to the Supreme Court's health care decision Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    Reaction to the Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding tax subsidies in President Barack Obama's health care law:. "Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court— the Affordable Care Act...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny. Besides the possible Anthem deal, Humana Inc is considering a sale, possibly to Cigna or Aetna Inc, a source...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, June 22- U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc on Monday dismissed concerns that buying smaller competitor Cigna Corp would be considered anti-competitive, even as antitrust experts said the combination would earn regulatory scrutiny. Anthem, which runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states, disclosed on Saturday that it had offered to buy...

  • Last week alone, governors of 10 states were jetting across Europe, many converging at an air show in Paris. Others traveled to Canada, South America and Asia. Since the start of 2014, governors have taken or scheduled more than 80 trips to 30 countries in their efforts to increase exports and entice foreign companies to expand in their states, according to a...

  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. The Northeast Farm to School Institute takes place Wednesday through Friday at Shelburne Farms, located on the shores of Lake Champlain.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire lawmakers and Gov. An $11.3 billion budget approved by Republican lawmakers last week heads to the House and Senate floors Wednesday for final approval. But Hassan, a Democrat, already has pledged to veto it because it cuts taxes for businesses while leaving out a raise for state employees or money to continue Medicaid expansion...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— New England lobstermen are catching and selling more of a long-overlooked crab species in their traps, leading regulators to try to craft a management plan for the fishery before it becomes overexploited. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is working on regulations for Jonah crabs, a species common along the Eastern Seaboard...

  • DUXBURY, Vt.— Bridges get a lot of attention when they fail, but scientists are working to eliminate what they say can be an even greater scourge, because of their sheer numbers and their effect on wildlife: culverts. "Every culvert is a potential disaster for our roads," said Rose Paul of the Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, which has been working with the...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs. Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said Friday. Hiring in Montana was flat.

  • NEW YORK, June 17- Don't call Chris Christie rich. "The divide between the governing elite and the voters has never been so big," said David Carney, a New Hampshire- based Republican strategist. John Weaver, a former advisor to 2008 Republican nominee John McCain, said candidates understand that.

  • Her criticism on the presidential campaign trail on Monday further dimmed hopes of reviving the White House's drive for a Trans-Pacific Partnership in Congress, a key piece of legislation in Obama's second term. Obama's own Democrats derailed his push for authority to speed trade deals through Congress with a yes-or-no vote on Friday, casting doubt on the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 15- Hopes of reviving the White House's drive for a Pacific trade pact looked increasingly uncertain on Monday as no clear path forward for it in Congress emerged and presidential contender Hillary Clinton said her fellow Democrats' concerns with the pact were legitimate. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said key...

  • WASHINGTON, June 8- A Republican businessman said on Monday he is pouring millions of dollars into a foundation that sees opportunities where the majority of his fellow party members do not: easing climate change and speeding the country's transition to clean energy. Jay Faison of Charlotte, North Carolina, has given $165 million to Clearpath, his foundation...