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New England wild turkey 
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Wild Turkeys Become More Elusive With Winter Weather

Monday, November 24, 2014

By late October, with the summer birds long gone, I find myself growing ever more appreciative of the birds that stick around, including wild turkeys. …

Rhino-Horse Wandered Ancient India

Monday, November 24, 2014

A portly hooved animal about the size of a wild pig just might help solve a 55-million-year-old mystery of evolution and continental drift. The mammal, …

Scientists Are Building a Better Battery

Monday, November 24, 2014

Berkeley, Calif. — Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S — 265 miles — but at one-fifth the $70,000 price …

Peter Capaldi Muses on His First Year as ‘Doctor Who’

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finishing out his first season as Doctor Who, lead actor Peter Capaldi feels he’s living a dream and having a “fabulous” time. “I get up at half-six in the morning,” he says, “and by 7 o’clock I’m fighting …

‘Book of Life’ Survives On Valley’s Movie Screens

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Movie Review: ‘Rosewater’ Traces Line Between Absurdity and Humor

Friday, November 21, 2014

Rosewater is both a faithful and a forceful adaptation of Then They Came For Me, the 2011 memoir of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. Set during the run-up to Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election and the chaotic street protests …

Movie Review: ‘Mockingjay-Part 1’ Grimly Sets Up the Finale

Friday, November 21, 2014

By definition, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is only half a movie. As the first part of the last installment of the juggernaut adaptation of the wildly popular young-adult novel, this dutiful, glumly atmospheric placeholder feels …

Cosby Shows Canceled

Friday, November 21, 2014

Los Angeles — Casinos canceled Bill Cosby shows in Las Vegas and Tucson, Ariz., in the latest fallout from sexual assault accusations leveled against the 77-year-old comedian. Treasure Island in Las Vegas called off Cosby’s scheduled Nov. 28 performance, according to Michelle Knoll, a spokeswoman, who said the …

Faithful Visitor

Friday, November 21, 2014

Venerable Hoeurn Somnieng, a Buddhist monk based in Cambodia, leads the weekly Evensong meditation at the North Universalist Chapel in Woodstock on Friday. The congregation has been financially supporting six children served by Somnieng’s organization, which educates children …

A Gentle Lead

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bronwyn Madan, 10, of Lyme, leads her horse Pekoe out to pasture after a riding lesson with Pinky Tullar at Tullar’s farm in Orford on Wednesday. Bronwyn has been riding for six years and is training to compete …

Book Notes: A New Life in Verse; Poet Finds Rejuvenation in Latest Works

Friday, November 21, 2014

L aura Davies Foley was 45 when she wrote her first poem. It was 2003, and following the death of her husband she’d moved with their three children to a new home in Cornish on the Connecticut River. …

Outdoor Writer’s Book Explores Some of New England’s Best Hikes

Friday, November 21, 2014

Climb Mount Washington in the dead of winter? Barely more than a morning constitutional for Marty Basch. Pedal a gear-laden bicycle from Maine to Alaska, along the Arctic Circle through Scandinavia, or along the Continental Divide from Canada …

Cookbooks Are Seeing Growth

Friday, November 21, 2014

A few years ago, Ken Hagemann was drawn to what he thought was the future of cookbooks. Lured by the ease and searchability promised by e-books and apps, he purged most of his old school volumes. But instead of a digital culinary epiphany, he found only disappointment. “You …